It’s been a very wet and soggy weekend in Sydney. Not only wet and soggy but cold. Temperatures dropped from the high twenties (84F)to around 17C (62F) and had me scrambling to relocate my winter clothes. We went away for the weekend and hoped to enter into a better climate but it seems everywhere we went that rain cloud was directly overhead.
On our way back to Sydney we were looking for somewhere to have lunch but didn’t end up stopping anywhere until we were back in Sydney. We drove into one of my most favourite suburbs, Kirribilli. It was 2pm and we hadn’t eaten all day and we were cold and damp. Some hot and spicy Thai was just what we felt like and right then we turned the corner and found Thai Fusion.
Thai Fusion is a smallish restaurant with contemporary decor. There’s rough-cut brick walls, polished timber floors, wooden tables, modern music and an open kitchen. Bi-fold doors open the restaurant onto the street and on this day they are wide open which I do like however it does make the restaurant the same temperature as the outdoors and so I wasn’t feeling warm. We sat as close to the back of the restaurant as possible and that happened to be near the open kitchen. I do love open kitchens especially in Asian restaurants as it’s always entertaining to watch how quickly they can create a dish using a wok over a high flame.
Thai Fusion has a philosophy of blending Thai cooking with traditional and western ingredients. It was refreshing to find some unique dishes on the menu. Also listed on the menu are a lot of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
We started lunch with a lamb pancake. This was a much larger pancake than I was expecting, especially as it was listed in the entree section. The lamb was tender and in strips and combined with onion which gave the pancake some crunch. I found the lamb to have quite a strong flavour but overall it was a terrific start to our lunch.
We ordered a second entree and this was vegetarian and gluten-free Dim Sims. I loved the presentation of these and the colour. I was expecting round dim sims but these were square. They were filled with tofu and chopped vegetables and blended with spices then wrapped in rice paper and steamed and topped with deep-fried shallots. These are best summed up by Carl’s adjective, ‘awesome’.
For our main course we had barbecue duck stir-fry with fresh vegetables and chilli. We were asked if we would like it mild or spicy and we went for spicy and it was spicy but not so spicy you’d end up with a seizure. I loved the presentation with the banana leaf and the serving was generous with plenty of duck. The vegetables were well coated in spices, brilliantly green and with plenty of crunch. This was an excellent stir-fry.
We were actually quite full at this point but we’d also ordered a noodle dish. Our Pad Kee Mao arrived and it was flat noodles, chicken, Chinese broccoli and basil leaves. This was another generously proportioned dish and somehow we managed to get through it. It was full of freshness and flavour and again, spicy without searing your tastebuds.
We really enjoyed our lunch at Thai Fusion and would love to visit again. It’s licensed so you can enjoy a drink, the service is very good and as I’m writing this I’ve just realised I forgot to leave a tip! That’s not good. I’ll definitely have to go back to make amends. The prices are more towards the higher end for Thai food however the menu is interesting with dishes not typically seen on menus at your local Thai and very definitely, it appears the kitchen is using quality ingredients.
This was a welcome find after our long drive home. Verdict: Fresh and Fabulous. Thai Fusion: 11 Broughton Street, Kirribilli NSW 2061 Ph: 9954 4402
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