Wednesday, December 02, 2009

In The Mood For Thai, Surry Hills

How was it?
Food: 7/10
Service: 6.5/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: $$

One night we ended up in Surry Hills at In The Mood For Thai. I wasn't particularly in the mood for Thai, but turning up to restaurants without a reservation on a Saturday night is pretty tricky in Surry Hills. So we went in and I immediately liked the open front and the decor. There were woven basket chairs hanging from the ceiling and a moody red & black colour scheme, which a lot of Thai eateries are going for these days, I've noticed.

The food took a while to come out, and seeing as though I was already hungry and cranky, this didn't help matters. Fortunately, the food did make up for it.

Green Curry (with vegetables and tofu) $15.90

Green Curry (with vegetables and tofu) $15.90

The green curry was served in a shallow square plate, which I thought was interesting and maybe a little bit westernised. But, I should learn not to make assumptions because the green curry was great! Just the right amount of chilli, a smooth texture and a generous serve of vegetables throughout.

Freshly Grilled Tender Octopus $16.00

Freshly Grilled Tender Octopus $16.00

The grilled octopus was served on a salad of mint, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, red onion with a chilli lime dressing. It was lovely and fresh. The octopus was nicely grilled with that smoky char-grilled flavour.
Kai Yang $19.50
Marinate Chicken Maryland in aromatic special Thai sauce, grilled and served with sweet chilli and Thai dipping sauce

Kai Yang $19.50
Marinate Chicken Maryland in aromatic special Thai sauce, grilled and served with sweet chilli and Thai dipping sauce

They were so generous with the portion of grilled chicken. This was probably our favourite dish. The chicken was grilled til perfectly tender and juicy. The two accompanying sauces were also delicious, sweet chilli sauce and a special fish sauce.

I was pleasantly surprised by this Thai eatery. Even though I kept comparing the prices to my local Thai restaurant, I was still happy as the food was good. There's so many Thai eateries in Surry Hills to choose from, but I think this one is pretty decent and wouldn't hurt the wallet so much!

In The Mood For Thai
379 Crown St,
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Open 7 Days
Tel: (02) 9380 8097
In The Mood For thai on Urbanspoon

In other news...
The wonderful Ellie of Almost Bourdain was kind enough to pass on the Over The Top award to my blog!

Over The Top Blog Award:

According to the rules of the award, I must provide my readers the answers to the below 35 questions in ONE WORD. I also must THANK my award giver for this fun award AND grant 6 of my FAVORITE BLOGGERS this award. Then, give them the heads-up that they have been nominated by yours truly.

So a big big THANK-YOU to Ellie for passing this award onto me. I don't really feel very deserving of it, but I'll take it ;) Thanks for always providing us with beautiful recipes and pictures! You are a real inspiration to all of us, so thank you for blogging and sharing your wonderful talents :) xx

Onto the questions...

  1. Where is your cell phone? Bed
  2. Your hair? Black
  3. Your mother? Sweet
  4. Your father? Smart
  5. Your favorite food? Japanese
  6. Your dream last night? Blank
  7. Your favorite drink? Water
  8. Your dream/goal? Happiness
  9. What room are you in? Bedroom
  10. Your hobby? Blogging
  11. Your fear? Heights
  12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Home
  13. Where were you last night? Dinner
  14. Something that you aren’t? Confrontational
  15. Muffins? Ok
  16. Wish list item? Boat!
  17. Where did you grow up? Sydney
  18. Last thing you did? GossipGirl
  19. What are you wearing? PJs
  20. Your TV? Unwatched
  21. Your pets? Dog
  22. Friends? Love
  23. Your life? Busy
  24. Your mood? Tired
  25. Missing someone? Yes
  26. Vehicle? Yes
  27. Something you’re not wearing? Socks
  28. Your favorite store? H&M
  29. Your favorite color? Red
  30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
  31. Last time you cried? October
  32. Your best friend? Smurf
  33. One place that I go to over and over? Bathroom
  34. One person who emails me regularly? K
  35. Favorite place to eat? Street (in Asia, but I always get sick, but it's totally worth it!)

I would like to pass on this wonderful Over The Top Award to 6 bloggers:

Oh that was hard!
I love you all :) xx

Update (Feb 2010): Another thank you to Kristy for passing on the OTT award to me :) xx


  1. Haha yay gossip girl! loves it :D There are so many thai places in Sydney, it's crazy! The grilled chicken looks yummy, I could do with some of that right now!

  2. You're so sweet! Thanks Betty! I love reading these things and finding out more about my fellow bloggers!

  3. Ooh I've seen this place, it's the one with those cool hanging cane chairs (they have one in The Rocks). Good to know that it has some good food! :)

  4. I want to get stuck into that octopus!

    Thanks so much Betty, I feel honoured! When you get that wished-for boat, you'll have to sail it round to Perth for a visit :)

  5. Looks great especially the octopus. Oh I see that 'In the mood for Thai' is part of the Thairiffic group, wonder if they menu is much different.
    And thanks for the award, looks like those questions will be fun (yay for gossip girl!)

  6. The grilled chicken looks great. The char surface with those flavour packed bits are the best!

    Thanks for the award! I especially like your answer to "Your hobby? Blogging" lol, starts as a hobby and morphs into an obsession!

  7. Looks like it was a REALLY dimmly lit restaurant.

    Food looks decent enough but seems somewhat exxy for Thai. Then again, city prices, right?

  8. Love the look of the hanging cane chairs, birdcage style hanging light fixtures, not to mention that charred octopus! Agree with Simon about the lighting being very 'romantic' though =p

  9. The grilled chicken looks great! Congrats on the award!

  10. That grilled chicken looks fantastic and congratulations on your award!

  11. Thanks for the review; it looks like a good place to try, especially the generous grilled chicken. :)

  12. The food looks wonderful here! Would love to try the octopus..yum yum!
    Oh my gosh thank you for the award!!!! I won't get a chance to answer the questions because I'm going away for a mini-break there a time limit? I'll be back in a week.....
    Thanks again!!

  13. Congrats on your award! I haven't heard of that Thai place, but there certainly aren't a shortage of any Thai eateries in the city :)

  14. Hi Steph: Loves it! I know, but there are so many dodgy ones around!

    Hi Forager: You're welcome :) Me too!

    Hi Lorraine: Yes, that one! Oh, I didn't know that.. cool! Yep, it was pretty satisfying.

    Hi Conor: You're welcome! I definitely will... one day :)

    Hi Lili: I think they're all pretty much the same. You're welcome! Hehe xoxo

    Hi Maria: It was very tasty indeed. You're welcome. Hehe... oh dear.. I think I've already reached that stage, but it's perfectly normal, no?

    Hi Simon: It was! I was getting quite frustrated with the lighting, as you can imagine! Yeah, perhaps city prices, but then for Surry Hills - it was average I'd say.

    Hi Mademoiselle Delicieuse: The decor was pretty funky. That octopus was huge and very tasty! A little bit too romantic for me! haha

    Hi Anita: Thank you :)

    Hi Trissa: It was super tasty! Thank you :)

    Hi Joey: No worries, it was so much better than expected!

    Hi Brenda: I was quite happy with everything we ordered. Hehe. You're welcome! There's no time limit at all!

    Hi Y: Thank you :) So true, there's a Thai restaurant on every street corner!


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