So it was a rushed date night a few weeks ago when the Boy and I needed to get a good, cheap meal and keep it quite local. We were tired, stressed and a little bit overwhelmed by all of the moving we’d been doing that week. I missed the old Thai date nights down in Moonee Ponds, so I suggested Thai… and I managed to pick a winner.
Ticha Thai is located a little further down Victoria Street, away from the busy strip. It wasn’t particularly busy for a Friday night, but it filled up as we were being served. One thing to note about coming here is that it is BYO, including beer. They don’t have anything on offer, but then again, Thai Iced Tea really does the trick (like a dessert and drink all in one… yum) so we didn’t miss out on much.
We ordered a familiar fare to start off with: Curry Puffs, Tom Yum Soup. The curry puffs were so fresh and warm (well, hot actually) and the Thom Yum was alright (dreaded tofu, I know, I seem to attract it with what I order).
The mains were a really delicious surprise – the Mussamun Curry (with lamb) was so deliciously tender and succulent, not greasy at all and incredibly moreish. We served it up with some very soft and creamy coconut rice and (topped with a bit of coconut milk, a good idea) also had a Pad Phuket stir-fry with chicken. It wasn’t as exciting as the mussamun (when is anything?) but I was really surprised – not oily or too gluggy with sauce (as cheap Thai is wont to do). A good pair.
The service is really friendly and judging by the accents, these girls are locally born and bred. I know that it doesn’t make any difference but I was almost a little bit surprised, so accustomed are we to having lovely Thai girls repeat our orders back to us. But these girls were no less lovely, of course.
Value for Money: 9/10
Definitely respectable scores all around!