Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Crocodile Senior Thai - Haymarket, Sydney.

This is one of those places that you wouldn’t casually walk in and check out unless you were either recommended by a friend or being daring to try something new. The former was applicable to me, being recommended by FFichiban and Monkeyjaja whom I asked for ‘new’ Thai places that I hadn’t tried yet. Why did I choose this? Because the name sold me.

Located a few metres from the tram tracks of Haymarket, Crocodile Senior Thai is your typical Thai joint that offers an extensive menu including a recommended speciality of choosing your ingredients to form a noodle-dish (entitled after its restaurant name). The menus have the yummy and gut-retching smell of dirty towel used to clean the decaying plastic and the waitresses’ attire flaunt themselves.

Here Comes The Food

Dry Noodle with sweet soy sauce, garlic, bean sprout and beef balls ($10): My first impression was that this dish was ridiculously small; however, it was big on taste. The combination of soy and chilli swirled authentic thai flavours in your mouth as you slurp up the noodles that had been made tangy by the lemon grass and slippery by the soy. The beef balls were slightly cool, but complemented the simple nature of this dish. Perhaps a dish for a late-night snack or afternoon snack for the conscious-eater that doesn’t want to spoil themselves? :)

Tom Kha: Coconut Milk Soup, Lemon Grass and Mushroom with Chicken ($8.50): With a generous serving of mushroom that were sliced thickly to soak up the broth, the coconut aroma and thickness of the cream was accompanied by lemon grass that made this dish Thai. A ‘hearthy’ soup that went well with our ordered rice and had just enough spice to made you reaching for water at intervals.

Pad See Ele with Chicken ($12): Flat rice noodles with oyster sauce that came with slices of chicken. This was my ‘add-on’ dish after my smaller-than-expected Dry Noodles left me wanting more. The ‘wok hei’ (flagrance of the wok) deeply-flavoured the noodles and rose aromatically from the dish, making it very enjoyable. However, there was just a bit too much pepper that made your throat tingle with unease.

Santa is escaping through the air con hahaha..

Crocodile Senior Thai
768 George Street
Haymarket NSW 2000
Phone (02) 9211 6630
Open 7 days 11:30 am - 10 pm



chocolatesuze said...

ooh bigger sized photos! me likey! no dessert?

tomatosalsa said...

T and I went here for dinner awhile back..but didn't really enjoy it too much. I think T ordered the 'crying tiger' which..was very chilli, but the steak itself wasnt that great. We also ordered a chicken larb - which T had never had before - and this was definitely not the best place to introduce it to him. It was SO incredibly salty..ruined my appetite.

So maybe my experience with this place was bad because we ordered the 'wrong' items..but don't think I'll be going back to try anytime soon.

Y said...

I have to admit, before reading some quite positive reviews of this place, the name had always put me off - something about it sounded oddly touristy to me.

D said...

suze - haha yep! bigger pics = looks better imo :) no dessert .. .was stuffed from the 2 mains -_-"

tomatosalsa - yeh I forgot to mention in my post that an hour afterwards our meal I had to drink a few glasses of water because of the amount of MSG possibly? :/

y - it's got a mixed crowd of locals and backpackers!

FFichiban said...

Haha I've never tried this place but there was a cool noodle boat dish! Yeh I was going to say u didn't mention the msgness.

I have yet to find a good 'crying tiger' haha but I guess I haven't tried enough places yet.

tomatosalsa said...

sorry, unrelated to this post but thought u might appreciate this =P