Last week we were invited out to try a Thai restaurant by some new friends I met on Twitter. They’re a local couple starting a new business of gourmet cotton candy, fairy floss or spun sugar, depending upon which part of the world you live in. Think cotton candy meets jelly bellies with flavors like coffee, mocha, strawberry and macadamia nut or rose petal. Their new company name is Spun Fairy Floss and I think they’re on to a winner. They gave me a few samples and I was in sugar heaven. Once their business gets up and running, you should try some.
The restaurant is named Yummy Thai and is owned by a young couple who have owned it for 4 years. The restaurant is NOT on the beaten path but lordy it should be. The food was SO good.
Only after we’d finished eating did our friend Paul tell us that Chef Hiran had previously worked as a chef at the Sofitel in Bangkok as well as a couple of other high class eateries in Bangkok. Those places only hire the best and it was obvious from every bite we took.
I can’t wait to go again and I’ve talked my next door neighbours into going with us this week.
This was a Wednesday night and nobody wanted to go home stuffed to the gills as Thursday morning would come early. We started by sharing a chicken satay appetizer with a bit of beer and wine we brought with us. Beer or wine are not served but bring your own and there is NO corkage fee. (amazing, right?)
The restaurant is in the middle of a pretty dead strip mall WELL off the beaten track in Buderim. It’s only about 8 minutes from where we live so it’s not difficult to find if you have the address and directions but you’d never find it driving around looking for a place to eat.
I’ll be brutally honest here. I wasn’t expecting much out of this dining experience. I was thrilled to be making new friends, but… The exterior of the shopping center isn’t the most inviting and the decor is rather utilitarian but that’s where the negativity ends, my friends.
At the very first mouthful I couldn’t have been more pleased. There were four good sized pieces of chicken, enough to get anyone’s appetite started. The chicken was tender and juicy and the satay sauce was a delightful blend of rich, sweet and spicy.. Satay chicken is one of my favorite Thai dishes but I’m often disappointed but not this time!
We ate family style with everything plopped in the middle of the table. It’s the best way to eat I think. We all get several different things to enjoy.
The first dish was Beef Pad Thai and the flavours were perfectly balanced and I could have eat every bite of this dish. The ingredients were really fresh. For those wishing a bit more heat, they kindly left a small bowl of diced chilies. I didn’t need them as the spiciness was perfect for me — enough to make my lips tingle and my heart to sing.
The Thai Duck Curry was the hit of the night for me. The curry sauce is absolutely heavenly. The sweetness perfectly balanced the rich spiciness of the sauce. This was the dish our friends told us we must try and they were not wrong.
John’s choice was the seafood salad and after the first forkful he was grinning form ear to ear. It was filled with the classic flavours of Thai dishes, sweet, sour, salty and spicy. It was a delicious tangle of mixed seafood, kaffir lime, spring onions, tomatoes, coriander and a lovely Thai dressing.
Surprisingly, the most expensive dish was the duck curry at $17.50 and the 4 of us couldn’t eat all the food in the dishes. The bill for the table was under $65. Seriously. Even McDonald’s comes close to that these days. I suppose that’s the trade-off for being off the beaten track.
If you live on the Sunshine Coast or you’re traveling here on holiday, please give Yummy Thai a try. I’m certainly going back.
5/35 Oakmont Drive
Buderim Pines, QLD 4556
07 5309 6888
Open Tuesday through Sunday 4:30pm til late (Closed Mondays)