Any self-respecting & authentic Thai restaurant would have a picture of the Thai king and queen and this one passes that test. The Thai pop music that plays softly in the background is a nice touch too. Chefs and server were all Thai so that was good!
The food is actually quite authentic given what they have to work with. A quick look through the menu and you can see that they can't get (or perhaps it's not cost efficient to stock up on) some Thai ingredients such as papaya (for papaya salad or somtam) or the much-adored glutinous rice (for mango sticky rice dessert). But that is understandable given that this is not a big city like Christchurch.
We tried the
- squid salad: Squid was not overcooked (overcooking makes squid rubbery) and the Thai dressing was very tasty with its spicy, sweet and sour elements. Quite similar to the salads in Thailand!
- Tomyam soup with seafood: Tomyam soup actually tasted like someone did it from scratch and the seafood was generous with fresh and sizeable shrimp. Perhaps a bit too spicy for the average non-Asian but for me it was just right and I enjoyed every slurp.
- stir fried vegetables: fresh & tasty & crunchy, a godsend after many days of salads (as an Asian we prefer our veggies cooked)
- Basil pork/chicken/beef: Not authentic (the wrong type of basil leaf was used), wouldn't recommend.
I live in Asia and travel to Thailand at least 2-3 times a year and I was quite satisfied with this restaurant on the whole. Would recommend to anyone craving Asian and/or spicy food when you are in Queenstown!
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