BlueStone Thai, 58 Ballarat Street, Yarraville. Phone: 9689 0110
It seems like a lifetime ago …
Pre-blog, and before taking up our now long-time residency in Yarraville.
I recall visiting the venerable bluestone building in Ballarat Street when it was still a pub and had something of a name for steak and chips.
After that it became Dig A Pony, which we never got around to before it folded a few months back.
Now it houses BlueStone Thai and we’re up for it.
Having scoped out the menu online, I have no expectations of anything too adventurous or regionally based or unusual, like we might find up the road apiece at Yim Yam.
But that’s OK – just some nice, straight-up orthodox Thai will do us fine.
That’s exactly what we get.
The dining room is all dark-wooded niceness and warmed up on a chilly night.
The service is very good.
Chicken satay ($9.90) is excellent, four sticks bearing thigh meat perfectly cooked and served with a runny peanut sauce.
Mildly spicy green curry ($14.90) is a good-sized serve stuffed with plenty of meat pieces and vegetables.
Basil chilli stir fry with pork ($14.90) is likewise mild, by our standards, and also rather good.
Two bowls of rice cost us $5 and the total bill is an excellent $44.70.
BlueStone Thai seems likely to have found a nifty niche – serving the kind of Thai food in which many punters delight and away from the frequently nutty crush and madness of the Ballarat/Anderson streets nexus.
On the way home on this Friday night, we witness Anderson Street absurdly gridlocked for blocks in both directions either side of train tracks – and with not a train in sight.