Merica Charungvat opened Thai Tide in March 2020 – two weeks before the first Covid lockdown. So, just like every other restaurant in Melbourne, Charungvat quickly had to scramble and shift to a takeaway-only model. That takeaway service, Talay by Thai Tide, with its at-home Thai seafood feasts, quickly became one of the stars of the lockdown takeaway game – especially during Melbourne’s grim second lockdown.
Although Talay now exists as its own standalone takeaway operation, Thai Tide is back to being the star of the show. Many Talay favourites can also be found on Thai Tide’s dine-in menu. The seafood is bought fresh from the market every morning, and options include (insert options here) … and the cutlery is optional, and even discouraged for some dishes.
The menu has a range of quality dishes including, but not limited to: Thai boat noodle soup; garlic chilli prawns; crispy pork salad; and a wide array of Thai deserts, many of which are based around coconut ice cream and glutinous rice.
Thai Tide is easy to spot from the street, just stand on the corner of Burke and Russell and look for the pink neon sign. Inside, there’s granite flooring, simple wooden seating and plants growing along the walls.