Boo's Kitchen brings the fresh traditional flavours of northern Thailand to Woolloongabba, in this unique restaurant that is unlike any other Thai eatery in Brisbane, from its name to its menu, music and decor.
At the heart of the convivial restaurant, which features colourful cushions, stools, wooden tables and coloured lights, is chef and owner Boo, whose personality is as bright and bold as the tastes of the delicious cuisine she prepares. When not cooking up a storm in the open kitchen she is known to mingle with the customers, talking about the home-style food from Isan, her region of Thailand and making them feel like a guest in a Thai family home.
This is the perfect place for diners to explore the tastes of Thailand beyond the standard Thai fare offered in most Brisbane restaurants, although Boo also offers a handful of familiar dishes such as fish cakes, curry puffs, Panang or Massaman Curry and Pad Thai, but with her own flavour stamp. Her menu, which features traditional Isan dishes from her home in the regional north (think salads, BBQ skewers, noodles and seafood), is written in a personal explanatory way, with stories behind the dishes and flavours, making it easier to decide on what to order.
Recommended to start are the juicy Satay Chicken Skewers (made from chicken Maryland) with fragrant house made peanut sauce or the Thai Fried Chive Pancake, crunchy on the outside and cake-like inside or the Crab Net Rolls (deep fried and filed with crab and prawn meat), served with plum sauce.
For Mains you can't go past 'Boo's Favourites', including her signature Isan or Thai Papaya Salad, which comes from her hometown and is rarely found in Australian restaurants, The platter to share is a mix of pork crackling, Asian ham, boiled eggs, rice noodles and tender chicken skewers. Another must try is the Whole Barramundi with 3 flavour sauce: deep fried whole baby Barramundi fish served with an authentic Thai 3 flavour sauce (sweet, sour, spicy), with cherry tomatoes, pineapple, lychee and chillies.
Boo's Head Chef Aeey hails from Bangkok and brings his own creative flair to the menu with 'Chef's Special Flavours' such as Bao Buns with crispy pork belly and his own special teriyaki mayonnaise, Hainanese Chicken Rice - Thai style (a Bangkok street food speciality), 200g Wagyu Steak with coconut cauliflower sauce (or gravy) and delectable Massaman Lamb Shanks (unique blend of Thai and Indian flavours with cinnamon stick).
No visit to Boo's Kitchen would be complete without ordering one of the Thai salads for which the northern region is known. Customarily here all meals are accompanied by a salad and choices at Boo's include Isan Spicy Wagyu Steak Salad (spring onion, coriander, mint, lime juice, dried chilli and tender strips of beef) or Papaya Salad as well as traditional laab (dry salads) such as Minced Pork, Thai Fried Salmon and Boo's super popular Duck Salad, made from a family recipe. Laab salads are traditionally served with sticky rice.
Other dishes to try include Drunken Noodles with prawns and scallops, melt-in-the-mouth Isan Style Custard Salmon (the Isan version of steamed curry salmon which, in lieu of steaming, uses eggs with the fresh herb flavours of galangal, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass) and Laksa ( Boo's special Thai version of the Malaysian/Singaporean dish), with a decadent mix of prawns, scallops and calamari.
Boo's desserts are worth saving room for too, with a choice of sticky rice and mango (seasonal), warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice-cream and raspberry compote or the must-try Coconut Panna Cotta (served with mango gelati and coconut roll).
There's also a cracking wine list to complement the menu at Boo's Kitchen and it's served in beautiful glassware. The small curated selection of wines include Annie's Lane Riesling, MadFish Gold Turtle Pinot Gris, Tangaroa Sauvignon Blanc and St Halletts Shiraz - all good quality but without the price tag. There are also house wines available as well as Thai and Australian beers.
Nice to know - In keeping with the fun casual atmosphere at Boo's, you won't find traditional Thai music here but the hits of the 70's or 80's, which the chefs have been known to sing along to.
Need to know - Parking is available (and permitted) in the nearby Princess Plaza Shopping area and there is also underground parking.
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1/12 Annerley Rd
0426 395 515