As my time as an UNSW student draws to an end, I thought it was appropriate to share with you all what one of my favourite restaurants to head to during lunch breaks is – Siam Fusion, a cheap and cheerful Thai restaurant on Anzac Parade that only opened in the last year or so. It’s not too far of a walk from UNSW’s main entrance (maybe 5 mins tops if you’re dawdling) and they have crazy cheap lunch specials if you get in early enough.
They have interesting decor, those purple paper umbrellas mounted on the wall and the furniture are all polished dark brown wood, but most importantly, the whole place looks and feels clean, as opposed to some of the other offerings on the student friendly strip of restaurants along this part of Anzac Parade in Kingsford.
I am not kidding when I say that Siam Fusion offers value for money. My favourite dish to order here is the Chicken Rice Noodle Soup, which is one of their regular lunch specials. For only $5.80, you will receive a massive bowl of piping hot soy sauce broth and so many pieces of tender chicken as well as plenty of soft rice noodles underneath, all topped with fried chopped garlic and some shallots. Today they have outdone themselves; the bowl is so full of soup it’s almost overflowing and the waitress is struggling not to spill any as she brings it over.
Chicken Rice Noodle Soup – $5.80
The boy gets another lunch special, the Chicken Ba Mie which is pretty much boiled egg noodles coated with pig fat oil, topped with chicken pieces and some shallots. Simple dish, huge serving again and tastes pretty good (thanks to the pig oil no doubt…), the noodles are all nice and springy.
Chicken Ba Mie – $7.80
We were both stuffed by the end of the meal and the dishes came out within about 10 minutes, which is great for students trying to fit in some proper lunch in 1 hour breaks since the standard of food on campus is pretty abysmal. We always leave feeling like we got our money’s worth and even though I’m graduating, I will probably be back to visit if I ever drop by campus again.
Another few picks off the menu – the Tom Yum Fried Rice is popular among my friends and also I like the Pad Ki Mao which are chilli basil fried noodles (ask for hokkien noodles) but ask for it to be less spicy, otherwise you’ll die from the crazy hot chilli flaming your tastebuds.
Shop 1/273 Anzac Pde
Kingsford NSW 2032
Ph: (02) 9662 8886