On my very first trip to Sydney, aged 20 and the first time I’d been out of New Zealand, I got horribly lost in the Centrepoint mall. I was stuck in there for what seemed to be hours, unable to find my way out and totally disoriented. I had to keep shopping and eventually found an exit and escaped, likening it in my mind to the 7th plane of shopping hell. I haven’t been back since and still don’t like shopping. On my most recent trip to Sydney, I returned. Centrepoint is now a Westfield Mall and is as confusing as ever. Luckily, I had a guide.
On Levels 5 and 6 of the mall is what can loosely be described as a food court. That is to say it is a group of individual restaurants – a huge variety of them – and a few faster food places. We had been recommended Chat Thai by a colleague and we weren’t disappointed (although there were so many interesting looking places, it would have been nice to have sampled a different restaurant on another night. Oh well, that’s for another trip!).
Chat Thai was busy and bustling, but the service was great and the food was fabulous and very reasonably priced and they have a HUGE menu. The flavours were amazing and very different in the three dishes we had selected (roasted duck red curry, water spinach with garlic and grilled chicken with lemongrass, turmeric and chilli). We ate until we were stuffed and then had to go for a walk to recover! Best of all, most of the food was gluten-free.
Chat Thai can be found on Level 6 of the Westfield Mall in the Sydney CBD, but has other locations throughout Sydney as well.