Chat Thai- Haymarket

The original and the best!

I’m pretty good with my history of the CBD, being a kid who grew up hanging around the city streets from the early 90s – present. But even I have no clue what is the answer to this question, which came first? Chat Thai? Or the establishment of Thainatown in Campbell St? But not knowing the answer to this chicken or egg riddle, I still think Chat Thai is the original and the best!

As much as we hate waiting in line for food, we were willing to make this exception if it was for the best Thai in all of Australia! And when we were seen to our table for two, we then had to make the difficult decision of choosing what to eat/drink. So many choices, so many choices!

We ended up ordering a drink to share (Lodt Shong Singapore- $5.50); for my wife the Guay Tiew Larb ($12.00); and for me the Sokho Thai noodle soup ($12.00).

As we waited for the food to arrive, we took in the ambiance- each table was full of happy patrons all enjoying their late Sunday lunch. And listening in on conversations around us, each table of diners were all speaking a different language- Eat Thai has transcended all cultural barriers!

After a short wait, our drink arrived.

The Lodt Shong Singapore is a coconut milk with silky pandan dumplings. Sipping it through the thick straw, the flavours of the coconut and pandan all mixed together into a tasty concoction- neither coconut nor pandan overwhelmed the other flavour. And what are pandan dumplings, I hear you ask? Imagine the Chinese pudding on the square Styrofoam trays? Picture that tasty treat, but sliced up into thin 2 inch strips and poured into a glass of coconut milk. Each sip would bring up a chilled mouthful of milk and 2-3 strips of pandan flavoured jelly to chew on. Yum!

The first of the mains to arrive was my Sokho Thai soup noodle, it was like a ‘Special noodle soup’ from a Canto noodle soup store i.e. it had everything in it! I believe there were 2 different types of fish balls (one fried, the other not), minced pork, sliced pork, sliced fish tofu, peanuts, herbs, bean sprouts, and a generous serving of thin noodles, all of which was floating in a hot and sour soup, which was at the perfect level of spicyness! I enjoyed this dish, because it had a little bit of everything, making each mouthful interesting.

My wife’s Guay Tiew Larb was thin rice noodles, with minced chicken and pork offal, in spicy and sour larb flavoured soup. Her soup was a spice level higher than mine, as there were several times she had to down-tools and clear her sinuses. Haaha.  She described it like a typical Larb, but served as a soup noodle. But she was happy with her dish, as she’s a fan of the ‘nose to tail’ approach, not wasting any part of an animal if it was remotely edible.

Our end verdict? 5 from 5 Stars! 3 from 3 for food (each element on our plate was perfect! We couldn’t fault it at all!); 0.5 from 0.5 for Service (although we had to wait a little, however the service staff kept checking up on us, giving us an ETA on when our table was available and she seemed about to go above and beyond to see to our needs); 0.5 from 0.5 for Atmosphere (A bustling restaurant is enough for full marks, but they also had a catchy Thai pop playlist playing as well!); and 1 from 1 for Value for Money (Under $30 for 2 mains and a drink to share!? That is such great value, you honestly can’t get this level of quality for this price anywhere else in Sydney!)).

In conclusion, we haven’t given a restaurant the full 5 stars in a long while, as when it comes down to it- we’re pretty stingy scorers. But when we have a totally satisfying meal, which ticks all the boxes? Yeah, we’re more than happy to sing their praises and award them with the highest honour. 5/5! In Sydney we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to Thai, but in our opinion Chat Thai will always be the original and the best!

Chat Thai- Sunday 8 September (5.0 Stars).

PH: (02) 8317 4811

20 Campbell Street, Haymarket

Mon-Sun 10am – 11.30pm, 12midnight – 2am.

Sydney Gig Guide Oct – Dec

This is only a very small taste of the live gigs which will be touching down in Sydney in the month of October – December 2019. But we will be uploading new posts on a monthly basis to give you some advance notice in what awesome live gigs will be arriving in Ol’ Sydney Town!

