Catherine M. said: "We had a lovely meal here recently. Amazing steak – as good as anything I have eaten, even in much more expensive specialty restaurants! They have a great wine list, but I would like to see better size and shaped wine glasses.…" read more »
Had dinner here on Saturday eve with deal vouchers for a four course meal. Food & service were actually both really good, but the restaurant itself lacked atmosphere & I felt a bit like I was sitting in a canteen or a bunker. Good value with the vouchers though.
Went to Starry Thai twice both times with buying vouchers. The first time was great and the food was Delicious and couldn’t fault anything. The second time was not so great. Waitress did not speak much English at all and we had to point out everything we wanted from the menu, including drinks. There was quite a long wait in between courses and mains came out with about 5-10 minute gap between each meaning the last main arriving about 15 minutes after the first.. I ordered a chicken gang penang curry but I was given a red curry with duck and grapes. When I told the waitress that this was not what I ordered she then proceeded to argue with me before realising that I was right. My meal was taken away and the correct dish was given. I then saw the waitress give the duck curry that I had eaten from to the table next to us! Obviously they had mixed the meals up. The chicken curry I had was meant to be mild but was so hot I couldn’t eat more than one mouthful. After dinner we waited for over 20 minutes for our desserts to be offered but we got sick of waiting and left feeling unsatisfied and hungry…
Starry Thai is a hit or miss, as I have found by the two experiences I have had dining there. Not sure if I would go there again.
Went there with a voucher. Perhaps it was my lucky day as my meals and drinks were served fairly promptly. Had 3 rounds of beers and they all came within reasonable time (2-3 mins perhaps). Completed the 4 course meal with my family of 4 by 7:50 when we got there at 6:15. Food was fantastic, love the three taste sauce. The service was reasonable where staff had good manners but hard to get hold of, which is forgivable due to the number of customers that were there on the day. They had a buffet set up which looked quite promising. Decor was modern rather Thai authentic so lacking Thai atmosphere.
Like Derick and Radz and many others that bought the deal we were very disappointed with the service. There were 4 of us that bought the deal but one full paying couple. However they were treated no better than us. We seated at 7pm and did not leave well after 10.30pm. It took over half an hour to serve beer. We had to ask the waiter twice where were our drinks?! And they were too busy trying to set up tables instead of coming to take our orders. It was our 2nd time round and we had to wait more than 3 hours for the 3 course meal which were unacceptable. Very bad customer service as they mixed up the order of the paying couple as well. We will not go back for sure.
We had booked here for a table for 6 for 7.30pm. After getting to the table we ordered drinks, we had to wait 30min for the beverages, then we ordered our 3 course meals, we had to wait between the courses about a hour, the last course we got it a 10.30, then we had the feeling we had to hurry up because the want to close for the night. At the desk to pay for out night long dinner, they had all the orders we liked to pay for, mixed up. Bad customer service at this place, and bad staff treatment by management in front of clients. We wouldn’t go back to this place.
We bought the deal voucher of 4 courses. When we arrived the staff were very friendly initially as we had a big group of people. Entrees were pretty fast coming out as were the soups. After that it was down hill from there. It was nearly impossible to get the staffs attention. They would look at us but ignore us as if they didn’t see us. A single beer took 10 mins to arrive. Main were OK. Nothing to WOW us. Dessert – definitely the worst course. Once we were given the menu, we waited about 20 mins, then had to call someone over to take our order. $9.50 worth of “deep fried ice-cream” – well, I guess technically it was deep fried, but certainly not on the day we got served. It was Ice cold all the way through, clearly prepared well in advance, stuck back in the freezer, then put on the plate to serve. Very disappointing.
We purchased a deal voucher which included two entrees, two mains and two wines for a very cheap price. Like other reviewers we didn’t think much of the exterior, but the food was amazing!! Well worth a trip! The Massaman curry was out of this world! As was the prawns with cashew nuts. The portions were just right too.
We were pleasantly surprised with the food and the service. On departure we received a $20 voucher! We will definitely be coming back!
Went as a group of 4 and used a deal voucher for 4 courses. Table we were sat at was awkwardly close to another table. My partner’s chair had food scraps on it when he pulled it out to sit down. We ordered a bottle of wine and some entrees initially, the entrees came out fairly quickly (along with plastic plates!) but the wine took 20 mins, they even had to come back to check which bottle it was we had ordered. Soups and mains arrived with adequate timing, they tasted ok but nothing spectacular. The waitress knocked over a whole glass of wine (which we still paid for!) over my friend. Dessert was basic. Overall we are very glad we didn’t pay full price for this meal. Its well worth an extra few minutes and a few dollars to go to Thai Chef up the road instead.
