Being a Parramatta gal myself I instantly said YES YES YES when she invited me along. I'd been going past Sitney Thai on the bus each afternoon and was curious about the place, so this was just the chance I needed to satisfy my curiosity. Fellow Westie, Tammi also joined us, but I am most impressed by Sara who drove ALL the way across Sydney in peak hour to have dinner with us.
I have to give props to Wendy who managed to get the three of us to order dinner from the special Food Morning Sydney menu amidst our constant chatting and gossiping about food, Masterchef, our cameras and just life in general.
As part of the voucher we could order an entree each, although two choices needed to include either spring rolls, satay sticks or curry puffs as part of the deal. Now, I've done Weight Watchers and let me tell you Curry Puffs are deadly fattening (ie you could eat two Curry Puffs in a day and then NOTHING else) so I vetoed them asap.
|Clockwise from top right: Duck Herbs; Spring Rolls; Kai Satay; and Tung Tong|
And now onto the mains...the Massamum Curry Beef is a hit with me as it comes topped with potato chips. Squee. Never mind the tender chunks of beef sitting in a sweet coconut broth and topped with fried red onion that makes my mouth sing with flavour - any dish that comes topped with potato chips is a winner in my books.
The Chicken with Lime Leaves and Peppercorns Sauce is another flavour packed and fragrant dish - the chicken is tender and the vegetables crisp.
For mains I knew that I really wanted a salad as I just find Thai salads amazingly fresh and irresistible. I can also kid myself that by having a salad I'm being really healthy. So following that logic a Som Tum salad with Soft Shell Crab can't be bad for us right? Although the Soft Shell Crab is deep fried so the outer is crisp and the innards tender and soft, any calories in the crab must surely be offset by the shredded green papaya salad with carrot, tomatoes, green beans, peanuts and a lemon chilli dressing. Right? Right!
Sara rightly points out that we need to try the Pad Thai - as really it is a benchmarch for which all Thai restaurants can be judged. Of course by the time we tuck into our Seafood Pad Thai it is stone cold as we took so long taking photos of it, but it is still a lovely dish. They are very generous with the seafood and the dish is fresh and tasty.
Our meal ends with a lovely little dessert of sago balls in coconut milk and topped with rockmelon. The coconut milk has a slightly salty taste to it (it's better than it sounds, trust me) and the little sago balls pop in the mouth.
Sitney Thai Restaurant is at 277B Church Street, Parramatta. A big thank you to Wendy and Sydney Food Morning for inviting me along...I had a great time.