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HOT: Temple – 21 Park Rd, Milton

Historically, for lunch goers chasing Thai in the Milton business precinct, Royal Thai Orchid was has been the default venue.  Enter Temple, the latest Thai cuisine conveniently located on Park Rd and the Orchid has some stiff competition.

Temple takes up residence in what was the long standing Samsara Indonesian furniture shop in the bustling Park Rd cafe precinct.  Due to the already existing ornate infrastructure and wood-carved surroundings, Temple has a very authentic feel to it.  It’s light and airy with lovely decor and a relaxing ambience, particularly out the back in the garden dining area.

Princess and I recruited another couple of curry fans to join us at Temple to take advantage of their lunch time specials.

We shared a round of spring rolls to wet our appetite.  The little parcels were piping hot, full of fresh chunky meat and vegies.  Princess, a diehard spring roll fan and renowned critic (isn’t everyone?!) gave them the nod and didn’t hesitate when offered the last one.

In a red curry mood, I chose the red curry chicken ($10.90) with steamed rice.  Temple’s red curries are bearably spicy and full of lovely Thai flavours, and gentle on the coconut milk.  Perhaps a few too many bamboo shoots, but otherwise it was spot on.

Princess had her usual chicken and cashew stir fry ($10.90); it was a little overpowering on the chilli front for her, but jam packed full of fresh, crunchy vegies and tender chicken pieces it proved a very filling meal.

BB took my advice on the seafood laksa ($10.90) and I have to admit I was jealous.  The laksa was packed with noodles, broth, sea creatures and vegies with a mean chilli hit balanced with the right amount of coconut milk.

T had his standard order of chicken pad thai ($10.90).  Not a fan of pad thai (I find it too dry normally), I was impressed with Temple’s version as it wasn’t dry or gluggy at all.  The peanutty flavour was only subtle and the noodles were packed full of chicken pieces.

Temple is BYO so if you’re looking to settle in for lunch or dinner over a few vinos it’s all good.  The service is a little sketchy at times, so be cautious if you’re really strapped for time.  The staff are always friendly however and the overall vibe provides a nice escape from the pace of the outside world.

Temple – 21 Park Rd, Milton +61 7 3369 8822

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