Camp Hill Bowls Club in the outer suburbs of Brisbane produces not only a level green playing field for bowlers, but also one of the best Thai restaurants in town, Pan Thai.
One of the most unique qualities of the restaurant is its acceptance of barefoot entrants who freely walk through the doors immediately after a game.
The cuisine is divine with a variety of handmade foods including spring rolls, curry puffs, dim sims, fish cakes and a selection of rice dishes which can be enjoyed around the green.
Restaurant owner Amonpan Sirattanapusitakon (English name, Pan) has interestingly incorporated local ingredients into Pan Thai’s dishes in an attempt to support the local community.
Being a local herself, Pan opened the restaurant four years ago as a traditional setting for functions and general meals.
“All of the food in my restaurant is my favourite and I can cook them very well,” Pan said.
“I try to make different foods with a variety of ingredients.
“I have adapted some food to taste better such as putting fruit in Red Duck Curry or using crispy chicken instead of steamed chicken in Param chicken.”
The most popular dish is the roast duck that possesses a tender, juicy breast that is grilled and placed on a bed of stir fried vegetables and ginger and served with honey soya sauce.
Other popular dishes include the traditional green curry, red curry, and basil leaves and cashew nut stir fry.
As a Thai woman who can’t cook very well, I was quite happy with the taste and prices of Pan Thai’s dishes.
Each item on the menu is a harmony of taste and textures, with the option former spices if you asked the chef.
This locally owned restaurant is quiet during weekdays but gets busy for dinner during the weekends so it may be a while before you are seated during peak times, however you can relax with a drink from the bar while you wait.
Perhaps the key of success is the restaurant’s warm and friendly atmosphere. It is decorated in country style with an open kitchen, hardwood floors, high ceilings and a wall of windows which overlooks the bowling green and the stunning view of Brisbane City.
Children can run around and play at the club while parents their dining experiences and panoramic views accompanied by great food.
I have no doubt that Pan Thai has easily become a common meeting place for friends and family.