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“Bags of charm and good Thai food”
Review of Sailors Thai - CLOSED

Sailors Thai
Price range: $8 - $36
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: The Rocks
Description: Established in the early '90s by one of Australia's foremost chefs, Sailors Thai is an iconic Thai restaurant. Local and international regulars as well as first time visitors make their way to Sailors Thai to experience benchmark Thai. Their reputation is for bold but carefully balanced flavours, inspired renditions of classic dishes and "hero" produce in a wonderfully unique setting. Sailors Thai will take you on a Thai food journey, strongly influenced by traditional recipes, hand-made where possible, and enhanced by Australia's exceptional produce.
London
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Bags of charm and good Thai food”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

We travelled to Sydney from Phuket, so had recently had a lot of excellent Thai food. A wet Sunday evening meant that we did not want to venture far from our hotel, but we just wanted some small tasty dishes. We came across Sailors Thai by accident, but absolutely loved it. Communal, long refectory tables introduce a sense of community, the short menu means they have mastered the food and are not overly ambitious, the wine list is short but good value, and the service is great. What is there not to like?

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Bigal57
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Sydney
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“Lacked subtlety of authentic Thai flavour combinations”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

Having lived in Thailand for five years, I was very disappointed with Sailors Thai. Entree (betel leaves) too sweet. Second dish(salt & pepper soft shelled crab) far, far too salty. Third dish (morning glory with duck) lacked flavour. Where was the lime to counter-balance the salt? Where was the chilli? At least the Rheisling from Canberra winery was enjoyable. I would have been dissapointed if my local cheap and cheery Thai takeaway served up this food. And three dishes would not have cost close to $100 (excluding wine). What a shame.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Sallyannewr
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Southern UK
Level 6 Contributor
223 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Hello Sailor!”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Be warned, you cannot book here. Lively place with two floors and a small harbour view terrace.

We visited from UK last year, so I was keen to return in 2013. I was not disappointed. Main dining room has just one long table, so when they call it a 'canteen', they mean it. However, it does encourage conversation between diners who are not yet friends.

Thai food is prepared while you watch, across the room. Efficient and reliable. Wagu beef was, of course, tender, but the spices were on an exalted level. Barramundi in chilli was eye-watering, but the lime and coriander made it a meal that will remain in the memory for many years.

Visited November 2013
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England
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Exceptional Thai in an eccentric eatery.”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

I finally managed to get out to Sailor's Thai on my last evening in Sydney, and what a great ending to a wonderful trip.
It has one long trestle table inside, for communal, conversational eating, but I chose a small table outside on their small balcony. I had a startlingly fresh and zesty green curry as my main dish, and everything else matched its clarity and depth of flavour.
I'd love to go back, shame it's 22 hours on a plane away.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank neonmoth
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Sydney, Australia
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449 reviews
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“Best Thai I have eaten in ages”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

Fresh produce, beautifully presented, fabulous flavour. Casual atmosphere with professional staff. Definitely coming back here! Highly recommend.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Shelly J
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