Deliciously authentic Thai food served up in the charming grounds of a restored Victorian guesthouse.
Thai restaurants aren’t always known for their ambience. In fact, it’s usually the last thing from your mind as you tuck into a deliciously creamy coconut curry and mop the chili tears from your eyes with a cheap paper napkin. But the philosophy behind Dubbo’s Westbury Thai seems to be, why not achieve both?
A gently lit courtyard greets you from the street, its rustic wooden furniture, outdoor heaters and candles burning in glass bottles lend warmth to the space, even in the midst of winter.
Inside, a feature light comprising a number of vintage glass pendant lights is a striking centre piece in front of the open fireplace. It’s a homely space, perhaps the original dining room of the large Victorian guesthouse in which it is located, with the building’s historic architectural features and the candlelit tables providing a romantic and intimate setting. This would be exactly the sort of place you’d want to play footsies under the table with your loved one.
‘Westbury’ was built in 1915 by Doctor Edmond Henry Burkitt, and was a grand building complete with tennis court, extensive gardens, servants quarters and a cellar. Dr Burkitt served during World War One as a captain in the Australian Medical Corp in France, returning home to Dubbo in 1917. He died of cancer in 1925, and was remembered as a much loved, community minded gentleman.
Today, Westbury is restored as a six room bed and breakfast, with a mighty fine Thai restaurant on the ground floor.
Popular with the locals, the food at Westbury is refined Thai with a menu full of the favourites you would expect – the traditional line-up of curries, stir fries and salads – plus a more inventive list of chef’s specials. Standout dishes on the latter include the caramelised crispy pork with a sweet herb sauce, the roast duck with plum sauce infused with cinnamon, served with shitake mushrooms and green vegetables and the black pepper soft shell crab. We also tried the green curry with chicken and the combination pad thai. Both were delicious; the former wonderfully rich and quite spicy, the latter very tasty with big juicy prawns.
Reasonably priced with friendly service and wonderfully warm ambience, Westbury Thai is sure to satisfy and delight.
Westbury Thai is located at 169 Brisbane St, Dubbo, NSW. Call 0427 202 201 for more information.