A work errand in Glebe fortuitously sees me over near one of my favourite lunchtime Thai restaurants, Doytao.
And as luck would have it I'm in the neighborhood where my old work buddies Miss Chicken and The Vegetarian work so it's not hard to convince them to join me for a quick bite to eat.
I probably don't eat Thai food as much as I used to, but that's only because I'm now aware of all of the other amazing cuisines that Sydney has to offer. When I do get around to eating Thai food for a quick lunch I want it to be good and I know that I won't be disappointed with our quick lunch at Doytao in Glebe.
Glebe's Doytao a tiny hole in the wall place, so not at all like the cavernous space you'll find at their Newtown restaurant. There are five tables that hold setting for about 20 people in total. Get in earlier or be prepared to take away!
The lunchtime menu is not extensive - just covers all the basics really. I already know what I want so don't waste much time looking at the menu anyway.
I opt for one of their lunch specialties, Pad See Eew with Chicken ($11.90). The prices are not as cheap as they used to be when I first started going here about three years ago, but the servings are HUGE so I don't feel ripped off.
The thing I love most about Pad See Eew is the gorgeously plump, thick rice noodles. They are so tasty as the soy sauce sticks to them like glistening glue. A squeeze of fresh lime just enhances the flavour tenfold.
The chicken is thinly sliced and wonderfully tender. I love the sprigs of shallots and Chinese broccoli which give the dish a crunchy texture.
This dish is probably big enough to share between two people who have a modest appetite between them. I manage to polish mine off all by myself. As I get up to waddle back to work I realise that I've probably eaten just a little bit too much.
Doytao Glebe is at 35C Ross Street, Glebe. They have a number of other restaurants through Sydney.