Got a voucher deal for 4 courses. The entrees were all deep fried and a bit too greasy for our liking. The soups were also very greasy and not that flavoursome. We had beef drunken noodles and prawns with cashews. Flavours pretty bland and again very oily. Chocolate sauce on the deep fried ice cream was the best part of the meal. The service was pretty slow and not exactly friendly and we had a window seat, but it was cold as there was a draft coming through. Certainly nothing special and we won’t be going back.
I purchased a deal voucher. I drove past the place an thought OMG what have I done. Had dinner there and was very very pleased. The food and service was great, so don’t be fooled by the exterior cause the interior is nice.
Very nice Thai food. I’ve tried all the Thai restaurant in the area and I must admit that this is one of the best. They don’t have a Thai environment, but I find it a lot more comfortable than most other Thai-decorated Thai restaurants. We ordered a whole snapper, a couple of curry dishes and the beef salad. They were all wonderful. The portion of the tom yum soups are not big but extremely tasty. You can so taste the amount of ingredients that they put in to make the soup (aside from the physical meat). I’d rather have the soup this size given its taste, than the ones that I’ve seen in nearby restaurants that are perhaps 20-30% larger but tasted like spicy tomato water. The chicken satay was great as well for entree. Would definitely go back when they have their liquor license back in two weeks’ time, as advised by the manager.
We ate at this restaurant last night but unfortunately our experience was not as good as others recent experiences.
We were shown to a nice table in the corner, and then promptly forgotten about! Others who arrived after us were onto their second course whilst we still had received no food at all.
It took 20 minutes before we were offered water, and over an hour before our entree arrived.
The entrees were ok, the soup was pleasant enough, but the main course was the worst I have ever seen or tasted and was pretty much inedible. I chose the Massaman curry, which I have had many many times both in Auckland and in Thailand. The sauce had split and it was just a congealed mess really. How they could even serve this to a customer was beyond me, but I expect as we had already been waiting an hour and a half, they didn’t want to keep us waiting any longer. I took one mouthful and that was it.
The fact that when our full plates were cleared away and we were not asked if there was a problem with our meals, as well as the fact that when we paid we were not asked how our meals had been, says it all really.
The answer was apparent by how the meal looked.
We won’t be back – ever!
Have been here twice now and had pretty darn good experiences! Both on deal vouchers. Top notch food – the only thing we faulted is the first time we came the Pad Thai was not so great, but everything else was awesome. Great service too both times. The only thing I would change is the cheesy music! If they had a great selection of some traditional Thai music or something a bit funkier that would make it a 5 star experience. I love the decor as well and the parking behind is a great help.
We have dined here before also with a voucher from the net. I was very satisfied with the meal this time. We were very surprised to hear they had lost their liquor license so soft drinks were the only drinks available.
The Satay chicken on skewers were almost the best i have ever had as a starter then the Eye fillet really hit the spot with a nice quantity of veges on the flaming hot plate.
We were let down by the fact that even though we were dining early there were only two items available as desert both weren’t flash.
It was clear that the staff were really working as a team to serve the customers . I could see that they were trying hard in tough times. All in all a nice dinner for the who family.
We used our deal voucher here last night and what a thoroughly enjoyable meal, the entrees, chicken satay and mixed entree were very tasty, soups were small but nice, the mains were divine the salmon was cooked to perfection with a beautiful basil sauce as was the manderine duck, desserts yummy, walked out of there fully satisfied and happy, definitely value for money and the staff were attentive and friendly, it was just great food and service, we will be back!
Mr & Mrs T
I am quite surprised by all the negative reviews to be honest. I went here with a deal voucher a couple of months ago and was stoked to see another deal on another website so I bought another voucher
The food is very tasty and for $40 I really couldn’t complain about the value for money. In fact, we all wondered whether the restaurant was making any money at all! Entree, main and dessert were all extremely delicious – though as someone mentioned before, the soups didn’t have much “content” in them, but still tasted good.
Staff were friendly and welcoming, great atmosphere, good parking as well. The only downside was that it took us quite sometime to find the place, but the staff were extremely friendly with directions on the phone. Looking forward to going again!!
