This fresh Ponsonby Road Thai joint has us hungry for more

At the Denizen office, it can be argued that our constant, unremitting quest to find fresh, delicious food is enough to rival a competitive sport. It doesn’t take us long to catch wind of a hot new opening, and that’s why we were hot on the tail of brand-spanking new Thai joint, Chuthai. Currently residing in the former Namo spot — nestled on the corner next to Italian favourite Farina — this Ponsonby Road eatery already has us interested, chomping at the bit to trial a taste of their new fare.

A quick browse through their Facebook page and it seems Chuthai sure know how to entice from the get-go. Captivated by their mouth-watering menu, a grouping of unique looking morsels skewered onto cocktail sticks was what captured our attention first. The morsels, according to owner Pam Tawornsawad — a veteran of Thai cuisine which she has been cooking for 15 years — are spicy prawn bites smothered in a creamy, hot and sour sauce, already a firm favourite despite having opened only 10 days ago.

Upon enquiring about their most popular dish, Tawornsawad explains that it’s the prawn hot pot that’s set to be the main signature, with other delicious plates such as the braised pork belly bao and the chicken green curry coming closely behind.

With talks of enticing new dishes in the pipeline and array of interesting tweaks set to take place along the way, you can bet we’ll be joining the Ponsonby locals over the next few weeks to dip a little deeper into this captivating Thai eatery, stay tuned.

Opening hours: 
Wednesday – Monday, 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5pm till late
Closed Tuesdays

Chu Thai

244 Ponsonby Road

09 376 9909



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