Taste Thai Food With A Twist At Ping Pong
The creators behind breakfast sensations Morning After and Yolk, has spread out to lunch and dinner with Ping Pong, an all-pink modern Thai restaurant at Gasworks Plaza, Newstead.
Walking into the restaurant is a sensory experience with their neon signs, hot pink furniture and ping pong inspired light installations. However, Ping Pong promises a treat for your senses past the dreamy aesthetic with a killer menu ranging from Thai street eats to cocktail slushies. Also, there is a rumoured “jungle” concept in the back for those preferring less visual stimulation.
If the layout had transported us to a pink paradise, then the warm service brought us back down to earth. The staff guided us through the menu ad ensured our food was satisfactory, all with smiles on their faces. With their help, we ordered the Crispy Holy Basil Prawns, Yellow Curry Barramundi and a side of Turmeric Coconut Rice.
The Yellow Curry Barramundi is a new addition to the menu. A creamy sweet, and savoury curry with drizzles of coconut milk coats tender pieces of barramundi and betel leaves. Slices of chilli, fried shallots, and coriander decorated on top brought a much-needed balance to this rich dish. The choice of barramundi brings a gentler profile to this Thai cuisine staple, making every bite feel like a warm hug.
If half of taste is smell, then the Turmeric Coconut Rice brought all the flavour by being the perfect accompaniment to the main dishes. Cooked in coconut milk, the rice emanated a sweet fragrance that opened up our palates. The yellow from the turmeric also added a pop of colour to an already vibrant experience.
The clear standout for our dinner was the Crispy Holy Basil Prawns. If you love basil stir-fries, then Ping Pong’s will surely be one of your favourites. Imagine crispy, juicy prawns and holy basil over a soft bed of yardlong beans and onions, all swathed in a luscious, savoury sauce. You can practically hear a choir singing as you savour this food.
Those looking for more unique meals can try their Grilled Moreton Bay Bugs with Chu Chee Sauce or the Crispy Fried Reef Fish for a slightly higher price. But, in general, the prices were affordable, ranging between $20-$38 for very generous portions. They also got a long list of cocktails and snacks for those looking to unwind after work.
As a South-East Asian, I am particular about SEA flavours, and Ping Pong has impressed me. Ping Pong has managed to marry tradition with innovation seamlessly, and their Thai head chef, Khanittha “Bowyo” Muangsong, deserves all the credit. So, if you are looking for a cool restaurant with delicious Asian food to have friendly banter over, then Ping Pong is perfect for you.
What Ping Pong
Where Gasworks Plaza, 6 Skyring Terrace, Newstead QLD 4006
When Sunday-Thursday 11am-3pm, 5pm-9.30pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Image Credits: PingPong, Alis Amran