(Melbourne) Thai Deli

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Situated on Clarendon Street, Thai Deli is, I daresay, one of the better Thai restaurants around the Southbank area that serves delicious food at very reasonable prices. Not that I’ve found many Thai food places in this area to begin with, but Thai Deli is a popular dining spot and I’m sure I’ll be going back again, especially due to its convenient location – as retail rule #1 goes, “Location, location, location”. Thai Deli is a family-owned restaurant, run by a couple who were both friendly and inviting, and although it doesn’t offer plenty of choices on its menu, they all serve as great comfort food. The restaurant is also very hassle-free, as one can easily tell from its simple food presentations, limited offerings, and non-fancy decorations. Nonetheless, plenty of office workers drop by during the week to grab a meal here or request for takeaways.


 – General Review –

  •  Service: 7/10

It appears that Thai Deli is owned by a pair of middle-aged couple who were friendly and warm. The restaurant only accepts cash, so be sure to have some with you.

  • Servicescape: 6.5/10

Thai deli is a small-sized restaurant with limited seats and the decorations aren’t very fancy as well. It feels a little cluttered, with striking and contrasting colors. However, if you don’t get the chance to eat in, there’s always the convenient option of having takeaway for your meal.

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  • Non-smoking area: Yes, seats are indoors and non-smoking.
  • Vegetarian dishes: Yes, several vegetarian dishes available for both snacks and larger meals.
  • Price range: $ (AU$10 – $14 for most main dishes.)

Overall Rating: 7.5/10


 – Food Experience –

1) Pad Thai Noodle w/ Beef:

The pad thai was delicious with a distinct taste of peanuts, which weren’t too finely crushed. The beef pieces gave extra flavor to the dish, which had a good balance of saltiness and sweet-and-sourness. The portion may be too big for one, so enjoy it with others!

Pad Thai Noodle w/ Beef ($10.90)

Pad Thai Noodle w/ Beef ($10.90)

2) Thai Green Curry w/ Chicken:

When we saw the staff approaching to serve the curry and place it on our table, we were initially put off as the curry was presented in a way that didn’t quite meet what we had in mind. Also, the portion wasn’t as big as we used to and expected to be so we were quite disappointed. But then again, looks can be deceiving, which was proven moments later when we took our first bite and were immediately impressed. Unlike other Thai Green Curries that I’ve tried so far, Thai Deli’s is by far the spiciest, which tasted really amazing. The chicken were also very tender, and the taste of coconut was quite distinct, but not to the point where it was overly rich. Definitely recommended, and do eat it with steam rice, especially for those who can’t handle spice very well.

Thai Green Curry w/ Chicken ($11.90)

Thai Green Curry w/ Chicken ($11.90)

3) Tom Yum Prawn Soup – Lunch Special w/ Steam Rice:

The Tom Yum soup from Thai Deli was friendly on the throat, which is saying something since most Tom Yum soups that I’ve tried before had sent me to a coughing fit at least once. It wasn’t very spicy, but a little too sour, and also served plenty of prawns inside the soup (yay). Because we ordered the lunch special for the Tom Yum Prawn Soup, the meal also came with a bowl of steam rice and an option between water or soft drink.

Tom Yum Prawn Soup - Lunch Special w/ Steam Rice & water ($12.90)

Tom Yum Prawn Soup – Lunch Special w/ Steam Rice & water ($12.90)

Location: 195 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne – VIC, Australia (3205)

Contact number: +61 3 9696 6895

Operating hours: Mon-Fri: Lunch – Dinner

Sat: Dinner

Sun: Closed

Posted by: V

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