UPDATE: Although Piti has now sold Thai on the Hill, the menu remains very similar, and when we visited, the food was excellent quality. You will need to ask for Pla on the Hill, however, as it is no longer on the menu.
Thai on the Hill is one of those unassuming little local restaurants that serves up fresh and tasty food at the right price. Piti Chitchamnonk, who owns the charming Thai Eatery at Main Beach as well, is well known for his cuisine. It’s flavoursome rather than hot and spicy, served with a gracious smile and personal service.
The restaurant itself, situated in an easily overlooked block of commercial premises, is clean and neat with tiled floors, regal purple tablecloths, sparkling fairy lights and a few artworks to add a little ambience.
The main feature here is undeniably the food – familiar Thai dishes, including favourites such as curries, salads and stir fry – but dishes which are uniquely Piti’s own. They’re traditional dishes adapted to fit easily on the Australian palate, yet they include unexpected flavours which pique our interest, slight variations to the recipe which give an original twist. Portion sizes are generous and most mains are priced at $18 – $21; $14 – $18 for takeaway.
We head for our favourite main course dishes: Red Curry Duck, plump moist pieces of duck breast in a rich sauce with lychees and pineapple, an enjoyable and different taste to the usual ‘cherry tomato’ version. We’ve come back for the house specialty Pla on the Hill, a dish we’ve tried before: a large fillet of fish lightly fried and smothered in a salad of apple, shallots, lemongrass and coriander, with a spicy hot and sour lime and chilli dressing. It’s a generous dish which we were pleased to share. Another diner heads for the Massaman Beef – a mild curry that’s her favourite Thai dish on the coast.
Although we’re dining in a large group, everyone is pleased with their dish, the BYO status of the restaurant an added bonus, adding to its affordability as a dining option for large groups.
Thai on the Hill treads an easy road between traditional and innovative cuisine, with well-balanced fresh tasty food. Although not as ambient as Piti’s other restaurant, Thai Eatery, the food is less expensive. This is a great little suburban restaurant where you can get delicious Thai food at a great price, served by competent gracious staff.
Shop 60, 100 Cheltenham Drive, Corner of Robina Parkway, Robina Ph: 07 5575 7066