Castle Hill is probably one of the last places you’d go to if you were looking for authentic Thai cuisine – but multiculturalism is a great thing if you can even find Thai food in the most un-Thai of places :)
Despite an amazingly dark interior, Pimarn Thai has an interesting colour scheme: fuschia pink panels set against bright blue walls, something which clashes with the warm smell of tangy lemon that infiltrates your nostrils the second you step inside.
The menu – self-proclaimed ‘Authentic Thai Cuisine’
I’ve had an on-and-off craving for pineapple fried rice ever since I got fried rice in a giaaaant pineapple at a Thai place in Capitol Theatre. I’m guessing their English at Pimarn Thai isn’t very good, though – before I ordered the pineapple fried rice here, I asked if it came in a pineapple – she said yes, but it didn’t :(
Pineapple fried Rice with egg (not spicy) + chicken = $12.50
Choice of either chicken and vegetables (12.50), prawns (16.90) or mixed vegetables (12.50)
After I got over the initial disappointment of my fried rice being on a plate rather than in a pineapple, I found the food itself pretty good. Although you can’t see it in the photo, there’s actually a sole slice of tomato in here ! ..not usual affair for a plate of fried rice.
Pha Ram Long Song – $13
Spinach, chicken breast fillet and beef topped with peanut sauce
When you think ‘peanut sauce’, you’d think ‘peanut’, right? The weird thing was, I could’ve sworn that there was a hint of mango in here :s This dish was really good though ! The sauce wasn’t too thick and didn’t have a sandy texture like some Thai places – Crunchy peanut pieces and spicy ‘mango’-flavoured chicken makes for a tasty dish :) Probably better with rice though, but you can always order it on the side – some Thai places include it with (or in) your order.
Pad See Eu – $12
Rice noodles stir fried with vegetables, egg and soy sauce
Choice of chicken or beef ($12), prawns ($16.40) or mixed vegetables ($12)
Weren’t the best rice noodles around and were super oily, but looking at the greens right now is making me hungry :(
Although I can’t vouch for the authenticity (seeing as I think the owner was Chinese), the food was good enough that I polished off the remains of the 3 plates by myself (but then, when don’t I ever?). Don’t know if I’d ever come back just because it’s so out of the way, but it’s definitely worth a try. :)
Pimarn Thai (visited 24/06/09)
1A, 19 – 21 Terminus St
Castle Hill, NSW 2154
Ph: (02) 9899 7199