(Melbourne) Jinda Thai

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Out of all the Thai restaurants I’ve been to, Jinda Thai’s gotta be somewhere near the top. Although several dishes I’ve tried here were mediocre, it’s got the best Pad Thai. Ever. I’ve been here twice, and on the first I was so impressed with the pad thai that I thought I had to bring my family here when they visit, which I eventually did. Jinda Thai is opened every day with pretty long operating hours, and is easily accessible. It is right across North Richmond Station, and you can also get there by tram, alighting at the North Richmond tram station if you take tram 109, 42, or 24. Make sure you get there early, since it tends to get crowded fast, and also bring cash with you if you’re going there for lunch. If you’re a Thai cuisine person, I think it’s worth to check out this restaurant at least once.


 – General Review –

  •  Service: 8.4/10

Decent service, but staff were very busy during lunch and dinner times. Also remember to bring cash with you if you’re having lunch here, because the restaurant only accepts cash for lunch.

  • Servicescape: 8.4/10

It was pretty spacious and bright in the restaurant, had plenty of tables, and also able to accommodate pretty large groups. But I don’t think you can make reservations here, so make sure to get there early before mealtimes. The restaurant had a slight mix of both oriental and industrial-style decor, and I thought it was a great place to eat at for all ages.

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  • Non-smoking area: Seats are indoors and smoke-free.
  • Vegetarian dishes: Yes, plenty of vegetarian dishes and alternatives available.
  • Price range: $$ (AU$13 – $18 for most main dishes.)

Overall Rating: 8.7/10


 – Food Experience –

1) Cha Yen:

The Cha Yen was good, although it was too concentrated and sweet for my liking, so I added some water and waited for the ice to melt a little to dilute the taste.

Cha Yen ($3)

Cha Yen ($3)

2) Fish Cake, Squish Cake:

The dish was decent, but not extraordinary. Nonetheless, I liked the sauce, which had crushed peanuts and cucumbers and tasted both sweet and sour. The fish cake wasn’t too fried either, and the salad helped to balance out the oiliness.

Fish Cake, Squish Cake ($8.90)

Fish Cake, Squish Cake ($8.90)

3) Gai Ping & Nam Jim:

Describing this dish would be a bit of a paradox. On one hand, I thought the dish generally tasted pretty bland, but on the other hand, the marinade for the chicken tasted a little sweet and the sauce a tad salty. Perhaps there wasn’t a lot of seasoning to begin with, but whatever flavors that were added to the dish were unbalanced. Unfortunately, I didn’t think the quality matched up to the price.

Gai Ping & Nam Jim ($8.90)

Gai Ping & Nam Jim ($8.90)

4) Som Tum Soft Shell Crab:

Definitely in the list of recommended dishes. The soft shell crab proved to be an excellent combination with the green papaya salad, even though it’s pretty oily. The som tum was refreshing, but the addition of the soft shell crab made it even more fragrant. For those who can’t take spice very well, good news – the dish wasn’t very spicy at all.

Som Tum Soft Shell Crab ($13.90)

Som Tum Soft Shell Crab ($13.90)

5) Tom Yum – Tofu & Vegetables:

Pretty disappointed with the tom yum – the soup was too concentrated and salty. We couldn’t even drink the soup by itself and ended up having to eat it with rice after every spoonful.

Tom Yum - Tofu & Vegetables ($16.90)

Tom Yum – Tofu & Vegetables ($16.90)

6) Green Curry Chicken:

I quite liked the Green Curry Chicken even though the portion was small. The taste was somewhat milder compared to others that I’ve tried before, and the curry wasn’t very rich.

Green Curry Chicken ($16.90)

Green Curry Chicken ($16.90)

7) Pad Thai Chicken:

Hands down the best and most delicious pad thai I’ve ever had. Easily my favorite dish from Jinda Thai, the pad thai was chewy, fragrant, and the flavor was perfect. The crushed peanuts were also savory and added to the texture of the dish, along with the fresh bean sprouts.

Pad Thai - Chicken ($13.90)

Pad Thai – Chicken ($13.90)

8) Pad Gra Pow:

The Pad Gra Pow wasn’t too dry nor oily and the taste was decent, but I didn’t think it was as good as others that I’ve tried.

Pad Gra Pow - Pork ($16.90)

Pad Gra Pow – Pork ($16.90)

9) Cake & Ice Cream – Salted Caramel:

Loved it! We wanted to try the green tea flavored one originally, but it was sold out (since it’s supposedly the most famous one). The salted caramel was still pretty amazing, wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet, had a smooth texture, and the consistency wasn’t too thick. The nuts added a crunchier texture to the cake, which itself had very distinctive layers, and two scoops of vanilla ice cream were served on the side. Overall, it’s a pretty sweet dish, and I’d love to try out the green tea flavored version one day.

Cake & Ice Cream - Salted Caramel ($8.50)

Cake & Ice Cream – Salted Caramel ($8.50)

 

Location: 7 Ferguson Street, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC – Australia (3067)

Contact number: +61 3 9419 5899

Operating hours: Thurs – Tues: 11.30am – 10pm

Wed: 5pm – 10pm

Posted by: V

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