For a healthier lunch option, we decided to grab the lunch special at Maenam Lao & Thai, one of the best players in the Strathfield restaurant scene!
The lunchtime special was a can of drink and meal for around $14. I chose the beef pad si ew, which was a substantial portion, and darkly coloured. I found the sauce to be a little strong, and would have preferred a bit less, but the beef was tender and well cooked, and so flavoursome. The noodles were also delicious, and the only thing lacking was a few more vegetables to round off a good dish.
I also tried some of the pad ki mao, which is a spicier and less saucy version of the pad si ew. It had a strong chilli kick to it, deterring me from eating too much, but I enjoyed the fact that it was well cooked and that there were baby vegetables, particular mini corn, which is a personal favourite in Thai cooking.
On a previous visit, I also tried their fried ice cream, which is a decadent and delicious treat! The pasty is flaky and slightly sweet, and the ice cream light and refreshing, but the real star is the pandan sauce that goes on top, which was a unique flavour experience, and very enjoyable.
As we came during school lunch time, there were a few groups of kids taking their lunch break, so we thought there may be a delay in cooking the food. However, service was really speedy, and very efficient, apart from when it came to paying the bill, which was a bit slow. The lunch special was excellent value, and portion sizes are all very generous, which is great for sharing.
One of the best Thai restaurants in the Inner West, Maenam Lao & Thai is both great value and an amazing experience, with great service, food and location to beat!