After living in Central Coast for the last nine years, we sure have seen changes in the area. Here at Terrigal, the food scene is growing by leaps and bounds, I would say almost 90% of the shops in Terrigal are restaurants and cafes. Believe it or not, there are five Thai restaurants within the 100 metres radius and the new-ish Thaiger Temple being the most striking Thai restaurant of them all. Just over a year old, Thaiger Temple is possibly the most popular Thai restaurant in Terrigal with its funky, modern decor, exciting menu and delicious cocktails from the bar. The moody den is dimly lit with hundreds of red lanterns overhead, the neon light feature wall of a tiger’s head sure attracts the attention of any passersby and lures them in for some exotic Thai cuisine. The restaurant is usually packed to the rafter on weekends. If the restaurant is full, you can also sit at the bar, they have an impressive drink list too.
The food is just as loud and bold as its decor. The dishes offered are the standard options what you will normally find in any other Thai restaurant with a few exceptional modern twists, roast duck spring rolls, Masaman lamb shanks or tempura Mars bars for instance. But the food is done well, bags of flavours, it’s fragrant, aromatic, pungent, spicy, that’s how Thai cuisine should be. We’ve been to this restaurant numerous times and usually had a good feed with very little disappointment. The crispy soft shell crab ($11.50) and duck pancakes ($10.90) for entree will get your appetite going. I can never go past pork belly with chilli basil ($21.90), it is one of my favourite Thai dish while The Pom always order Masaman Beef ($17.00) with chunks of tender beef and potatoes in a mild curry. On another occasion, we ordered a whole deep fried barramundi (market price) served with chilli, soy and ginger sauce and it was the highlight of our meal.
The service can be more tentative because getting the waitstaffs’ attention was a little challenging at times as they seem to like hanging around behind the bar waiting for the dishes to come out from the kitchen. The prices are on par to Sydney’s prices. Here’s a tip for you, order the signature cocktail by the jug ($31) instead of a glass ($18) will save you some spare change. Oh, the spicy lychee cocktail with chilli in it is my favourite.
SHOP 1/100-102 TERRIGAL ESPLANADE
CENTRAL COAST / NSW
LUNCH: TUESDAY-SUNDAY 12PM-3PM
DINNER: MONDAY-SUNDAY 5:30PM-LATE
P: 02 43856 199