The parent company of Amarin Thai 2, Jusuda Pty Ltd, has gone in to liquidation. The restaurant is no longer open.
date of visit: Wed 28 October 2009
Sometimes you can have a night out and, in many respects, everything is good but there is one small thing that mars the evening and it is that thing that springs to mind every time you recall the occasion.
That’s our mid-week dinner at Amarin Thai 2. It was a lovely evening, the food was good verging on excellent and the price was more than right. And the service was sloppy. Guess which bit I find easiest to remember?
It was a warm Wednesday evening and, over an apéritif (that would be a Coopers or two) at the Exeter we discussed dinner. There is something about balmy weather which makes me crave spicy, yet light, food so Thai is always high on the agenda. Amarin Thai 2, on the south side of Rundle Street, offered reasonably sheltered outdoor seating, sensibly priced meals and it wasn’t too busy.
We chose our table so we were shielded from Rundle Street’s hustle and bustle by pot plants and started by ordering drinks. This normally isn’t too tricky, but for some reason we struggled. Andy ordered a Singha and the response was “I don’t think we have any”. We’re talking about 7pm on a weekday, the restaurant had about 5 other patrons – surely you know if you have what is arguably the Thai beer. I ordered a glass of Gewürztraminer. It transpired there was a sole Singha left but no Gewürz. I changed to a Riesling
The food caused no such issues. We began by sharing a spicy squid salad which was delicious: cool but not cold, full of flavour spicy but not searing and laced with all the flavours you’d expect from Thai food (onion, lemongrass, coriander). For main course Andy chose what I would describe as a Thai version of popcorn chicken, which really does the dish a disservice! At the end of the day, it was battered, fried chicken served in a spicy Thai style sauce with plenty of filler vegetables like capsicum and onion. But it tasted good!
I ordered the chicken larb in an entrée size. Although the flavours were good this is normally a dish which is scary in its spiciness. Amarin Thai 2’s version was just a little tame …
The bill, for 2 entrées, a main, shared rice, a beer and a glass of Riesling came to $66. After our Entertainment Book discount, we paid $50. To be honest, I’m not sure I could complain about either price were it not for the indifferent service.
Things didn’t start well with the drinks issues, and I could have dealt with being asked if I were ready for my main course, but clearing my plate while Andy was still eating was just plain rude. The usual excuse (the restaurant was busy and staff are trying to turn tables, which, by the way, doesn’t cut it) certainly didn’t apply. It was just sheer thoughtlessness.
And, if you’re wondering, yes, I had to go to the till to ask for our bill and yes, I was given the bill for a different table.
Casual Thai on Rundle Street
Good, sensibly priced food doesn’t compensate for sloppy service.