I’m off to Bangkok next week so a visit to I Thai was like a warm up to the upcoming Thai food experience. Our table faced the harbour and there’s always something too see. King Street Wharf was pretty busy this Tuesday evening; tourists and suits were getting on and off ferries, then there’s a raucous party of 50 young lad and ladettes about to board a chartered boat.
It’s cool by the water helping me chillax after another frantic day at work. And I was hungry. We ordered a starter and three mains.
Fried chicken wings were golden and enticing, the flesh tender with surprisingly good flavour. I expected it to be plain with flavours driven by the chilli sauce. It was the other way around, tasty, rich chicken with a milder side sauce. A pleasant surprise.
Yum nua – Thai beef salad was one of those must-order dishes at any Thai restaurant. It’s a popular and help to establish the calibre of a Thai restaurant relative to others. A pet hate of mine is tough beef, at I Thai the beef was incredibly tender, almost to the other extreme. This dish was strong on fish sauce flavour, which I really liked, but may not be to everyone’s taste.
Pad kha prao – chilli chicken basil was light in flavour, almost too light, with no prominent tastes coming to the fore. I’m a fan of strong chilli and basil flavours. The basil leaves here were fried to perfection still maintaining their shape and turning translucent managing to hold more flavour.
This beef curry had lychees which gave it a tropical sweet taste. The curry had the right balance, not too runny and not too thick, with the right amount of flavour for that consistency. The beef again was melt-in-the-mouth stuff.
I Thai served up a very decent, authentic Thai meal, just bear in mind you’ll pay for the premium location and views; our dinner including a glass of wine came to just over $100 for two.
I Thai is located in King Street Wharf, a waterfront fine dining precinct offering 16 restaurants and bars, close to Sydney’s CBD, Chinatown and Darling Harbour.
19 Lime Street
King Street Wharf, Sydney