Went to Ghin Khao in Swanston St CBD tonight. Menu looked great.
The papaya salad with salted crab was such a disappointment. Gooey sweet, no sour. Crab wasn't crushed so couldn't even taste in salad. I asked for some fresh lime thinking I could try to rescue but they didn't have lime, only lemon. I tried that but it was still way too sweet.
The beef salad also wasn't sour and toasted rice was ground to a powder (so no texture). No herbs to speak of.
I'm staying in Caulfield North where Thai Restaurants are very Chinese. I expected more from Ghin Khao in CBD. What is a Thai restaurant without fresh lime and Thai herbs in their dishes?
Can anyone suggest a real Thai restaurant in Melbourne that has food similar to what's found in Thailand? I mean not altered for local tastes or lack of ingredients. Somewhere that knows how to balance sour, salty, sweet and spicy, and knows how to combine textures. That's what Thai food is all about, right?