I must admit the long 30 minute wait was soooo worth it! I’ve been craving to head to this place since the start of November right before uni exams, despite the restaurant only located 15 minutes away from where I actually live (60 mins from the city). What can I say, I live in a hole, but it’s a ‘beautiful food‘ hole. Mum’s b’day was today so we decided to celebrate with a special dinner at this very restaurant.
I absolutely love spice to the max! And that’s why Thai food is one of my favourite cuisines 🙂 Green Peppercorn definitely earns a spot next to some of Sydney’s popular Thai restaurants (Holy Basil & Chat Thai) despite only being open for less than a year, because it serves what true Thai cuisine should resemble.
We started off with the sour sausages, which we initially thought would be the usual size, long and fat. But turned out it was a mini sausage, roughly around 6-7cm long. The sausage was a little dry so no matter how much sauce you poured on, it did not alter the taste.
The papaya salad we ordered only had a medium spice level. Despite me being able to take hot food, this was quite spicy for a medium spice level dish. But the papaya salad was good. If you’re not much of a spicy person, just order low spice level.
The curry dish was of medium spice (same level as the salad) but wasn’t as spicy as the papaya salad. I really enjoyed this dish. I think it’s mainly because I absolutely love curry dishes. Typical Thai curry dishes tend to have a very good combination of flavours along with the ingredients such as peas, chicken/pork/beef and vegetables; so this one didn’t disappoint.
Fried Rice here definitely aligns with other well-known Thai restaurants. Level of spice definitely balances with the combination of the flavours. I’d definitely recommend fried rice if you’re ever dining at a Thai restaurant. It’s the norm I guess.
The Pad Thai was probably my most favourite dish of the night. The sauce was very unique and delicious, complimenting the plain thin rice noodles. The sauce may come across as a little sweet for some people but the bean sprouts definitely do the job in balancing the flavours out. I have to say, 1 Pad Thai dish was definitely NOT enough!
To finish, we ended the night with some of Green Peppercorn’s popular dessert, the ‘Pandan Creme Brulee‘ and the traditional ‘Fried Ice Cream‘.
As I’m not much of a sweet person when it comes to desserts, my favourite had to be the Pandan. The Pandan Creme Brulee really did its’ job. It was light and had a very good balance of sweetness.
The Fried Ice Cream, I must admit, probably doesn’t compare to Holy Basil’s. The pastry on the outside wasn’t as crunchy as I would have expected. The bite of the pastry along with the ice-cream gave quite a salty aftertaste. The pastry was thicker than it should have been so there was no crunch to it. It wasn’t a typical fried ice-cream where you have the crunch of the pastry along with a spoon of ice-cream.
Green peppercorn is located right at Fairfield train station and bus stop, so if you travel by public transport, this restaurant is accessible. Friday nights are the busiest, with waiting times averaging about 30mins to an hour. However, long waiting periods can be accommodated by a waiting section with cushion chairs for everyone. Go before 6.30pm on weekdays and you should be able to get a seat. The restaurant starts to die down after 9.30pm so if you’re only planning to visit for desserts, there shouldn’t be a problem with wait times. The staff here are quite quick so you won’t be waiting & starving at the same time, well this is according to my experience.
So the next time you do plan to visit a good Thai restaurant that is relatively new, visit Green Peppercorn. A very good atmosphere with huge dining space, I’d say 3 times of Holy Basil Canley Heights if you’ve ever been there.