Chopstix on Rundle is one of two stores in Adelaide of the same name, that offers a combination of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. Spread over two floors, this place is modernly decorated with a seating capacity of about 100 people. Service can be a bit slow at times, not because the place was busy, but because some of the staff members were too busy socialising with each other.
Tonight, I ordered the Special Mixed Entree and for mains, I had the Pad Thai. The entrees came out 15 minutes after ordering, and we were asked whether we were ready for the mains soon after the entrees were finished.
SPRING ROLL – Vegetables were soft and delicate in a firm but flaky spring roll skin. It was fried until it was a beautiful golden brown. The sweet and sour dipping sauce was well executed and complimented the spring rolls well.
CHICKEN SATAY – Chicken was tender and juicy, and the satay sauce was of a nice thick consistency. It was obvious they used crunchy peanut butter to make the sauce which is how I do it at home. The chicken was a single piece of breast meat which made it hard to pull apart.
WONTON – Wonton skin was nice and crunchy, and the filling was soft and moist. Not a fan of fried wontons, but it was good for what it was.
THAI PRAWN ROLL – A prawn wrapped into a spring roll skin with the prawn tail sticking out. The prawn was nicely cooked and the spring roll skin was fried to a golden brown.
PAD THAI – I wasn’t impressed with the presentation of this dish. It looked like it was just thrown onto the plate. The noodles were overcooked and there were so many pieces just stuck together. The chicken was nice and tender, and there was a generous amount provided. They even used chicken breast, which was a bonus. The flavours were just right, however, I could hardly see any bean sprouts or peanuts. Instead, there was bok choy which changed the whole texture of the dish.
I think the food here is a bit hit and miss. Your experience will depend on exactly what you order. My Pad Thai was good but not great. Service was also a bit up and down. We asked for extra napkins and they never came, but when we asked for more water, that came almost immediately. This place is an OK for me.
WHERE: 287 Rundle St, Adelaide