Thai Riffic, Mildura - Review
35 Langtree Avenue
(03) 5021 5225
Thai Riffic is situated in the heart of the restaurant area of Mildura, and although the name may seem a little contrived, the food was far from it. Just while I'm on the name, why do Thai restaurants feel the need to play on the name. Bow Thai, Thai Time, In Thai Sing, Appethaizing, Thai Tanic, Thai Pod and the list goes on!! Perhaps a new restaurant could try 'Thai Hard with a Vengeance', 'Thai me Kangaroo Down Sport' or 'Bridge over the River Thai'.....
The restaurant was full and bustling. While waiting for our table we sat at the bar and had a drink. Unfortunately the bar man could not locate any tonic water for our drink, then couldn't find any mineral water or in fact any soda water, so we decided on one straight from the tap.
On sitting down the atmosphere was great, busy but not so noisy that you couldn't hear the other people at your table. The waiter, and owner, was attentive and well humoured, and explained the menu and made some excellent suggestions. Classics like Pad Thai and the Green Chicken curry were excellent, and showed an amazing understanding of the balance required to cook Thai food. The waiter suggested a taste plate for entree which included fish cakes and satays, and was an excellent suggestion. The chef is all the way from Bankok and is definitely raising the bar for other restaurants attempting food in this style.
On opening about a year ago, Thai Riffic was given a buddhist blessing. Phra Maha Boonsom Uttan, Head monk of the Melbourne Buddhist Temple performed the blessing to ensure good luck and prosperity.
On the night we ate there the blessing seemed to be working, with every table full and a dining room full of very happy customers.