Catch up with the girlies and this time we decided on Jinda Thai since one of the girls wanted to give it a go. We had to book it one week in advance on for a Wednesday night at 7PM. I turned up and it was of course raining (gees, thanks winter Melbourne) and Miss Panda and I rushed in while waiting for Miss Train (a story from Malaysia!).
We arrived 15 minutes before and was told that our table wasn’t ready….we waited and BAM at 7PM our table was DONE! It was super busy for a Wednesday night and the decor was so cute and casual (turned up in my Superman tee coz i’m casual like that yo).
Our table was all the way in the corner but I liked it because it means PRIVATE TIME!! We ordered drinks first and I got the Cha Yen since I got sucked in by the ‘famous iced milk tea’. It was pretty alright but not amazing. They gave so little and a cup full of ice and to top it off, the straw was super long, they should have cut it in half (COST SAVINGS PEOPLE!!).
Cha Yen – $3
Famous iced milk tea
Next up, appetizers to get the party (WOOOOO PARTAAAYY!!) started. The food here comes out soooo quick (like speedy gonzalas!!) but hey, I’m not complaining. First up, fish cakes squish cake (yes they used squish…). It came with a side of salad and a dipping sauce. Overall, it was alright, nothing outstanding.
Fish Cakes, Squish Cakes – $8.90 (5 pc)
We also got the satay platter which we assumed it was going to be a platter of satay right?? Well, the platter is only 3 pieces of satay, chicken, pork and beef per serve. Wished we knew this prior to ordering, then we would have gotten 3 servings…This was alright as well. I like the peanut sauce it came with though! YUMMOOO!! I used the roti to dip into the sauce too (WOOOHOO!!).
Satay Platter – $8.90
Roti – $3
Next up, som tum soft shell crab which was soft shell crab in green papaya salad, cherry tomatos, snow beans and chilli. We were of course sucked in by the ‘recommended’ word. THIS DISH WAS AHHHH-MAZING! The dish was refreshing and it had fish sauce in it. So good! THERE WAS SO MUCH CRAB TOO!! However, be warned, it was quite spicy! Make sure you order the milk tea to quench the hotness.
Som Tum Soft Shell Crab – $13.90
Green papaya salad, cherry tomato, snow beans and chilli
My favourite thing to get at a thai place is TOM YUM!! I LOVE TOM YUM so of course I wanted to try it out. I got the tom yum with seafood and I was really disappointed. It was wayyyy too salty (bring on the water) and we didn’t end up finishing it. It did come out in a cute little pot thing where a little candle was lit at the bottom to keep the soup heated.
Tom Yum – $16.90
Spicy & Sour soup with lemongrass & lime leaf
We needed to have greens in our meal so we got the pad oyster sauce which came with chinese broccoli and beef and I really liked it!
Pad Oyster Sauce with Beef – $16.90
Now, the mains came out. Thai fried rice was first and we got it with crab and I thought it was okay. Lots of crab which was nice but not really full of flavours. However luckily we got the red curry with roasted duck and this was DELICIOUS! I love my curries and this was YUMMOO!! Must get dish (wooohoo!)
Thai Fried Rice with Crab – $13.90
Red Curry Roasted Duck – $17.90
Since dinner was finished, we waited for dessert. While waiting, we found next to us condensed milk and LOTS of it!!
We decided to get the cake and vanilla ice cream deal and I was a sucker for pandan and Miss Train was a sucker for green tea. Guess which flavours we got?? BAM pandan and green tea (Yeah Boy!). This was such a disappointment. Can’t really taste the flavours but at least the vanilla ice cream was decent….
Green Tea Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream – $8.50
Pandan Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream – $8.50
Overall, the service was so quick, staff were friendly, dishes ranged from average to AMAZEBALL but not consistent and great ambiance. I probably will come back but perhaps not any time soon. Stay away from the salty tom yum soup and the cakes and ice cream!
7 Ferguson Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne, VIC 3067
Tel: (03) 9419 5899