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The back dining room

Many many years ago, we went to Paladarr Thai and left so disappointed that we had no intention of ever returning. I won’t go into great detail as to the failings of that dreaded visit, suffice to say it was clear the owners and/or upper management were totally absent from the premises – the staff failed in every respect, from service to food. It was a sad experience all around.

We sat just on the left there 🙂

Then last year, a good friend of ours (and a regular of Paladarr Thai) convinced us to give them another shot. She was shocked at our previous experience and promised – if we went again – an evening of amazing Thai food and great service. And she wasn’t wrong! It was like a completely different restaurant…even though it was the same place, I swear! The polar opposite experience was a clear testament that things were back under control….happy days!

Fast forward to January 2014 and there’s a Paladarr Entertainment Guide discount voucher burning a hole in our back pocket, so Shawn and I decided to give them yet another shot.  We drove down the quiet and leafy street where the imposing building stands among other residential homes, parked just out front and kept our fingers crossed as we walked in…

We were seated in the back dining room, which further unfolds into an outside eating area. The room was generously decorated; we sat just underneath a large lovely framed mirror.  We brought our own bottle of wine and the Corkage was a decent $9.50 flat rate.

Miang Karm

 

Miang Karm wrapped up!

During the previous re-discovery dining experience, our friend introduced us to the Miang Karm Appetizer ($6.00/person), where you’re given a chance to try all the tastes of Thailand.  When it arrived at our table, we plucked out diced ginger, chilli, toasted coconut, diced lime and dried shrimp (of course, I skipped this bit), then folded them all into a little leaf, topped with a palm sugar sauce! This was an absolutely delightful way to start a meal and for those who’ve never eaten Thai, it’s great introduction to its flavours! If our friend had never ordered this dish for our table, I doubt we would have ever tried it … so paying it forward to others now!

 

Pork Sausage

Shawn then had the Pork Sausage entree ($15.00) which consisted of sliced sausage from Northern Thailand, It was lean pork marinated in soy sauce, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, shrimp paste, chilli, garlic and coriander.  Although that all sounds pretty good, Shawn said the actual sausages themselves didn’t have much flavour; he was a bit bummed out; until I donated some of the dressing from my dish.Which was the Issan Salad ($15.00), consisting of shredded green papaya and peanuts with a drizzle of a nice spicy dressing. Very refreshing and just enough for me 🙂

Issan Salad

It was clear Shawn loved his main of Blue Eye Stir Fry ($29.00) because he nearly danced in his seat when he took the first bite!  All the lackluster experience from the sausage was quickly forgotten.  The fillets of fish had a lovely flavour and were beautifully complimented by prawns, fresh pear and mango (what a great way to inject sweetness here!) and all tied together swimmingly in a light red chilli paste stir-fry sauce.

I did a similar happy dance when I tasted my Yellow Curry ($29.00) which comprised of zuchini, capsicum, sweet potato and tofu. The tangy and spicy sauce wasn’t too hot, but had just enough kick to get the back of the throat tingling (perfect!).  Of course, one must have a serve of Rice ($3.00) and Roti ($5.00) to go along with any curry and both were perfectly done (and eaten!).

Blue Eye Stir Fry

We took our time devouring each delicious bite of our meals, so by the time our table was cleared away, we were ready for some deserts!  Shawn gave the Coconut Pudding ($15.00) a try. You could easily taste the strength of the coconut in the cream pudding, and the kaffir lime and lemon grass flavours came through strong, too. It was perfectly accented with a scoop of ginger ice cream, warm seared mango, palm sugar caramel and sugar-dusted taro threads. Two thumbs up here for sure!  I went a little more simple, just 2 Scoops of Ice Cream ($8.00) – ginger and lime flavours – which were just a lovely way to finish off an amazing evening.

Yellow Curry

For any of you out there who might have had horrible beginning to Paladarr like we did many years ago – give them another try. You’ll be glad you did!

Coconut Pudding

Flavour:  ★★★

Quality:   ★★★ ✔

Service:   ✔
Value:    ★★
Atmosphere:  ✔

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The Two Bears are a fun-loving married couple of more years than we care to share, ha! Our travels allow Wifey Bear (a vegetarian) and Hubby bear (a carnivore) the opportunity to explore the mysteries of this amazing planet while trying out new & exciting food! #biglove

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