For those of you who aren’t aware, Doreen is a relatively new and growing suburb, with very little to offer in the way of foodie type food. So, with that in mind and our expectations in check, we rolled into Askorn Thai. The small dining room was filling up very quickly, which we took as a signal that this place was at least a favourite for the locals.
Hubby Bear started off with the Grilled Beef Salad ($9.90), which has the classic mixture of onion, chili, lemon juice and mint. Just sweet enough, just salty enough, just tart enough, meat cooked just right – all the bits ‘n’ pieces were gobbled up happily by my counterpart.
I didn’t want to miss out on the light start to our meal either, so I mimicked Hubby Bear’s entree, but with a Tofu Salad. The mixture of tofu, red onion, spring onion, chili, coriander and lemon juice definitely hit the spot! A definite order again. Suffice to say these Two Bears were pleasantly surprised by the time our server swept away our plates to prepare for our mains.
Speaking of, my Vegetarian Mussaman Curry was delivered in a huge bowl, piping hot and full of veggies! Chunks of sweet potato, zucchini, red and green pepper slivers, cabbage and carrot were tasty in the semi-spicy and semi-sweet curry sauce. It was more than I could possibly eat, but flavour-wise this was up there with one of the best I’ve had!
My carnivorous hubby had the Green Chicken Curry with slices of white meat, tendrils of assorted vegies, sweet Thai basil all swimming the same huge sized bowl as mine. Again, the ingredients were solid and the flavour packed a punch.
Askorn Thai is a great uber-suburban restaurant with no-frills atmosphere and service, but with impressive flavours for both meat and veg-heads — which is a rare find in this corner of Melbourne. If this location is anywhere close to being considered a ‘local’ for you, and you’ve got a hankering for some tasty Thai, definitely give them a try!
Address: Shop 7, 90 Hazel Glen Drive, Doreen Victoria 3754, Australia
Tip! Their shop front faces a walkway so you won’t see them on the main street, and parks can be hard to find there. So park around the back-side, behind La Porchetta, and head towards the Australia Post and you’ll find them easy.