How was it?
I wasn't sure if I was going to write a post about Selina Restaurant in Fairfield because I had quite a bad dining experience there. But I thought I'd do it because the food blog is about all my dining experiences whether good or bad.
It was a public holiday Monday and the restaurant was quite busy. It looks like your regular hole-in-the wall suburban eatery - cheap, cheerful and authentic. Pictures of Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia), Apsara women, and beaches lined the walls. The tables were lined with pink tablecloth with glass on top. Underneath the glass people had randomly thrown in their business cards, so the tables have now become noticeboards or advertisements. We were shown to our table when we walked in, but had to wait about 20 minutes for them to clear the table from the previous diners and then another 10 minutes to get menus. Not the best way to treat a hungry diner.
Selina Restaurant serve a mix of Thai, Laos and Cambodian food. According to my source, they are the sister shop of the popular Laos Village, just around the corner (which we originally wanted to go to, but didn't want to wait in line - yes, there was a line!). In hindsight, we should have just waited. Firstly, we ordered the green papaya salad (Laos style), they also have a Thai style papaya salad. It didn't come with any of the tiny black crabs that are normally present in papaya salads. I thought that it was really chilli, which I normally wouldn't mind with papaya salads, but this one was lacking in flavour and substance, so I didn't persevere.
The fried rice was really interesting and definitely my favourite of the night. I saw most tables with a plate of this, so it must be a speciality. The fried rice had a lovely and crispy outer shell, they must leave it in the wok for it to get that way. I thought that they could have been a little bit more generous with the seafood, but all in all it was quite good and I think I would order this dish again.
The BBQ Beef slices were disappointing. When it was brought out, it looked quite nice until closer inspection and I could see layers of fat on each of the slices. I was grossed out. I tried one, it was so chewy and tough that I just couldn't have anymore.
I was not impressed by Selina Restaurant at all. I wouldn't have minded the wait and the terrible service if the food was great, but it was nowhere near there. Perhaps they were understaffed because of the public holiday, but that should be no excuse. It was a packed house though and there were plenty of locals, so perhaps it was just me or we chose the wrong things!
8/9 Dale St,
Fairfield NSW 2165
Tel: (02) 9725 6999
Open 7 days