Restaurant Reviews

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Address

Level 1
252 Swanston St
Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Daily noon-11pm

Prices

E $11-$29
M $24-$26
D $12-$14

REVIEW

The bastard child of Khao San Road and your favourite warehouse conversion, it's a broad-scale takeover of historic Curtin House's first floor: part sophisticated beer barn, part Thai cafeteria where the food matches the noise levels blow for blow and hardworking staff focus the  runaway circus atmosphere. Chef Karen Batson has been flying the flag for authentic Thai food since long before the Longrain and Long Chim interlopers hit town, and her encyclopedic menu continues to hit the high notes across the standard playbook and beyond, from steamed mussels lavished with ginger, lemongrass, chilli, kaffir lime and coriander to braised calamari stuffed with chicken and glazed with a sticky chilli-garlic sauce. Heat levels are not for the meek, but with an equally lengthy wine list backed by an able support cast of craft beers and creative cocktails, quenching thirst shouldn't be a problem.

Phone:
(03) 9663 7660

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Karen Batson

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.