Looking for lunch in Northbridge this week we ended up in James Street at Thailicious – quite a large restaurant, including al fresco seating out on the footpath – with an extensive menu covering off most of what we have come to expect of Thai places around town.
It is licenced, although the list is pretty basic and limited – a bottle of Fifth Leg Sauvignon Blanc Semillon hit the spot anyway, but it would be nice to see rosé or Riesling among the offerings, both of which suit themselves well to spicy food. The wine has passionfruit and stone fruit aromas, with a zesty citrus flavoured palate; crisp and punchy.
We decided on that old reliable – fish cakes for a starter, and pretty good examples they were – crispy skinned, spongy and moist inside, good blend of minced seafood and Thai spices – and a little sweet chilli sauce to dip.
A dish of chilli and garlic stir fried seafood followed – a mix of well cooked fish, squid, prawns, mussels – juicy, but retaining a pleasant firmness to the bite – the spices middlingly mild – but the FWO ordered some chopped chilli on the side to add a bit of zing to his.
Then we turned our attention to a mussel pancake – crisply cooked and eggy, full of plump mussels, Thai flavours, it was a well put together dish and very enjoyable. They have an oyster version which will be on the agenda on another visit.
All in all, the food was good quality, nothing extraordinary, but full of flavour and top value – a friendly and welcoming place – worth a visit.