Many of the chefs in Adelaide’s popular Thai restaurants were trained by the chef at Thai Chef. With this information alone, you know the food is going to be outstanding.
Thai Chef is located on the southern end of Pulteney Street just off South Terrace. I’ve walked past this place many times prior to its opening and I was excited to give this place a visit. The menu is extensive with all your Thai favourites, and like all restaurants should, they have a special lunch menu.
The decor is modern and elegant with good use of black, white and lime green. The restaurant is open plan and they have cleverly used mirrors to give it that sense of extra space. There is an abundance of natural light coming from two frontages, and the whole place just feels warm and inviting.
They don’t mess around at this place. The food started coming out 10 minutes after ordering and each dish was beautifully presented.
First up was the Teriyaki Chicken. Not the Japanese version that I’m used to, but pretty good none the less. The chicken was tender, succulent and well marinated. Chicken breast pieces were used, which might be considered a sin for some, but it’s great for the health conscious. With traditional Teriyaki chicken, you would expect a thigh fillet with crispy skin covered in a thick glaze. The flavours were still right in this version, however, the sauce was less thick and the sweetness from the honey was still retained. I like to think of it as the healthy version of Teriyaki Chicken.
Next was the Pad Thai, which was really good. The first thing I noticed was the serving size. It was huge and equivalent to a main serving at dinner time. The noodles were well cooked and were nice and chewy. The chicken was tender and succulent, and perfectly cooked. Once again, chicken breast was used but I don’t think it detracted from the flavour. The vegetables used were fresh with nice crunchy textures coming from the raw bean sprouts. I was surprised to see the inclusion of celery and carrots, however this didn’t affect how good it was. The flavour was well balanced and even the colour of the dish was right. If I could be critical, I would say the dish was slightly too oily, however, that’s just me being picky.
The staff were friendly and welcoming, and it was nice of them to take the time to tell me more about their business. The service was excellent. Drinks arrived promptly and plates were cleared as the meal was finished. It was the clear that the people that work here are passionate about their job and love what they do. The pricing is more than reasonable with the lunch time deals at the $9 mark with so many options to choose from.
Verdict: This place does pretty much everything right. One of the best Thai restaurants in Adelaide.
WHERE: 465 Pulteney St, Adelaide