If I had to choose one cuisine to eat every night it would be Thai food. The bright punchy flavours, all the herbs and chillies, the freshness in every dish, oh my I couldn’t imagine anything better.
Ghin Kopi’s menu is as a large as me and with pictures! I love seeing what a dish looks like, especially when I’ve never had it before. And what do you do when you have a menu that big and choose just a few dishes seems impossible? You order a feast.
Luckily I came hungry. The feast consists of Chicken in Pandan Leaves, Massaman Beef Curry, Thai Chilli Chicken and Basil, Barbequed Calamari and some steamed rice. The waitress told me it would be too much for two people but she doesn’t know me.
It was a particularly cold day in Melbourne, so I order a coffee to warm up. To my surprise, it came with a little shortbread cookie that was filled with a sticky pineapple jam.
Just like in Thailand the food came out in no particular order and the entree came out last, which I don’t mind I am use to it.
The Thai Chilli Chicken and Basil hit the table smelling and looking divine Filled with large pieces of chicken, vegetables and plenty of basil. Vibrant flavours from the chilli and basil set your taste buds dancing like you’re at a full moon party.
The Barbequed Calamari came out sizzling and gave the calamari a nice charred crust on the bottom, the calamari itself was tender however the sauce it was coated in was very pungent and a little overpowering, would have been better on the side to dip the calamari in.
Massaman Beef Curry had some big chunks of beef that were cooked fork tender and the sauce was thick with a strong peanut flavour.
And finally, the entree arrives, Chicken wrapped in Pandan Leaves served with sweet chilli sauce. The chicken tasted like Mcdonald nuggets and lacked the pandan flavour, possibly lost during the deep frying?
Other than an extensive menu full of wonderful Thai dishes Ghin Kopi also have cheap cocktails – $8.90 all day every day.