I am getting addicted to Thai food in Australia. Thai is the most popular cuisine here. Every happening restaurant strip, street or mall food court has at least one Thai place. But Bang Rak Thai gave me a foodgasm and now I am finding it difficult to beat this one with any other Thai joint.
Dive into the the busy Central Coast restaurant strip opposite the pelican feeding spot, Bang Rak Thai being one of the most crowded restaurants definitely cannot be missed. This eight-month-old stand alone Thai eatery is already making waves. It has a simple, serene decor and seating arrangement set up with many Buddha wall hangings, statues and traditional Thai hand fans.
It envelops you in the flavours and perfumes of Thailand celebrating the sweet heat of the region’s cooking, preparing everything in the kitchen from scratch. And the best part about Bang Rak is that vegetarian food here is equally good and has more varieties beyond just the typical signature veg Thai fried rice.
We love the way sweet and fiery notes, soft and crunchy textures snuggle together — be it the crunchy spring rolls, king prawn or Som Tum (Papaya Salad). We heard from many that their Goong Yang (BBQ king prawns) are superb. It is grilled king prawns in Thai spices served with vegetables in garlic-pepper sauce and tasty peanut sauce. Another must try is Nam Prik Pow Gai (chilli jam and cashew nuts).Famous dish from Thai cuisine, this is stir fried roasted cashewnuts, chilli jam and onion with fresh seasonal vegetables and chicken optional. And if you are vegetarian and like it spicy. Then this one is our favourite and chilly ride to go for Kow pad hor lapa (chilli basil fried rice).
The trio- owner Paul, his wife Money and Chef Freddy are very enterprising and keep innovating. Don’t hesitate to ask them if you want any dish customised. They have their express lunch meal for just $9.90. so when you’re at The Entrance, treat your taste buds with this one.
- Food – 5/5 (We’re making a bold statement here, but we think this is the best Thai place in NSW)
- Ambience – 4/5
- Service – 5/5
- OVERALL = 4.5/5
Cost of average meal for two – $30-$40
Address: 107 the Entrance Road, The Entrance, New South Wales 2261, Australia.
Contact: Bank Rak Thai – (02) 4333 7099