When Arth Thinaphong and his wife Atinuch were choosing a name for their first restaurant in Sydney’s Rose Bay, they were inspired by the suburb’s blue waters.
“And monkeys are one of our favourite animals,” said Arth. “Their playful, inquisitive nature reflects our attitude towards food. We brought these ideas together and came up with ‘Blue Monkey Thai’.”
Since opening in Rose Bay four years ago, Arth has gone on to open a second Blue Monkey Thai restaurant in Randwick, and a third in Hunters Hill in mid 2014.
“Our customers really love the taste of our food,” said Arth. “We only use good quality ingredients – it’s something we won’t compromise on. I think it makes us stand apart from many Thai restaurants in the market.”
Popular dishes on Blue Monkey Thai’s menu include pad Thai, lamb cutlets in massaman curry, king prawns with creamy basil sauce, satay chicken on a skewer and larb duck with thai herbs.
Arth, who was born in Thailand, was taught to cook by chefs when he began his career as a kitchen hand in 1999.
“I went on to become a chef myself and I developed a passion for serving great food using the best produce,” said Arth. “Several family members are part of our restaurants and we are very proud of the standard of food and customer service we offer.”
When Arth was fitting out his Randwick restaurant, he came across Caféideas through an internet search.
“I was impressed by the variety of products Caféideas had on offer,” said Arth. “Their prices are good and the staff are very helpful.”
For the Hunters Hill restaurant, Arth wanted to complete the fitout quickly and the table tops he wanted would normally take longer to supply than the time he had available.
“I dealt with Vibha at Caféideas and explained our deadline,” he said. “She made contact with the supplier and was able to speed up the process so we received the table tops in the timeframe we were working with. I am very happy dealing with Caféideas to supply furniture and kitchen equipment for our restaurants.”
Arth has been a Caféideas customer since 2011. During that time he has purchased table bases, table tops, chairs, a wok cooker, a gas cooktop, a single pan gas fryer and an underbench chiller.
With their attractive, modern fitouts and popular menu, Arth plans to continue to open more Blue Monkey Thai restaurants in the future.
“I enjoy looking at possible locations where we can expand the business,” says Arth. “The feedback we receive from customers is very positive. Lots of customers also take photos of the dishes and upload them to social media with compliments about how delicious our dishes are.”
Blue Monkey Thai operates at three Sydney locations: Rose Bay (517 Old South Head Rd, phone 9388 2850), Randwick (39 Perouse Rd, phone 8021 2160) and Hunters Hill (57a Gladesville Rd, phone 9817 5535).
All restaurants are open 7 days from 5pm to 10pm. Find out more on the Blue Monkey Thai Facebook pages.