Mamanee Thai, Collingwood
Mama knows best at this cosy, understated Thai cafe in Smith Street of Collingwood. From the outside Mamanee Thai piques the curiosity of the passerby with it’s window-side kitchen and inside the food is a treat with an enviable home-cooking and authentic execution. I popped in for an unscheduled lunch due to the water pipe bursting at the office and all of us being sent home. Might as well make the most of it, and at Mamanee Thai you can get a $10 lunch that delivers value with a capital ‘u’.
For the lunch special there’s nine options available and I went for the Pad See-ew with chicken. That’s a stir-fried flat rice noodle dish with a bit of broccoli and the random occasional other vegetable. Well-sized for the price and great, classical Thai flavours. I wasn’t as big of a fan on the chicken, wasn’t quite enough and tasted a little on the rubbery side. However, definitely would come back, this is home cooking done very well. And it’s so speedy to boot, I got my dish before I even finish my Professor Layton puzzle.