What better way to start a weekend than by celebrating it’s Friday and go out for some scrumptious Thai food!
It’s been a hot one in Sydney recently, but this weekend is set to be a scorcher with the mercury rising into the mid-40s! Now I don’t know about you, but this type of temperature makes me want to seek the cover of any establishment that has air-con or a really good fan, rather than hiding at home and paying for my own electricity usage, which in my situation will be sky high by the end of the month!
I’ve been living off salads for the past three weeks at work, which is beginning to bore me, so even though it’s a hot one today I didn’t want to see another salad – at least not until Monday morning! Plus it’s Friday, and Friday means fun! Tonight, I was really in the mood for a decent Thai dinner, so we decided to head to our local Doytao Thai in Drummoyne.
Doytao Thai is a chain of Thai restaurants in Sydney, first established in 1996 and today the chain has restaurants situated in Drummoyne, Newtown, Croydon, Padstow, Sutherland and Waterloo. It’s been a while since we’d eaten at Doytao Thai Drummoyne though and luckily for us there were still plenty of tables free – and it was nice and cool inside – bonus!
The menus have changed since last time I was here, and they are more like a newspaper type feel with some pictures throughout. I knew exactly what I wanted within minutes which is a rarity for me, but I believe you can’t beat a traditional noodle dish and tonight I was having the wonderful Pad Kee Mao – Spicy Noodles with Chicken (pan-fried noodles with homemade chilli basil sauce, egg, chilli jam and seasonal vegetables) for a bargain price of $12.90!
Of course, there are other tantalising Thai dishes to try out including your Stir Fried dishes, classic curries, food from the sea, soup, BBQ and Thai Salads as well as specials such as Marinated Lamb Cutlet or the Sizzling Seafood.
We were living off water tonight, but you can also order a freshly squeezed juice – choose from apple, carrot, watermelon, pineapple, celery, rockmelon, orange or mixed. There were even coconuts tonight too – ideal for this hot weather!
Although Doytao Thai was busy with diners and take-away orders, food didn’t take too long to arrive at our high wooden tables and my Pad Kee Mao dish was a generous portion size. You could have this dish as an accompaniment with other dishes if you wanted to share, but I was quite happy to eat this all to myself, and it didn’t take long until the plate was clean!
My Pad Kee Mao had a good kick of chilli, but wasn’t overpowering with heat, unlike the weather outside. There was plenty of vegetables which ensured I was getting some of my five a day and included mange tout, Pak Choy, green beans, spring onions and red capsicum. The chicken however was slightly dry which was a shame, but the noodles were superb, super soft and coated with enough sauce to make them highly addictive!
My boyfriend had ordered the Panaeng Curry with some roti and this was served in a deep bowl with seasonal vegetables and had a good depth of flavour with some spice seeping through to warm our palate.
Overall, the food was excellent as usual, especially my dish for the bargain price of $12.90. It reminded me of street food you’d find in Thailand and I love these traditional dishes like Pad Thai which I seem to always end up ordering!
Ideally positioned, Doythao Thai is situated on Lyons Road with plenty of free parking along the streets surrounding it, making a meal out here or takeaway collection a breeze!