For us, what sets great Thai apart from good Thai food is both its freshness and its depth of flavour. Once you’ve experienced it, even facing the menu sets you on a merry dance proclaiming, “I’ve just got to try everything!” Choice is almost impossible.
If you love full-flavoured Thai as much as we do, then gather a group of friends and head to Nahm Kitchen & Bar, the latest opening in The Oasis, Broadbeach. There you can throw caution to the wind, share a banquet of small and larger dishes, and leave with your palate satisfied.
Owned by local couple Brendan and Monica Choi, ‘Nahm’, meaning ‘water’ in Thai, conveys the restaurant’s food concept: “… to deliver food that can take on any form – a progressive Thai dining experience that has no boundaries.”
That’s exactly what we experience from Chef Theemachit Chit Kaen (aka Coke) who brings us modern Thai-inspired food contemporary enough to push traditional boundaries.
Coke’s experience in modern Thai food, cemented in the acclaimed Alphabet St, Cronulla, before taking up the role as Sous Chef at Etsu in 2017, follows the tradition of modern Thai in southern capitals: it’s all about the flavour, achieved through marrying the flavours of Thailand to top quality fresh local ingredients, with all sauces made from scratch in house.
“I’m thrilled to be cooking Thai food again,” Coke tells us. “I love experimenting with ingredients and building upon Thai classics.”
Using Thai flavours as the building blocks, some of Coke’s highlight creations include Pan-seared scallops with chilli-jam dressing, cucumber salsa and shiso, Crispy-fried three-flavoured barramundi with tomato, lychee and pineapple, Grilled Tasmanian salmon with green curry, asparagus and Thai basil, 12-hour-cooked Massaman short ribs that fall apart, and a rich Choo Chee curry with smoked lamb cutlets, snake beans and Kaffir lime leaf.
Desserts of coconut panna cotta with chocolate soil could follow, or mango sorbet with black sticky rice and coconut cream, however this menu’s strength to us lies in the boldly flavoured mains, so beautifully presented.
Also worth noting is the drinks pairing under the skilled eye of sommelier Carlos Mossieira (ex-Hilton Brisbane, Marriott, Red Rock and Morsels). It can be difficult matching wine to such bold flavours, but Carlos is happy to advise on the selection of Thai-inspired cocktails, such as a Chilli-coconut margarita, boutique Australian wines chosen to match specific dishes and craft beers from local breweries such as Black Hops.
Really, all you need is a group of friends to share your great night out. There’s parking downstairs and, come to think of it, why not really enjoy yourself and take the Q:Link!
Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria St., Broadbeach Ph: 07 55317426
Open: 7 days 11am – 9pm
NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as a guest of Nahm Kitchen & Bar.