When a regular arrived and ordered Drunken Noodles without even consulting the menu I was glad we’d chosen the dish. Hopefully it would be a good representation of what Swasdee Thai did best. The regular was eating alone for a quick meal. After ordering she headed straight for the magazine rack, which is a thoughtful thing for a restaurant to provide. If you aren’t reading you can enjoy the homely mismatch of decorations in this Marrickville restaurant. A little set of three elephants bearing baskets of fruit on their backs is particularly endearing.
Our Panang curry arrived in a leaf-shaped bowl. The sauce was a little thick, and would have been better with more coconut. The tofu on the other hand was beautifully done so that it was meltingly soft inside. Its fried exterior was all that prevented the silky morsels from falling to pieces.
Drunken Noodles, the regular’s choice, is a great translation for Pad Kee Mao. Happily the noodles weren’t swimming in dark sauce, but the pepper was a little overpowering. The textures of toothsome rice noodles, crisp cauliflower and silky tofu complemented each other well.
I wouldn’t travel here just for the food, but Swasdee is a comfortable suburban Thai. You can enjoy a meal in company, or choose a magazine like the regular. The easy-going atmosphere is very pleasant.
Ratings (out of 5 snorts)