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Thai Pothong- Newtown

Newtown · Thai · $$$$
231 Reviews

About Thai Pothong- Newtown

You can’t miss Thai Pothong’s iconic flagship premises in the heart of busy Newtown, the formidable array of imported Thai statuary dominating the restaurant’s built-in giftshop catching the eye of passersby down King Street. Gift shop and renowned cuisine included, Thai Pothong has been offering Sydney diners a complete Thai experience since 1996 and, newly refurbished, can accommodate up to 350 diners, with 60 guests enjoying private dining across two function rooms that are ideal for your next celebration. Chief among the many reasons Thai Pothong is such a fixture is, of course, its selection of fantastic, fragrant Thai food served up for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Thai Pothong- Newtown
294 King Street, Newtown
Sydney NSW

Chef's Choice



Papaya Soft Shell Crab Salad

Spicy green papaya salad | Tomatoes | Lemon juice | Peanuts

Betel Leaf Prawns (4 pcs)

Sweet chilli | Lemon | Cashew | Onion | Caviar | Roast coconut

Golden Egg Pastry Tartlets (4 pcs)

Minced chicken | Prawn | Onion | Carrot | Peas

Chef's Recommendations

Steamed Chilli Snapper

Whole fish | Lemongrass | Galangal kaffir lime leaf | Lemon | Garlic | Chilli sauce

Stir Fry Seafood

Prawn | Squid | Shell mussels | Green pepper | Finger root Chilli | Kaffir lime | Turmeric

Chinese Broccoli Crispy Pork

Fresh chilli | Oyster sauce


Red Duck Curry

Boneless | Lychees | Pineapple | Tomato | Basil | Coconut milk

Jungle Curry

Vegetables | Hot basil | Chicken, pork or beef

Massaman Lamb

Curry paste | Peanut | Thai herbs | Crispy onions | Coconut milk


Vegetarian Codfish Salad

Vegetarian soy codfish (soybean oil, seaweed, mushroom) | Green mango or green apple | Onion | Lemon

Vegetable Fried Rice

Traditional Thai style | Fried rice | Egg | Vegetables

Yellow Chilli Vegetarian Chicken

Stir fry | Vegetables | Tumeric | Herbs | Curry paste


Black Sticky Rice with Mango

With Sweet Coconut Milk and Fresh Coconut

Golden Fried Bananas

With Thai Sweet Batter and Vanilla Ice Cream
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More about Thai Pothong- Newtown, Newtown

Thai Pothong has been going from strength to strength since the mid-90s, with two full restaurants gracing Sydney city (the other in Marrickville), an express takeaway stall keeping commuters stocked up with Thai soul food down at bustling Newtown station, and a gift shop housed in the Newtown restaurant along King Street. This is an award-winning Thai restaurant in Sydney, topping prize-lists four years in a row, and it’s the combination of smiling service, unbeatable Southeast Asian atmosphere, and superlative Thai food that keeps guests coming back for more.

Thai Pothong’s King Street outpost keeps regular lunch hours from noon to 3pm, serving a delicious selection of Thai cuisine to Newtown locals, but let’s take a look at the dinner menu – it’s at dusk where this jewel in the crown of Sydney Thai restaurants really shines. Betel leaf prawns a chef’s special entree, and an incredible example of the exoticism at work in Thai Pothong’s kitchen. An incredible array of mains are available here, with an enticing dish, again a chef’s special, being the banana blossom salad. Thai Pothong offers a great range of seafood and vegetarian options, curries and barbecued delicacies, salads and stir fries, but saves the best for their incredible lavish banqueting menus. Be sure to book in advance, especially at peak times – Thai Pothong is, by default, perennially popular.

231 Thai Pothong- Newtown Reviews

Kylie W.a day ago · 2 reviews

The food and the service was amazing. Each of us were completely satisfied with our meal and the waitstaff were attentive to our needs. We will surely visit again.

Susan Y.a day ago · 1 review

Thai Pothong never fails to deliver. Consistently wonderful, delicious food and great service. BBQ pork and crispy pork belly with chinese broccoli are standouts. Also a great place to celebrate a birthday.

