The afternoon lull between 2pm - 5pm is sometimes the hardest to cater for; a large majority of my favourite eateries around Perth are either open for the better part of the morning till afternoon, or serve lunch or dinner at specific times. I've been enjoying Thai food at S&T for a little over a year now and from my various visits, I always find myself unable to deviate from the stellar favourites that are deliciously delivered so well every time. And I love how they're serving food from lunchtime all the way till the last dinner order. It's casual all day dining with no extravagant frills, yet the authenticity and bustle of the small eatery nestled amongst the various international eats along William Street always manages to make me feel warm and well fed. I must not be the only one, as recently I've found that just walking in at will doesn't cut it anymore - I strongly recommend making a reservation, especially if you're coming in a group of more than 4 people...which I also highly recommend doing, and especially if you're coming in on a Friday or weekend night.
S&T does a great traditional Thai Milk Tea which is lovely and milky; great for combatting the spicy flavours that are to come! Cha Yen - as it is known traditionally, carries a unique earthy flavour that I really enjoy and is always the first thing I order at S&T. I've also tried the Thai Coffee, but it definitely doesn't have as much of a kick as I'd prefer.
The Oyster Pancake could definitely be shortlisted as one of the greatest food discoveries of 2013 - a great entree to share, or I could definitely fathom polishing one off myself. It has simular properties to the famous Taiwanese Oyster Omelette, which is also done superbly in Singaporean Hawker Centres, known locally as "O-Chian". The entire dish is flavoured with nuggets of oysters and is made even more irresistible by it's crispy texture. Perfect for dunking into a spicy, sweet chilli sauce and an extremely satisfying start to the meal. It's definitely advisable to order 2 for groups of 4 or more!
Thai Salads are also a great entree to enjoy and at S&T they don't just stop at Green Papaya/ Som Tum - you can enjoy another seven different varieties! They do do a great Papaya Salad though, which I often order in the Gai Yang & Som Tum Set ($17.50) which comes with the most gorgeous, succulent barbecued chicken, sticky rice and a side of green papaya salad. The spicy pork vermicelli salad wasn't to my taste as I'm not a big cilantro and celery fan, but it still had beautiful flavours and textures that were thoroughly appreciated by my other fellow diners!
I definitely think that S&T takes the cake in a great, authentic Pad Thai. I've found that each mouthful is able to derive consistently flavourful qualities that involve everything from juicy, well cooked seafood (which includes mussels, squid, scallops and prawns) to the spice and charred qualities of that came from the fiery wok of which the whole dish was cooked in. Perfect with the crunch of the peanuts and raw bean shoots, then elevated by a squeeze of fresh lemon - this is definitely one of my favourite dishes on the menu and one that I order every single time I'm here. You'll be hard tasked to find a better Pad Thai in Perth than at S&T!
For curry enthusiasts, look no further than the library of selections available on S&T's extensive menu! On my most recent visit, I finally deviated from the much loved Green Curry and decided to try the Jungle curry...admittedly, it was for the name's sake! It's very much like Tom Yum soup, minus the extensive sour hit. This curry was particularly spicy and in addition to the protein of your choice, is served abundantly with a variety of vegetables within the gorgeous red broth.
For smaller groups, I recommend trying the curry in a set with rice; it's definitely served in a more manageable portion and is great shared between two diners who are trying a variety of dishes! The green curry is definitely my favourite although not as rich as the curry that I enjoyed previously at Royal Siam. Don't be deceived by it's mild colour either as it definitely still packs quite a spicy punch!
Under the Chef's Recommendation section are six variants of whole barramundi that are cooked using a variety of techniques and flavours. All are sold at market price and I recently enjoyed the deep fried barramundi with garlic and chilli sauce. Priced at $45 for the night; it's definitely a great dish to share with a bigger group and it will draw many an excitable statements of admiration the moment it's set down on the table. The skin is extremely crisp and painted thickly with a spicy sauce - you can see the chilli itself, seeds and all. The fish is extremely tender and the spices are so fragrant, but be warned - this dish is not for the faint hearted!
I'm a sucker for Thai desserts and as far as unique sweets go in Perth, these ice creams and sticky rice cups take the cake. S&T's housemade ice cream is velvety smooth and loaded with the very flavour that they advertise. The ice cream is served over warm sweetened sticky rice, which allows you to enjoy lovely hot and cold sensations with every spoonful. The coconut ice cream doesn't have the unpleasant artificial or overpowering taste of extract that coconut desserts usually convey. Instead, it's fresh and has a well balanced sweetness which is a great ending note to the predominantly spicy Thai affair.
Who ever conceptualised making the classic Thai Cha Yen into an ice cream is really a genius - this is definitely already one of my favourite desserts that I've had in Perth. The rich and intense flavour of Thai Milk tea contrasts so nicely with the sweet sticky rice, it's incredibly memorable that after trying it for the first time, I visited S&T twice consecutively within the week just for this dessert. They've been expanding on their Ice Cream and Sticky Rice concept, and whilst I'm not as fond of their Milo Ice cream as it was a little too sweet, I applaud the idea and I look forward to trying Thai Green Tea next time I return.
S&T manages to instill such a lovely sense of comfort onto me after every dining experience there; it's a pleasure to photograph, a pleasure to write about and more and more, it makes me want to share those experiences with all those that I value. With such an extensive array of comfort foods that suit every palette, as well as the versatility that the menu allows, S&T becomes the ideal place to satisfy the taste buds of a wide variety of people. I enjoy the fact that they've continued to innovate their menu through desserts and how the staff are always happy to recommend new dishes or the appropriate serving size for your group. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of charging customers for every takeaway container but it's still a small price to pay if it beans boxing up the next morning's most delicious leftovers for breakfast ever! I always look forward to going back and since I began my love affair with Thai food, I've found that S&T is easily the most enjoyable, consistent and affordable Thai restaurant in Perth.
Opening Hours: Daily, 11pm - 9pm
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