Brisbane is flooded with Thai offerings but often you walk into a restaurant pining for the fiery kick of a curry only to wind up with a bowl of watery disappointment. Here are our picks for the best Thai restaurants in Brisbane, so you never have to feel the sting of curry-induced disappointment again.
Brisbane’s newest southeast Asian hotspot has landed in a once-obscure alleyway in Fortitude Valley. The late-night drinking house offers fabulous Thai cuisine from a kitchen team that’s collectively worked under three Michelin Starred-chefs, cooked for the British and Thai royal families and maintained Hats in two Australian restaurants. They’ve created a contemporary Thai menu that features the likes of a pomelo salad with caramelised prawns, coconut, fried shallots and chilli jam. Look out for special guest degustation dinners from culinary superstars like Dan Hong, of Ms G’s, Mr Wong and El Loco fame.
Part Thai restaurant, part grocery store, it’s fitting that My Thai Kitchen is located in the Centro Milton shopping precinct. Best known for being one of Brisbane’s favourite stops for Pad Thai, now you can take a cooking class to learn how to re-create the magic in your own kitchen. But we reckon it’s better to roll up to MTK, have your fill and have someone else wash up.
A short walk from Wilston train station, Thai Kitchen has been around for years and its dependability makes it a mainstay on the family foodie scene. The kitchen has the salty/sweet/sour balance of Thai flavours down pat. The penang curry is an absolute standout here and no charge for corkage (it’s BYO) sweetens the deal.
This Woolloongabba restaurant is a cut above your suburban Thai takeaway, with imaginative, contemporary dishes prepared with interesting Thai flavours. The Green Papaya menu is split into Thai and Balinese sections, with some interesting dishes on offer for the more adventurous (we love the mung bean felafel). The dishes go off with a bang in terms of flavour and presentation, like the lychee and duck curry, which is served in a pineapple for maximum effect.
Rodent puns aside, this Fortitude Valley restaurant delivers some of the best Thai (and Pad Thai) in Brisbane. Thai Wi Rat’s menu covers the cuisine of northeast Thailand and Laos, so dishes are seriously intense in terms of heat and boldness. Sure, you can get a great massaman curry here, but we recommend you deviate from your weeknight go-to dish and try the green papaya salad, pork neck salad or the duck larb. You won’t be sorry. Hint: this isn’t a fancy joint - order at the counter.
At Banana Leaf Thai, one wall is plastered in posters of Thai movie stars and musicians and the others are painted an energising lime green. It’s no wonder the dishes here have zing. The restaurant is set on a newly developed corner on Wellington Road in Woolloongabba. The menu offers all the usual Thai suspects, but we like the experimental East-meets-West cuisine, like the char grilled pork Turkish sandwich with Thai salad and tamarind sauce. The chef’s specialty is king prawn hot and creamy soup. Need we say more?
There aren’t many dependably delicious dining options in the vicinity of the airport, but this is one to put on the list. Thai Naramit delivers the goods when it comes to Thai the way it’s supposed to be: fresh, fast and friendly. Oh, and there is something seriously cool about a restaurant with its own app for placing takeaway orders - it’s a meal at your fingertips. If you live in the Clayfield area, hit download and you’ll never have to get changed out of your trackies again.
Full Moon Bar and Restaurant is more than a place to grab a meal, it’s a place for a night out. Two Thai-Aussie businessman have delivered the Valley’s first Thai-focussed entertainment venue, which means you can expect a dining area sprawled over two floors and styled like a high end Bangkok hotel. Dinnertime brings live performances from Thai bands and the menu offers Thai favourites, plus some must-try signature dishes, like salmon shots and the “dancing squid”.
Siam South Bank is located in the base of an apartment building set back a little from South Bank’s main drag, and we like that it’s so close to the action but backs onto the Parklands, rather than the traffic, and the al fresco dining room overlooks a giant lily pond. The “lunchtime munchies” menu offers a taste of traditional Thai street food but, come dinner, things go a little more upmarket. We love the menu that features fresh Aussie seafood, like Moreton Bay bugs, treated with Thai sensibilities.
Located in the Woolworths Marketplace at Albany Creek, Phuket Kitchen offers a welcoming dining room where the staff go above and beyond to make you feel at home. Of course, manners mean nothing unless the menu delivers and this kitchen never fails to impress. Expect traditional dishes packed with big, perfectly balanced flavours.