Yummy Thai

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.

Owner/Chef at Yummy Thai in BrisbaneThe 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.

Thai Satay Chicken Skewer

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.

Beef Pad Thai from Yummy Thai in Buderim

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.

Thai Duck Curry

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.

Thai Seafood Salad

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.

Thai Seafood Salad

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.

Yummy Thai
5/35 Oakmont Drive
Buderim Pines, QLD 4556
07 5309 6888
Open Tuesday through Sunday 4:30pm til late (Closed Mondays)

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    • says

      Lizzy, I had no idea you were familiar with our neck of the woods. Buderim is lovely. Great views from the hill looking out to the ocean. I’m on the flat bit on the canal.

    • says

      Lorraine, I need to go back and re-read every restaurant review you’ve ever done. This was my first toe dipping in writing a review and I hemmed and hawed about whether I could pull it off.

  1. says

    Buderim! Unbelievable. What excellent looking Thai food. It looks fresh, varied and full of flavour. I think the duck curry would have been my favourite dish too. When next in Queensland… xx

    • says

      I believe it’s called Buderim Pines. You have to go through a couple of neighbourhoods, around a roundabout, down a big hill and then there’s this little place. Rent must be very good. :)

  2. says

    So happy to have stumbled on your blog this morning. These look delicious! I love the vibrant colors in your pictures too! I wish I was eating here tonight. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. Enjoy your week!

  3. says

    Hi Maureen
    lets go back this week???? its my favorite restaurant on the coast ,we eat there so often we have become good friends with Haran, Aon and there daughter eyez, tomorrow we get tho meet there youngest daughter, she has just arrived today from Thailand to live in Australia, how wonderful for Aon to have her family all together again, We LOVE YUMMY THAI

    • says

      Oh you make me laugh often :) I kind of like the name Ray :) That’s what happens when you have forty eleven windows open. (not that I have ever done that myself)

  4. says

    Your description and pictures are making me drool all over my computer. Looks and sounds fantastic. Isn’t it nice when you find a great restaurantt so close to home!

    And oh! BTW….I use extra sour cream on my potato too! :)

  5. says

    It’s always a joy to find genuine culinary gems behind modest shop fronts. Of course it doesn’t happen a lot and we all get used the resultant disappointment so I can imagine your excitement.

  6. says

    I love this post because it gives me a link to cool cotton candy flavors (why didn’t I think of that a la jelly belly? lol) and loads of mouth-watering Thai dishes to look at. Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten has been at places off the beaten path or not publicized to death – always love those hidden treasures. What a great experience and great review, Maureen!
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  7. says

    Nice review. A little too distant for me to try, alas, but fun to read! It’s interesting about restaurants in dinky little strip shopping malls – often they’re just dreadful, but I’ve eaten in some amazing places as well. That old cliche about not judging a book by its cover certainly applies here. Anyway, fun post – thanks.

  8. says

    Don’t you love when you find a special “secret” place to eat, that not many know about? The food looks terrific and I’ll have what your hubby had :)

  9. says

    Never judge a book by its cover, right? The place, as u described it, might not look like a 5 star but if u say that the food was amazing, then I ll trust u blindly.

    Honestly I hadnt had the chance to try out much thai in my life, but the few dishes I had were much enjoyed. I think so I am going to check out some thai dishes now…. =)

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