Satang Thai Executive, Haymarket
There are a few ‘new-ish’ restaurants on Quay Street in Haymarket. As most of you know, Thai cuisine is not something I know well. It was a family friends birthday and he suggested dinner at Satang Thai which is located on Quay Street, just underneath the Harmony apartments. Don’t get confused with Satang Thai takeaway, which is directly opposite Satang Thai Executive.
There are two levels, the downstairs is quite small but more seating upstairs. Left the ordering to our friends, as they have been here a couple of times now and love it. I have to admit, they ordered well!
We started with kana moon hoi ($13.50) – beef with chinese broccoli and thick oyster sauce. Tender beef, the oyster sauce was thick and a little on the rich side, but it was delicious.
Kana moo grob ($14.50) – stir-fried chinese broccoli with crispy pork belly was definitely a favourite amongst the diners. The succulent crispy pork belly, I love the sweetness of the sauce, my only gripe was there wasn’t enough crispy pork belly for the hunger diners.
MV ($13.50) – stir-fried beef with garlic and mixed vegetables. Delicious, you can never go wrong with broccoli and beef!
Sweet chili fish ($17.50) – golden fried ling fish filled topped with special made sweet chili sauce. Another favourite amongst the diners, the fish crispy and tender. ‘Drizzled’ in sweet chili sauce – it was a little on the sweet side, but we all fought for every single last piece.
Chili duck ($16.50) – stir-fried roast duck with garlic, fresh chili, shallot, onion and capsicum. Another favourite, I really enjoyed this dish. Fried duck cut into bite size pieces, succulent and full of flavour.
Garlic calamari was probably my least favourite. Compared to the others, it was a little bland and tasteless. However, the calamari was perfectly cooked – incredibly tender!
Chicken pad thai ($9.50) – stir-fried thin rice noodle with house special sauce, egg, bean sprout, garlic, chives and tossed with crushed peanut. Loads of flavour, the rice noodles cooked to perfection. Definite winner. Unfortunately this was demolished before I could even take a photo of it!
Fried rice ($9,50) – stir-fried rice with egg, tomato, onion and Chinese broccoli. I was getting full by this stage, but loved that work aroma, a little on the salty side but extremely tasty.
I think we ordered one too many dishes with sweet chili sauce, it was a tad sickening I thought. Nonetheless, it was still a wonderful meal with family and friends. Service efficient, the restaurant can get a little rowdy when busy, making it hard to talk to friends. Turnover quite quickly, so don’t be put off by the queue.
I probably should be used to this by now, we discussed food over food. We shared our favourite local eateries, where not to eat, and where to eat. We were full but we it didn’t stop us from having dessert at MeetFresh in Chinatown.
GA’s rating: 7 / 10
203-204/107-121 Quay Street
Ph: +61 2 9212 5885