Chat Thai has a network of cafes and restaurants in the greater Sydney area, although I reckoned that the authentic original must be the outlet located at 20 Campbell Street, in the heart of the city centre’s Thai quarter. Here, amidst aromatic and exotic stuff from the nearby grocery and fresh food shops, I am brought back to memories of Bangkok, listening to the accentuated articulations of Thai words and expressions, feeling the buzz of commerce and wondering how the stage musical Love Never Dies, from the Capitol Theatre across the road, (picture above) fits in to this rather Asian-accentuated street of “Thaitown”.
Other Chat Thai outlets in the Sydney region are located at Level 6, Sydney CBD Westfield Pitt Street; Randwick’s Carrington Road; Manly’s East Esplanade; and the CBD's Galleries Victoria at 500 George Street.
My overall impressions for Chat Thai at 20 Campbell Street in Sydney's Haymarket are:
Atmosphere: Can be crowded and noisy
Location: Street wise
Taste: Some of the dishes are based on an acquired taste, but generally I found the food rather authentic
People Engagement: Smiling and Friendly
Service: Quick and attentive
Best Time to Visit: 2pm to 5pm
My Fav Dish experienced: Chicken Satay
Would I return? Yes.