Saowanee's Place

Asian, Thai

348 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth WA 6006

Ph. (08) 9228 9307

She picked the name, she says with a shy, laugh, because her friends so enjoyed her food that they would always be saying, "Let's go to Saowanee's place".

The food in her elegant little North Perth restaurant is a joy to eat, fragrant and spicy with more than a touch of fire in some of the dishes.

Saowanee presents her food in true Thai style not watered down into a Westernised version. Food from Phuket, particularly the curries, she says, is hotter and spicier than from other parts of the country. She is happy, however, to tone down the heat.

One of her favourite dishes, where it is wise to ask for the milder version, is a memorable paw paw salad. Grated green paw paw is mixed with prawns, roasted peanuts, lime juice, palm sugar, snake beans and a fiery dousing of chilli. The first time we tried it we were left gasping but the second time we asked for a milder version which had all the flavour without the heat.

There is no shortage of choice on Saowanee's menu, with all the Thai favourites and some additions such as a Burmese-influenced version of rotibread with curried chicken or beef.

Entrees include light, delicate and decidedly non-rubbery fish cakes, delicious wontons, spring rollsand chicken satayswith a mellow Thai-style sauce. There is also a good selection of spicytom yum soups and chicken, prawn and beef salads. Main courses include stir fries, noodle andfried ricedishes with prawns, beef, chicken and vegetarian combinations. There is also a deliciously savoury Thai-style omelette.

Of the curries, there are the traditional green and redversions with prawn, chicken, beef or fish and apanangversion which incorporates a smooth-tasting red peanutty sauce. The moist and tender chunks of beef smothered in a mildly spicy sweet and sour Massamansauce are also well worth trying.

Saowanee is considering adding even more dishes to the menu, some from Burma. Her own Thai favourite is a sour bamboo shoot curry with fish but she's not sure about how Westerners would react to its pungent fish sauce aroma.

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8:00pm-10:59pm 8:00pm-10:59pm 8:00pm-10:59pm 8:00pm-10:59pm 8:00pm-10:59pm 8:00pm-10:59pm


  • I Love Food Awards 2014 National Winner 2014
    Favourite Thai
  • I Love Food Awards 2012 WA Winner 2012
    Favourite Thai
  • I Love Food Awards 2010 WA Winner 2010
    Favourite Thai
  • I Love Food Awards 2009 WA Winner 2009
    Favourite ASIAN


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Price Guide

Entree: $8.50 - $12.00
Main: $18.00 - $26.00
Dessert: $7.00 - $9.00
Corkage: $5.00 corkage per bottle of Wine

Special Features

Wheelchair access

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Posted by Vicky9Report
The food was excellent & everyone I've been there with has loved it. Authentic Thai at its best!
Posted by CarolReport
Best Thai restaurant. Love Saowanee's tea. Prawn and chicken satay. Fish with red curry paste and all the thai curries. Beautiful!!!! Absolutely marvelous food. Not forgetting Sticky rice with durian. Yum. Heaven!!!
Posted by Jamie33Report
Perfect location, great atmosphere, friendly staff and absolutely fresh fantastic cuisine. Oh and not too hard on the wallet too!