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Mai Thai Restaurant

3 star rating 19 reviews

Telephone 09 366 6258

57B Victoria St West
Cnr of Victoria & Albert Sts
Auckland Central
Auckland City

Cuisine:
Thai, Asian
Hours:
Lunch: Mon - Fri 12 noon - 3pm
Dinner: Mon - Sat 6pm - 10:30pm
Provided by business

Overview

Mai-Thai Restaurant corner of Victoria & Albert Street in Auckland great location for all Thai food with special dishes including chicken cashew nut and curry tom yum soup.

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More Information

Categories:
Restaurants, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Attire:
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian
Meals Served:
Dinner, Lunch
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
160

Reviews for Mai Thai Restaurant

3 star rating
by Birdy
29th December 2013

Good Thai food but this places doesn’t stand out from the dozens of Thai places all over the city.

1 star rating
by Vienna D.
24th October 2013

I went here with my friends to celebrate my birthday and was looking forward to a good evening. The guy that served us was extremely sweet and took our orders. Two of my friends were unwell so they did not order anything but just came there to celebrate with me. Everything was going fine, until the Manager (a lady) went up to the two of my friends and very rudely asked “are you’ll going to order anything?” to which they politely said no. She again very rudely said “You have to order if you want to sit here, you cannot share with anyone as each meal is only sufficient for one person”. She certainly did not say this out of concern because she was yelling at us. I found this very insulting and told the manager that no where does it say we have to order one meal per person to dine here. To which she said “I’ve written the menu and if you don’t want to eat here you don’t have to return”. She certainly has no customer service skills being the manager. The waiter who served us was kind enough to apologize on her behalf and made sure we were comfy. The manager was fine to everyone else but us….we were the only brown people there. Never returning here for sure!

1 star rating
by Dinu B.
12th October 2013

Had booking at 8pm to celebrate mom’s 65th birthday. Was waiting for a table for 40 mins. Mentioned few times to the waiter that my mother was a diabetic and needed to eat on time as she’s on insulin. Waiter kept saying that the table is ready and will be seated soon. At 8.45pm we left with no table. Place was packed. If they are so busy and unable to accommodate they should not accept any other bookings. They just want you to wait in the bar and keep paying for drinks. When I mentioned this to my friends, they also mentioned that they had to wait long time and food wasn’t even good. Never again!!!

1 star rating
by sue
4th April 2013

I was taken back by the interior and was ready to enjoy a nice dining experience upon arrival, however when the food arrived I was incredibly underwhelmed. Some of the blandest thai curry I have tasted in Auckland. Very pricey and not the friendliest service. Won’t be returning.

3 star rating
by nkcloita
23rd February 2013

We’ve been there many times and thought it a nice place to eat decent Thai food although a bit pricey.
This time we went there a busy weekend and ordered Tom Yum Goong, chicken satay, and a Green curry to share. We didn’t mind the bill but merely not so hungry..When we asked our leftover green curry to take away, one of the female staff tutted! We didn’t know here is such a fine dining enough not to allow takeaway! Or the check we paid about 80 dollars incl. drink was too cheap for them?
I love their green curry but since then think about if I should come back. Just shame..

4 star rating
by Anna N.
20th February 2013

This is one of my go-to Thai places for the past few years. The lunch specials are cheap and taste great (must try the green curry!)

The dinner menu is pricey but good food and cocktails are also delicious. I have been here in big groups as well as in twos – the service is always great. Absolutely love the brick wall decor!

2 star rating
by Christie
17th November 2012

Eh, nothing special. Decent lunch specials but during the week, I was the only customer there. The Pad Thai was a little bland and wished there was a little more tamarind sauce in there.

The prices are so high for dinner, I wonder if it would be any better but don’t think they would be.

2 star rating
by ellie
28th April 2012

If you’re taking out elderly relatives who don’t normally eat Thai food, here would be great- its very un-threatening and non-exotic. Yawn.
I guess people who come here a lot don’t eat at other Thai places. We eat Thai all the time, and this place just doesn’t have good food. Its OK. Any little local place does as good or better, so all you’re paying for is the decor, which isn’t any better than somewhere like Tom Yum- which happens to have superb food at 1/3 the price.

4 star rating
by Sarah H.
19th February 2012

Went here on New Years Eve and they were terribly busy and understaffed. Can hardly hold this against them considering the night. So, of course service was not so good. A table of 6 all ordering beer and spirits only served drinks twice.
For entree we all had mixed platters. For main I had the Larb Sawan –
Minced chicken, beef, pork or duck seasoned with spices, lemon juice and toasted ground rice served with salad.

I had never tried it before and it was delicious. Quite spicy for me since I can’t handle spicy food but it was a refreshing type of spice – the lemon juice balanced it nicely and the helping was huge.
Everyone was happy with the food.
Unfortunately we were seated out the back in the ugly conservatory but once again it was because of the night.
We were lucky to get a booking and I’m sure another visit would be an entirely different experience. Lovely food.

