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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 12th 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 13, 2008 31 DINING Alive www.innerwestweekly.com.au Number 8 laid platform for success NAME: Platform 8 WHERE: Shop 8, Cross St, Breakfast Point. Phone 8765 0565 OPEN: Lunch Friday- Sunday noon to 3.30pm, Dinner Monday-Sunday 5pm to 10pm PROFILE: Boel Eriksson The massamun curry is particularly good. The prawn pad thai is superb at Platform 8. Pictures: PHIL BLATCH CHARLIE Nitmaha and his wife Tai had spent five years looking for the perfect place to open their own restaurant when they came across their dream venue in the heart of Breakfast Point. ''We found it by accident,'' Mr Nitmaha said. ''We came here to look at a house across the road when we saw it.'' The great location in the beautiful housing estate caught their eye and when they found out it was shop number 8, the deal was done. ''Number 8 is seen as a lucky number and it was one of the reasons why we wanted the place,'' Mr Nitmaha said. The small Thai restaurant, appropriately named Platform 8, opened three months ago. It is already a popular venue for locals with a steady stream of customers. ''We get really busy on the weekends,'' Mr Nitmaha said. ''People come in and they like it so much they bring their family and friends.'' The venue, decked out in a modern interior with rustic timber tables, seats 43 people and there are four tables outside. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is nice and friendly. The menu presents all the traditional Thai meals, with a good range of curries and noodle dishes. ''Our menu is simple, with the most popular meals,'' Mr Nitmaha said. On our Friday lunch we were treated to two of the most popular dishes -- massamun curry with beef ($15.90), and pad thai with prawns ($18.90), accompanied by a bowl of steamed jasmine rice ($3 per person). The thin rice noodles were beautifully cooked with egg, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts, tossed with a generous amount of prawns. It was a tasty dish and the succulent prawns were plump and fresh. The massamun curry was equally delicious, with chunky pieces of beef and potato cooked in spiced curry and coconut milk, topped with cashew nuts. The curry was creamy with a spicy tang to it, and the tender beef simply melted in the mouth. ''People come back for it all the time,'' Mr Nitmaha said about the meal. The couple is in the process of creating a dessert menu for the restaurant, and if the sweet treats turn out to be as good as the food on their main menu, we will definitely come back again. 9743 2225 LUNCH: DINNER: Lunch - Mon-Fri Dinner - Mon-Sat Sunday Functions Welcome Set menus Drink packages Fully licenced Ample parking Traditional Italian Cuisine with a 1 George St, North Strathfield 9746 8746 www.ilcuore.com.au BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS FUNCTIONS NOW 2282929k wk18
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