Situated next door to Nine Fine Food, Nunam has a relaxed coffee shop look in the first room, with a more modern dining room next door. The service was impeccable all night, mainly thanks to one waitress in particular who was bubbly, friendly and positive through every interaction. I always think that the staff can often make or break a meal out so I really feel like it’s important for me to highlight how great it was here.
Looking over the menu as we sit down I can see there’s so many amazing sounding dishes to order. We decide to go with the banquet, which is $68 per person and comes with two canapés, two entrees and three mains. Plenty of food for the two of us!
We start things off with each choosing our canapés – which we actually land on the same thing. The galloping horses are a service of minced pork, duck and peanut morsels on fresh pineapple and mandarin segments. They’re definitely an exciting bite to eat with the fresh, sweet juicy a great contrast to the punchy and zingy topping. It has that wonderful umami rich flavour and instantly makes me eager for the rest of our meal to take place.
Not long after, our entrees arrive at the table and just looking at them I’m already impressed. Even though we’re sharing, Jeremy and I have each picked a dish and his looks beautiful. Caramelised quail comes out with a sticky dressing and crisp fried onion silvers on top. While I often find quail a little fiddly to eat, when it’s cooked right it can be such an enjoyable protein.
The meat is perfect, a little crispy on the outside and soft and tender inside with a pink blush. I find the dressing so moorish – a generous pool that treads the line of sweet and savoury just like great Thai food often does.
Choosing our mains was actually quite an easy affair also, with certain items jumping out and appealing to our particular preferences. I was speedy in selecting the red curry with duck, lychees and quail egg – and I’m so glad I did.
It might sound like an exaggeration but I assure you it’s not… this is the best curry I’ve had in a really long time. Perhaps even the best ever. The sauce is sweet but well balanced, so full of flavour I find myself completely silent as I spoon it over my rice and scoop up bite after bite. The duck is tender, with a small little sliver of fat. The lychee is sugary and helps cut through the richness of the meat, and the quail egg is just perfection. It’s a deceptively simple looking dish but really packs a punch. I will be rushing back to try this one again soon.
When ordering our mains we’re told we have unlimited rice in the banquet and the choice of jasmine or coconut – or a mix of both. We both really love fragrant coconut rice so we choose this and it is damn good. I keep telling myself not to fill up on it, but even plain it’s so tasty. Another highlight of the meal.
Our final dish is the aromatic beef shin curry with pumpkin, potato and peanuts. While it was a tasty dish in it’s own right, compared to the others from the evening it didn’t take up to those highs. That being said, the beef was the very definition of tender, falling apart as our forks pierce the surface. I really enjoy the sprinkling of fresh herbs as it helps cut through what can often feel heavy when eating curries.
We actually don’t manage to quite finish this dish as we’re feeling really full. The banquet is definitely a great means to feast your night away, plus you get to choose your dishes. I have to say, I would have happily paid full price for our evening and left raving about how much I enjoyed every bite – especially that duck curry.
I can’t wait to bring my mum back some time as she’s a huge Thai food fan and I’m hoping she’ll love it as much as I did. And to make things even better, they’ve recently started serving b breakfast which includes some very interesting Asian-fusion dishes including congee with hollandaise! Oh yes, I will be back soon.