Not sure how many people know this, but my first job was actually at my friend’s Thai restaurant! Unfortunately, it has closed down now but needless to say, it set a high bar for all the other Thai places I go to now. Upon my quest to find the perfect Thai restaurant in Sydney, I notice that Thai restaurants are generally on a scale of sweet to spicy. I guess I’ll explain further… I once went to a very popular Thai restaurant and asked for a spicy curry dish which ended up very …sweet?! It was confusing. I guess why I really liked the Thai restaurant I worked was that we always asked for how spicy people wanted it, whether it was a curry, a salad, anything!
Of course, there are people who love that sweet/very slightly chili taste of Thai food, but I personally like it full of flavour with a noticeable amount of chili. So it’s always exciting to find a Thai restaurant I actually love. It’s Time for Thai has two restaurants in Haymarket and Kingsford, for all you UNSW students who are looking for a good, somewhat cheap Thai fix.
The way to my heart is a good bowl of soup. And who doesn’t love a great bowl of Tom Yum? You know it’s worthy when the flavours and fragrance go straight to your soul. It’s a wonderful, comforting feeling that’s hard to describe. This Tom Yum wasn’t too spicy, had a good balance between spice and sour, had the right amount of meat but could benefit with a little more vegetables/mushrooms. Definitely going to order this next!
It’s like the Tom Yum, but with noodles and coconut milk and a few extra things. I’m not huge laksa fan, simply because the coconut milk can get a little overwhelming sometimes but this one was pretty light in coconut milk!
The only time I order a salad is when it’s a Thai salad because, DAMN do they know how to make awesome salad dressing. I love how it’s sour, spicy and super fragrant at the same time! Great Thai Beef Salad, though there is one downside: there’s not enough salad and too much dressing! My leaves were drowning in it by the end of it, and I like my leaves nice and fresh.
CONCLUSION: Not a place you’d go for service but they do have really decent dishes for under $15. For me, who lives for spicy and sour dishes, this is the restaurant. If you’re more into sweet chili, perhaps there are other Thai restaurants for you. Being a student of UNSW, I am happy to call this place my Thai home for when I have those Tom Yum cravings.
Address: 767 -769 George Street, Haymarket NSW 2000
Recommended dish(es): Tom Yum
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 11am – 10pm