It’s about time Brisbane city had some nicer dining options if you ask me. Jumbo Thai has recently opened at the Embassy Chambers on Elizabeth Street, next to the Hilton and fulfils just that.
We received a warm welcome and menu recommendations – I immediately jumped on the dumpling reccommendation (obviously) with a glass of chardonnay. For wine lovers, there’s a fab wine list too.
The dumplings were Jumbo Thai’s signature butterfly pea flower steamed with sand crab – lovely and fresh, the crab not overpowering and of course, very insta-worthy with the slight purple the butterfly pea flower provides.
We also tried the bao buns with soft shell crab, ginger & chilli mayo. The bao was fresh and springy (bao can so easily be overdone), the crab crispy and a nice ontrast with the lettuce and spicy chilis.
I was feeling a little unwell (Brisbane winter weather got to me) so I tried the spicy Tom Yum soup with grilled scampi, scallops, mussels, squid & mushrooms for my main. Oh my, did it hit the spot! They missed the description that says ‘filled with spices, chilli, ginger and whole garlic cloves that will kick your cold to the sidewalk!’ Very generous serves of seafood with an exceptionally tasty Tom Yum soup filled with all the goodness you could desire. Quite possibly the best I have ever had.
The restaurant has a lovely fit-out, modern with Thai touches, the perfect spot for a corporate mid-week lunch or a nicer option for evening diners.
I look forward to going back and trying more of the menu… and wine list!