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Best of Canberra – Thai

By Bec Cuzzillo - 21 April 2015 42

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We are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to global cuisine in Canberra. We are a multicultural city and our collective love of food is reflected in the large number and variety of restaurants we have to choose from. Personally, my favourite changes every day of the week, but there is one cuisine that I am always keen for no matter what day it is, and that is Thai.

Thai food is always a winner and this week I am looking for Canberra’s best. Whether you’re in the mood for a lighter noodle dish like the ever-popular Pad Thai or prefer a more hearty Massaman curry, Thai cuisine has everyone covered no matter the time of day, the weather or what your tastebuds are craving.

So tell me Canberra, who serves up the best Thai food in town?

To vote, let me know your favourite in the comments below. I’ll try the two most popular places and let you know my verdict in next Monday’s Taste Off article.

What’s Your opinion?


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42 Responses to
Best of Canberra – Thai
rosscoact 7:18 pm 21 Apr 15

Tara490 said :

Thai Herb in Harrison is definitely the best! I find Chong Co to be a little bit watery.

Thai Chong was fantastic, and we would eat there a few times a month. Change of chef late last year, and it was virtually inedible. My next meal there is free apparently but no way I’m ever going back.

rubaiyat 5:13 pm 21 Apr 15

pajs said :

JC said :

pajs said :

Morks is decent, but Canberra is a wasteland for top-quality Thai food. Nothing here as good as Sydney’s best options.

Thought someone would say Morks. Whilst a really good restaurant it is not really that Thai. Thai fusion yes but if you were looking for real (traditional) Thai and went here you may well be disappointed.

Yep, not trad, but a rare example in Canberra of attentive scratch-cooking for pastes etc. So much Canberra Thai is bland and assembly-line cooking not that different from using pre-made pastes at home.

Australians really don’t have a stomach for authentic Thai cooking. Not just the chilli but the enormous amount of salt they throw in their food in Thailand. They make Aussie country diners look positively aenemicly non-saline.

pajs 4:24 pm 21 Apr 15

JC said :

pajs said :

Morks is decent, but Canberra is a wasteland for top-quality Thai food. Nothing here as good as Sydney’s best options.

Thought someone would say Morks. Whilst a really good restaurant it is not really that Thai. Thai fusion yes but if you were looking for real (traditional) Thai and went here you may well be disappointed.

Yep, not trad, but a rare example in Canberra of attentive scratch-cooking for pastes etc. So much Canberra Thai is bland and assembly-line cooking not that different from using pre-made pastes at home.

Tara490 4:23 pm 21 Apr 15

Thai Herb in Harrison is definitely the best! I find Chong Co to be a little bit watery.

JC 4:09 pm 21 Apr 15

pajs said :

Morks is decent, but Canberra is a wasteland for top-quality Thai food. Nothing here as good as Sydney’s best options.

Thought someone would say Morks. Whilst a really good restaurant it is not really that Thai. Thai fusion yes but if you were looking for real (traditional) Thai and went here you may well be disappointed.

MitchF 11:16 am 21 Apr 15

Joe’s Thai Food at the Wanniassa shops is hands down the best thai food in Canberra. Joe and his wife run a fantastic restaurant. My suggestions are the Ginger and Garlic Soft Shell Crab, Chefs Special Whole Snapper or the Drunken Noodles with chicken or prawns. I know it seems like a little bit of a trek if you don’t live on the south side but trust me when I say that its worth the drive.

Alexandra Craig 11:05 am 21 Apr 15

pajs said :

Morks is decent, but Canberra is a wasteland for top-quality Thai food. Nothing here as good as Sydney’s best options.

Spice I Am in Surry Hills is my fave.

pajs 10:54 am 21 Apr 15

Morks is decent, but Canberra is a wasteland for top-quality Thai food. Nothing here as good as Sydney’s best options.

Milly Withers 10:10 am 21 Apr 15

Alexandra Craig said :

OMG – I forgot about Chong Co! I’ve been to their Belco restaurant a few times and it’s always great, really fresh and delicious. Since the first time I went to Belco, about 5 other ones have appeared in Canberra. There’s pretty much one Chong Co in every region of Canberra!

I forgot about Chong Co too! I’ve never had a bad experience there 🙂

JC 9:49 am 21 Apr 15

One of the best for real Thai, not westernised is Thips on the top floor of the Belconnen Churches Centre. Certainly not flash, but what Thai restaurant in Thailand is flash? Just good food and often full of Thais.

rubaiyat 9:41 am 21 Apr 15

Normally reserve our Thai for the many favorites we have in Sydney but I will second Thai Chiang Rai in Kingston.

We have had the best Mussaman Curry there bar none, and most of their other dishes are pretty darn good.

Alexandra Craig 9:38 am 21 Apr 15

OMG – I forgot about Chong Co! I’ve been to their Belco restaurant a few times and it’s always great, really fresh and delicious. Since the first time I went to Belco, about 5 other ones have appeared in Canberra. There’s pretty much one Chong Co in every region of Canberra!

Milly Withers 9:17 am 21 Apr 15

For cheap and cheerful Friday night takeaway Thai, Lemongrass Thai at Woden is a winner. I’m a big fan of the red duck lychee curry with coconut rice.

However, for really good, interesting Thai food that’s probably better suited to a nice dinner or celebration (it’s more expensive than the average Thai restaurant), Morks on the Foreshore has it for me.

Rollersk8r 9:10 am 21 Apr 15

I reckon good Thai is the one thing we don’t have here. Have been going regularly to places in Sydney for years and it’s always quick, fresh and so cheap!! Feed the family for $40.

We were quite impressed with Chong Co when it first opened in Belconnen. Less impressed lately – and it’s way too expensive.

Alexandra Craig 8:58 am 21 Apr 15

I don’t have Thai often but I like Thai Chiang Rai in Kingston and Yen Zai in Civic.

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