I happened to be in town for a workshop and thought I'd give Byron's asian street-food sector a try out in the laneway behind the Beach Hotel. For their lunch specials AU$12.90 for a vegetarian (tofu) Pad Thai [the other option was chicken - no pork!] seemed reasonable - until I was shortchanged $2 by the affable Canadian on the front-of-house. He fixed me up with the missing gold coin in change after I'd raised the discrepency. It didn't seem to put off the asian (?Japanese?) couple seated next to me as they took a souvenir photo with him before they left. Maybe they couldn't tell Aussies from Canadians? Turns out he is from Toronto via Whistler and considered that slices of pumpkin, snake beans and zucchini in a very thick peanut satay quite normal for an Asian Joe's Pad Thai. Based on my experiences with condensed milk on souvlaki in a Halifax NS eatery a couple of years ago (and I may be making a broad generalisation here) I am not sure that the Canadians tourist staff are necessarily the best judges of Asian fare. Maybe he thought it was hip fusion cuisine, but I could have knocked out a similar dish at home just by cleaning out the vegetable container with a bottle of satay sauce. Two slices of chilli and a sprig of fresh coriander does not a Pad Thai make! Based on one dish, and a glass of room temperature water from the stainless steel urn at the front (refilled by a bucket of tap water by aforesaid front-of-house staff), the experience was nothing to get overly excited over for a Saturday lunchtime on a sunny day. Take it or leave it was how I felt as I wandered back to the after lunch session at the workshop.