All Thai is a newly opened, casual Thai restaurant in
Russell Crescent, Sandy Bay across the road from Coles, and a few doors up from Wings.
I dinnered there the other night with friends amongst plenty of noise, bustle, customers, takeaway dealings and general busy-ness. In other words they were humming, and, interestingly, with the majority of customers being Asian – a good sign.
The prices are reasonable and the service good – but – be warned – the chilli-ness of the dishes is horrendous!
They grade the hotness of their dishes by the number of chillies depicted next to each menu item, so, logically, a one-chilli dish shouldn’t be too hot – not so!
I’m not afraid of chilli hotness, but, man!!!....their dishes are indeed hot. At the moment my body won’t tolerate too much heat, so rule me out of the equation, but others whose chilli judgements I trust, and know from past experience, have deemed the All Thai dishes as being mega hot.
Four of us decided to order a variety of dishes, which were placed in the middle of the table for all to help themselves. My selection was a one-chilli notated Pla Goong (steamed prawns with fresh herb and chilli lime dressing, $17 from memory). My first mouthful, one prawn, in my mouth caused the roof of my mouth to explode out the top of my head as my mouth itself imploded and my lips melted off my face like molten lava! OK – slight exaggeration but you get my drift!
We also had, for entrees, chicken satays, vegetarian spring rolls and Thai fish cakes – all averagely good but not outrstanding.
The other mains were Pad Thai (sweetish but good), Chicken Med Ma Maung (stir fried chicken, vegetables, cashew nuts and chilli jam – delicious, but only because they forgot to add any chilli factor to it – it was marked as a one-chilli dish) and Yum Talay combination of seafood with Thai fresh herb salad and chilli lime dressing, also a one-chilli dish, and the same as my prawn salad but with additional seafood, so I resisted sampling it.
My Thai girlfriends will absolutely love this place, as whenever we eat out, they request more chilli to be added to whatever they order, so this will suit them perfectly, but for us ‘falangs’, I think we need it watered down a bit, and concession made for our more European tastebuds.
I’ll definitely return, but will be wiser in my selections next time.
All Thai Restaurant
(Main entry off
Ph: 6223 2929