It would be hard to miss Payom Thai, it is in a bright purple building on Canterbury road. It is my local Thai, and while I have had take-away there three times, this was my first dine-in experience.
Joining me for dinner was my old kickboxing friends KB1 and KB2. Yep, KB2 had come over to my side of the city instead of me going to Carnegie.
I had booked a table for 7:30pm and was wondering if a booking was actually necessary. Turns out it was, the place was 95% full (always a good sign).
Payom Thai is licensed, but allows BYO wine for $3 per bottle corkage. We brought along a red and a white.
We started with three entrees.
KB2 and I tried the (blurry) chicken satay.
I liked the satay, it wasn’t too strong in flavour and had little pieces of peanuts in it for crunch.
All the rest of our dishes were vegetarian dishes as KB1 is a vegetarian.
First up was Por pia puk: Thai spring rolls with vegetables.
We all liked these, they were delicate with a super fresh filling and golden brown pastry.
We also tried the Curry puffs puk: Thai vegetarian curry puffs
Again, good pastry and lots of flavour in the filling. I normally go with chicken curry puffs, so was glad to try, and like, the vegetarian verison.
KB1 and I both had the curry puffs in our favourite dishes of the night.
Onto the mains…
Pud toa fu makhru: stir fried beancurd with eggplant, garlic,chilli and sweet basil
We all thought the eggplant was really tasty and well cooked, but KB2 thought the chilli overpowered the garlic but didn’t overpower the whole dish. KB1 liked the rich sauce.
Koa pud puk: Thai fried rice with vegetables and egg.
Again, we all really liked this dish, it was a good variation on plain rice and I thought the tomatoes had heaps of flavour and went really well with the rice. KB1 said lots of egg and spices made it really tasty.
We also had a serve of roti, which was also very good.
In terms of service, the waitresses were really friendly, and even helped KB2 with her Thai pronunciation when I insisted she order the dishes by their real names instead of me ordering in English.
They replaced the bottles of waters as soon as we had emptied them, but did clear away dishes while people were still eating.
Overall, a good night with good food and good friends.