As one of the more popular types of cuisine in the world, Thai cuisine incorporates a mixture of strong aromas and a spicy edge to its dishes which has made it one of the biggest contenders for winning the hearts of food lovers in Queensland. With a huge assortment of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and spicy dishes to flood the senses, there are a number of tasty dishes that are sure to win over even the fussiest of diners. Mixing disparate elements to create a harmonious finish, Thai cuisine offers diners a level of complexity often unseen in other types of cuisine.
Brisbane is jam-packed with Thai restaurants which boast a range of styles and menus for their diners. However, it can be quite confusing for those uninitiated with Thai cuisine to find those restaurants that really stand out among the sea of Thai restaurants Brisbane has.
With an impressive 4.8 star rating in Google reviews, Zomato and other review sites, Baan, located near the Pacific Highway in Springwood, is a Thai restaurant dishing up traditional soups, spicy curries and flavourful stir fries that will have any Thai lover having fits of joy.
As Brisbane’s self-proclaimed best Thai restaurant, Baan offers diners both dine-in and takeaway options with their authentic Thai cuisine, imbued with enhanced Thai flavours from the use of traditional Thai cooking equipment. Baan’s takeaway menu is a spectacle in itself, with over 118 items on offer to make the night of any Thai lover as enjoyable as those who dined in.
My Thai, Auchenflower
Making use of hot chilli, garlic, lemongrass and ginger, My Thai distinguishes its dishes from the cuisine of other parts of Southeast Asia, giving all of its dishes a unique and exotic character. My Thai prepares all its dishes through the use of traditional techniques for genuine Thai flavour with the freshest ingredients possible.
With an expansive dining area and great decor, My Thai is a popular restaurant for functions and group celebrations, offering diners an in-depth Thai atmosphere. Whether celebrating a wedding, birthday, anniversary or corporate function, My Thai is capable of creating a first class banquet for all its diners.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 5:30pm–10:30pm, My Thai is only closed during Monday and public holidays.
Banana Leaf, East Brisbane
If colour and personality are what you are looking for in a restaurant, then the Banana Leaf Thai restaurant will be able to provide that great atmosphere, as well as some great Thai cuisine. With Thai film posters on the walls as part of the restaurant’s colourful decor, Banana Leaf offers its diners a wide range of specials, dine-in and takeaway options. Only a short walk from the Brisbane CBD and Mowbray Park near the edge of the Brisbane River, diners can enjoy a great day of shopping and sightseeing before filling up on the highly acclaimed cuisine of Banana Leaf.
Lunches are from Tuesday to Friday 12pm–2pm, dinners are from Tuesday to Sunday 5–10pm, with the restaurant being closed Mondays.
Thai Silver Key, East Ipswich
With a highly chic dining hall and bubbly staff, it is of little wonder why Thai Silver Key is so popular among locals. Considerably popular with its takeaway, the restaurant has everything you would expect from a highly esteemed Thai restaurant. Though one of the farthest Thai restaurants from the Brisbane CBD, Thai Silver Key boasts a warm and homelike atmosphere with fiery Thai cuisine to kindle that warm feeling.
Offering a varied selection of Thai soups, salad, curries and grill items, Thai Silver Key has just about any and everything a lover of Thai cuisine could ask for. Located on Brisbane Road, the restaurant is open every day of the week from 5pm–9pm.
Little Bangkok, Cannon Hill
With tasty and cheap lunch specials, Little Bangkok will have any penny-pincher who cares to visit wrapped around its proverbial finger. Praised for its fast service and generous servings, Little Bangkok is a great Thai restaurant for those with a lot of mouths to feed.
Located along Wynnum Road in Cannon Hill, Little Bangkok is only a short drive east from the Brisbane CBD. With both dine-in and takeaway options, the restaurant follows the trend of most Thai restaurants within Brisbane, but with the added benefit of larger portions with both its dine-in and takeaway options.
Little Bangkok is open for lunch and dinner services every day of the week, with its lunch service between 11am–2pm and its dinner service between 5pm–10pm.
The Kanjana, Annerley
Popular for its coconut rice, The Kanjana is a small, quaint Thai restaurant with a big personality. Though lacking in looks with the restaurant’s exterior, The Kanjana more than makes up for this with its exceptional dine-in and takeaway menu items. With the restaurant being only a short drive south of the Brisbane CBD, diners can make the most of The Kanjana’s great Thai cuisine before setting off for the night in the big city.
Located along the Ipswich Road in Annerley, The Kanjana has been able to gain the praise of whoever partakes of their delicious cuisine. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 5pm–9pm every day of the week, excluding Friday and Saturday with the closing time changed to 10pm.
Golden Buddha, Seven Hills
Offering a range of modern delicacies to set itself apart from other Thai restaurants, Golden Buddha caters to the individual needs of its diners, altering its menu items to match personal tastes and dietary preferences upon request.
As well as a fine dining experience, Golden Buddha caters for events, conferences and parties, including running a cooking school at their Camp Hill restaurant for those wishing to cook Thai cuisine at the same level as each restaurants’ chefs.
Golden Buddha is open every night of the week from 5pm–9pm from Monday to Thursday—weekend hours are slightly longer—with dine-in and takeaway options for its diners.
Phuket Kitchen, Albany Creek
Boasting authentic Thai flavours with dine-in and takeaway options, Phuket Kitchen is a quaint and colourful restaurant for lovers of Thai cuisine.
Located on Jagora Drive in Albany Creek, the restaurant is highly revered by its diners as a friendly and stylish Thai restaurant anyone can visit any day of the week. With a colourful menu to match the cordial staff of Phuket Kitchen, as well as being near Albany Creek State School, Phuket Kitchen is the perfect after-school dining location for parents who want their children to experience genuine Thai cuisine without breaking the budget.
Phuket Kitchen is open from 4:30pm–9pm Sunday to Wednesday, with Thursday to Saturday opening for lunch at 11:30am–2:30pm and then for dinner like every other day.
Mons Ban Sabai, Camp Hill
Awarded as Brisbane’s best Thai restaurant three years in a row, Mons Ban Sabai does not fall short in terms of high-quality Thai cuisine, a great dining experience, excellent takeaway and fast Thai delivery. Located on Camp Hill’s boutique Martha Street, just a short drive east of the Brisbane CBD, Mons Ban Sabai will not disappoint.
Mixing traditional and modern takes on Thai cuisine, diners can look forward to being able to eat the finest of what Thai cuisine has to offer while being served by the friendly staff of Mons Ban Sabai. Mons Ban Sabai delivers takeaway to Camp Hill, Carina, Coorparoo, Norman Park, Seven Hills and Stones Corner. Open every day of the week between 5pm–10pm, make sure to check out this bustling BYO Thai restaurant, takeaway and cooking school.
Thai Aroy, Indooroopilly
With customised spiciness for their stir fries and a large selection of rice and noodle dishes, Thai Aroy is a great stop for those wishing to grab some high-quality Thai takeaway or relax in the dining room for a calm dining experience. Located on Clarence Road in Indooroopilly, Thai Aroy is close to the Indooroopilly shopping centre and is only a short drive from the Brisbane CBD.
Open every day from 4:30pm–9pm, with the restaurant open from 11:30am–9pm on weekends.
– written by Brisbane based lifestyle writer James Just