The Sailors Thai Canteen is the upstairs floor at what was once the Sailors home at Circular Quay.
The front room consists of the long open kitchen on the left, with a communal table stretching from the entrance to the end of the room. Outside, overlooking the Overseas Terminal, is a small veranda with just three tables and this is where I always sit as I detest communal tables and refuse to go where they are mandatory, although the food is so great here for that quick lunch that I may make an exception, but so far have not as I always arrive at 12.00 to get one of those front terrace tables.
Very traditional Thai, and nothing could be more so than a perfect Pad Thai, stir fried rice noodles, peanuts, bean sprouts, egg, bean curd & dried shrimps
A good starter is their Black Sticky Rice with caramelised shredded pork, or the very traditional Som Dtam - green papaya salad with peanuts, dried prawns, spicy & sour dressing & sweet pork.
Mains change regularly but can include such dishes as Crispy Pork Belly with sweet & sour sauce, Wagyu Beef grilled and marinated with tamarind and chilli sauce, Northern Thai Chicken Curry with egg noodles and pickled greens, Stir Fried glass noodles with king prawns and asian celery, Deep Fried Whole Trout with ginger, chilli, cashew nuts and sweet tamarind dressing or Green Curry of slow cooked wagyu beef served with roti.
The Canteen is not a place to linger, just perfect for that quick quality lunch for those who appreciate the better things in life.