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A multi-award winning Thai restaurant tucked away in leafy suburban Alphington, owners Bryan and Master Chef Chaloem bring classical fine Thai to Melbourne's north-eastern region. Guests are offered a menu showcasing dishes that Chaloem is renowned for since Paladarr's birth in 2005 as well as fresh takes on Classical Thai - matched with a serious but exciting wine list, hand-picked by in-house sommelier Stuart Quinn.
A favourite of the guests is "Pla Goong" - seared prawns with a dazzling mix of ginger, lemongrass, coriander, spring onion, chilli, lemon juice and fish sauce. John Lethlean, former Editor of The Age Good Food Guide praised the dish - "Chaloem's Pla Goong does the whole hot/sweet/sour/salty dance on the tongue like a Thai Baryshnikov!"
Paladarr is a Cuban word which means a small restaurant in a private home. When owners Bryan Derrick and Master Chef Chaloem purchased the tucked-away restaurant in leafy Alphington in 2005, they discovered to their amazement that Paladarr is also an ancient Thai word which means "circle of friends", reflective of the welcoming atmosphere exuded at Paladarr.
Paladarr has not only survived, but has prospered in Melbourne's suburban Alphington where guests travel far and wide to sample chef Chaloem's eclectic dishes. Offering an elegant array of dining rooms and lovely garden area with subtle Thai elements, including Thai candelabras, golden Buddha's and drapes, Paladarr creates an enchanting ambience.
The attentive staff will gently guide you through the dishes, and the wine list is sharply chosen by the in-house sommelier to match the cuisine.FUNCTIONS
Paladarr offers three different banquet menus – the King’s Banquet, the Queen’s Banquet, and the Lunch Banquet – which are suitable for larger group bookings of six or more guests. CLASSES
Paladarr runs regular, intimate cooking and cocktail classes for a maximum of six guests. Cooking classes are hosted by the restaurant’s resident Chef Chaloem from Wednesday to Sunday, and are centred around authentic Thai dishes with themes such as ‘Thai Favourites’ and ‘The Issan Course’ that focuses on flavours from the north of the country. Meanwhile, cocktail classes are hosted by expert bartender Stuart Quinn on Fridays and Saturdays, offering a hands-on insight into classic and contemporary beverages.