Adelaide locals have a lot to thank Te for. As his family is behind one of the first Thai restaurants in the city, they have delivered the delicious flavours locals have come to know and love consistently for more than 15 years.
Sanom and Te have been running Regent Thai for more than 10 years. However, their journey started a decade earlier, when Te’s brother-in-law saw an opportunity to bring Thai cuisine to the people of Adelaide, opening a restaurant in the Regent Arcade. When he retired, it was passed on to Sanom and Te, and they were tasked with continuing the tradition of tasty Thai food.
Although they may have changed locations in the years since, the quality of food has stayed consistent. As the Head Chefs, the husband and wife team have full control over what’s going onto the plate, injecting authenticity with every element they add.
They try to source their produce as locally as possible, recognising the fantastic ingredients they have on their doorstep. Angelakis Bros and Samtas supply their seafood, while fruit and vegetables come courtesy of the local greengrocer. He also supplies their selection of herbs and spices, including basil, chillies, lemongrass and coriander.
Start with classics – chicken and prawn moneybags and satay sticks – before moving onto the pepper quail, and larb chicken or pork, complete with aromatic Thai herbs, fresh chilli and lemon juice. Curry connoisseurs will love the range on offer, including green chicken, massaman beef and red duck. If you’re more of a noodle devotee, opt for one of the many stir-fries. Choose the chicken cashew nut, featuring stir-fried chicken breast with special sauce, capsicum, pineapple, onion, cashew nut and deep fried chilli, or gaprouw beef complete with blended chilli, garlic, sauce, mushroom, bean and basil.
The menu places an emphasis on seafood – a reflection of the high quality produce that’s available to the kitchen team. Prawn choo chee, a tantalising combination of prawns, red curry paste, coconut milk, lime leaves, chilli and basil, sits above ginger fish, which includes a deep-fried whole barramundi topped with ginger, mushroom, spring onion and shallot.
Vegetarians are also well catered for, with a comprehensive veggie-only menu that includes pad thai, spring rolls and tom yum soup.
No matter what you’re ordering, Te, as the man on the floor, is always happy to adjust seasonings as required, so both spice savants and mild mavens will be sated.
The drinks list is just as detailed as the food menu, with a range of spirits, beers, ciders and wines on offer. South Australian wineries are front and centre; drops come from as far as the Clare Valley, as close as the Adelaide Hills and everything in between. There’s also a healthy mix of Australian and international beers, as well as non-alcoholic options.
Regent Thai dishes up the authentic Thai experience, smack bang in the middle of Adelaide. Stop by to say hello to Sanom and Te, try their fantastic food and walk out feeling very happy – and very full!