Thai restaurants are very nostalgic for my partner and I as they are where we spent many of our first dates. We were very much looking forward to checking out the new Thai restaurant in West End, Gala Thai!
Location, ambiance & service
Gala Thai is located on Boundary Street, but the ‘less busy’ side. You most likely won’t have an issue finding a park, unless it is a very busy Friday or Saturday night. We visited on a Saturday night, however, very early (around 5:30PM). The restaurant was busy and there were only one or two waitresses but despite this there was no delay with service or receiving your food. The restaurant was run very efficiently, and the service was friendly.
I don’t often comment on this, but Gala Thai had an awesome soundtrack of music – fun alternative rock.
It was terribly muggy that day, however, the air con was on inside the restaurant and it was pleasant.
You order on a tablet, which is always a fun novelty. I love it as it gives you time to peruse photos of the meals, and you can order in your own time.
We ordered the Chicken Satay Skewers (four skewers) as an entree ($9.00). The chicken was juicy and tender, and drenched in satay peanut sauce which was a real treat. Whilst the skewers were small, the number (four) made up for it and meant that we were able to have two each. The dish was also complimented by pickled carrot to cleanse the palate.
We also ordered the Veggie Spring Rolls (four rolls) as another entree ($8.00). Although we probably didn’t need two entrees, we really felt like some delicious and crispy spring rolls. And that they were! And they were very large for the price.
I ordered the Red Curry Chicken with Rice ($16.00). Often you need to purchase rice on the side, so I really appreciated that this dish included rice for such a comparatively low price. THe dish was very large for the reasonable price. Overall I enjoyed this dish, however, found the chicken to be a little bit too ‘rubbery’ for my liking, and the curry sauce was a bit on the thin side, so the flavour was less concentrated.
My partner ordered a signature main, the Crispy Pork Belly with Kai Lan with rice ($20.00). I had immediate food envy. The pork belly was super delicious and crispy, and the light soy sauce complimented its heaviness perfectly. The kai lan was cooked well and balanced the meal well.
Gala Thai offers well-priced thai food with large servings in a casual and friendly venue. I would recommend ordering off the Signature Mains menu!
West End Gem was invited to dine at Gala Thai, however these views are entirely my own