(Melbourne) Chin Chin

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A list of Melbourne’s top restaurants would not be complete without at least a mention of Chin Chin. This Asian fusion restaurant (with a bar inside) offered uncommon, but certainly not unpleasant, food selections that certainly lived up to expectations, at least personally and for the most part. Food was remarkably exquisite and of high-quality, and worth every bit of the premium price attached to it. I’d definitely love to come back for more.

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(Melbourne) FOMO Thai

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Located right across the Bourke Street/Russell Street tram stop, FOMO Thai was a highly accessible and popular Thai restaurant in town. It offered a wide range of choices for both food and beverages, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, and the clean and relatively modern interior provided a comfortable and uncluttered environment. Food here generally didn’t disappoint, and they were served quickly as well. However, differentiating its lunch and dinner menus meant that there were some items that were available only in the day, or at night.

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(Lake Tekapo) Thai Tekapo

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Overall Rating: 45%

In general, I thought all of the dishes that I’ve tried here had a lot of room for improvement. But for practical reasons and cost constraints, Thai Tekapo served as a decent option for a filling and not-quite-so terrible meal. Although most of the dishes here were salty, the restaurant offered a fairly wide variety of options for food, and hopefully the other dishes are better than the ones I had.

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(Taupo) Thai Delight Restaurant

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After spending the second day at Hobbiton, my family and I traveled south to Taupo on the third and surprisingly, many restaurants were closed on that day. One of the few places we came across that were still operating was Thai Delight Restaurant, which we ultimately chose to have for dinner. Parking was easy to find and the restaurant itself was located at an accessible area, close to the city center. One of the most noticeable things here was the plethora of potted plants and flowers, and an extremely friendly waiter who welcomed us immediately at the entrance. The food was generally pretty good although I found them a tad pricey for their portion, and on a less important aspect, that their dish presentation were pretty much similar. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the food and warm reception received that evening.

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(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.

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(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.

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(Melbourne) Lanna Thai

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As a big fan of Thai cuisine, I was thrilled when one of my friends recommended Lanna Thai to me. The smallish restaurant is located right across the street from The Royal Women’s Hospital, so University of Melbourne students take note – it’s not too far away from the Parkville campus! When we arrived, the restaurant was already packed with customers who were enjoying their lunch, with the exception of several empty reserved tables. The first impression I had of Lanna Thai was how positively quaint its interior and decoration were, including those funky seats pictured above. All in all, my friend and I had a great meal, stuffing ourselves with several Thai dishes that we’ve been craving for some time now. We ordered the food below and they were just the right amount to make us full. Continue reading