The Best Thai Restaurants in Melbourne
Thailand’s cuisine is highly diverse. In the seafood-loving south, where its Muslim population is most concentrated, Malay, Indian and Chinese cuisines are all influences. The fertile heart around Bangkok serves dishes like Ayutthaya noodles (boat noodles), kaeng khiao wan (green curry) and tom yum (hot and sour soup). In the cooler north, or Lan Na, you’ll find aromatic khao soi and sai oua (grilled herbal pork sausage). And the north-east region of Isan is all about grilled and fermented meats, eye-watering som tam salads and sticky rice.
This variety is now readily apparent in Melbourne, in a way it wasn’t only 10 years ago. Chefs are increasingly introducing lesser-known and regional dishes, including mookata (a hotpot-barbeque hybrid), khao man gai (chicken and rice) and even ant larvae soup. These are the best Thai restaurants in Melbourne for standout Thai food.