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thai food | Posse

Devout dining in Sydney’s Thai scene

January 21, 2015 at 5:22 pm

 

Image by Ramen Raff

Image by Ramen Raff

Known for being one of the best in the west, Holy Basil has branched out from the central Asian restaurant hub in Canley Vale and scattered its blessings upon Sydney’s CBD.

Best described as a divine eating experience, you’re immediately immersed into the exoticism of Thai and Laotian culture through the cacophony of intense smells, sights and vivid colours scattered across every table.

The story of the restaurant’s unique food heralding from deep in the southwest is not unknown – local cuisine hitting a high note and making it big in the city. But this fresh new location offers something a little more posh. Mashing together a perfect balance between sophisticated and casual dining are long wooden communal tables, dazzling red ceiling lanterns, and extravagant golden statues.

A mellow aroma of herbs and spices escapes the open kitchen and ties in with the décor, capturing the essence of Asian culture, Buddhist tradition and Thai delicacies. Come opening time at midday, the Liverpool St restaurant is thriving with hungry eaters scouting a convenient location for both sociable catch ups and business lunch meetings.

The menu offers a modern twist on traditional Thai and Laotian dishes ranging from rich creamy curries, to exotic salads. Then there’s the not to be missed marinated seafood and red meats, roasted or fried to perfection. Every dish is bursting with flavour combinations that are sure to not only satisfy but also excite.

Oodles of noodles with this winner - Pad See Ew. Image by Jina Hong

Oodles of noodles with this winner – Pad See Ew. Image by Jina Hong

In true essence of Asian cultures far and wide, sharing dishes with fellow dining companions is the way to go, and is definitely the best way to explore the menu – it’s also an easy way to save yourself from forking out big bucks and purchasing several dishes for your lonesome.

But wait, there’s more! In addition to the savoury dishes on offer, it is impossible to over look the intriguing desserts, especially the likes of the outstandingly popular fried vanilla ice cream, encased in a warm and crispy fried pastry sheet, served with coconut muesli, caramel drizzle and topped off with a light dusting of icing sugar. The whole arrangement is a serious killer in taste, texture, and presentation. With those 3 boxes checked, it’s no wonder this mouthful is a foodie fave.

From start to finish, your tastebuds will be on a ride through sugar, spice, and everything nice, so expect nothing short of a glorious stomach-filling meal and a sanctified soul after an experience at this heavenly destination.

Ethnic Eateries Loved by NYC

July 14, 2013 at 3:52 am

New York City is home to every cuisine under the sun, offered both traditionally, as fusion food- and everything in between! It’s a rewarding city for those with an eagerness to sample the dishes which have been proudly introduced by generations of immigrants from around the globe. We’ve rounded up 8 places to add to your wishlist on Posse:

Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano. Photo: http://bigapplenosh.com/

Select your spice at Rosa Mexicano. Photo: http://bigapplenosh.com/

Chat Thai Founder Shares her Favourite Places

February 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm
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Chat Thai Owner & Founder, Amy Chanta

We’re suckers for great success stories and Amy Chanta is one of them. Arriving in Australia minus her children and with $300 in her pocket, she’s gone on to build high-profile restaurant chain, Chat Thai. Born as a meeting place for diners to socialise and chat about thai food, and food in general- thus, ‘Chat Thai’- they  are still serving authentic thai cuisine almost 25 years later. If you haven’t eaten at Chat Thai yet, add them to your wishlist on Posse and follow Amy as she shares more of her favourite places on earth.


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