Top 5 Thai Restaurants in Durban.
Thailand’s food needs little introduction. From San Francisco to Durban in South Africa, its profusion of exotic flavours and fragrances make it among the most coveted of international cuisines. If you have ever experienced a walk through Thailand’s bustling food markets, these flavours and fragrances are seemingly inexhaustible. However, whether it be juicy pieces of grilled pork on a stick or a fiery bowl of ‘Tom Yum’ soup, we all have to start somewhere. And what better place than our carefully selected Top 5 Thai Food restaurants in Durban, which spans everything from Thai Fusion, Thai Favourites to Thai classics.
1. Kung Thai
59 Adelaide Tambo Drive (Old Kensington Drive)Durban North and Shop 14, The Lighthouse Center, Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga
Kung Thai Restaurant wraps the palate in Thai infusions and complex flavours fresh from the sultry shores of Thailand. For starters, try the rice paper wraps with fillings that include fresh vegetables, grilled chicken or beef, all of which are served with a mixed salad, herbs and glass noodles or the crispy crab basket with deep-fried wontons filled with minced chicken, crab and coriander. For mains the kung Thai duck wrapped in a pancake served with a ginger and honey based sauce and jasmine rice. Our Favourite is the Beach Garden Salad!!
The tamarind chicken is a crispy, de-boned baby chicken, tossed in a wok with ginger, chillies, tamarind and bok choi. Steak lovers can indulge in succulent fillet steak served with a variety of sauces including the lethal crying tiger sauce. Thai curries and seafood dishes like the calamari kung Thai with a refreshing garlic, chilli paste, spring onion, coriander and lemon juice sauce will seduce the palate. The wok and noodle dishes offer a wide variety of main ingredients with accompaniments such as stir-fried bamboo shoots with chilli and basil and also cashew nuts, bean sprouts and spring onion. The desserts include jewels such as the deep-fried ice cream with chilli choc sauce and banana dipped in a three-flour batter, deep-fried and served with ice cream, honey and cinnamon. Kung Thai Restaurant will engage and delight the palate with Thai infusions and ambience for a truly authentic Thai experience.
2. Mo’s Noodle
Shop 8 Beacon Rock, 21 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal
Mo’s Noodles is an upmarket, bustling restaurant famous for its trendy vibe, minimalist decor, young and friendly service and most importantly its distinctive style of Thai Fusion cuisine. Our favourite is the Lime, coconut Prawn Noodle which is also available without the prawn as a vegetarian option
With a range of dishes to select from; ranging from the ever popular Sesame and Peanut Chicken served on Coconut Noodles to our speciality Seared Calamari with Chilli and Lime to the taste sensation of our signature Lentil and Feta Salad served with a mint and lemon dressing, there is something for everyone. They also have daily specials which are divine! Vegetarians are also well catered for as well as children.
Shop 12a, Avonmore centre9th Avenue, Morningside, Durban
This is one of Durban’s more authentic Thai restaurants – angry curries are angry – without all the extra sugar and coconut milk to tone things down for Western tastes. Chef Roger Sirvanjanakul augments the dishes of his native Thailand with a good sushi selection. Choose a platter for starters and then relish an exceptional red duck curry. The pad Thai options are better than most.
4. Yum Thai
Glenore Court Shopping Centre, Aubrey Drive, Glenashley
In the new Glenore Shopping Center located off of the Glen Ashley/Aubrey Drive turn off of the M4 lies a gem of an Asian restaurant, the original Bangkok Wok, Yum Thai, is a more upscale version of it’s later chain progeny. With a great atmosphere and an open kitchen, chefs work steadily preparing you some great Thai cuisine. Their menu has amazing specialties including Chu Chee Duck, fantastic seafood, Curries, Wok and Noodle Dishes. This Durban North Thai restaurant is sure to please for any upscale casual diner.
5. Kai Thai
Our favourite dish at this Restaurant is their crispy duck. Kai’s recipes have been handed down to her through just the right family connections and she has brought them all the way to South Africa. The duck with its sweet, crispy skin, stir-fried in oyster sauce with mushrooms, chilli and garlic, is great as its infallible classic green curry. And, the best of all, it’s open late until late. Really late. Past midnight- late.