Monday, February 28, 2011

Morks

My Mum, Sister and I caught up for dinner the other week at this lovely Thai restaurant in Florey. This isn't your traditional Thai restaurant where you order a few dishes and share them amongst your group. Each dish is served for one.

I prefer sharing meals though, as then you get to taste lots of different dishes! Although if you are dining with people that normally don't like to share, then this is the place for them. I think with the entrees it would be easy to share these as the couple of items that we got came with multiple items of the same thing.

This is the second time I have come here and I must say the food is delicious. It seems to be a family run business with parents in the kitchen and kids on the floor. They are not the most professional of waitstaff, but they are really lovely and make you feel very welcome.

The prices are quite on the exxy side for Thai cuisine, but the servings are massive and very nicely presented, so I don't feel like I am getting ripped off at all.

Crab Balls - $15

I was tossing up between the scallops and the crab and in the end went for the crab balls. They seemed like they would be interesting and they were awesome. It was a fried ball of blue swimmer crab and chicken mince sitting atop a mound of egg noodles flavoured with kecap manis and chilli with pickled ginger on the top.

It seemed like a strange combination with a few different cuisines going on there, but all the elements worked wonderfully together and I could have definitely eaten a big bowl of those noodles.

Angel Prawns - $22

Mum and Laura both went for the Angel Prawns. Mum gets this every time and I had this last time I came, so I know how good it is. The 7 prawns all come in this dish which is something I have never seen before, in a restaurant or anywhere else. The prawns are coated in a red curry type sauce and are very tasty indeed. It's funny when you get down to the last couple of prawns and are not sure which spots have the prawns in them and which don't...


Angel Prawn close up


Mussamun Curry - $25

When I go to thai restaurants we always get one type of curry. I love all of them, but never order green curries, as I cook these quite often. I have a great recipe for mussuman curry, but it does take a long time, so I order this when I know I am going to get a good curry.

This curry is one of the best mussumans I have had. There was so much meat in there! Usually you get a lot of sauce in curries and not too much else, but this was packed with meat and potatoes. It came with about 4 roti's as well, of which I managed about 1 1/2. A very delicious rich meal. There is also a pork dish on the menu which sounds delightful. Next time it will be scallops and pork I think!

Huge chunks of meat and potato...


Lamb Cutlets - $25

Mum went with the lamb cutlets. I got this last time and it was nice, but it wasn't the flavour I was expecting, so I didn't enjoy it that much. There were 3 huge chops on there though with some traditional sticky rice.

Lamb Chops

Traditional container of sticky rice


Duck - $25

Laura went with the Red curry duck which looked juicy! It came on a bed of crispy rice cakes and red curry sauce with Lychees and tomatoes. I didn't try any of this, but apparently it was very good and it's a dish that dad orders every time he comes as well.

I really wanted to try their desserts, but I was so full I couldn't even think about it. We were brought out a nice coconut sorbet though on the house which was lovely and refreshing.

The restaurant is quite small and the acoustics are not the best either. There was a really loud table right next to us, luckily we left soon after they arrived. I will definitely be back here though as the food is really really good!

Morks Restaurant
Florey Shops
ACT
Open for dinner Mon - Sat from 6pm



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11 comments:

Hannah said...

Wow, those angel prawns are unlike anything I've ever seen before! And I know my dad would love the massaman curry, whilst my mum would go for the duck. Too bad FLorey is too, too far Northside for this Southside girl ;)

susan said...

Hi Hannah - yeah I know that's the problem with the north and the south... I am sure there are many great restaurants in the south, but it's just to far to travel..

MelbaToast said...

Four pieces of Roti = heaven! I really like the look of this food...the curry looks great, as does the duck.

susan said...

Hi Melba - the food was really good. Quite impressed for Canberra!

joey@FoodiePop said...

Love it! The angel prawns look unique and very tasty too.

john@heneedsfood said...

Wow that's pretty expensive for Thai food. Those angel prawns look amazing. Such unique presentation

Iron Chef Shellie said...

Looks fantastic! I want crab balls delivered to my desk now please :P

love a lychee and duck curry.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Yum! I'm getting hungry all over again! And please tell I'm not the only one that was thinking of Mork and Mindy? :P

Anna Johnston said...

Those angel prawns are amazing, what an interesting presentation huh. Thanks for posting about this place, I'd love to check it out.

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

What a great place! The angel prawns are stunning!

Wendy @ Obesebaby said...

those Angel Prawn looks really funny but seems yummy