Photographs: David Straight
It says a lot that this is only the second review of a Thai restaurant we’ve published on EHN, and the first cheapie. Quite why it took so long to find this place is beyond us, except to say we’d just given up on good Thai in Auckland. Too sweet, too thin, too bland. In short, too crap. We’d hear about a place we just had to get to, and then we’d go and check it out and it would be just like all the others.
Then we gave Marigold Thai E-Sarn a go. You’ll find it in Food Alley, though the sign just says Thai Isaan. It is the business, producing food from Thailand’s north – pungent, zesty flavours and, more particularly, sticky rice. In particular, we love the salads: recently we ate a som tam (made with carrot rather than green papaya but we forgive them because the dressing was great) and a perfect chicken laab. It’s fiery and tangy, sour and not too sweet: bursting with flavour. Just as Thai should be. SFG
HOURS 10.30am to 10pm, seven days.
ADDRESS Food Alley, 9-11 Albert Street, City.
IMPORTANT DETAILS Pick up some of their home-made chilli and shrimp paste ($6.50) – it’s amazing, utterly addictive and will keep in the fridge for months.