We used a deal voucher last night . We were able to choose any item from the menu, including seafood. The entrees were served quickly, the soups were a bit smaller than we expected but very tasty The mains were a good serving size although I don’t think the steak was fillet steak, but it was cooked well with a really tasty sauce and I enjoyed it. The fried prawn dish was very tasty too. We couldn’t squeeze in a dessert which was part of the ‘banquet meal’ although the staff did attempt to persuade us.. The staff are very helpful, friendly and efficient and we enjoyed the experience.
OK here we go ate here on the 30th May.
We brought a voucher deal for 2 entrées, 2 soups, 2 mains, and 2 desserts.
Value for money was good.
Entree was fab, we had spring rolls and a mixed platter YUMMY!
The soup only had 2 mushrooms and 2 slices of chicken in it, if you were paying $7-8 you would feel ripped off! (as it was just a spicy dish water with left overs in it)
We ordered the eye fillet Thai BBQ sauce and the chicken with peanut sauce which came out with rice the. A tiny bit of what I would not call eye fillet arrived this meal was a $29.00 meal the steak was NOT eye fillet as I am a head chef and it tasted like chuck steak!
The chicken with peanut sauce was YUMMY.
The dessert was ice cream or fried ice-cream it was yummy.
Heaps of staff for service and the meals came quick.
The place was very cold! I had a t-shirt and a long sleeve shirt on and I was still cold.
We would not go back, the bad soup with little in it and the eye fillet steak that was not eye fillet was not what we were after.
Although we did see some amazing dishes come out of the kitchen like whole fish
better Thai places out in Auckland I would look at them! As this was a 3 out of 10 for us
PS: good parking at rear of the building.
Hope This Helps
One of my favorite Thai restaurants in Auckland. We regularly go here for delicious, well priced food, and on a lazy night enjoy the discounted takeaway menu. The restaurant owners are lovely, and try so hard to make each visit enjoyable. Really good food, at a great price – I feel some other reviewers are being too harsh, for the cost it’s a fabulous dining experience.
Went there on Tuesday and the place was packed with voucher users like myself. Honestly I didn’t put my hopes up given the average reviews. I had to go there because my vouchers were expiring. The experience turned out to be much much better than I expected. At entrance we were greeted by the well mannered manager who also took our order. The entree and soups were wonderful. The tom yum was the tastiest one I’ve tried in Auckland. The portion was not as big as other Thai restaurants but it is much more concentrated and it gives a much stronger tom yum taste. I guess if the soup is diluted to the ones found in other Thai restaurants, the portion will be bigger and (but of course it won’t taste as good). We ordered an eye fillet and a whole snapper for main. Both were wonderfully done. The desserts were our favorite part. We were recommended by the people next to us to go for the purple sticky rice and the caramelized banana. The banana was good but the sticky rice was splendid.
Tried to use my remaining voucher before it expires on the following Monday but unfortunately their Friday and Saturday were already fully booked. The manager went through the booking list with us and apologized for not having a table for us. At the end we’ve booked ourselves in for Monday (last day) and we are very looking forward to it~
Me and my partner have just came from the Starry Thai restaurant and we will not be coming there again – for sure!
I have actually never been in a worse restaurant like this.
1. It took us ages to make a booking there as they were always full.
2. When we finally came there, we were seated in a room, which didn’t look at all like Thai restaurant, especially next door was a concert and we didn’t even hear each other.
3. The food was tiny and soups were like perhaps ten tablespoons and I actually had 2 prawns in it! Main was okay – the best on it was that they put an alcohol over it and made a fire before they served it. Desert – sticky rice which looked like the leftovers for cat.
4. This all took 1.5hr and we almost wanted to give up on desserts – wish we would have done it as it was not worth to stay at all. (we had this dailydo voucher)
5. Staff almost forgot that we are going to have our desserts and I had to come to tell them.
6. We didn’t receive any napkins, only the fabric one, which should suppose to be on the lap.
7. Not recommending it at all and definitely not coming back ever again!
This new Thai restaurant needs great improvement.
1) The waitresses speak poor English; the oral comprehension is lacking.
2) The food quality remains that of a low “B” level. Avoid the whole fish as it was not at all tasty.
3) The spices are atrocious, being overly mild and lackluster in taste. Even when asked to supply Asian-type medium and hot spices, nothing was done.
