SAOWANEE’S PLACE, North Perth:
YOU know the feeling: You’re desperate for the fantastic flavours and aromas of Thai cuisine but don’t want to suffer yet another tepid disappointment.
So, say hello to Saowanee’s Place, a multi-award winning North Perth restaurant recognised by experts and critics for offering some of the best Thai Perth has to offer.
• 2012–2010 voted WA Favourite Thai Restaurant | I Love Food Award State Winner
• 2009 voted WA Favourite Asian Restaurant | I Love Food Award| State Winner
• 2009, 2007, 2006 & 2005 Award for Excellence Finalist | WA Restaurant & Catering Industry Association
• 2004 voted The Best Thai in Perth | Sunday Times Magazine, December 5, 2004
Saowanee de Glanville arrived in Perth 33 years ago and soon established a catering business that evolved into her charming Fitzgerald Street restaurant, so named because friends would say “let’s go to Saowanee’s Place”.
Saowanee says the key is presenting dishes as you’d receive them in Phuket –
not watered down nor adapted for Western tastes.
Phuket’s food, particularly its curries, is hotter and spicier than relatively mild dishes from other parts of Thailand.
“Elegant, fragrant and spicy,” is how the Sunday Times describes it.
“Worth more than just a try: the food, like Phuket, is seductive enough to make repeat visits highly likely,” says the West Australian’s Gavin Simpson.
Especially recommended is the paw-paw salad, described as “fiery and authentic” by the Sunday Times: Grated green paw paw is mixed with prawns, roasted peanuts, lime juice, palm sugar, snake beans and chilli.
Authenticity abounds at Saowanee’s Place (aromatic and fiery spices are hand-ground and toasted and herbs are pounded, not cut, to release their full flavours) which also caters for strict vegetarians. If you’re looking for true Thai that packs some heat, you can’t go wrong.
Open for dinner 5–9.30pm six days (closed Tuesday) and lunch on Fridays 11.30am to 2.30pm, Saowanee’s Place also offers selected lunch specials from $12.50 to $13.90.
348 Fitzgerald St, North Perth (corner of Grosvenor St)