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Review - Pinto Thai

We were feeling lazy tonight, so we decided to get home delivery food and funnily enough we happened to get a new menu from Pinto Thai which had some gems on it. So letting fate play her hand, we chose three dishes from their rather exciting menu, which was full of funny and mysterious phrasing like 'reach for the star curry sauce', 'fantastic sauce' and 'jungle on wok in spicy sauce'.

The first dish we tried was called a Pinto Pancake (Thai Style) ($18.50). The pancake was crisp and tasty, with hoards of pan-fried mussels, a mound of fresh, green garlic shoots, bean sprouts, a 'special dip' which tasted like a variety of sweet chilli with perhaps tamarind or maybe some fish sauce, definitely made from scratch. It was an absolute winner of a dish - if this is how it travels, I wait eagerly to taste it in the restaurant.

Though we were loath to move on, we tried the second dish - Devil Stir Fried Big Prawn (under 8 size) in shell ($21.50). Now we hazard that under 8 size means that the prawns are about 8 to a kilo (or 125 grams each)... but we could be wrong. The sauce involve a terrific use of black peppercorns, with tiny mushrooms (bursting with flavour), onion and capsicum. The 4 big prawns were tasty, and cooked in such a way that their shells melted (in the mouth if you so chose). Their flesh was well-cooked, and barbequing in the shell really brought out the flavour. It was a definite success!

The final dish we tried, and again we were loath to abandon the earlier 'big prawns', was Aromatic Soft Shell Crab with Lychee Salad ($22.50). The salad involved large whole lychees, mint, mixed leaves, sliced chilli, spring onion, hunks of spanish onion, lemongrass capsicum and a light aromatic dressing. The scattered pieces of deep fried soft shell crab were reminiscent of salt-and-pepper style, and all together this was a superb dish.

We were astounded with the quality and value for money on this take-away, and it has inspired us to dine in next time! 

Pinto Thai
315 Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041
Ph: (02) 9555 6745

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