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1 299 Sussex St Sydney, NSW 2000

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Opening hours Daily 11am–10.30pm
Features BYO, Vegetarian friendly
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments eftpos, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 9261 5058

You might not see the nondescript sign, but you can't miss the inevitable and endless queue of die-hard fans at this popular, no-bookings city bolt-hole. With its dark wooden tables and stools, exposed brick walls, open front-window kitchen and efficient, iPad-wielding waiters, it's easy to see the charm of this funky Thai diner. The menu features a dizzying array of grilled meats, refreshing salads, stir-fried vegetables, noodles, soup and authentically chillied-up curries. Start with fresh spring rolls filled with crab meat and drizzled with a palm sugar syrup or maybe the Isaan-style sausage, with pungent hits of lemongrass, pepper and vinegar. Prawn and banana flower salad marries the aromatic shredded blossoms with kaffir lime leaves, dried coconut and coriander, while spicy duck red curry puts just the right amount of fire in your belly. Cool down with a refreshing longan and date dessert topped with shaved ice, but get your order in early, as they can sell out.