I’m not going to lie, if there is one thing living in Australia has bestowed on me, it’s a healthy (or not so. You decide…) addiction to Thai food. Whilst the UK enjoys a large tasty melting pot of Indian and Chinese cuisine, the Aussies sure know how to put on a good Thai spread.
Now, Sydney has it’s fair share of great vegan Thai restaurants. Blossoming lotus, a modest buffet restaurant in Newtown which boast a giant “Vegetarian Food” sign outside, is my ultimate fav. Their mock lemongrass “ribs” and crispy tofu strips have been my faithful friend from the very first week I came to Sydney.
However, when a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful quaint Tasmanian city of Hobart, I encountered a whole new kind of vegan Thai heaven. Monsoon Thai Fusion was recommended to me by a friend from back home who has been living in Hobart and had been blown away by their vegan dishes. Naturally I had to investigate her claims of divine yumminess and, despite not actually being hungry at all after a late lunch, I went all out. Just for you guys, obviously…
The very first thing you will notice before even stepping foot into Monsoon is its awesome Tuk Tuk parked cheekily outside the restaurant, followed quickly after by the warming glow from inside which beckons you in from the cold Battery Point street. The glow does not mislead you. Inside is a crackling open fire, dainty fairy lights and cosy nooks of wooden tables which makes it feel more like your naturally stylish best friends house than a Thai restaurant.
The menu took two views online before arrival and a further 15 minutes of browsing to decide. The options are really good. I’d recommend bringing a bunch of people and ordering everything so you can try it all! As it happens, we simply got into a rhythm of continuously ordering dish after dish once we had devoured the last one; not really caring if we needed more.