The food was amazing! Definitely one of our favorite thai places in Melbourne and certainly worth a visit.
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We're really lucky to have this as our local Thai in Centre Rd - this high quality Thai food is up there with the best Thai restaurants in Melbourne. The food is always consistent, fresh and tasty. We love the green curry, the spicy tom yum and the stir fries are delicious. Keep up the good work Sumalee!
Consistently great food. Highly recommend the Pad Thai. The service can sometimes lag behind during weekends but the delicious food is worth the wait.
Sumalee is a high quality Thai restaurant. It is, in our opinion, amongst the very best in the Malvern, Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Bentleigh and Bentleigh East areas.
One of the very most important traits of the restaurant, and to Carole and I, the very most important is the quality and freshness of the food we were presented with.
It is best termed a bistro environment, and it can be quite "squeezy" with so many people fitted into a relatively small area, a necessity as it is so popular amongst its patrons. However, this should not detract from you paying it a visit as you will be well rewarded with the quality of the Thai food served.
The restaurant is NOT excessively noisy such that it is impossible to hold a conversation, quite often the case in other Asian restaurants.
Its decor is typically Thai with the usual decorations and ornaments, so indicative of that culture, adorning the walls. So it is nothing out of the ordinary, just a very pleasant place to have a meal.
We were interested in noting that the chef has cooked on a number of TV cooking shows and his experience really shows through in the presentation and innovation of the different courses we were presented with.
For our entrees Carole chose the Ocean Bag which is a pastry, similar to that of a spring roll stuffed with prawns vermicelli Asian herbs and spices. Thoroughly enjoyable and very delicious. On the other hand, I chose a Tom Yum Soup which to me was great - it was hot, spicy, had black tiger prawns, straw mushrooms baby corn and tomato infused into the broth - beautiful.
We were also intrigued by the Golden Prawn entree and after having shared a four piece plate between us, we were so impressed we sent out for another plate. The dish consists of marinated crumbed prawns, with mint yoghurt and orange ginger caramel. it will come as no surprise to readers this is the standout dish to us and was the highlight of the night. In a nutshell – magnificent.
And so to main course and for that I enjoyed a Massaman Lamb Curry, with a tender spiced lamb shank, floating in a creamy Massaman curry accompanied by potato, onion and peanut. It too, was a delicious meal which I thoroughly enjoyed. But take care, it is a very large portion and it will have serious effect on your ability to consume more food later. On the other hand, Carole could not stop raving about her exquisite Lemon Lime Fish which was based on a crispy white flesh fish fillets complete with green salad, chili, Asian herbs and a delicious lemon lime dressing. Just could not go past that one! Some coconut rice to the side was an excellent accompaniment, with Roti bread and satay sauce.
Aahh - deserts - (which Carole could not join me in having - too full), but I thoroughly enjoyed a delicious Thai Milk Tea Panna Cotta, consisting of creamy panna cotta infused with pandan leaf and served with a berry coulis - sufficiently light and cooling after the previous courses to completely hit the spot.
There is a excellent variety of food on the menu, and it is the variety and innovation which will please diners. It would be unlikely you could not find something to tempt you.
The wine and beverage list, whilst not extensive, is adequat .
Very pleasing to report the lady of the house was our waitress for the night and she did a first-class job. Very personable, very knowledgeable and only too pleased to help, particularly in tailoring the curries to individual tastes. She was also very interesting to talk to and she obviously knows her stuff as far as Thai food goes. Great job, very well done.
For the quality, freshness and excellence of the courses we enjoyed, we consider the prices not to be excessive, and will be only too pleased to return their as soon as possible.
After reading other reviews I decided to try Sumalee as I had to organise a dinner for 10 people. Briefly, the entrees were very good, the main courses were average. The service was all right, the noise level was too high for conversation, especially for a large group, as there was no carpet on the floor. It was also too small to accommodate a large booking also.
Overall, if it was just for a few people, (Max. 4) then it would be all right, but definitely not for a large group.