A big phat restaurant will be joining Brisbane’s newest foodie playground, UPSTAIRS by Toombul. Specialising in authentic Thai cuisine, the highly acclaimed Phat Elephant, a concept by Alyssa Phadungkiat, will be opening its doors to northsiders.

Having already won over locals at its debut location in the city, Phat Elephant will deliver the same Thai fare as its sibling, catering to everyone with delicious dishes like the crispy pork belly, crispy barramundi with sweet and sour sauce, and coconut prawn. They also have a dedicated vegan menu with dishes like Pad See Eew and pineapple fried rice, as well as a gluten free menu. Dubbed as the ultimate place for kidults, UPSTAIRS at Toombul boasts a mix of the latest and greatest restaurants, bars and cafes, and a new-look cinema.

Owner Alyssa Phadungkiat says opening a second restaurant in the new foodie precinct means Phat Boy will be more accessible for those who don’t often travel into the city. “Phat Elephant is loved by so many and I’ve been looking for the right opportunity to bring the restaurant to locals in Brisbane’s north, and UPSTAIRS offers the perfect location for this. The new restaurant will offer comfortable and casual dining with a fun twist. We’re incorporating hill tribe textiles to showcase the intricate craftsmanship that Thai culture has to offer, alongside vibrant art by local artists. Thai food goes beyond the likes of the well-known green, red, yellow and massaman curry dishes. Many people are missing out on a wide range of delicious dishes that Thailand offers. I want to bring these dishes to locals so they can experience true authentic Thai cuisine,” Mrs. Phadungkiat said.

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