Swasdee Thai

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.

Swasdee Thai Restaurant
208 Marrickville Rd
Marrickville NSW

Ratings (out of 5 snorts)

Price 3 snorts
Taste 2 snorts
Service 3 snorts
Atmosphere 3 snorts

17 thoughts on “Swasdee Thai

  1. I’ve been here once before, ages ago – and the food wasn’t very good. But I’m interested in the drunken noodles – might give Swasdee another go.

  2. Ooh yes, regulars are the definitely a great way to find out which are the best dishes in a restaurant. I like places that provide a magazine rack, it gives a a very inviting and relaxed feel.

  3. we dont have international cuisine in hania, unless you call starbucks and a chinese restaurant with a japanese name international.
    i wish we did though, because i love to have a meal cooked by someone else which i dont cook myself at home (most greek tavernas cook the same food most people cook at home)

  4. Funny you should mention the magazine rack. A $2 Thai magazine ends up costing 4 times more by the time it reaches Chicago, so being the cheapskate that I am, instead of paying through the nose annually for subscription, I go to Thai restaurants that offer a good collection of Thai magazines. You get to eat good food and keep updated with what’s going on over there. Two dead birds, one stone … or something like that. 🙂

    If I lived in Australia, that regular would have very well been me.

  5. I’ve never had drunken noodles before. It already sounds mighty good to me 🙂
    but that tofu dish is making me go crazy with how thick and flavorful it looks!

  6. I just love thai food and this looks amazing! Everytime I say I will try something new, but always order pad thai- I don’t want to miss out on it!

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