According to eatability, Coconut Thai is THE restaurant to visit… fabulous service, authentic, tasty and affordable food. So when the restaurant across the street asked us to wait 15mins to be seated, we naturally declined and gave Coconut Thai a go.

complimentary starter - spicy prawn crackers / Coconut Thai, Wollongong

complimentary starter – spicy prawn crackers
The service here proved to be a standout… attentive, knowledgable and just really sincere. As I sat there flipping through the menu, munching on the complimentary spicy prawn crackers, I was eavesdropping (as you do). The young waitress was explaining to the group beside us, that they should looking for an oyster sauce based stir fry because they didn’t want anything hot. What’s better than helpful waitstaff who know what they’re talking about.

rice / Coconut Thai, Wollongong

A favourite Thai dish of mine has always been the duck curry. I adore the unique addition of tropical fruits… the cherry tomatoes, grapes and pineapple balanced out the richness of the duck and coconut milk so well.

duck red curry with grapes, cherry tomatoes, pineapple & basil / Coconut Thai, Wollongong

duck red curry with grapes, cherry tomatoes, pineapple & basil
The menu provided plentiful to choose from. So we ended up selecting the next two dishes from the specials. One of Coconut Thai’s house speciality are mussels stir fried with chilli and basil. Although I had expected the mussels to be served with the shells intact, it was simply a pleasure to eat them whole. Eat bite was full of flavour… simply delicious with the fresh capsicum, onion, bamboo shoots, string beans, shallots and ofcourse chilli.

mussels & vegies tossed in chilli basil / Coconut Thai, Wollongong

mussels & vegies tossed in chilli basil
Another house specialty which I couldn’t resist ordering was the Poh Tak Seafood. And you can surely tell why it’s on the specials list. The soup was cleansing and fragrant with stalks of lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Amongst the fish, scallops, prawns and squid were mushrooms, tomatoes, dried and fresh cut chillis.

seafood tom yum soup / Coconut Thai, Wollongong

Poh-Tak Seafood – clear Tom Yum soup with mixed seafood
Upon leaving, we were also presented with a tiny frangipani candle and mint chocolates. These weren’t the ordinary types either… the centre was moist… fudge-like… mmmmm…

chocs & gift / Coconut Thai, Wollongong

chocs & gift

decor / Coconut Thai, Wollongong

Plus with all the waitstaff wishing us a good night, I almost felt like a local 🙂

 interior / Coconut Thai, Wollongong

Need another reason to visit? Coconut Thai boasts an impressive vegetarian menu, which includes over 30 different dishes!
Coconut Thai
187 Keira Street Wollongong
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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.