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Modern Thai


Voted One Of Melbourne's Best Thai Restaurants

1300 725 232 / For Reservations Book Here

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Modern Thai


Voted One Of Melbourne's Best Thai Restaurants

1300 725 232 / For Reservations Book Here

"...The food was beautifully presented as always and plenty of it, the quality was amazing. Comments during the night included "I haven't tasted Thai food like this out of Thailand"  "how long have you known about this gem..."

A Destination

Dine with us and you’ll soon find Paladarr is one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets. If you’re after a "night to remember” and something a little bit special, then  you owe it to yourself to join us for lunch or dinner. The kitchen overseen by Issan local and Master Chef Chaloem Chaiseeha is all about delicate flavour and balance using the best produce, balance and style. Specialising in dishes from Thailand's north east  'Loem' prepares his dishes, with a deft salt-sour-heat balance and dazzlingly fresh ingredients. Food that is clean and bright, with layers of flavour and the right balance of heat and spice.

Let's get started

First up try one of our sublime entrees to start your evening.  If you've never tried our famous pla goong, you might enjoy the fusion of seared prawns, ginger, lemongrass, coriander, spring onion, fresh chilli, lemon juice and fish sauce, all mounted on a betel leaf -  please take a look at our menu

Refreshments

Wine is such a personal choice. For those with refined palates we have some exceptional and exquisite Australian and New Zealand wines to enjoy. We have a beautiful selection of wines from well known producers. And if you prefer cocktails or beer we can also help you with the perfect accompaniment to your meal.

Let your tastebuds talk

Paladarr dishes are balanced, with a succulent warm richness to the liquid absorbed by the meat, which is chopped, not ground, offering a marvellous aromatic lift.


"Well the evening is now over and it was a fantastic night.  Dennis had a wonderful time as did every one of our family and friends. Out of the 39 who attended only 4 had been there before and I can safely say you have 35 people who will be back again
The food was beautifully presented as always and plenty of it, the quality was amazing. Comments during the night included "I haven't tasted Thai food like this out of Thailand"  "how long have you known about this gem" etc etc 
We did stay until it was closing time, a true indicator of how everyone enjoyed the night - they didn't want to leave!
Thank you again for your care and attention, we appreciated the service and help. Please pass on our thanks to all involved"
Kay and Dennis
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Eat Together


Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour — even dessert!

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Eat Together


Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour — even dessert!

There's a whole world of flavour here at Paladarr. For those that love fish you're sure to love our whole steamed fresh Barramundi plumped with fresh herb stuffing and steamed, then drizzled with garlic, chilli and ginger nahm jim. Or enjoy the delights of locally sourced whole deep fried Snapper, complemented with a green apple, jicama and crunchy cashew nut salad.

Perhaps you prefer the bolder taste of one of master Chef Chaloems's creations Jing Jo Dat Deaw.  Ribbons of kangaroo fillet marinated in Chaloem’s secret sauce and ground black peppers. Plunged into hot rice bran oil until caramelised. With Macadamia nuts and fresh ginger julienne.

Finish your feast with one of our lovely hand crafted desserts! 

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The Kitchen


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The Kitchen


ChaloeM CHAISEEHA 

EXECUTIVE CHEF & Partner

Chaloem was born in a small Village near Loei, a city in the mystical Issan region of far north-eastern Thailand along side the Mekong River and the Laos border. His cooking skills are innate. Watching and helping his mother and sisters lovingly prepare dishes for family and friends in the village planted the seeds for his culinary future. He and his family farmed sticky rice, hand fed poultry and fish, fresh aromatic vegetables, herbs and fruits, while buying and bartering special ingredients from the local markets. As many young Thai men do, he became a Buddhist Monk for seven years, and fed himself and his fellow monks, developing invaluable skills along the way.  At Paladarr,  Chaleom oversees a busy kitchen. He conducts sought after weekly cooking classes  and leads cooking tours through his beloved Thailand and Laos.

BRYAN DERRICK

PARTNER


Bryan is the director of Theatre of Transformation Australia and is the director and facilitator of Augusto Boal's "Theatre of the Oppressed" & Bryan's work in theatre is well known. 

Bryan and Chaloem met in 1996 and Chaloem travelled to live in Australia that same year. Loem's reputation as a fine Thai chef spread rapidly. They both quickly discovered that Chaloem's unique cooking skills were so developed that they decided to open a small Thai Restaurant in Trentham, regional Victoria.

In 2005 Bryan and Loem moved to Melbourne and together launched their new adventure in the leafy suburb of Alphington, which in 10 years has yielded the Paladarr Restaurant and Cooking School that has become renowned across Australia and beyond.

Bryan continues his Theatre work across Australia. Based in Melbourne, he is currently working on a project to be delivered in Hall's Creek in Western Australia where he has the privilege of facilitating the development and practice of Theatre of the Oppressed with a number of Indigenous Communities.

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