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Reviewed 24 February 2024

On each of my visits to The Thai in Mangonui , the experience has been nothing short of extraordinary, with every encounter feeling even more welcoming than the last. The owners radiate a warmth and hospitality that's genuinely heartwarming, making you feel cherished and at...home the moment you step through the door. Diving into their menu is like embarking on a culinary expedition across Thailand. The Green and Red Curries envelop your senses with their rich, complex flavors, offering a perfect harmony of heat and herbaceous notes. The Spring Rolls, fresh and bursting with crisp vegetables, encapsulate the essence of Thai freshness and are beautifully presented in their delicate rice paper wrappings. Among the treasures I've discovered is the Salt and Pepper Fish, a delightful secret not listed on the menu but known among those who ask. This dish, with its perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection presentation, is a testament to the kitchen's ability to create memorable dishes that linger on your palate and call you back for more. The Pad Thai, Lad Nar, and the marinated Mussels each have their own story to tell, with flavors that are bold yet balanced, showcasing the diverse and rich tapestry of Thai cuisine. It's evident that each dish is crafted with love, care, and a deep respect for traditional methods. The beverage selection, with its special Thai cocktails and refreshing mocktails, like the peach-infused soda that offers a perfect blend of sweetness and fizz, complements the meal beautifully. This, paired with the stunning views of Mangonui Harbor through the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, creates an ambiance that's both exhilarating and serene. The warmth extends beyond the owners to the entire staff, who make dining here feel like a gathering of friends. The authenticity of the experience is enriched by the culinary team, including family and chefs with direct ties to Thailand, ensuring that each dish is not just authentic but carries a piece of Thai culture. Having indulged in Thai cuisine around the world, I can affirm that The Thai in Mangonui stands out as a beacon of culinary excellence. The opportunity to enjoy such authentic flavors in a setting that is as welcoming as it is beautiful is not to be missed. The Thai is more than a restaurant; it's a destination that offers a genuine taste of Thailand, complete with dishes and a hospitality that will have you planning your next visit before the current one ends.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 January 2024

Disappointed. Booked over the phone and was specifically told to be punctual. Our table for three arrived 2 mins before the 6pm booking and we ordered with 5 mins of being seated. This is when the disappointments began: - Waited an hour for our food...to arrive; - One of dishes never arrived; - We finished eating after 20 mins of eating and the elder Thai lady approached our table to asked if we were finished but when we said not yet as we needed a moment to digest the average Thai food, she seemed impatient and glanced at her watch and walked away; - Come time to pay the bill, we were of course asked to pay for the dish that never arrived and when asked why it didn't arrive, we were told unapologetically that "maybe it went to another table"; - We received a shrug when asked why we had to wait so long for our food. Some restaurants you go to only once.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 October 2023 via mobile

Ordered to take out. Food was good, plenty of choice. The wait was a fair bit more than we were originally told which was slightly frustrating

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 9 October 2023

Beautiful food, excellent friendly service with a sea view. Highly recommended. The Thai green curry with coconut rice was delicious!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023

We had booked by phone - leaving a message. I gave my name, server said did anyone ring you back. I said, no. Basically then you haven't booked, so you have to sit in the poor area. I refused, if they don't ring back that's...their fault not mine. Service was ho hum. Food - standard Thai, tasty but not outstanding.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 July 2023 via mobile

Fantastic service by their young staff. A busy restaurant but the food was worth the wait. Can’t fault a thing. Will definitely be back again and again.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 8 July 2023

We had several takeaway dishes and really enjoyed them. Great flavours, good portion sizes and good meat/ tofu to veg ratio

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 15 June 2023

Make sure your takeaway order has been received. We got there to pick it up at the correct time and were told they didn't have our order. We had a 25 minute drive each way so expensive lesson.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 29 May 2023