3 star rating
by Kellie W.
25th June 2011

Normally always good food here, but I had stuck to chicken and prawns in the past. Tried Red curry with beef… Big mistake. Beef chewy and tough!! Could not eat meat, luckily good amount of veggies kept me full. Staff not bothered by feedback and I had to challenge paying for that dish, they took half of reluctantly.
Tom yum, & larb yummy, other meats duck chicken & pork cooked nicely.

4 star rating
by Jessica M.
25th June 2011

I love the decoration, i even took pictures from the ceiling, the food is really good, we had an entree, 2 mains and dessert and everything was delicious, even if you don’t know what to order i can assure you everything would be delicious, the uniforms of the people working there make you feel on vacations!
I’ll definitively go to Thailand on vacations now!!!

4 star rating
by Crystal
4th August 2010

Dined here last night, service was amazing, we ordered cocktails entrees and mains at the same time, within minutes the cocktails were brought out to us and very well designed and tasted amazing, moments later our entrees arrived and they were also amazing. Less than 15Min’s later our mains arrived and the chicken meal I ordered was just the best Thai food I have ever had, my partner ordered a lamb and cashew meal from their favourites menu and it even better than my tasty meal. We would have spend less than 1 hour there. Decor is fantastic. Its warm and the service was just amazing, I will definitely go back for meal here!

3 star rating
by Biggie C.
7th April 2010

I’ve eaten here on many occasions and the staff are friendly, and the food is of a good quality. Its not the best thai I have had but consistent.

5 star rating
by Terance B.
2nd March 2010

The best Thai restaurant that I’ve been to for some time, the food was excellent as was the service. The staff are friendly, knowledgable and efficient. The menu covered everything that I wanted and a lot more, I tried a new dish on each occasion that I went ther, three in all, and each time the food was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

1 star rating
by Lee_NZ
7th February 2010

Service and decor was excellent, but the business lunch ‘reheated’ set menu option was a taste let down.

3 star rating
by Henward
22nd September 2009

expensive. food was OK, not it was only OK.
parking is a pain and really not worth the hassle to be honest.

dee jai is way better!
probably wont go back

4 star rating
by Shuds
2nd March 2009

Wife and I went at lunchtime. Was informal, relaxed and not packed at all. The service was of a high standard, the staff polite, friendly and on the ball.

We ordered from the main menu. Food was of an excellent standard: menu indications of hot/mild were spot on.

Starters: Chicken Satays & Prawn cakes. Both were perfectly cooked and presented.

Mains: Beef & Potato curry with rice & Thai Fried noodles. There was as much rice as you wanted to have with several servings of it if you so wish! All was very tasty and the meat perfectly tender.

Deserts: Coconut ice-cream & glutenous rice, Custard cake and vanilla ice-cream. Both deserts excellent – loved the chilled coconut with the warm and slightly salted rice. Perfectly executed dishes and presented well.

Coffee: short black and latte. Both very good. Presentation of short black was exquisite.

Drinks: 1 beer, plenty of chilled water.

Bill: $94. There are $15 & $19 lunch options too.

We’d go back again. It is a bit pricey but it is also a cut above the other eateries in the area.

The one slight gripe was that the interior is beautifully presented but we were put into the less attractive ‘lean to’ conservatory area at the back. Didn’t seem necessary as there were plenty of other tables where we could have been sat. We could have asked to be re-seated but decided not to. Wasn’t a major thing but did stop this review from being a 5star one.

Would happily eat there again – it’s a place for a special treat rather than just a lunchtime date/meeting with friends.

1 star rating
by Tina
23rd December 2008

We always got o Mai Thai as normally there food is real nice and the service is real good…however we went to Mai Thai on 22/12/08 and I asked for my meal which is normally 2 chillis on the spice factor to be reduced to a 1. When I got my food it was so spicy that it was burning my lips, so I sent back advising it was way too spicy. I got my food straight away and took one mouth full and thought this is good, went to get another only to find that there was hair in my food. So once again I sent it back. This little man came out and asked me what was wrong with my food all the while twirling what looked to be the hair in my food around his finger. So explained why I sent the food back twice then he asked me to pick another meal coz I didn’t like what I had ordered. I always order this dish (9.10) and have never had an issue with it before. It also looked like he was trying to match the hair that was found with ours as if we had planted it in the food. No apologies or anything. Very poor experience…needless to say I will not be going back to Mai Thai anytime soon

5 star rating
by Cherie Manning
23rd May 2008

We have dined several times and as a NZ maori we absolutely loved the food and the great service we received. Thai food is exceptionally tasty and low fat which is a bonus considering NZ food is mostly processed garbage. I have tried to cook Thai food at home but somehow it just doesnt have the same flavors & taste as dining out. Love your restaurant and the outstanding service from your team. Have recommended your restaurant to others who have also dined several times. We recently had a large birthday group there of which we all loved the experience.

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