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Time for Thai as Isle of Capri newcomer is the very definition of good taste

Food & Wine

Aromatic and full of flavour, Thai cuisine is undoubtedly the ultimate crowd pleaser. Whether you’re in the mood for a cheeky takeaway massaman curry and spring rolls from the neighbourhood noshery or something a little more elevated for a dine-in experience, Isle of Capri’s brand-new Valyn Thai Restaurant & Bar has you covered with excellent eats, fanciful sips and impeccable vibes. Here’s everything you need to know about the newcomer …

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Opening ten restaurants in nine years across three states, hospitality veterans Pattaree (Pat) Jiranuchaiwattana and Vitchaya (Alex) Hasitawet have learned a thing or two about creating and running successful Thai restaurants. Joining sibling spots Nahm Talay Thai in Surfers Paradise, Nahm Thai in Coomera and Chong Co Thai at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, to name a few, Valyn Thai Restaurant & Bar is the culmination of this incredible experience.

Transforming the former Moana Restaurant and Bar at Capri on Via Roma following an $800,000 renovation, Pat and Alex pushed the ceiling height to an incredible 7.5-metres and swapped the dark and moody colour palette to something a little lighter and brighter. A chandelier takes pride of place over the 130-seat dining space that is framed by a natural stone bar.

It’s not just the aesthetic that has stepped up a notch, Valyn Thai Restaurant & Bar has employed a similar approach to the menu. The eatery brings together traditional flavours from all over Thailand and Southeast Asia and employs modern techniques and plating to create a thoroughly unique and delicious dining experience. Expect unique signatures like Miang Kham betel-leaf wraps, fresh oysters with house-made dressing and Asian-style kingfish ceviche alongside beloved classics like tom yum soup, slow-cooked beef cheek massaman curry, and of course, the humble pad Thai.

The premium ingredients are worthy of a mention, including MB9+ wagyu, Hiramasa kingfish and Hokkaido scallops, with plenty of innovative and theatrical plating to add a little drama to each dish. While often the drinks can be an afterthought, at Valyn Thai Restaurant & Bar they are certainly not, with bubble-topped martinis, fairy-floss adorned sips and dessert cocktails among the selection.

While Pat and Alex’s other venues have been tailored towards tourist-centric tastes, the Isle of Capri restaurant was something they wanted to do for the locals. The vision was to create a beautiful venue that can satisfy demand for a quick and tasty takeaway dinner through to catch-ups and celebrations of all kinds. If you’ve got an appetite for adventure, pull up a seat at this next-level newcomer.

Valyn Thai Restaurant & Bar is now open seven days for lunch and dinner! Head to our Stumble Guide for opening times and booking details.

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