Back to Thaitown

August 2010

In the June column, I told you about Sukjai, one of the two new joints in Thaitown on Pitt Street. A couple of weeks ago I tried its neighbour, Thanon Kao San (413 Pitt Street, Ph 9211 1194) which, it turns out, is a funkier sister to the Thai Lemongrasses at Bondi  and Darlinghurst. This one has a tuk tuk out front and a wall display of number plates — go figure — and is named after the road of the same name in Bangkok, which is popular with artists and students. The first annoying thing to this noisy diner is a huge list of specials in Thai. When that happens, I have to try one, so the poor waitress had to translate each one for me. Serves them right. I had the pork intestines salad, which wasn’t too bad — they think we won’t eat the wriggly bits. Even better were the barbecued chicken livers on a skewer and a whole deepfried silver perch. Prices are at student level and that’s who dines there mainly, with a few farangs (foreigners) like us dotted around. Another good option in ever-growing Thaitown. For me, Sukjai was a better choice.

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