Replacing the now shuttered Thai restaurant Ayatana, Fat Monk doesn’t seem to have fallen into the same trap of focusing on food to the detriment of vibe and decor. It’s a warm welcoming environment in matte black and kitsch murals. They also win an award for the best/worst puns in their dish names. We selected ‘Hit Me Baby One More Thai’m’ and ‘Thai Hard’. We kicked off with some tiger prawn spring rolls and some chicken steamed buns. Both were excellent and nicely presented.
The ‘Hit Me Baby One More Thai’m’ was a chu che barramundi and stir fried panang curry. The ‘Thai Hard’ was Thai sweet basil and chilli with crispy pork belly. The barramundi was definitely the better of the two dishes and I would highly recommend it. The pork belly was very spicy and the pork was a little on the dry side. They need to Thai a little harder with this dish.
Oddly missing from the dine in menu was the quite extensive curry list that is on the takeaway menu so I’m guessing any of these would be available if requested. They can also provide delivery if required.