In the almost 4 years I’ve lived around Newtown I haven’t been able to try all the Thai restaurants in the area. I have the feeling I never will, but I take every opportunity to try to accomplish that goal.
This time the chosen was Atom Thai. I remembered a food blogger mentioned it was one of the best Thai restaurants in Newtown, and my dining companion hadn’t had a proper sit-down meal there (just some bites during trivia nights).
My pre-meal online research revealed they’ve got a separate gluten-free menu. I hope one day all restaurants get on board with this excellent practice. Sebastian was happy for me to order gluten-free dishes to share.
First was the Hot basil chili crispy pork with green beans, fresh chilis, onions, bamboo shoots and Thai hot basil. It sounded better than it was. We were expecting pork belly pieces with a nice crackling on top, but it was just crackling cubes with a weird crunchy/chewy texture that hurt my soft palate. The dish was medium heat as described, and the sauce was okay.
Hot basil chili crispy pork ($19.90)
Dish number 2 was the salmon green mango salad, from my understanding one of Sebastian’s favourite Thai dishes. Since he’s the expert I will refrain from giving my opinion and report that he wasn’t impressed. He said it wasn’t tangy and as flavourful as he expected, maybe the mango wasn’t green enough and/or the inclusion of some apple slices didn’t help.
Salmon green mango salad ($22.90)
130 King St
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9550 5965