After a hard day packing and unpacking into our new house, we decided to go out for dinner. I suggested to my partner to try Thai Garden Restaurant in North Hobart. I have heard from one of my colleague at work that it was good and she had been there a few times a couple of years ago. We were really looking forward to an authentic Thai meal.
The restaurant is located at Davey Street in North Hobart. It doesn’t look that inviting on the outside. But, when we got inside it was bright and welcoming. The Chinese waitress was friendly and nice. We ordered Thai fish cake and beef curry puff for starter and Massaman Beef Curry and Thai Omelette (Kai Teow Moo Sab) for main.
There were 3 other tables – all local Tasmanian.
We heard the microwave beeped a few times in the kitchen. I heard the staff and kitchen communicated in Cantonese. Not Thai. Both were not a good sign for a Thai restaurant. Then came our fish cake and curry puffs. I told the Chinese waitress (from Hong Kong) that we were sharing and to give us 2 smaller plates. The fish cake was big in perfect flat and round shape – not how an authentic Thai fish cake. The taste – it had a mild flavour, very soggy and spongy. It lacked fresh kaffir lime leaves and snake beans for that bit of crunchiness. It was not nice and we believed it was microwaved. But the waitress insisted they were deep fried and was very defensive. The curry puffs were huge with unusual shape with more mashed peas than beef. It was a disappointing starter as well. The waitress asked confidently how were the starters. I responded they had nice flavour. I was trying very hard not to criticise the meal until I had the main.
The main arrived. Once again, both dishes were disaapointing. The omelette was flat with chopped beans, onions and few pieces of minced pork which had hardly any Thai flavour. It was blend and quite watery on the inside because they used frozen beans. The Massaman curry was blend and watery. The finely diced potatoes were overly cooked and mushy. The beef were thinly slice rather than chunky. The kaffir lime leaves were dried rather than fresh. It was an unpalatable curry I ever had. Once again, the waitress was confident and asked how were the dishes before we even finished. We told her the truth but she was extremely defensive which made our meal from bad to worse! We lost our appetite and asked for the bill. It had to be one of our worse experience eating out in Hobart.
Obviously they were doing alright for them to still be opened. I asked if they were under a new management because I was thinking that my colleague knew what she was talking about when she recommend this place to me a few weeks ago. But I was told that they have been running the place for years and had very happy customers. In my opinion, they were customers that know nothing about Thai food and most likey have never been to Thailand. It was definitely localised to a country Tasmanian taste.
I have never written such a bad review on a restaurant before. Normally there is something good to write about. But, Thai Garden had certainly topped my worse list in H0bart.