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Reviewed 12 June 2023

I had been to Thai Friends many times before but not in the last 12 months. What a huge disapointment. The service was average but the portion sizes were appalling. We ordered three dishes for four people and rice for four. A wine order was...also made and for some rerason, just a single glass arrived. This was replaced with a bottle but when it arrived, the tray with the bottle and four glasses was left at the end of the table for us to help ourselves. The Penange Beef Curry arrived (on its own and minutes before any other dish was served). The serving dish was so small we asked if they had served an entree by mistake. The server responded "No" and walked away. That apparently was the "main" size. The blance of flavours in the Sweet & Sour Pork was clearly out of sync. The "sour" overpowered the "sweet" so as to be unpleasant. The prawn dish had only a few prawns, only enough for us to have one each. Overall, a very poor experience.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 7 January 2023 via mobile

I have been coming to Thai Friends for about 30 years! It’s my go to restaurant for takeaway or dine in when I’m back in Auckland. Consistently good over all these years and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Thai Friends has become my old...friend.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 5 January 2023 via mobile

We were walking on Parnell Road when we ran into the Thai Friends restaurant. It’s a small restaurant but served 4 good meals at a fair price. Service was friendly and good variety of dish options.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 6 March 2020

My cousin took us there 8 years ago and we became regular customers since then. The quality of the food and service are outstanding as always. I love the duck salad that they do.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 12 January 2020

Had dinner for four of us - all celebrating our birthdays - and what a disappointment. Firstly just before entrees served, my friend was advised there's no chicken skewers, and then within minutes suddenly they were available. The entrees extremely poor, scallops for me were...very watery, just been thawed out and not seared - tasteless; my husband had dumplings, can only presume they were supermarket brought. In regards to our mains, again my husband had Jungle Curried Porkbelly, the Porkbelly came out swimming in Penang curry, Thai hot, no, mild would be it. Girlfriend was unahppy with her chicken dish, had to put some to the side, didn't taste great she said. Her husband enjoyed his Porkbelly Basil dish, And my dish of salmon didn't eventuate, they came out just before serving the main to say mine was now unavailable, so I chose to go without as that is what I wanted. Overall very very disappointed with this restaurant, it is overpriced and believe me we can get a better Thai meal from the Manukau Food Hall on Great South Road.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 7 October 2019

We were in Auckland for a day on a cruise and wandered up to Parnell. We stubbled into this establishment at lunchtime to get a fix of Asian food (which can be a difficult thing on an American Cruise line). And very happy we did....Service was prompt and friendly and the food was excellent. We had spring rolls, chicken and cashew with roti bread topped off with a glass of NZ Pinot Gris. Great food, great service and great price. Thank You very much.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 22 June 2019

Have visited this establishment on 4 occasions now with a group of people or just a couple. Good no matter the numbers with the food to share. Very attentive staff and appears to be a family owned business. Couldn't fault the food and wine reasonably...priced. RECOMMENDMore

Date of visit: May 2019
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Jirayup94, Manager at Thai Friends Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2019

Hi Judith H, Thank you very much for such a sparkling review! Our team are pleased you enjoyed your dining experiences with us. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Thai Friends

Reviewed 26 April 2019

This was a great little restaurant tucked away down a side alley by the main shops. It is decorated in a nice manner and has a 'Thailand' feel to the restaurant. The staff were all very helpful and the food was very nice. We have...a coeliac within our group and they managed to accommodate her eating very well. Prices are within normal parameters for Thai food and we left very happy with our choicesMore

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 14 January 2019 via mobile

Caught in the middle of a very heavy downpour we stumbled across Thai Friends and grabbed the last remaining table. Service was good although due to the busyness of the restaurant we had to wait a while for food. It seemed very busy with locals...on their lunch breaks which was a good sign! Food was tasty so they weren’t wrong!More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

We stumbled across this while looking for a place for lunch. It’s hidden down a side alley off Parnell, and has a lovely little outdoor seating area, which is where we ate. We had the Panang chicken and the chicken and cashews. The cashew dish...was good, but the Panang dish was amazing! The prices were very reasonable, the portions were good, and the service was good. This is a really nice quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle often Main Street.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

A friend invited us to dinner at Thai Friends - touting it to be one of his favourite places to eat. Sadly we weren't so enamoured. Firstly the restaurant is beyond adorable. It's such a delightfully pokey little room with a lovely view from the...window, tucked away just off Parnell's main street. Unfortunately I wasn't able to appreciate this as my initial impression was overtaken by the unpleasant smell of the restaurant. Was it a blend of farm animal and rice? Or perhaps a faint whiff of the infamous Durian mixed with wet dog fur. Whatever the case, it was a little gross. Still, it didn't stop me from enjoying my meal: a dish of stir-fried vegetables and a plate of prawns. I've personally only visited Thailand once so I am not an expert on the cuisine, though I would venture to say that our meal was decidedly 'kiwi mild' on the heat scale. My can of Coke Zero, on the other hand, appeared to come straight from the freezer as it poured like an icy slush into my glass. Our waitress was gracious and patient with us as we struggled to figure out the 'minimum of two' instruction assigned to our entree of choice. We got there in the end and enjoyed a mostly pleasant meal.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

Dinner this week and looking for quick feed. 3 dishes and lucky that one was ok other wise would have given it a lower score. Dishes marked as hot. ..were not at all. Not really the Thai food you remember from your travel just the...type made for Europeans. so many good restaurants to choose in Auckland will not recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 28 September 2018

Don't know Parnell very well so went for Thai food. There is a take away counter fronting onto Parnell Road but the lovely restaurant is tucked away down a side alley. Very friendly staff and the food was delicious. I had the salt and pepper...squid which was crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, which I loved.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

Have eaten here on a few occasions now. Each time the food is of great standard and the service just as great. Its a perfect quite spot to go during the week. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Jirayup94, Guest Relations Manager at Thai Friends Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Hi Kylej1111, Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. It is lovely to hear you enjoyed your experiences with us and our team hope to see you again soon Kind regards.

Reviewed 25 June 2018

Having moved to Wellington, I have not eaten here for many years. Last weeks meal with my family reminded me why I used to get takeaways from Thai Friends almost every Friday night. Beautiful food, friendly staff. Lunch on street front deck or dinner in...restaurant. A must visit if you are around ParnellMore

Date of visit: June 2018
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THAI FRIENDS RESTAURANT, Auckland Central - Parnell - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos

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Yes, Thai Friends Restaurant offers takeaway services.

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