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“good food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mai Yai Thai Orchid

Mai Yai Thai Orchid
Ranked #18 of 555 Restaurants in Kota Kinabalu
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, View
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Australia
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2010

We ate at this restaurant after reading reviews on tripadvisor and although the food was good, I don't think it deserves #1 in kota kinabalu. It was on the Waterfront which is really lovely of a night time. We were there for 15 days and found that there were a few others that deserve to be rated #1 like Moon Bell and our favourite Italy 1

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
“just fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2010

based on the reviews we visited this restaurant in may and we were not disappointed. the food was of the highest quality and the staff were very polite and attentive. we enjoyed it so much we ate there most evenings. all of the food was excellent but the one dish that stood out the most was the pineapple rice.. just fantastic very tasty and served in half a pineapple. we went to the restaurant earlier in the day to book a table by the water and i'm so glad we did because when we arrived in the evening the whole place was full.

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Kota Kinabalu
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“1 of the Best Restaurant in Town!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2010

Mai Yai Thai orchid Restaurant prepares one of the finest Thai food for Lunch/Dinner. Been to a few Thai restaurant in KL & Langkawi, Mai Yai still appear to be the best! Highly recommend it's Pandan Chicken, Crispy Kang Kung & Mango Salad. Be prepared to pay around RM50 per person for a decent meal + drinks.

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perth
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A must for those that like THai”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2010

Hi we have just had 11 nights staying in KK at the STAR,.
This restraunt is located at the Waterfront which was about a 10 min taxi ride from our hotel.
We ate here twice and could of easily gone back more because the food was so good(first class) and the menu so extensive. But we do like to try different places when on holidays.

The owner is a guy from Thailand and along with his Fiance and terrific staff they run a great place. So do yorself a favour and get down to the waterfront because it is a very vibrant place with lots of places to eat but this is the standout of them all.(We ate at a few different places down there)

PS. The vegetable spring rolls are amazing and for something different ask if you can try some deep fried chicken skin, certainly different but nawish :-).

Cheers
John

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“So good we went twice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2010

We went there twice during our visit last week to Kota Kinabalu - it was that good! You can sit out on the boardwalk or inside with the air-con but we chose to sit outside both nights. The menu is varied with a good range of seafood - I had a whole crab one night in Thai yellow sauce which was fantastic. The second time I visited I had the pineapple rice with seafood which was delicately flavoured and seemed neverending! The portions were generous!
I cannot recommend their cocktails enough and every hour seems to be happy hour! They have a selection of "buy one get one free" cocktails which were rather strong and very very tasty! The pina colada cocktails and the house cocktail come in coconut shells and again seem to be bottomless. The house cocktail has an interesting twist to it when it comes to drinking it and I'm not going to spoil the surprise!
The staff were lovely and very friendly and efficient and even remembered us from our first visit a few days previously.

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