At the end of her meal, my daughter got to the last bite of her icecream and felt something wriggling against her lip in the bottom of the cone, only to see it was a massive cockroach. When I spoke to the owner or manager...(I don’t know who he was, he didn’t introduce himself) he didn’t apologise once, obviously didn’t care, and when I said I wasn’t happy to pay full price he begrudgingly offered a ten percent discount and said “well, we fed you, you DID eat the food” (of course we ate the food, the cockroach wasn’t crawling around our entree, it was hiding in the bottom of our daughter’s icecream - if it had happened at the start we wouldn’t have eaten the food 🤦‍♀️) It seems as though this kind of thing happens all the time by the way he wasn’t phased in the slightest at a cockroach wriggling around in a little girl’s icecream. Disgusting customer service from this guy, almost as gross as the roach. I posted this review on The Thai’s Facebook page and rather than taking the time to message me and apologise for how poorly they handled it, management‘s public reply via comment was that I am lying. Such shocking customer service.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 22 April 2023

Excellent service and fantastic food, the restaurant was full on the Friday night we went. Couldn't fault their service and super friendly staff, food was outstanding. We had been recommended the restaurant and also to book ahead which was great. Definatley going again 2nd night...in a row for our weekend stayMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 16 April 2023 via mobile

This remains my favourite Thai restaurant anywhere in NZ! Always book, no matter what night of the week it is - it will be busier than you think! My favourite dishes are the Beef Massaman curry and the Mangonui Showtime - both spectacular.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 31 January 2023 via mobile

This restaurant was fantastic. The staff were wonderful and just the right amount of service. It was very busy but we were not Inna rush and took time to enjoy our entrees and drinks. We had green curry mussels, full moon, rice paper rolls and...curry puffs. Each were delicious. Our mains were green curry chicken, which was so tasty, pad Thai chicken which was so soft and tasty, angry pig perfection and F4 stir fry. So bloody yum! We really wanted dessert but we’re too full. Lucky it is top of our list to go back to! Well done for fantastic service in the middle of a busy season!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 30 January 2023

We had a family dinner here, after we decided to skip the sadly now overrated fish and chip shop down the road. Primarily we received good service, and average to good food. The food was OK to good but when we compare it to some...other Thai restaurants in NZ, this is not as fresh or authentic as some of the better places. Would we go back, yes certainly for takeaways but in my book not hitting all the top marks for me to sit in and pay the extra.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 21 January 2023 via mobile

We booked the day before, 6:30 seating for four. Got to the restaurant 10 min before our booking to be told that they needed that table an hour later. This was despite us seeing the bookings book and there were very few bookings in it...at the time we reserved our table. We told them that this was not ok as we did not want to be rushed and would take as long as our meal took and that we would not be rushed! We waited 15 minutes to be seated whilst they tried to sort the seating arrangements. No apology at all. It took 10 min before being watered and another 15 before being asked if we would like a drink. Meal order was taken and we were given our drinks in prompt time. The entrees arrived and no meal check nor any thought to see if we wanted any more to drink. The entrees were 7/10. The mains were VERY AVERAGE!!!! 2.5 / 10!!!!!! The crispy pad Thai not crispy at all, and portions of it burnt. My chicken green curry was the worst I have ever eaten, bland and tasteless so much so that I did not eat the majority of it. Thai green curry is beyond doubt my favourite Thai dish but this offering was just plan flavourless. At no time are we meal checked or looked after ie offered any more to drink, by any of the numerous waiting staff. They preferred to polish glasses and rearrange empty tables and chairs in an effort to look busy. I fed this experience the the ?owner or duty manager. She listened and apologised but not sure of the sincerity of that apology. Absolutely not a fan of this experience. If you choose to go I would advise against the Thai green curry and the crispy pad Thai. The views of the harbour are great shame about the service and food that we ordered.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2022

Very average, after reading reviews thought would give it a go. Over priced, it was nothing special, I have had better, felt disappointed. I wouldn't go back so would not reccomend.

Date of visit: November 2022
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THE THAI, Mangonui - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, The Thai offers takeaway services.

The Thai is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4