Poppy’s Thai Camberwell Review

by duncan on November 11, 2010

in Thai

masaman beef curry

Poppy’s Thai

762 Burke Rd Camberwell 3124
(03) 9882 7277

Unexciting Thai chain food that is rather cheap


Located at the top of the hill on Burke Road at Camberwell, Poppy’s Thai is one of a variety of Thai outlets in Camberwell/ Hawthorn East all within close proximity.

Relatively busy on Friday and Saturday nights, Poppy’s doesn’t do a huge trade during the week, but it is fairly popular for takeaways.

We visited on a balmy spring lunchtime, and as one does with a dog, we sat out the front to order.

roti with peanut sauce

The serving staff were very friendly, but the outdoor table had clearly been left out in the rain for too long as the wood was split and rough to touch.

Poppy’s offers a three piece set course lunch for $14 which includes an entree, main course and drink, or you can order directly from the menu.

Service time was around 20 minutes, not unreasonable for a restaurant and what we ordered, but given there were only two other tables seated, could have been a little quicker.

We ordered the Roti with Peanut Sauce as the entree, Masaman Beef Curry and Green Chicken Curry as mains.

None of the dishes were particularly hot when served, but it was noticeable mostly with the Roti which was borderline cold.

green chicken curry

Taste was reasonable. The peanut sauce was enjoyable, as was the Masaman; far from the best I’ve ever had, but it was pleasant. The green curry though seemed to suffer from what I can only guess was too much flour and not enough coconut milk, presuming there is flour in green curry (I wouldn’t make it that way) as that’s what it tasted like. It was edible though.

I use to be a regular here until about two years ago when it changed hands and the quality went downhill. It’s not that it’s terrible today, it’s just that there’s better Thai restaurants nearby.

The only reason I’d go back though is price: $9 for a main is good buying in a food court, let alone a restaurant.

2 stars out of 5

For: cheap cheap cheap
Against: unexciting uninspiring food

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poppys thai

Note the quality of the table

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