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HOT: Thai Seasons – 10 River Esplanade, Mooloolaba

In line with our recent Thai theme and my eternal search for the world’s best Thai restaurant, this review exits the geographical boundaries of what’s hot or not in Brisbane, and ventures north to the Sunshine Coast.  Another one of our Christmas time tours of Mooloolaba, Thai Seasons was definitely a highlight and one of those dining experiences MM and I won’t forget in a hurry. 

It’s a bit like a hole-in-the-wall takeaway venue with very limited space inside its pokey little bunker-style dining area.  Luckily, Thai Seasons is perched next to a vacant lot with a concrete slab and at night it resembles the bustling night markets of Phuket, with blinding flood lights high above and row after row of plastic chairs and tables filled with beer swilling locals and tourists alike.

On arrival we weren’t quite sure what the rules of engagement were; we did have a booking but suspected it didn’t count for much, seeing as every table and chair was already taken on the courtyard and inside.  We quietly observed from the footpath and soon realised it was first come first served and get in (the very long) line to order.

MM skulked around the slab, waiting to pounce on tables left by departing diners while I took to the queue to order our meals.  It’s hard to describe the crazy vibe, but in addition to 15 people queuing to order, there were about 7 people in the kitchen which looked to hold 3 comfortably; one lady on the til, one man on the floor.  Yikes – it was noisy and hot, confusing and amusing all wrapped up together!

Whilst marvelling at the operation of this bustling venue I noticed that all meals were served in plastic bowls and plates and the wine ‘glasses’ were pretty much straight from the camping/picnic aisle at the supermarket.  All good – except most of them were broken or being used.  I was concerned we would have to drink our wine straight from the bottle…alas we found some semi-adequate vesicles to enjoy our Verdelho.

As we sat and awaited our meals it was clear that many of the courtyard diners were regulars, and they had the formula worked out.  Come early, bring your own place mats, bring your own wine glass, bring your own anything that will enhance the dining experience (candles, chairs, table cloth etc) and ensure you have ample utensils from which you can eat and drink.  The rest was left in the hands of the chefs and they did a bloody good job.

MM and I shared chicken satay skewers for an entrée (although they came during the mains!) which were really tasty.  The satay sauce was thick and tangy and we agreed that it probably didn’t come from a bottle – but who could be certain after two glasses of wine?

For mains, we shared a green chicken curry as well as chilli basil beef and vegie stir fry.  The curry was exceptional, with heaps of chicken, heaps of vegies and a decent chop of chilli too.  The sauce was sweet but wasn’t too coconut-ish.  The beef arrived as we were half way through the curry, which didn’t really bother us except we were getting full.  The man-sized chunks of chilli scared MM off a bit, so he picked his way around the dish until declaring defeat.  Not long after, I surrendered too, totally satisfied and vowing to return the next night for more Thai Seasons fun.

With contented tummies, MM and I sat and enjoyed the balmy evening, people-watching from our wobbly plastic chairs.  Things started to settle around 10pm and the lone man looking after the diners was finally able to take a breath or two.  The queue to order had finally fizzled and the slab was starting to look like a vacant lot again.

It’s probably worth mentioning that Thai Seasons is a cash only venue, none of which we had in our pockets.  They were gracious enough to let us pay after eating, so I didn’t have to go to the ATM and the end of the queue when I ordered our meals.  Our bill came to $29 for the both of us; an awesome night of great food and cheap entertainment and we can’t wait to return.

  • Thai Seasons – 10 River Esplanade, Mooloolaba +61 7 5444 4611
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  1. It is a very helpful post

    Posted by Mooloolaba Accommodation | July 4, 2011, 3:13 pm

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