19-21 Duthy St
Malvern SA 5061
(08) 8272 0465
Open Tue-Sat for Dinner, Tue-Fri for Lunch
Duthy Thai, obviously named for being on Duthy Street, is a quaint little cottage style restaurant (kind of looks like a house converted into a restaurant). I’ve read that the locals love this place, but I’ve heard both good things and bad things from friends so it will be interesting to see just who is right! Onwards!
Final Score: 3.6/10
The first thing you’ll notice is that Duthy Thai has a bright neon sign in their front window so there’s no mistaking this is where you’re supposed to be. There is also a chicken and chip shop next door called Funky Chicken, which although unrelated I thought was a pretty cool name. I couldn’t confirm with the staff the day before that I was missing 4 people from the booking because their phone lines were busy, but they were fine with that and shifted some tables around to free up another separate table. Unfortunately this left our table a little bit too small for 10 people, but we made do.
The decor inside is what I might call ‘homestyle’ because it was just like eating in someone’s living room. There were some elephant pictures on the wall with some rather gaudy floor-to-ceiling mirrors which I think didn’t really suit. They were large and cluttered on the walls, where some white-space in between each item would have been an improvement. That’s pretty much all I can comment about the venue, and if you like cream and pink paint then this is the place for you … I didn’t think it looked nice to be honest, but maybe it was the style they were aiming for. Prices here are very high, over $20 for most regular mains so be prepared to lighten your wallet.
Life is always full of ups and downs, and service tonight was more on the down side. It started off reasonably well, with orders taken fairly quickly after the late comers finally arrived. The waitress had good knowledge of what was the best out of the kitchen, and recommended quite a few dishes before selecting the Crunchy Beef for me (I noticed on the menu they had an interesting dish called Stuffed Wings, which were de-boned chicken wings stuffed with vegies and chicken … kind of hard to do when chicken wings are so small already!). Drinks were swished out quickly too, so all things were going smoothly … and about 10 minutes later Byron got his meal! This was the fastest I’ve ever seen a meal come out and we were all impressed. Unfortunately this is where the good service ended.
It’s always been common courtesy on a restaurant’s behalf to bring out all the meals at once so that the diners aren’t left sitting awkwardly staring and waiting whilst some people’s food iced over cold … and when this happens to you, you don’t care about how good the order-taking was, because you just want your meal like everyone else has already got! 20 minutes after Byron’s, another 7 meals came out … and I don’t know if the orders were lost or if the waitress just forgot to bring them out, but the last two meals came out just over half an hour after the other eight were served, only after we asked what was going on. You would think that the waitress (who came by to check on our drinks) would notice two meals were missing, and that none of us had started eating yet. It wasn’t me who got the late meal, but as we did the polite thing and waited, all our meals cooled down. Definitely not impressed, and this impacted on the food side of this review as well …
So onto the food … well, it’s going to be tricky. I can only imagine what my meal would have tasted like when fresh and hot from the kitchen. Instead I can only review on what I actually ate, which was like a cold handful of what tasted like BBQ pork spare ribs from a Chinese restaurant, and I should know because it’s a favourite of mine when I go out to dinner with my family. Topped off with some hard cold rice just made this meal go down a treat. Putting the coldness aside, the sauce was tasty but I can’t say it was Thai. Just go to the supermarket and buy a jar of Chinese BBQ marinade sauce and compare it for yourself. But, since I was hungry, it did taste good, but I can’t let my emotions (stomach) sway me when setting my scores! I have to give them a point for making it crunchy though, but that’s not hard when you deep fry inch-sized slivers of battered beef. Now that I think about it, the guys in the kitchen were speaking Chinese Mandarin, so it all makes sense now.
I like food and I will eat almost anything. I will admit that. I’m willing to try new and exciting flavours from any part of the world. What I don’t like is complaining about food or wasting it. Reviewing a restaurant encompasses many aspects, and if the slow service affects my food quality indirectly, then so be it. I think many other people in my situation would have complained to the manager, but I think my review is my own little way of getting the message across. Overall, come here for takeaway, and I apologise to the locals who think this place is great, but I personally won’t be coming back here again. Harsh? I think deserved. You might have a better experience, and I wish you luck.
- Service [2.3/10] : Points for the initial service, otherwise very disappointing.
- Quality [4.2/10] : May have been nice hot, but I am giving it for what it was.
- Venue [5.1/10] : Neat and pink, I can’t give many points really.
- Value [2.8/10] : Even with Entertainment Card discount, I think it’s not worth it.