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Erawan Thai Restaurant

3_half star rating 14 reviews

Telephone 09-361 3261

165 Jervois Rd
Herne Bay
Auckland City

Thai, Asian
Mon - Sun 5.30pm - Late
Provided by business


For authentic Thai cuisine, Erawan Thai Restaurant is spacious and elegant, serving only the best in Thai cuisine. An extensive wine list, lunch by arrangement, ample carparking and take-outs available. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The story of the name “Erawan”: The extremely rare silvery white and grey elephant commanded the very highest respect in Buddhist areas of western Indochina. It graced the centre of the flag of ancient Siam, now modern Thailand. In the course of his many animal reincarnations, the Enlightened One entered the body of not just the wisest of beasts, but the rarest and most handsome specimen of them all. “Mouth open, head the colour of cochineal, tusks gleaming like silver, all aglitter with precious stones, clad in finest of golden tulle, his limbs and organs were flawlessly proportioned, his bearing majestic”. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Banquet venues can also be arranged for groups, weddings, birthdays and special occasions.


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Restaurants, Takeaway / Fast Food
Free Off-Street
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Cocktails, Spirits, Wine, Beer
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Meals Served:
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Erawan Thai Restaurant

5 star rating
by Wendy M.
28th June 2014

Have been going to Erawan for about 11 years and it has always been a great dining out experience. It’s set in a beautiful old ornate villa. The food is delicious, the chicken red curry is amazing! Service is friendly and prompt. Highly recommended, would have to be one of the best Thai restaurants in Auckland.

1 star rating
by Kathryn
26th June 2014

The menu numbers on the website do not match what numbers they have for their dishes in the restaurant so when I ordered my takeaway what I got was completely different to what I ordered. They were rude, told me it was my fault and didn’t do anything to rectify the situation. Awful customer service, and the dishes I didn’t want that I got were below average.

1 star rating
by Jessie
21st May 2014

As we live in the area I have been wanting to try this place our for ages but unfortunately it was not a good experience. The restaurant looks amazing but this cannot be said about the food. We ordered the Pad Thai which was bland no flavour at all, the same dish that costs $9 at the Ponsonby Food Court tastes so much better. We also got the Beef Gaeng Massamun curry in which the potatoes were horrible not cooked properly and the beef was extremely rubbery full of fat and tasted old. Overpriced + Not good !

4 star rating
by Emma W.
26th April 2014

The restaurant was empty mid week but the food was good. Very extensive menu of interesting dishes. I ordered a larb salad and all other dishes I tried were good. If you don’t like spicy then make that clear when ordering otherwise you may not be able to eat it!

4 star rating
by Courtney G.
25th June 2013

Great place, great service, great food! The snapper was really good, and so was the curry. We had mixed appetisers to share and was great way to taste everything! Definitely returning :)

1 star rating
by Greg
27th June 2012

Weren’t greeted when we arrived. Had a booking for 8 people, the guy there merely pointed to the table from 20 feet away.

An extremely quiet night yet we still had to constantly go and find staff to take orders for drink and food. When they did come there was no smile or courtesy, just very bored and grumpy looking staff.

We asked them about the owner, Patrick, apparently he doesn’t come in any more. It shows.

Food was greasy and lacked flavour.

Won’t be back.

1 star rating
by Carla O.
16th April 2012

I recently dined at Erawan – my mum was visiting from South Africa and I was very excited to take her to one of the leading Thai establishments in Auckland – unfortunately, it was not a pleasant experience. I think they’ve changed ownership, and I was surprised that once busy dining room only had two other couples dining. We weren’t greeted by immaculately dressed Thai waitresses, but by two rude gentleman who didn’t seem to want to be there. The worst was, when my food arrived, a cricket jumped out of my rice and landed on my dining partner’s plate. Horrified, I called the waited over and his response was “So, its not a fly?!” – I should’ve left at this point but I didn’t want to make a scene – I was offered no discount or an apology. I am appauled by the level of the service and I will never go back there, which is disappointing as I have very fond memories of a place that once was “the best Thai in Auckland”

4 star rating
by deborah g.
7th January 2012

We too have been coming here for years, consistently good and value for money. Try the tom yum soup spicy hot and full of complex flavour …a winner!

5 star rating
by Gill
17th November 2011

Great restaurant, consistently good food and excellent value, have been dining here for approx 5 years. It’s located in an old villa, so lovely atmosphere esp in winter. One of the few BYO’s stil in the neighbourhood, love the duck with grapes and pineapple, and the snapper. Would highly recommend.

4 star rating
by Nicole
15th August 2011

We were a group of 4 that ate here on Saturday night. The restaurant wasn’t overly busy, but had enough people to give it atmosphere. The food was divine (chef’s special, money bags and chicken wings for entrees, and pad thai, red seafood curry, deep fried whole snapper & duck and vegie stirfry for mains), generous portions and beautiful presentation. Staff were friendly, although the service left a bit to be desired; we were left with no drinks and nobody came back at the end of our meal to ask if we wanted dessert or coffee. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and being BYO certainly helps make it one my favourite, best value for money Thai restaurants in Auckland. Will definitely be back.

4 star rating
by lovetoeat
20th July 2011

Have been going here for over 7 years now.
Great food, fantastic service, good ambience. It is expecially good for big groups. Not recommended for quiet romantic dinners as it can get a bit loud at times expecially in the weekends.
I am a fan because it is one of the best value for money dining expereince I have had.

5 star rating
by diningout12
28th September 2010

Have been dining here for years, always a great experience. Esp like the duck with grapes and pineapple and the baked snapper with chilis. This restaurant is still BYO and is excellent value

4 star rating
by Wallbert
5th July 2010

An impromptu decision to eat out saw us at Erawan Thai one weekend night. We were rewarded with a great dining experience. The setting was great in an old villa, and the waiting staff were polite, friendly and welcoming.

We ordered fresh spring rolls and satay chicken for our entrees and beef massaman, pad thai and deep fried fish fillets in tamarind sauce for our mains. All were absolutely brilliant, with the fish, beef massaman and chicken satay being the particular highlights for me. The staff were friendly and attentive without being pushy or hovering over us excessively. The meal proved to be great value for money with all dishes being under $20 and of ample proportions. I would definitely visit again.

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5 star rating
by Steph
12th October 2009

Great food, great service!! I have been twice now and will be going back!!

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