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Alice Thai Pad Thai. $10 lunch review

By johnboy - 16 February 2011 11

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Alice Thai is a cute little place on East Row. There are elephant themed wall hangings and they’ve got oil burners pumping a strong smell of incense into the air.

More importantly they run an $8.90 lunch menu.

Meals are made to order but my pad thai was done in a couple of minutes.

You don’t get prawns in a sub $10 lunch, but you do get big hunks of chicken and lots of egg cooked in as well as mung beans, peanuts and shallots.

For mine the noodles were a touch watery and fishy tasting, better pad thai’s of my experience sell in the $13-15 range.

The $8.90 menu covers 13 choices so there’s plenty to try.

(For more sub $10 lunches in Civic check the tag, if you’ve got recommendations let me know.)


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absharp 7:38 pm 17 Feb 11

The food at Alice is fantastic, but the service is rather clueless. A dinner with my partner was made unnecessarily trying through a language barrier combined with a reluctance to write down the order leading to more than the desired quantity of order confusion.

Swidt 10:55 am 17 Feb 11

A good Pad Thai is an absolute treat. Lemon Grass Thai does a great one, except it’s about 15 dollars 🙁 You get what you pay for, though!

@johnboy16 – I have a suggestion for a 10 dollar lunch review, mate. A Touch of India does a $9.90 meal deal. You get a choice of 1 dish, rice, plain or garlic naan and a can of soft drink. I always struggle to get through it all! The food is decent quality too! Go have a look and get it India, champ! 🙂

clp 9:42 pm 16 Feb 11

I am a bit worried about what this daily regimen of bought lunches is going to do for JB’s prospects of improving his love life.

bigfeet 6:25 pm 16 Feb 11

johnboy said :

I can promise you all I just walk in off the street, order, and take my meal away.

Are you sure you are not being recognised?

Perhaps you should wear a false moustache and use a foreign accent, or disguise yourself as a Jesuit Missionary.

johnboy 5:42 pm 16 Feb 11

Waiting For Godot said :

At least JB’s restaurant reviews are impartial and not the result of bribery and corruption like The Canberra Times in years gone by.

My uncle ran the Tower Restaurant on Black Mountain for several years and their satirical writer (who is still with the paper) was refused a free meal. A restaurant review appeared a few days later slagging the place. This was followed a week or so later columns by the same writer accusing the souvenir shop of selling Aboriginal artifacts such as digeridoos made in Thailand as well as other items being imported from Asia at a time when 95 percent of the items in the shop were Australian made. Over the next year or so the paper printed a steady stream of stories criticising various aspects of Telecom Tower (as it was then called).

The negative restaurant review for the Tower was very strange as all the other reviews in the paper for several years heaped unstinting praise on said establishment. One day a few years later one of the paper’s journalists admitted in the paper that the paper printed positive reviews of a restaurant if the place in question gave them a free meal. It was a wink and a nod – “I’m from The Canberra Times” and the staff knew then and there to put NC (no charge) on the bill.

Today I still feel proud that we refused to go along with the shameful antics of a scummy little insignificant newspaper and their so-called journalists.

I can promise you all I just walk in off the street, order, and take my meal away.

Waiting For Godot 5:37 pm 16 Feb 11

At least JB’s restaurant reviews are impartial and not the result of bribery and corruption like The Canberra Times in years gone by.

My uncle ran the Tower Restaurant on Black Mountain for several years and their satirical writer (who is still with the paper) was refused a free meal. A restaurant review appeared a few days later slagging the place. This was followed a week or so later columns by the same writer accusing the souvenir shop of selling Aboriginal artifacts such as digeridoos made in Thailand as well as other items being imported from Asia at a time when 95 percent of the items in the shop were Australian made. Over the next year or so the paper printed a steady stream of stories criticising various aspects of Telecom Tower (as it was then called).

The negative restaurant review for the Tower was very strange as all the other reviews in the paper for several years heaped unstinting praise on said establishment. One day a few years later one of the paper’s journalists admitted in the paper that the paper printed positive reviews of a restaurant if the place in question gave them a free meal. It was a wink and a nod – “I’m from The Canberra Times” and the staff knew then and there to put NC (no charge) on the bill.

Today I still feel proud that we refused to go along with the shameful antics of a scummy little insignificant newspaper and their so-called journalists.

johnboy 4:36 pm 16 Feb 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Mysteryman got to you, didn’t he JB?

*sigh* no.

Mysteryman got to you, didn’t he JB?

Kerryhemsley 4:21 pm 16 Feb 11

Correction that’s won not one.

Kerryhemsley 3:51 pm 16 Feb 11

Ding dong the witch is dead (as Jack Gibson said when Parramatta one a premiership in 81). The first mediocre/sort of scathing lunch review.

You gotta love a good pad thai and you don’t need to read between the lines to tell that wasn’t a good one.

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