Live music

Little Mix LM 5 Tour 

Qudos Bank Arena, 19 Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park

Saturday 14 December, for one Sydney show only! Global superstars Little Mix will be wowing fans at the Qudos Bank Arena! Come see Britain’s most successful Girl band ever live! Oh My God! “When you kiss me in the street and hold me on the dance floor……” (or something like that…)

For more info and to purchase tickets! Click HERE!   


Shrek The Musical

Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont

Opening in January 2020, get in early to secure your tickets! Australia’s very first performance of Broadway’s smash hit- Shrek The Musical! Our favourite Ogre? A talking donkey? Singing, dancing, laughter and  romance? I’m sold!

For more info and ticket details, click HERE!   

Classical/Contemporary Music

The Australian Ballet- The Nutcracker  

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney  

30 Nov – 18 Dec, just in time for Christmas! Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker will be performed by the Australian Ballet at the iconic Opera House no less! Colourful costumes, Tchaikovsky’s score for Ballet, and dancers ‘Glissade-ing’ their way across the stage!? A perfect ‘first show’ if you’ve never witnessed a ballet performance before!

For more info and ticket details, click HERE!


Dylan Moran- Dr Cosmos

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 October, Legendary Irish Comedian Dylan Moran will be performing 2 shows at the Sydney Opera House! High brow comedy at it’s poetic best! Caviar and laughs this is.

For more info and ticket details, click HERE!   

Community Theatre

 The Mikado- Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney

Smith Auditorium Shore School, Blue St, North Sydney

Friday 4- Sunday 13 October, the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney community theatre group will be performing the classical comedic opera ‘The Mikado’! A Western take on the confusing cultural intricacies of feudal Japan? But it promises to be a heap of laughs and iconic musical numbers!

For more info on the actual Mikado story, and for ticket details click HERE!     

September Festivals and Things to Do!

Woohoo yeah! Woohoo yeah! It’s spring baby! Say hello to longer and warmer days, which equates to more time to enjoy Ol’ Sydney Town! Here are my top things to see and do for the month of September!

Cronulla Spring Festival – 31 Aug – 1 Sept

33-35 Cronulla Street, Cronulla

Want to be the first to usher in spring!? Join the Sutherland Shire’s biggest community event! Sun, sand and good times! Enjoy 100+ fresh food and artisan stalls, live music, community performances, amusement rides, a petting zoo, and a pop-up bar featuring the best local craft brewers! Something for everyone!

For more information on the Cronulla Spring Festival, click HERE!

Father’s Day At Casa Porteño- 1 Sept

358 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

Our dads are a blessing to us! And we probably don’t appreciate them enough? This Father’s Day, why not treat him to the ‘Chef’s Banquet Menu’ a belly-filling meal of all the best Casa Porteño has to offer! Beer or bubbly on arrival (12 noon) – $120 per adult.

For more information on this delectable Father’s day treat, click HERE!

Malaysia Festival 2019- 21 – 22 Sept

Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour

If you’re unable to return or visit Malaysia, no dramas, as Malaysia will be at your door-step, courtesy of the Malaysian students studying here in Syd (the largest student-run festival). Over two days in Tumbalong Park, Malaysia Fest will wow you, feed you, and entertain you with performances, contests and food stalls! Come check it all out at the Tumb!

For more info on what you can expect from Malaysia Festival ’19, click HERE!

AFL Grand Final Day the Light Brigade Hotel- 28 Sept

Cnr Oxford Street and Jersey Road, Woollahra

If you can’t be in Melbourne for the AFL Grand Finals, but you want to experience the GF Day vibe?! Come on down to the Light Brigade! All 4 levels of the hotel will be celebrating the day from pre-game entertainment, the game live on all the big screens (with sound) and 4 different options to take it all in! From the bar, the bistro, from your private lounge, or if you want to escape it all – escape to the roof-top with your cocktail and nibblies!

For more details and option prices, click HERE!     

Sydney Fish Markets- Any time

Cnr Pyrmont Bridge Road and Bank Street, Pyrmont

Is your tummy calling!? Calling you to lunch at Sydney’s Fish Markets – the largest fish market in the Southern hem and only second to Japan’s markets in terms of the wide seafood variety on offer! Come and grab a bite or join a behind-the-scenes tour – to see all the goings-on at a fully working fish market!

