379 Crown St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Wed to Fri
10am ~ 3pm
Mon to Sun
5pm ~ 10:30pm
On our second night in Sydney, we decided to try our luck at celebrity chef Luke Nguyen's Red Lantern. Unfortunately we were not so lucky this time. They were fully booked. Changed our plan and decided to go to Surry Hill again and randomly picked a restaurant. I remembered this Thai place with modern chic decor, dark walls and black chandeliers with red lamp shades from last night. It was fully packed and everyone seemed so happy and enjoyed their food.
Our destination was In The Mood For Thai. After a lovely afternoon at Taste of Sydney we needed to find something top quality to match our experience in Sydney so far.
It was late at night and the restaurant was quiet as there were only one or two tables with customers and the menu was small. It was more like a fast chain cheap eat place rather a fancy restaurant as it's decoration indicates. I like the idea of the large open kitchen. Young Thai chefs working hard inside and the lousy sound from stir frying with large wok warm up the chilli night. The food was fresh and tasty. Way better than I expected be honest. The mixed entree starter came with spring rolls, curry puff, tod mun pa (homemade fishcakes with sweet chilli sauce), marinated chicken on skewer and chicken wing and all for only $8.9. Can't beat that price! It was cheap as chips and surprisingly quite delicious. I liked the fish cake and the chicken skewer was also not bad. Hubby loved the entree and it was flavoursome.
I ordered Mussels with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, Thai herbs and drizzle with chilli and lime dressing for main course. I loved it! The herbs smelt so good and the mussels were very fresh to eat. For only $16.90, I think that was very good price. I was happy about it and after finished the whole bowl, it left me no room for any other dishes.
Hubby ordered the Pad Thai King Prawns, a classic stir fried of thin rice noodle with king prawns, bean sprouts, tofu, shallot and onion. Again, fresh and beautifully cooked. DH even took away the left over back to the hotel.
We share the Hoi Sin Sauce with Beef which was hoi sin infused beef stir fried bean, broccoli and garnished, with fried onion. It was nicely presented and so as all their dishes. Their food were quiet large in portion. For $15, there were nothing to complain about.
We had a great evening.
Are you in the mood for Thai? Well, I am.
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