Another get together with friends brought me once again to Thai Pothong. I’ve eaten there at least a handful of times, for me a Guiness record. The first time was when Alvaro and I arrived in Sydney for the first time. We hadn’t had much Thai food back home (and none of it cooked by Thai people) so it was basically our first “real” experience. We really liked it. As we tried more and more restaurants we realised that it wasn’t that good. It’s a very nice restaurant with generally good service but food-wise it’s not that great, IMO.
This time I thought I ordered the right dishes but unfortunately it was a big disappointment. The green papaya salad with prawns was not very tasty. I was hoping for a fresh concoction of crunchy and fresh elements but it was a bit chaotic and not very pleasing to the palate. It had very few prawns, but I should have expected that given its price.
Green papaya salad ($12.90)
The BBQ octopus was average to say the least. What they could have described as “charcoal scent” I considered a burnt taste. Those thin strips on top of the octopus that look like sprouts were raw ginger, a big shock to the tastebuds. This dish was smallish, too, but again the price wasn’t very high.
BBQ octopus (entrée size $10.90)
I think I would have been very upset if this was a foodie outing, but it wasn’t. It was a special occasion to share with friends and it was time well spent.
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