For more info on the iconic Sydney Fish Markets, click HERE!

Xo Crossover Dance Studio- Any time

Level 1, 22-26 Goulburn Street, Sydney

Do you find that the beat lives within you? And that you need to unleash that beat for your own sanity’s sake? In a controlled manner of course, of course. Why not join Sydney’s premiere street dance studio? Try-out Hip-Hop / Breaking / Popping / Locking / House / JFH / LA Style / Jazz / Waackin’ / Girlstyle / Kpop & more! Only $10 for your first introductory trial class, no matter if you’re 50 or 5, I’m sure they’ll take you on! I just wonder how “& more” dance is like? *Shrugs*.

For more info and session times, click HERE!

Sydney Gig Guide Sept – Nov

This is only a very small taste of the live gigs which will be touching down in Sydney in the months of September–November 2019. But we will be uploading new posts on a monthly basis to give you some advance notice on what awesome live gigs will be arriving in Ol’ Sydney Town!

Live music

Rob Thomas Chip Tooth Tour

First State Super Theatre, International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour 

Wednesday 13 November, global superstar Rob Thomas will be touching down in Sydney for one night only! The former front man of Matchbox 20 will be performing his most famous hits from his 30 year career, plus tracks from his latest album ‘Chipped Tooth Smile’. Check out Cool Boys & The Front man’s original Front man Rob Thomas!

For more info and to purchase tickets, click HERE!


School of Rock the Musical

Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Sydney

Commencing on Sunday 10 November, School of Rock the Musical will be effects-pedaling their way into the Capitol Theatre! As much as you’ve loved the original Jack Black film, you’ll love this stage adaptation even more with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new score! School of Rock is going to be whip cracking-ly good! Like a whip crack of a floppy tail!

For more info and dates, click HERE!

Classical/Contemporary Music

Yo-Yo- Ma

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney 

Monday 4 November, for one sitting only, living legend Yo-Yo Ma will be performing at the Opera House for the very first time! In his Australian debut, Yo-Yo will be performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s ‘Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello’. Hear the hush as Yo-Yo the world’s most famous classical musician does his thang boy-e!

For more info and tickets, click HERE!


Steve Martin and Martin Short – Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t

First State Super Theatre, International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour 

Sunday 17 November, Steve Martin and Martin Short will be performing at the ICC for one night only! Don’t miss the 2 Martins as they rip on each other, Hollywood, and the fickleness of stardom. Have a great night of laughs as you watch these life long friends do what they do best! Bravo Amigos, bravo!

For more info and ticket details, click HERE!      

Community Theatre

Nunsense- Strathfield Musical Society

Latvian Theatre, 32 Parnell Street, Strathfield 

Friday 20 – Saturday 28 September, the Strathfield Musical Society will be performing Nunsence, a musical leading off with a tragedy that strikes the Hoboken Nunnery – and in an attempt to fund-raise, the sisters put on a variety show and then the nonsense…I mean nunsence, begins!

For more information and ticket details, click HERE!     

August Festivals and Things to Do!

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, as we swing into the final month of winter! But here are the top things to see and do in Ol’ Sydney Town for the month of August! Puffy jackets are optional this time…….

Dog Lovers Show- 3 – 4 Aug

1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park

Like the Easter show, but a 2 day show just for pooch lovers! Come to the Sydney showground to meet over 800 breeds of dogs, from non-insta stars to your four-legged insta favourites! Also expect workshops, lectures, doggy performances, K9 merch, and if you feel like taking a puppy home! – Go for it at the dog adoption zone! Kennels open from 9.30am – 5pm, tickets are running out fast!

For more info and tickets, click HERE!

 All Holden Day- 3 – 4 Aug

Hawksbury Showground, Clarendon

One show! One weekend! One make! Holden! All types of Holdens, both stock and custom, will be on display on 4 Aug- representing every era of Australian Holden manufacturing! Aside from the lion-badged vehicles, there will be a parts swap meet, trade stalls and food stalls! $5 Adult entry, kids under 15 go free! Vroom. Vroom.

For more info, click HERE!

