Restaurant review: Sri Suwoon
44 Hugh Street, Victoria
I love Asian food (as you may have noticed), and will grab any opportunity to eat as much of it as possible. Yesterday was no different, as I had planned a long overdue meal with friends from university, one of whom recommended Sri Suwoon as a reasonably priced Asian option. After various emails and a look at the menu online, we were very much in favour and booked a table.
While the restaurant is located very near Victoria station, it is slightly hidden in a side street, which means it is nice and quiet and has a lovely atmosphere. As soon as we arrived, we received free prawn crackers, and when we asked for another bowl as we were still waiting for someone, they gave it to us with no qualms at all. Once we were all seated, we got so caught up in conversation that we forgot to even look at the menu! Upon a gentle nudge from our waitress, we quickly decided to do the most logical thing: share everything. Excitedly, each person chose a starter and a main course and we placed the following order:
Starters: Prawns on sesame toast, chicken satay, spare ribs, duck spring rolls
Main courses: Nua Prig Thai Aun (beef with green peppers and onion in oyster sauce), Gang Leung Gai (yellow chicken curry with sweet potato), Goong Pao Panang (chargrilled king prawns with panang curry sauce) and Ped Graprouw (duck with chilli, garlic and basil)
Sides: Very sticky (!) rice and egg fried rice
All the starter portions were very generous – the duck spring rolls and spare ribs even had more than 4 pieces and we subsequently worked out a clever bargaining system. The duck spring rolls were packed tightly with meat, and when I took a bite out of the spare ribs, the entire thing fell right off the bone. All the main courses were bursting with flavour and the meat was juicy and tender (particularly the duck, which was my personal favourite). The only strange observation was a black ingredient in the beef dish, which looked a bit like mini grapes on a stalk, but tasted incredibly bitter. Perhaps it is one of those additions that is not supposed to be eaten? If anybody knows what it could have been, please let me know!
The service at Sri Suwoon was a bit slow, as it took quite a while for our starters, main courses and bill to arrive. However, we were so busy catching up and enjoying ourselves that it didn’t impact our enjoyment of the food at all. Additionally, everything tasted fantastic and was clearly freshly made, which is always worth waiting for. And the sharing allowed us all to eat 8 different things, which is, quite simply, ideal. This Thai place is definitely worth a visit!
Sadly, my phone crashed yesterday so I lost a few of the photos, but here are the ones I managed to save!