30 September 2013
I am on a crazy coupon rampage and it’s amazing. My recent purchase was for 6 entrées, 6 mains, 6 desserts, plus rice and corkage for $79. The regular prices of the dishes that we ordered are included below. Honestly, we’ll probably return even without a discount because we really enjoyed all the food at Galangal Thai.
The waitress informed us of a few unexpected rules for using our coupon, but there were no restrictions on which dishes we could choose from. We ordered the most expensive items on the menu because they seemed like the best choices, but it was also gratifying to get more value from the coupon.
Beef salad ($10)
The beef was tender and flavoursome from a mix of fish sauce and lime juice. Actual salad was an unimportant feature in this dish, with some shallots, coriander, tomato, and bits of chilli. It was the least spicy of the three salads we ordered, but very tasty. Serving size was pretty small though.
Green papaya salad ($10)
Shredded raw papaya was the main component of the papaya salad, which pleased me immensely. The papaya salad from one of my favourite Thai restaurants, Thai Esarn, don’t meet the standard set by this wonderful dish at Galangal Thai. The sauce was very fiery and delicious, both sweet from the palm sugar and sour from lime juice. There were a few dried shrimps, some cherry tomato pieces, and raw green beans. I would have preferred more roasted peanuts!
Grilled prawns salad ($12)
Everyone enjoyed the spicy prawns with lemongrass, fried shallots, coriander, and kaffir lime leaves. Awesome juicy bursts of flavour coupled with crunchy shallots! This is the least salad-like “salad” that I’ve ever seen, but it was super tasty.
Steamed jasmine rice ($3 per person)
Rice is usually $3 per person and the waiter happily fetched more rice for us once we emptied the bowl. A few clumps of rice were slightly gluggy, but otherwise it was fine.
Pineapple prawn curry ($20)
The pineapple curry sauce was red curry paste and coconut milk, with some sourness from the pineapple pieces and sweetness from cooked tomatoes. It reminded me vaguely of the assam gulai fish curry at D’Nyonya Penang. There were six sizeable prawns and the sauce was tasty, but this dish didn’t have the same wow-factor as the other curries.
Chicken green curry ($16)
I generally prefer the strong flavours of red curry to the more delicate green curry. However, Galangal Thai does a tasty green curry which is creamy from coconut milk and the usual bitterness is toned down with palm sugar. There were green beans and spongy egg plant pieces floating about in the sauce, which was topped off with basil leaves.
Beef masaman curry ($18)
Masaman curry is a thick, rich curry with slow cooked beef and potatoes. The sauce was fragrant with tamarind and roasted peanuts, plus creamy from coconut milk. We loved the tender meat almost as much as the (un)healthy serving of fried shallots over the top. The weird wooden-looking decoration is a big piece of cinnamon, if you were wondering.
Roast duck red curry ($18)
Everyone loved the red duck curry, which is probably among the best that I’ve tried in Perth (including the f-duck curry that I enjoyed during my recent visit to Red Opium). The duck pieces had wonderfully crispy skin, tender meat, no bones, and a thin layer of tasty fat. We spotted a few random tinned lychees floating about in the rich, creamy sauce.
Taro ice cream ($3)
Our dessert choices were limited due to seasonal availability of mangos, so most of us chose the taro ice cream. Quite a small scoop, but we were all stuffed by the end of the meal. There’s an option to add sticky rice to your ice cream dessert, which usually would cost an extra $3. I personally can’t recommend it because it was a tiny serve of sticky rice and I’m not a fan of weird Asian desserts.
Service was friendly and helpful, but a little absent-minded at times. Corkage is only $3 per bottle so you can enjoy some wine with your meal. Book ahead for Fridays and weekends! I think we’ve found our new favourite semi-local Thai restaurant :)
Likes: spicy papaya salad, delicious curries, and other quality food
Dislikes: smallish serving of beef salad entrée
Value for money: decent (even without a discount coupon)
Overall: would recommend and happily return again!
64 Etwell St
East Victoria Park WA
(08) 9361 4450