While we’ll never forsake our beloved neighbourhood Thai restaurants, when we are craving a taste of the cuisine at its pinnacle, we head to Jumbo Thai. The restaurant is the brainchild of Andrew and Wasana Park, who have plenty of experience operating several small-scale Thai restaurants in Brisbane’s west. At Jumbo Thai they are showcasing an upscale take on the country’s culinary culture, exploring the art of dining from a quintessentially Thai perspective. Like any masterpiece, the Jumbo Thai menu is comprised of tiny details and surprising flourishes, with an interplay of flavours adding depth and magic to every mouthful. With a wide variety of options allowing for a flexible feast, every Jumbo dining experience can be different from the one before it. We suggest starting with one of Jumbo’s many snacks, including its signature blue-hued butterfly-pea dumplings with caramel peanuts and sweet pickled radish, crispy soft-shell crab bao buns, Thai-style coconut pancakes with salty pork and taro, or crunchy wagyu-mince curry puffs with sweet potato and sweet chilli. From here the menu opens up to include salads, grilled and crispy dishes, curries, stir-fries, and noodle and rice dishes. Chiang Mai pork larb, whole crispy local snapper topped with sweet-and-spicy tamarind and chilli sauce, Burmese dry-spiced pork belly curry, banana prawns and roasted-cashew stir-fry, and pad see-ew with sweet black sauce and stir-fried vegetables are just some of the options available to you. If the assortment of spice has your tongue tingling, consider cooling off with one of Jumbo Thai’s colourful and creative cocktails. A pair of bubble cocktails add some tipple theatre to your dinner, while Thai twists on the classics are also worth investigating. Few restaurant settings are better suited to delivering an artful approach – Jumbo Thai’s gorgeous restaurant space in the heritage-listed Hotel Embassy building on Elizabeth Street has been designed by Open Air Studio’s Wit Chongwattananukul. Intricate details, delicate textures and eye-catching colours can be seen across the entire space, from Jumbo’s rattan-wrapped entry hallway, embroidered inlays in its interior French doors and hand-made ceramic tiles sourced from Lampang to its imported furniture boasting Jim Thompson fabrics and hand-painted tiled table tops. The walls also feature a classical Thai mural from artist Thirawut Bunyasakseri and original artworks from Bangkok-based artist Virat Rungpayak, all of which add a sense of artistic elegance throughout the venue. Click here to make a booking.
Still not convinced? Perhaps a bit of visual stimulation can persuade you: