Sailors Thai was set up to present traditional Thai cuisine as a partner to the Royal Thai being served at David Thompson's famous Darley Street Thai [long gone but forever remembered...one leading food critic awarded it 20/20 and never lived it down, famous chef and food author Robert Carrier always ate there when in Sydney as did many others who were capable of appreciating the intense flavours of real Thai].
Upstairs at the old Sailors home, overlooking Sydney's first port, Circular Quay, is the canteen, downstairs is a fine dining restaurant.
The Starters at David Thompson restaurants are well known [Thais consider them to be street food, for those anytime quick snacks]. Number one is always one that is served on a betel leaf such as the Smoked Trout dressed w/peanuts, toasted coconut served on betel leaves.
Other starters include Pork Crackling & Quail Eggs with pork & tomato relish on sticky rice, Sugar Banana Blossom, roasted coconut, chilli & cashew nut salad, Grilled Tajima Wagyu Beef with charred tomato, chilli & fresh prawn sauce, Shredded Chicken Breast, spanner crab, chinese broccoli salad with chilli and lime or Deep Fried Sardines and fresh vegetables with lemongrass relish
Mains to whet your appetite and salivate the taste buds like no other include Stir Fried Soft Shell Crab with curry powder, egg and green shallots, Roast Duck Salad dressed with chilli powder, lime and ground roasted rice, Northern Thai Red Curry of pork with peanuts and fresh ginger, Grilled King Prawns with red curry sauce, kaffir lime leaves and basil, Braised Beef Ribs with chilli, lime, eschallot and mint, Stir Fried Tajima Wagyu Beef wth onions, oyster sauce & thai basil or Sour Orange Curry of barramundi and siamese watercress.
Vegetarian dishes are also available.
The most traditional Thai dessert is Sticky Rice and Mango, white sticky rice with mango and sweet coconut cream, pandanus jelly with young coconut, jasmine smoked coconut ice cream and pineapple sorbet...a Thai treat!
You will think you are in Thailand.