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival- 17 – 25 Aug

Auburn Botanic Gardens, Chisholm Road and Chiswick Road, Auburn

With a tag-line of “A festival all about food, flowers, and feeling good”? I’m sold! For nine days in August, the Auburn Botanical Gardens will play host to the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival! Witness these rare flowers in full bloom – with each of the 9 days with its own theme/entertainment!? Something for the kids, something for the seniors, something for everyone! Gates open 9am – 5pm!

For more info, click HERE!  

Paddington Markets– Every Saturday

395 – 435 Oxford Street, Paddington

Throughout the month of August, all plates of food at the Paddington Market food court will be $5! Get your tummy filled as you stroll around the stalls. And remember, a portion of all proceeds go to worthy causes in the local area! Stalls open for trade from 10am till 4pm! Be there!

For more information, click HERE!

Private Dining at Sea life Sydney Aquarium – bookings open 14 days in advance

1 – 5 Wheat Road, Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour

You’ve seen the ‘Bachelor’ dating scenes, a solo table set in an iconic venue? Here is your chance to dine like no other at the Sydney Aquarium! Your table for two set-up in one of 6 reef zones (of your choosing), treated to a private 45 min guided tour beforehand, cocktails on arrival, and a 3 course dinner (with 2 hour drinks package) while you dine alone, with only the aquatic life watching on! Costs range from $450 – $550 per couple, new available dates are released 14 days in advance every Wednesday morning.

For more info and dates, click HERE!

The Spanish Cat– Anytime

Level 2, 70 – 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney

We started with dogs but we end with cats! Spanish Cats, that is – a Spanish language school in da City! If it’s travel which is calling you, or you just want to exercise your mind! Then give the Spanish Cats and their native speaking teachers a go in teaching you Spanish- the language of passion! For $269 per course, you can be transformed into your very own Don Juan or female equivalent in no time! Después de ti.

To sign-up or for more info, click HERE!

Sydney Gig Guide Aug – Oct

This is only a very small taste of the live gigs which will be touching down in Sydney in the months of August – October 2019. But we will be uploading new posts on a monthly basis to give you some advance notice on what awesome live gigs will be arriving in Ol’ Sydney Town!

Live music

Metallica WorldWired Tour 

ANZ Stadium, Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW

Saturday 26th October, death metal fans beware! Legendary bands Metallica and Slipknot will be touching down in Sydney for one show only at ANZ stadium! If you have all the band Ts, and if head-banging metal is your thang! – don’t miss Metallica’s WorldWired tour!

For more info and tickets, click HERE!


Chicago (audio described performance)

Capital Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket NSW

Thursday 19th September, smash musical Chicago will be audio-described for blind and low-visioned patrons! Immerse fully into the music, theatre, and visuals of the award winning musical with audio description of key scenic, costume and lighting elements, as well as pivotal action scenes throughout the performance! For one show only, see with your ears!

For show and ticket details, click HERE

Classical/Contemporary Music

The Planets – Concert and Star Gazing

Centennial Parklands, Cnr Parks Drive and Grand Drive, Centennial Park NSW

Saturday 17th August, where music and science meet! Entry to Centennial Park from 2.30pm, concert 3pm-5pm (the Sydney Youth Orchestra will perform Gustav Holst’s Planets), before star gazing at 5pm – 8pm! (Sydney Skywatchers will provide access to their telescopes). Come enjoy this transformative experience!

For more information and ticket details, click HERE!


Faulty Towers: The dining experience

Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW

Fri 13th – Sat 14th September, if you’ve always loved the antics of Basil, Sybil, and Manuel, then the world renowned “Faulty Towers: The dining experience” is right up your corridor! 3 course dinner +an outrageously funny improv, the show is 70% improvisation so there are no two shows alike!

For more information and ticket details, click HERE!

Community Theatre

My Fair Lady- Bankstown Theatre Company Inc.

Bryan Brown Theatre, 80 Rickard Road, Bankstown NSW

Sunday 4th August, catch the final performance of My Fair Lady by the Bankstown Theatre Company Inc.! See local amateur talent at its best – performing the story of a Cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady! And sway along to all your favourite showtunes from this classic movie! Check it out! I L O V E Community theatre!

For more information and ticket details, click HERE!