After finishing work late at night with a ravenous appetite, my partner and I were looking forward to some great Thai food. We wanted quick and efficient service, and to enjoy in a calm and peaceful environment. Enter Khoune Kham Laos & Thai Restaurant, a restaurant that has exceeded our expectations time and time again.
Across the road from Fairfield station. This restaurant is a great local and easily accessible restaurant to dine at.
I’ve been to many Thai restaurants as an avid Thai food lover, yet this was the first of which have been local, and I have to say - it is one of my favourites by far. There were three selling points that immediately locked my partner and I into becoming regulars.
The first and the most important is the food. As a vegetarian, ordering food from a menu that does not have many or even any vegetarian options is difficult. Majority of the time, I have to rely on asking the waitress and chef to make changes to the food to cater to my diet which can be a headache. Khoune Kham was the easiest, most flexible restaurant that has allowed me to do that, winning major points with me.
Starting with drinks, I ordered a Thai Milk Tea. It came out only a few minutes later, and it was refreshing and cooling. I drank all of it almost immediately and had to order another.
One just wasn't enough
The Laos Style Papaya Salad ($9), usually with fish sauce, was made vegetarian for me. It looked great, smelt great and was delicious. They put a hint of chilli on the side that was admittedly too hot for me, but my partner enjoyed the extra spice. Topped up with peanuts and fresh tomatoes, it was a nice starter to our meal. It satisfied our appetite, but it wasn’t too filling to ensure we had enough room for our mains. It was a simple entrée, nothing too fancy, yet one that I was definitely impressed with all the same.
Next came the Pad Thai. Debatably one of the most popular foods of the Thai cuisine. Again, altering their recipe to make it vegetarian for me was quick and easy. No trouble at all. It was made with beans prouts, tofu and nuts with a hint of chilli on the side - together with some lemon. The noodles were fresh and soft. The bean sprouts and nuts added a lovely, slightly crunchy texture while the tofu was soft and delicate. I added some mint leaves in, enhancing the already great flavours in making the dish practically perfect.
The famous Pad Thai
Mint leaves adds flavour and colour
After making my partner eat two vegetarian dishes because of me, and as he is an avid meat eater - he needed some meat in his meal. He ordered the Ox Tongue. Cut up into strips, it was served with Laos fish sauce and chilli. He described it as being crispy on the outside, but tender on the inside - that when marinated with the fish sauce and chilli was a great and flavoursome dish to eat.
Some much needed meat for my boyfriend
The second selling point: the service. We are always greeted almost immediately walking into the door by friendly staff, feeling very welcome and very much at home. The waitress who frequently serves us is so social and outgoing, but is genuine and not forced or over the top as I have seen in other places. As regulars, she knows our order off by heart as do the other staff, and it is a nice feeling to be remembered and acknowledged.
The third is the price. It is cheap, affordable and definitely worth the money spent. For three dishes and two drinks, our total was added up to only $35.
All in all, we were full and satisfied. Being made to feel welcome from the moment we stepped in - all the way to when we left while being served with delicious and authentic Thai and Lao food, makes it a restaurant absolutely worth experiencing again and again.
Where: Shop 8/9 Dale Street Fairfield NSW
Why: Great service and fresh, authentic Thai/Laos food.
Cost: $10-$15 for mains
When: Open 7 days
Good for kids: If they like Thai and Laos food - yes.
Take away: Yes