October 13th, 2012

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Mellow Thai

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When I was a kid, every suburb had a Chinese restaurant. These days, Thai seems almost as ubiquitous, but not all suburban Thai restaurants are created equal. This one’s a great bet for inner west locals. It’s a curious collaboration between four earnest Thai youngsters, who’ve worked at Chat Thai but have something different to say.

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They lured me in with home delivery that wasn’t disappointing, and won me over with a warm, in-house experience and better-than-standard eats. Tap into those hazy memories of a beach party in Thailand with lurid frozen cocktails like Phi Phi Island ($13).


The kids can devour their own ice mountain of magic, the Mellow Volcano ($6.90). The slightly weird flavour is sapa fruit (saying strawberry will probably suffice).


The staff love their street food Pork Balls ($7).

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I favoured their super crisp version of Golden Crab ($12). Mellow Black Pepper Lamb Cutlets ($23.90) were my standout main. Pink-in-the-centre cutlets, perfect balance and ultra-fresh sprigs of green peppercorns, let you know there’s a caring, competent chef.


Charmed by their enthusiasm and Thai not seeming boring, I looked kindly on less successful combinations, like the eggplant, grilled fish and soybean called Fish in Black ($16.90). Yep, Monday night in just got a little brighter…

Mellow Thai
172 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Ph: (02) 9572 7881

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