The Best Thai Restaurants in Sydney

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What most of us think of as “Thai food” is better conceived as several regional cuisines that share common ingredients and techniques. We're lucky – Sydney is one of the few places outside Thailand where you can experience many of those cuisines distinctly.

From the grilled meats and eye-watering som tam salads endemic to Isan in the north-east, to the familiar curries and soups found in and around Bangkok, Sydney does real-deal Thai dishes that’ll transport your taste buds. Here are our favourite joints around town.

  • A Long Chim alumnus is behind this 30-seat Chinatown restaurant, where you’ll find punchy takes on classic Thai street food and home-style cooking. Think deep-fried barramundi with mango salad, Phuket-style curry with tiger prawns and betel leaves, and a refreshing coconut ice-cream with roasted peanuts and candied pumpkin.

  • This slamming Thai institution has all the classics you know. Plus, a hardcore Thai following to rival the corporates and students dropping in for an affordable lunch and dinner.

  • Thai cuisine by David Thompson, one of the world’s most lauded Thai chefs.

  • A trailblazer in Sydney’s Thai restaurant scene. When the late, great Amy Chanta opened it in Darlinghurst in 1989, it brought Bankgok flavours that were then-unknown to Sydney diners. The Thai street food here is fine-dining quality, served at very reasonable price points. Today, it’s a super-popular chain with stores all over Sydney.

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  • Visit this flavour-punching Thai-ish diner and see why Joe Kitsana might be the hardest-working man in Sydney hospitality. The Hanoi-style spring rolls and dumplings swimming in chilli, ginger and soy sauce are both must-orders.

  • Thai-food legend David Thompson’s right-hand woman is behind this seductive eatery. From the theatrical open kitchen, she’s celebrating the nuances and beauty of Thai cuisine, with flavour-punching dishes you might not find anywhere else in Sydney.

  • For fast-paced, real-deal Thai.

  • Thai food that pulls no punches.

  • Thai cuisine meets industrial aesthetic.

  • Bangkok-inspired plates matched with 90s hip-hop.

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  • A restaurant in Haymarket specialising in southern Thai cuisine.

  • Find this cavernous Thai grocer and cafe in the heart of Sydney’s Thai Town. Despite serving burgers, bowls and pasta, Boon doesn’t mix elements of Thai and western cuisine – it reimagines them like they always belonged together.