Located on Sussex Street near the Capitol Theatre end of town is Jarern Chai Boon Cafe. Its the newest joint by Chatthai and we came for lunch and were met with an interesting thai fusion cafe with interesting touches (kakawa chocolate toasties) and of course, the big surprise – that half the shop was a grocers/florist.
A look to the right side of the shop showcases how its a bit of a thai grocers. We didn’t wander around too much in there – can’t really gauge if the prices on the produce would net a premium over most chinatown joints as this was a rather fancy looking store but they sold heaps of stuff and even orchids.
To the Left is the Cafe and its a oddly western looking venue that wouldn’t be amiss in the innerwest or surry hills. The large hanging industrial looking lights really help to make the space. The only key differentiation is the menu; there’s toasties, thai food, coffees, cakes and the ilk (western styled tarts and cakes) and also gelatos.
Flat white and Coconut. For the eats; we had a spicy tom yum styled intestine soup (thought why the heck not – the other option was spare ribs) with rice. Also, a noodle dish with cubes of pig blood (the cubes we could not handle). That said, both dishes were really quite nice and the overall experience was pretty good. Price guide about $14.
Jarern Chai Boon Cafe is not a variant on Chat Thai. The more western touches and cafe focus makes it wholely different but we did end up ordering mostly thai food anyhow. We’re fans of Chat Thai for their affordable and well priced quality eats. Looking forward to checking in more. Dinner service apparently comes with a real menu change. Check out Helen’s impressions