Padbok Thai has made a name for itself in Pretoria as the place to enjoy authentic Thai food. Their menu is filled with delightful Thai dishes that will transport you to exotic locations with its aroma and flavour. They have a selection of sushi on offer (as does most Asian restaurants in Pretoria) and although it is authentically Japanese in preparation, it is the Thai food that you should be coming here for. Start your meal with a generous bowl of tom yum soup: the broth is vibrant and spicy and it's the perfect antidote to a cold, winter's day.
Follow that with any one of their excellent Thai-style curries. The Penang with chicken in particular is fantastic. As far as stir-fried dishes go, the selection is good; every option packed full of flavour. The pad priew wan is a crowd favourite and with good reason – succulent, incredibly tender nuggets of deep-fried chicken (vegetarian and fish options also available) are coated in a rich, sweet Thai style sauce with vegetables. The very generous portion can easily feed two when ordered with noodles.
Whatever you do, save space for dessert. The crunchy banana fritters are simply excellent and come drenched in honey, served with their home-made coconut ice cream. It is the stuff dreams are made of.
They have a vast list of both local and imported wine, MCC and Champagne available, as well as many imported spirits. They also offer many styles of sake and have a range of cocktails available.
Service is friendly and efficient, albeit a little lacklustre at times.
The restaurant is beautifully decorated with lovely Thai trinkets found around every corner. The ambience is quite business-like and could be a little warmer.
Be adventurous with your drinks and choose a cocktail or sake to match the spicy oriental flavours.
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