James W.2 days ago · 1 review

Great service, great food, will come again. The massaman lamm, thai fried rice and panang duck curry are to absolutely amazing, try all of them.

imgNello G.2 days ago · 2 reviews

Best Thai food I’ve ever had in Sydney! Superb customer service by all wait staff, no issues whatsoever from beginning to end. Well done That Photong! :)

imgJoe C.a year ago · 1 review

Firstly let me start off by saying I can see why this restaurant is Sydneys Best Thai Restaurant. This place is simply amazing. Right from the booking online process through to entering the restaurant and being greeted promptly by passionate staff who obviously enjoy what they are doing. Then having waitstaff who are absolutely fantastic in providing customer service that is rarely seen these days. The food! Well nothing short of truly authentic tasty Thai dishes. Fresh ingredients and each dish packed with so much flavor I thought I was in Phuket enjoying my meal. This is my first time at this restaurant and I can assure you it will not be my last. The ambience is just perfect. Management should be very proud of themselves as they have perfected a truly spectacular dining experience from start to finish. I always end my reviews with a question and that is would I return for another meal? Answer is a definite YES!!Five stars 100%

Evan A.a year ago · 1 review

I enjoyed my experience at Thai Pothong. Prior to my booking, my party and I were running late, but with a simple phone call they were able to assure my reservation. The service and professionalism among the staff members and waiters was outstanding. I really appreciated how alert they were by noticing the little and subtle calls of attention from customers and guest, such as myself, despite the loud but vibrant atmosphere and busy environment. It made me feel valued and respected. The food was cooked to perfection. My only quarrel to the dishes that I had was the heightened spiciness from the selection I ordered, more spicy than other Thai places and more than what I'm used to. But even then, I can't fault the very nature of Thai food. If you're searching for authenticity accompanied with excellence in service, Thai Pothong Newtown is your next dinner destination.

Jaeson I.4 months ago · 1 review

Thai Pothong Newtown is one of the most delicious experiences you'll have. They don't just have wonderfully seasoned and thoughtful dishes, they pair that with service that's polite, friendly and genuine. My wife and I have dined here perhaps 6 or 7 times in the last 10 years and they've been consistently high quality in terms of food and service. We tend to try dishes that are off the beaten path and discover new flavours in the rich sensual world of Thai cuisine. Do yourself a favour and be adventurous when you order at Thai Pothong. This night we ordered the Chilli Steamed Scallop, Coconut Seafood, Yellow Chilli Chicken, Barramundi Salad, BBQ Pork and Massaman Lamb. We only had little bits of each dish because we're into trying different flavours. Lots of delicious leftovers at a very reasonable price for such a sensory feast.

Michelle H.22 days ago · 1 review

I booked my birthday here just before Christmas. As I entered the restaurant, there were balloons waiting for me and the waiter showed us to our table. I recommend the Pad See Eew - the noodles were so soft (melts in my mouth) compared to any other thai restaurant I've been to. The Thai Milk teas are also very creamy and flavoursome. After we ate, the waiter cut my birthday cake and also added candles and sparklers on top. Whilst they brought the cake out, all the staff sang Happy Birthday and I felt very special. In addition, they also gave me a small gift as a birthday present. Overall, the service of the restaurant exceeded my expectations and I was very glad to celebrate my dinner here. I will definitely be back!

Emilija T.4 months ago · 1 review

We had lunch at the Thai Pothong to celebrate a friend's birthday. I made the booking based on my previous dining experiences at the restaurant and we were not disappointed. The food is always of a high standard and service fast and courteous. The pleasant ambience and background music add to the overall impression. Customarily, an icecream dessert is served to the celebrator and staff gather to sing 'happy birthday' - a cute little extra surprise. There was even a small gift! The only criticism I can think of is that the chicken in the satay skewers was very slightly overcooked. Overall, another excellent lunch at the Pothong.

Margaret K.5 months ago · 1 review

I love this restaurant, large, loud, busy with staff who laugh, smile, charm and deliver efficient fast service. Best of all the best Thai food! Each and every ingredient is fresh and of the best quality. It's wise to book on a Friday and Saturday night. If your having a birthday it's a fun place as the staff arrive at the table with a small ice cream topped with a single candle and sing Happpy Birthday with loud and happy enthusiasm and certainly takes the cringe factor of birthday celebrations...

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