Multicultural Eats: Where to find the best Thai food in Canberra and what to order

Sophia Brady 1 February 2021 19
Pad Thai

Charinya’s home-cooked Pad Thai. Photo: Supplied.

Thai is one of my favourite cuisines to cook and eat. Fresh humble ingredients perfectly balanced to achieve harmony between the tastes sweet, sour, hot and salty is my definition of flavour nirvana.

For inspiration and mouth-watering Thai recipes and tips, I turn to local Charinya Ruecha. Charinya’s a passionate home cook with a knack of distilling dishes from her homeland into simple-to-follow cooking videos on social media. Her Instagram account Charinya’s Kitchen has over 190,000 followers tuning in for her advice.

Charinya’s Kitchen

Charinya’s Kitchen Instagram account has over 190,000 followers tuning in for her advice. Photo: Supplied.

“Thai food is famous and fabulous for its balance of spice, sweet, sour, saltiness and savoury tastes. I think the combination is the best in the world, but I am a bit biased!” said Charinya.

“Each region in Thailand has its iconic dish. While dishes from central Thailand like Pad Thai (stir-fried noodles) and Tom Yum Goong (hot and spicy prawn soup) are well known in Australia, I recommend ordering dishes from other regions to try next time you are in a Thai restaurant.

“From the Northeast, try either Larb, an aromatic mincemeat salad or Som Tum, a spicy papaya salad. An iconic dish from the North of Thailand which is similar to Laksa is Khow Soi (noodles in coconut soup), and from the South, I recommend trying Khao Mok Gai (Thai style chicken biryani).”

When she is not whipping up home-cooked creations to share with friends, Charinya loves anything spicy on the menu when eating out at local Thai restaurants. These dishes are in her current list of favourites.


Located on the Kingston Foreshore, Coconine has become a firm favourite of the local Thai community for serving dishes that are not commonly available at other restaurants, according to Charinya.

Try the authentic Boat Noodle from their special lunch menu with a hearty amount of thin rice noodles, beef, pork, tripe and vegetables, or the Meig Pla Pao, a salt-crusted grilled Tilapia dish with salad.

Coconine Thai's Boat Noodle

Coconine’s Boat Noodle. Photo: Supplied.

Coconine is located on Trevillian Quay, Kingston.


A popular southside suburban gem, Baitong in Weston Creek specialises in no-frills Lao and Thai dishes.

Charinya likes to order their sweet and spicy papaya salad, Som Tum, and the fragrant Nam Kao, featuring a crispy rice cake, lemon pork and fresh herbs.

Nam Khao from Baitong

Nam Khao from Baitong. Photo: Supplied.

Baitong is located at Cooleman Court, Weston Creek.

Kinn Thai

Taking up pride of place in the large space made vacant by Jamie’s Italian on Bunda St in Civic, Kinn Thai has been a crowd-pleaser since opening in 2015. The interior is modern and trendy with food to match.

Boasting an extensive menu, Charinya opts for dishes from the central region of Thailand, ordering their spicy Tom Yum soup and sticky Crispy Pork with Green beans.

Tom Yum Hot Pot

Tom Yum Hot pot at Kinn Thia. Photo: Supplied.

Kinn Thai is located in the Canberra Centre on Bunda St.

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19 Responses to Multicultural Eats: Where to find the best Thai food in Canberra and what to order
Oh my God Oh my God 7:56 am 14 Jul 21

Kin Thai is over rated. We had lunch there and the food we ordered was mediocre. Baitong is better inWeston Creek. Go to Thip in Belconnen Church Centre if you want good Thai food.

Tony Hewie Tony Hewie 8:32 pm 01 Feb 21

Thai herb in gungahlin since it opened at yerribi pond to Harrison has been one of the best and most consistent for food quality and customer service x

Karl Luedtke Karl Luedtke 6:31 pm 29 Jan 21

Thai Herb, Harrison by far!

Greer Brennan Greer Brennan 7:09 pm 28 Jan 21

Ohhh some more food for thought

Lin Van Oevelen Lin Van Oevelen 12:58 pm 28 Jan 21

I am still looking for a great pad thai on the Northside. One of those simple dishes that requires real skill to get right, I find.

    Kura Rakete Kura Rakete 3:01 pm 28 Jan 21

    I like Thips Pad Thai in Church offices Belconnen... it has authentic street hawker flavour but very restricted opening hours (M-F) Lunch and Dinner

    Deirdre Russack Deirdre Russack 11:22 am 02 Feb 21

    Thip's pad thai is the best. Have stopped eating it anywhere else. The pad see ew is great too.

Salima Haidary Salima Haidary 11:39 am 28 Jan 21

Kinn Thai used to be good, sadly no more 😭

    Christine Moulet Christine Moulet 3:09 pm 28 Jan 21

    why not?

    Maria Greene Maria Greene 4:37 pm 28 Jan 21

    We went to one in Melbourne and the food was terrible and service weird. They may have difficulty getting staff during covid

Elise Quodling Elise Quodling 8:57 am 28 Jan 21

David Gray research? 😉

William Warner William Warner 7:53 am 28 Jan 21

Why isn't Morks on here? Best Thai by far.

Victor Yee Victor Yee 12:21 am 28 Jan 21

Thai Herb in Harrison is one of the best.

Anne O'Brien Anne O'Brien 10:51 pm 27 Jan 21

Mekong River in Dickson. Amazing flavours, many from Isan, the north east. Order chu chee curry eggplant or with meat. Another favourite is green peppercorn stir fry. I usually order these with sticky rice.

Craig Dingwall Craig Dingwall 10:42 pm 27 Jan 21

Herb Thai Gunners.

Saif Shamkhi Saif Shamkhi 10:12 pm 27 Jan 21

Saba Shamkhi 8% cider?

Julia Piccoli Julia Piccoli 10:08 pm 27 Jan 21

Lemongrass Thai in Tuggers an addiction I refuse to recover from. Their satay sticks are amazeballs, and their Pad khi mao! 🤤

dashing1 dashing1 3:55 pm 27 Jan 21

Thip’s Thai in Belconnen, for me. Humble setting, delicious food always served with a smile.

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