My first memories of Asian food were Chinese. This experience came as a child, can’t remembered what was ordered for me but I’m sure it was nice. Now we can enjoy a variety of Asian foods and cuisine from many different countries. Australia would have to lead the world in the variety, styles of food and countries represent at the table.
Thai restaurants have sprung up everywhere. On the Mornington Peninsula there are plenty to choose from. In Frankston, on Nepean Highway, Kon Thai would have to be one of the better. To celebrate a family member’s birthday eleven of us visited Brown Rice Thai Restaurant in Edithvale. For a Monday night it certainly got packed. Either the locals are Thai fanatics, this restaurants serves the best Thai food around or there are no other Thai restaurants nearby. Most at our table elected the banquet. Though the courses were served on large plates each plate was to feed seven. Lots of vegies and coconut flavoured sources but sadly not a lot of fish, meat, squid or whatever.
Where Thai food should be rich and flavorsome most of the sources were bland. This is westernised Thai. Food served this way will satisfy most but those seeking a “real” Thai meal will feel letdown. Service was prompt and staff friendly. Street parking is available and the restaurant is BYO. When I visited a restaurant I like to feel that I’m in a foreign country and the eatery has decor to match. Unfortunately I felt I was still in Edithvale. And waiters serving in green T-shirts with big yellow bear’s heads or Nike ticks on the front degrade the whole atmosphere. Price is reasonable but better value would be had at the local pub.
How to improve on what could be a very nice Thai food house: Improve the quality and the genuineness of foods, waiters appropriately dressed and enhance the decor and surroundings to better represent a Thai restaurant. For all my negativity this is still a very popular restaurant. They must be doing something right. Maybe it’s just me?