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Friday, 28 October 2011

Opium Den, Potts Point

When I told people I was going to a place called Opium Den for a friend's birthday, they either looked at me with a funny look on their face, or stared at me with wide open eyes as if i had sprouted a third ear or something. And then I would go on to explain I was going there for dinner, which left them further confused. And then I explained that it was a Thai restaurant. And they continued to look at me funny.

Yes, Opium Den in Potts Point is in fact a Thai restaurant, not a drug lord's residence (despite being on the door step of The Cross =P). It is actually a really cosy place, and the decor inside is quite modern, not what you would call traditional Thai. The same could be said about the music (I swear it was like they were channeling Richard Mercer or the station he is affiliated with =P).

Kalli had recommended this place for the venue of our friend's surprise birthday, because the food was apparently yummy and cheap. And it most certainly was =). However, it can be argued that most Thai eateries in Sydney are both yummy and cheap, but watevs =P.

I actually really liked the menu here, because you can have your pick from all your typical Thai dishes, but there were also some ones that you wouldn't find on all Thai restaurant menus which was refreshing. The flavours of these dishes were typically Thai but it was nice to mix it up and have a few different things. I didn't get a chance to take photos of every single dish, but here's some of what was on offer....

Ga Pi Fried Rice - Rice stir fried with shrimp paste, topped with shredded egg omlette, red onions, dried shrimp, chilli and caramelised pork
Sweet Chilli Jam Combo - Combination of chicken and beef stir-fried with sweet chilli jam, onion, cashew nuts, shallots and roasted sundried chilli
Massaman Beef (a classic =P)
Pad Thai (another classic haha)

And a snapshot of our plates wiped clean =). Mmmm satisfying dinner it was indeed!

But no dinner is complete without a sweet treat afterwards (in my opinion!) And so we brought out the special surprise birthday cake - the Sicilian Tiramisu from Patisserie New York (Thanks Kalli!). So light and fluffy...

And because I'm a giant fatty, I felt like having the Roti-Banana (I remember seeing it on the menu the first time round and I had pretty much made up my mind that I was going to have it =P). And it was so worth it!

Roti-Banana - Roti pan fried served with caramelised banana and coconut ice cream (pretty sure this was green tea ice cream but =P)

Overall it was a great night out, much to do with the atmosphere and the change in weather we've had here in Sydney recently. And of course because it was for a special occasion hehe. Definitely give this place a go, it's a nice change from your typical Thai =).

Opium Den
89 Macleay St
Potts Point 2011
Ph: 9331 2255

Opium Den on Urbanspoon

=D xx

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