Best Thai on the Beaches
If alfresco dining is what you’re after you can’t go past Freshwater’s Thai Khaen Khoon. Food loving local Mark Smith put his taste buds to the test.
With dozens of Thai restaurants on the Northern Beaches there are several factors that put Freshie’s Thai Khean Khoon at the top of the food tree.
The gourmet flavours and authentic dishes are just two of the main reasons this ‘go-to’ eatery has become a local institution. I dare you not to try Hormock Talay (Seafood Combination) or Roasted Duck in Plum Sauce – two of head chef Ali’s personal favourites.
Since the infamous outdoor ‘pods’ were upgraded to provide a more practical dining space, TKK attracts dozens of customers wanting the alfresco experience, even in the cooler winter months.
And let’s not forget the owners, Na and Gary, who have been in charge since 2007 and bring their own unique brand of customer service, which has helped elevate TKK to the top. All of the staff are an extension of the owners and carry out their duties professionally and always with a smile.
On a recent visit, to celebrate my birthday with a group of 10 friends, we took up our places in the aforementioned pods, and were immediately served with water and ice buckets for our wine.
The extensive menu lead to heated conversations about what to order and we eventually agreed on the Banquet ($28.90 per person), which turned out to be the perfect decision. It is well balanced and has a variety of tastes, textures and flavours that everyone enjoyed.
The mixed entrée has a good selection of finger food including curry puffs, fish cakes, spring rolls and satay chicken skewers – a great way to kick off dinner.
Main courses included the snow pea prawn stir-fry, red curry chicken, Pad Thai (we chose beef over chicken), mushroom stir-fry and steamed jasmine rice. Everyone at the table was happy with at least two of the dishes and there was enough food for everyone to sample all of the plates on offer. You can’t beat a good Pad Thai and TKK’s was the most popular dish of the night, with good flavours, and a huge serving, so no–one was left out.
Personally I loved the red curry chicken – which I order every time I go out for Thai – but I haven’t found one yet that beats the one served here. It’s full of flavour, and has way more chicken than anywhere else.
Throughout the night the staff were attentive and helpful, and the kitchen did a great job considering the place was packed. As anyone who has eaten here before knows, the delivery and pick-up orders fly out the door.
If I could change anything I would have liked a little more time between the entrees and mains being served, and Gary assured me if requested that wouldn’t be a problem.
A few years ago, TKK underwent a sleek renovation. The new ruby red interior, Thai inspired décor and subtle mood lightning are all key factors that make dining here a memorable experience for large groups, couples or families.
Every one of us had a great night and I know my fellow diners are already planning their birthdays at the same venue.