A last minute thing and we dashed out the door heading for the Silk Thai restaurant situated almost on the Mandurah foreshore. A recently opened restaurant with a BYO license, without thinking, without booking we headed for the new eatery to find it was chock a block full of customers, always a good sign.
We were met by the owner who informed us they were in fact full but luckily a table of four had converted dining in to a takeaway order and so we’re in
Seated at our table, the first thing you notice is the decor. Authentically Thai, with much of the decor imported from Thailand, the atmosphere is warm, friendly and the aroma wafting from the kitchen sets the scene.
As a party of four, we were able to order a good selection of dishes and share amongst us.
We started with the traditional fish cakes. Gently fried to a light golden brown and delicately flavoured with kaffir lime, lemongrass, a hint of chilli accompanied by a wonderfully thick sweet and sour sauce. Thailand’s most famous hot and spicy soup, Tom Yum soup with prawns, mushrooms, galangal, lemongrass and coriander followed with another soup, Tom Kha with chicken. The Tom Kha soup being similar in nature to the hot and sour Tom Yum, but with a velvety sweet coconut cream component. Both delicious, but could have been a tad hotter for my liking.
Being a cold winters evening, we opted for some curries for our main meal. Red Curry with duck (Gaeng Daeng) with bamboo shoots and basil was served piping hot and overflowing with the delicious curry sauce. We asked for medium and thats how we got it, though for my liking, abit for chilli would have been just right for me. The curry was loaded with a generous portion of duck surrounded by a few vegetables in stark comparison to what is normally served where you actually have to hunt for the duck.
Stir fried pork with Thai Chilli Paste (Pad Prik Gaeng), wok-tossed with vegetables, sweet basil leaves and coconut milk arrived at the same time. Steaming hot out of the wok and with an aroma of hot chilli paste and coconut.
Steamed rice and delicous Pad Thai noodles accompanied the meal, all brought out at the same time.
In all a wonderful dining experience. The food was fresh, fragrant and extremely tasty. The owner and staff were attentive, informative and ensured everything was as ordered and as we liked.
Total bill for four people, excluding drinks – $115.
Unfortunately no phone means no photos, but the restaurant, decor and food was all beautifully presented.