Top Choice Vietnamese in Newtown & the Inner West

Thanh Binh

This old Vietnamese favourite isn't top of the trendmeter any more, but it should be for its wide range of consistently delicious dishes. Favourites are soft-shell crab on papaya salad or sinful pork belly and quail…
Thai in Newtown & the Inner West


Worth the short stroll downhill from the Newtown strip, or as the focus of a night out in pleasant Erskineville itself, this small neighbourhood Thai restaurant is a real gem. A short menu and blackboard specials of…
Thai in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Muum Maam

Packing a punch for the eyes and tastebuds, this is a buzzy spot beloved of those creative types who work hereabouts. It has a double identity that really works, with a food cart doling out lunch specials before the…
Thai in Newtown & the Inner West

Thai Pothong

The menu at this crowd-pleasing restaurant is full of long-time favourites and people still queue for them. The army of staff are efficient and friendly, and the food reliably excellent. Top choice is a window seat …
Thai in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Spice I Am

Once the preserve of expat Thais, this little red-hot chilli pepper now has queues out the door. No wonder, as everything we’ve tried from the 70-plus dishes on the menu is superfragrant and superspicy. It's been so…
Southeast Asian in Bondi, Coogee & the Eastern Beaches


This Coogee newcomer has got the locals firmly on side with its winning combination of Southeast Asian dishes in a very appealing Bali beach-villa-style interior. Appropriately, there are some standout seafood offer…
Vietnamese in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Red Lantern on Riley

This atmospheric eatery is run by television presenters Luke Nguyen (Luke Nguyen's Vietnam), Mark Jensen (Ready Steady Cook) and sister/wife Pauline Nguyen (author of the excellent Secrets of the Red Lantern cookboo…
Thai in City Centre & Haymarket


This unassuming, friendly hole-in-the-wall offers simple but tasty, authentic Thai dishes that are quite a bargain. Cram into the tight-packed interior or grab one of a couple of streetside places. Order the cheap s…
Thai in City Centre & Haymarket

Chat Thai

Cooler than your average Thai joint, this Thaitown linchpin is so popular that a list is posted outside for you to affix your name to should you want a table. Expat Thais flock here for the dishes that don't make it…
Thai in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst


Devotees flock to this century-old, wedge-shaped printing-press building to feast on fragrant modern Thai dishes, and to sip delicately flavoured and utterly delicious cocktails. Sit at shared tables or at the bar.