Papaya Thai Eatery and Cafe, Camperdown
Who is this guy, you want to know? For now, all I’ll tell you is that by night, our mysterious guest poster is an appreciator of fine cooking, including his own. Otherwise, you can find him training with weapons, fighting, breaking boards and all things ninja at Kyokushin International Martial Arts Australia, probably to work off all the food.
So, I’ll step aside and let friend/colleague/eater/assassin take the floor…
It was Sunday, 7:50pm. I just wanted to eat fast and cause my wallet as little pain as possible. The latter is of particular concern as I, like Ms All You Do Is Eat, work in book publishing.
I was on Missenden Road in Camperdown and the Papaya Thai Eatery & Cafe seemed like it would do the part of shutting my stomach up. What was meant to be a pit-stop during my race of a weekend turned into a delectable night of dining, and I will definitely be going back for more.
Girlfriend and I wanted to keep it short and sweet, so we only bought one dish each. We will be rectifying this mistake next time. Girlfriend ordered the Cashew Nut Curry with tofu and vegetables. It was mixed with chilli jam, mixed seasonal vegetables and cashew nuts. The sauce was the perfect texture, with great flavour that was not too overpowering. Tofu can be a tricky one, often undercooked, crumbly and bland. Papaya’s tofu was a treat. It had a crispy outer layer, and the insides were firm and did not crumble away after just one bite. It was well matched with the chilli jam and cashew flavour. A simple side of rice made this a filling, satisfying meal. Girlfriend took some home in a doggy-bag (thirty cents for a takeaway box), but this may have been partly due to the large lunch we enjoyed at Manly (but that’s another story).
Papaya goes to show that you can enjoy fast service and inexpensive food that still tastes great!
Would I go? Sounds like I should!