Summary: Whilst the wait time brings down the overall score of this fast-paced restaurant, it's well worth the wait.
Your RatingUser Rating: 3.1(2 votes)
When it comes to choosing a restaurant, there are two things that scream confidence. The first is an open kitchen, and the second is a queue that curls around the block and back.
Home – a loud, fast-paced Thai restaurant on the cusp of Sydney’s Chinatown, ticks both these boxes, and it’s hard to look past it for a mid-week cheap night out.
If you’re familiar with Sydney’s famed Mamak, home to possibly the best roti in town, you’ll know what you’re in for with a trip to Home. Booking ahead simply isn’t an option, and you’ll need to wait for at least an hour to be seated. But, unlike Mamak, the ticketing system on the door means you can put your name down, take a number, and stroll to one of the many bars around Sussex Street to wait for your table.
Once inside, you’ll start to get a feel for why the restaurant is called Home. With the open kitchen an organised chaos of pots, pans and fresh ingredients, Home specialises in the kind of cuisine you’d find in any traditional Thai household. And yet, despite the absence of frills and the high price you might find at Spice I Am, the food stuns. Perhaps even more so given the price and quantities dished up.
Fast, fresh and simply delicious, you’ll find yourself ordering more than you can possibly eat, spurred on by the fragrant dishes being served left, right and centre to the diners crammed into both levels of the restaurant. Of particular note is the Gai Tod Had Yai ไก่ทอดหาดใหญ่ for entree, a fragrant fried chicken served with a spiced dipping sauce, and the traditional Som Tum ส้มตำ, or papaya salad. But if spice is your nemesis, beware the generous sprinkling of fresh chillies served with the salad, or ask for yours to be toned down.
Choose from stir fry, noodles, curry and soup for your main, and be reassured that each will provide an education in how to balance the salt, sweet and spice of traditional Thai cuisine. The expertly balanced Gang Dand Ped แกงแดงเป็ด, for example, is a succulent duck curry with juicy lychees and pineapple there to cut through the spice.
There’s no denying Home is not the ideal spot for an intimate dinner – you’ll be sharing elbow space with your neighbour. Rather, it’s a boisterous, energetic home to delicious, traditional Thai cuisine, perfect for a night out with friends.
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