Fitzroy has lost two Thai restaurants over the last couple of years, Sukhothai (Johnston St) and Sala Thai (Brunswick St), so it was good to see Buubbub Burmese / Thai restaurant open recently on Smith St in the former premises of Beelzebub / Tango Charlie.
The girlfriend and I went there for dinner the other night. The dining space is simply presented but the welcome is friendly. There are a few wines and beers available but you can also BYO like at Yim Yam. According to Where I ate last night, it is owned by the Burmese Kitchen on St George’s Rd, North Fitzroy.
We shared the yellow split pea curry with chicken and the fish cake curry with some steamed rice and roti served with peanut sauce. The split pea curry has a thin souplike curry sauce reminiscent of the curries I remember from the Burmese Kitchen. It’s tasty but the fish cake curry is the better dish, with the coconut milk based curry differing from a typical Thai curry with the use of curry leaves, which gives it a richer flavour.
There’s some contested views about the quality of the food at the Burmese Kitchen since the sale of the business by its Burmese founder c2010. I loved their food when I ate it regularly c2003-2005 but I have not been there since, so I don’t know how their current offerings compare to what is available here.
I liked the food at Buubbub and I am sure I will return. Accessibility seems reasonable, there are numerous vegetarian options on the menu and it is reasonably priced.
We are fortunate to be so well served by the cuisines offered by restaurants like Buubbub. Fitzroy also has plenty of Vietnamese food. All we need now is for Bopha Devi to open a branch of its Cambodian restaurants (Yarraville and Docklands) in Fitzroy!