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High Five: Best Modern Thai Restaurants in Australia

With more than 3000 Thai restaurants in Australia, it can be hard to sort the good from the bad. To help ensure you eat well, every time, we’ve showcased five of the best modern Thai restaurants in Australia. Try one this weekend.

Long Chim, Perth

The godfather of Thai cuisine in Australia, David Thompson has returned to home soil to open Long Chim in Perth. This award-winning chef channels traditional Thai flavours and techniques into contemporary presentations, including lusty, full-flavoured curries, aromatic soups and wok-tossed noodles. While the dishes are 100 per cent authentic in terms of ingredients and execution, the service, setting and Thai-inspired cocktails make this a must for lovers of modern Thai dining.

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Longrain, Sydney and Melbourne

For the past 15 years in Sydney, and 10 in Melbourne, Longrain has been delivering its modern Thai cuisine in a tempting package of sleek industrial design, killer soundtracks and spice-friendly wines and cocktails. Standouts on the consistent menu include the salty, sweet and chewy ma hor of pineapple, pork and peanuts; the lacy egg-net filled with prawns, coconut and herbs; and the betel leaves topped with a textural jumble of smoked trout, peanuts and green papaya.


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Chin Chin, Melbourne

With Chin Chin, Hawker Hall and Kong to his credit, restaurateur Chris Lucas has the Midas touch in Melbourne. Years after the opening buzz should have abated, Chin Chin still draws the crowds to Flinders Lane every night – so bank on a two-hour wait for a table unless you arrive by 5pm. Once you are seated, linger over the modern Asian menu, peppered with contemporary Thai fare. Bold-flavoured favourites include the fiery jungle curry with tender pork, “crazy-hot” Issan-style barbecue chicken, and crunchy school prawns with punchy nahm prik.

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Nu Thai, Adelaide

Old meets new at Nu Thai in Adelaide. Chef Thomas Ng draws on authentic Thai flavours and modern techniques in dishes such as caramelised pork belly with spring onions and roasted chilli; pan-fried salmon with a zesty som tum-style salad of green mango, mint, coriander and chilli; or crisp duck with asparagus and a sweet coffee dressing.

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Sugarcane, Sydney

An alumnus of the Longrain kitchen, chef Milan Strbac was inspired to open Sugarcane in Surry Hills after travelling through Southeast Asia. His contemporary menu borrows from a broad sweep of the region, including modern Thai marvels such as the Milly Hill lamb ribs that are sticky with chilli jam; the fried eggs with tamarind and chilli; and the pad Thai studded with golden nubs of fried chicken.



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