Review: Doytao (Newtown)

First of all, I want to apologise for the terrible photos. I’ve said this before but it doesn’t hurt to remind people: I’m not a photographer. If some photos in this blog are half-decent is just because I sort of inherited a good camera from a photographer friend. Notice that all of those photos have been taken during the day. That’s why I prefer going out for lunch than for dinner, but unfortunately other people seem to don’t care about my lack of skills and prefer to go out for dinner.

Alvaro’s cousin Renato and his wife Susana came to Australia a few weeks ago. They stayed for a few days in Sydney, then travelled around the east coast, and came back before returning home. They had been living on burgers, steaks, some pasta and some home cooked meals. Why they chose to do that in a country which so much variety is beyond me. Alvaro suggested that we had Thai for dinner so that they could try something different for a change. We live 10 minutes away from King Street (by foot) so finding a place was not an issue, the real challenge was to find parking (we drove because we had the suitcases in the car).

We ended up in Doytao Thai. We had been before and we liked it, although it had been 2 or 3 years ago. Renato and Susana ordered a half boneless BBQ chicken, marinated with Thai herbs. The Cantonese-influenced restaurants in Peru serve fried rice as a side, so they thought plain steamed rice would be too bland. Instead, they ordered the King St fried rice, which comes with egg, ham, peas, pineapple, capsicum, sultanas and cashew nuts. They thoroughly enjoyed both dishes and proclaimed this the best meal they had in Australia.

King Street fried rice

King St fried rice ($12.50)

The chicken photo was extremely blurry, so I decided not to embarrass myself further. The half chicken costed less than the fried rice: $9.00.

Alvaro was in the mood for curry. We ordered a beef Panaeng curry and asked the waitress to keep it mild. Alvaro had boring (steamed) rice to soak up the sauce. We also ordered the roasted duck salad in Doytao’s spicy sauce which was fantastic as almost any dish that involves roasted duck. The curry was tasty, too.

Roast duck salad

Roasted duck salad in Doytao’s spicy sauce ($16.50)

Panaeng curry

Beef Panaeng curry ($14.50)

Doytao Newtown
543 King St
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9557 6334
www.doytaothai.com.au

Doytao Thai Restaurant Newtown on Urbanspoon


10 comments

  1. I’m only newish to photography too. My first review ‘photo shoot’ was a total mess. I did basically everything wrong. But I think I’m getting the hang of it now.

    Are you using an SLR? If so I’m happy to give you some pointers over a meal or a beer next time you’re around Newtown.

  2. Had a really poor meal here years ago, but I may return if I’m in the mood for fried rice as it looks good and different to the norm.


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