Thai-Namic has expanded its doors to hit the Sydney South Western areas of Canley Vale after such success with its first restaurant in Leichhardt
. Its location is part of a new dining district that Canley Vale has developed recently (in my opinion that is). What was formly empty space is now filled with new and modern restuarants. The street is buzzing by night, something which it did not used to do. It is definitely sprucing up the area and is creating attraction to all foodies out there with a variety of cuisines on offer.
Thai-Namic opened its doors in Canley Vale in early May 2011. I’ve had many friends to have dined at the restaurant since its opening and have heard mainly positive feedback. There was no rush for me to go and try it since it was so local, but the boy and I decided on an impromptu dinner before heading out to watch a movie.
The decor and ambience was lovely. Nice. Warm. Modern. Inviting. Definitely not a place you expect to see in Canley Vale, that’s for sure.
As we wait for our dishes, the waiter brings out complementary prawn crackers. Biggie and I were so hungry at this point that we devoured the whole bowl. Eating prawn crackers brings me back to my childhood. I would eat these and go on and on. Funnily enough I ate a whole big bowl just at my sister’s house the other night. Once I start I just can’t stop!
Yum Chicken Feet Salad $8.90
This salad was recommended by the boy. It’s a salad that consists of boneless chicken feet combined with thai herbs, lemon juce, chilli and mint. Biggie warned me that it had a bit of a kick but since he’s not a fan of chilli, I thought he was exaggerating. One bite and POW! I felt my tummy already churn. It sure was a kick alright! Despite it being so chilli (worthy of two chillis on the menu) it was asbolutely delicious! It was so fresh and tasty. It had the perfect balance of sweetness, sourness, saltiness and spice. Mmm my mouth is salivating just thinking about it..
A typical dish that is always ordered when eating thai/laos food is the pork sausages. These sausages were marinated with a combination of glutinous rice, minced ginger, salt and pepper and grilled over a charcoal fire. They were jam-packed with flavour but what really brought out the flavours was the sauce that it was accompanied with. I have no idea what the sauce is called (anyone want to let me know?), but it comes with most thai/laos entree dishes – it’s sweet, sour, salty, spicy and has fresh herbs. This sauce also had a major kick with the amount of chilli that was in it. For some reason it just worked with the sausages and gave it some oomph.
Ox Tongue $7.90
Another dish that is commonly ordered is the ox tongue. It is marinaded with their “special” marinade and grilled, served with a tamarind, garlic and chilli sauce. I am a lover of ox tongue. Thai-Namic’s ox tongue was seasoned well and was super tasty. The smaller/outer bits of the tongue were slightly overcooked though, most likely because the meat wasn’t as thick. None the less, it marries so well with the tamarind dipping sauce. Mmm nom nom.
Massaman Beef Curry $11.90
Last on the menu is the Massaman Beef Curry – a rich and aromatic mild curry cooked with coconut milk, bay leaves, tamarind, cashews and potatoes. Another choice by the boy – this was a bit of a change to the green curry we usually order. It was a cold winter’s night and there’s no better way to spend it eating a nice warm, hearty curry! The beef was so tender it just melted in the mouth. The only complaint I had was that there was not enough of it!
At affordable prices, you will definitely get a good feed from Thai-Namic – tasty, satisfying and filling. I was completely stuffed! The next time I return, I would love to try some of the chef’s recommendations including their soft shell crab (“devil crab” and “heaven crab”) and the red duck curry.
4&5/47-49 Canley Vale Road
Canley Vale, NSW 2166
Tel: +61 2 9727 7798