4) Be wary about where they place you. An overt bias can be seen in the seating wherein many get the outer seats which are poor, but others allowed to enter inside the nicely decorated, spacious, sunnier and cleaner area.
4) There is a similar bias regarding simple servings of free water! The outer people seem to get tiny filled glasses whereas those on the inside are given bottles.
All in all, we rate this new eatery, at best, as a low “B”-high “C.”.
Most certainly, its star has fallen.
Dined here last week on a deal voucher (astoundingly good deal).
Beautiful decorated restaurant created a lovely ambience and the service was excellent.
All courses were superb and loved the Tom Kha, mixed starters and fried bananas. I wasn’t too enamoured with the rendang I have to say, but my friend had the Tom Yum and then the duck. Both were delicious.
I would most definitely dine here again.
Best takeaways. Really nice Thai food. Heaps of fresh vegetables comes in the meals. The steak is perfect. If you are looking for healthy nice Thai food this place is perfect!
This is now my favourite Thai place to eat! First came here with a deal voucher and for the price I paid it was very very good! Entrees were quite small but it was okay considering soup came with the meal before the main. I absolutely loved the soups they had. I had one and my partner had the other – both were really great. Mains and dessert were also good and I also appreciated the fact that with the voucher you had the choice of the whole menu. Meant we could try something a bit different. Only thing I would say about that meal was that the courses were coming too quickly. Soups came immediately after we finished entrees and the mains came before we had finished the soups. Kind of inconvenient and I would have much rather had at least 5 minutes for the last course to go down! Overall very good for the price of the voucher but I do not think I would pay for that same meal without the voucher – its just too expensive.
However, I had also been here for the $12.50 buffet lunch with friends and I will definitely be coming back for that! Really nice food and for a good price. I love Starry Thai
Friend and I went to Starry Thai Parnell yesterday, and we used a deal voucher which we could get 2 entrees, 2 soups, 2 mains & 2 desserts. The entrees were nice, and the soups were tasty although the size was a bit ungenerous – two soups in coffee cup size cups!
One thing I hated most was that we waited for more than one hour for the main meals to come in front of us. After 40 mins of waiting I started to lose patience, so I grabbed their staff to ask for the reason of not serving the main meals, but they neither gave me any reason nor any apologies for the long waiting. I was disgusted by this level of service.
Eventually when the main meals were available, I was surprised by how ungenerous this restaurant was. The fried snapper fish was pretty small and tasted a bit dry; and as for the lamb racks I ordered, they only put 3 small pieces of lamb racks on the pate, and a few other random veges, so the plate was obviously TOO big for this amount of food, and taste was pretty average. Overall, the food there doesn’t worth the price associated with, it’s very pricey!
At last, the dessert was ungenerous again, very small size.
I won’t go there again, and I don’t recommend it.
Our group of 8 went last Saturday (Feb 18) using a $20 discount deal voucher. The value we received from these vouchers was A-MAZ-ING!. A choice of entree, soup, mains and dessert — all for $20 per person.
At that deal, you really can afford to be a bit forgiving if the night turns out to be less-than-perfect. But, really, the food was very tasty, other than the deep fried fish being a bit on the dry side.
I’ve always preferred Chinese over Thai, mainly, because the portions tend to be more generous with the latter.
When we arrived at 7pm, the main dining area was filling up. After a while, the temperature did start to rise, but being able to open the windows, fronting Parnell Rise, did vent out the warm air — and create a cool breeze — that built up by those numerous spectacle flaming dishes and the number of people.
It was a memorable night of very tasty food at ridiculously low prices.
We visited the restaurant several weeks ago. The food was average and loaded up with too many veges. This is something the cheaper Thai restaurants do to cut costs, but I wouldn’t expect that with the prices charged at Starry Thai. Don’t sit out on the deck as it is very noisy with trains constantly going over the top of you. We were also unimpressed when one of the staff started vacuuming the floors around us as we were eating. We will give it one more go and if no massive improvement, we won’t be going back.
On our second try to try them I phoned at 8.30pm to see if we could get in by 9pm. They told me, no our last booking is at 9pm. So I pointed out that was half an hour away which I asked for. The man on the phone said oh but if you can come earlier. I was so disgusted at the obvious laziness of the staff, I said forget it. Clearly the owner is NOT managing the place, otherwise we wouldn’t encounter such laziness.
Powered by menumania.co.nz