Today we found ourselves once again in the suburb that oozes funkyness: Paddington – Five Ways to be specific. We’ve been here once before (https://sydneyonsunday.com/2009/12/27/gusto-deli-cafe-paddington/) and promised to return. Directly across the road from Gusto you’ll find Eat Thai. Thai restaurant by night and westernised by day… could they pull off this feat? The menu looked promising enough. The café/restaurant is bigger than you’d think. Not only are there two entrances to the interior dining area picture above with seating for about 50+ guests but a 10 metre walk to the left of the shot and you enter Eat Thai’s courtyard area with it’s own collection of tables and counter.
First off the rank was some fantastic coffee. The skim cappuccino ($3) was beautifully made and had us wondering why more Thai restaurants don’t open as cafés!
One of the highlights of our breakfast was the collection of freshly squeezed fruit juices which you can choose as frappes or juice. We enjoyed a Chill Out (pear, rock melon, mint) and a Siam Magic (orange, pineapple, watermelon) ($5.90 each). The flavours were fantastic and well blended. The Chill Out was our favourite but we look forward to going back to enjoy more:
The Heeley street breakfast ($12.90) is basically Eat Thai’s big breakfast. One of us however couldn’t resist the lure of the chorizo & scrambled eggs so requested the sausage in the Heeley street be substitued. They were happy to comply with not even a change in price. The portion was large consisting of 2 eggs (poach, fried or scrambled) 1 1/2 roasted tomatoes, chorizo, bread (white, wholemeal or Turkish) and more bacon than we could eat. The butter container was placed on top of the toast which meant that when it was opened it was liquid. Other than this, the dish was well cooked. The eggs had been cooked on the pan in rings making the yolks tall and deliciously thick.
The sweet corn and avocado salsa ($14.90) is served on a potato and onion hashbrown with plenty of more bacon and an aioli. The aioli has a subtle flavour with hints of seeded mustard and worked well with the meal. All of the ingredients were fresh especially the variety of herbs that highlighted the flavours of each main ingredient. The portion again was great for the price.
We can’t wait to return to Eat Thai for breakfast and dinner. The special dessert menu looked enticing with dishes such as chocolate fondue (with fruit and marshmallows to dip) and crepes of both chocolate & banana and berry varieties. It was a pleasant surprise to find a great café in the guise of a Thai restaurant and another credit to Five Ways, Paddington.
Overall Rating: 17/25
Phone: 9361 6640
Address: 229 Glenmore Road, Paddington, 2021
Payment Options: CC, EFTPOS, cash