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Similan Thai

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251 Lymington Rd | Highcliffe, Christchurch BH23, England
+44 1425 280 888
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Highly recommended

They say "Somporn & Kai welcome you to their family owned restaurant serving the most authentic Thai cuisine the Christchurch area." I say don't be put off by the slightly scruffy exterior as the interior is spotless, service friendly and food faultless. Their claim to be the most authentic Thai... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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Dorset
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

They say "Somporn & Kai welcome you to their family owned restaurant serving the most authentic Thai cuisine the Christchurch area." I say don't be put off by the slightly scruffy exterior as the interior is spotless, service friendly and food faultless. Their claim to be the most authentic Thai restaurant is probably true - the only local competition coming... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

What a great little restaurant. Great authentic Thai food, great service & excellent value for money. Oh, & to finish the meal we had the homemade coconut ice cream which was to die for.

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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

If you like real Thai food you should head to this restaurant. Every time we eat there the food and service is top notch. As a regular visitor to Thailand I can say this as good as it gets. The restaurant has thankfully muted decor, all efforts have been put into the food and the service. the home made coconut... More 

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Suffolk
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Having a particular liking for Thai food and having eaten it both in and out of Thailand, this meal was disappointingly unauthentic. The starter was not bad but the main dishes, Pad Thai, sweet and sour chicken and egg fried rice did not have the distinctive Thai style and flavour that we were hoping for. Our hosts were welcoming and... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Came across this 'little gem' of a restaurant by chance! Staying in the Premier Inn opposite and wanted a meal out but not in a chain restaurant! We were totally amazed! It was a Sunday night and the place was packed! Service was fantastic, attention to detail was superb! Food was incredible, wine was inexpensive and atmosphere was buzzing! If... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Been to several Thai restaurant in London, but this restaurant serves authentic Thai taste. The owners are friendly and very welcoming. Try their Pla Rad Ric and please do not skip their Kai coconut ice cream and banana fritters. Highly recommended for those who value authentic Thai gourmet experience. Can't wait for my next holiday in Highcliff.

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This place has no atmosphere, you can hear a pin drop. It's like being in your grandmother's room, you know, the one she never used! And the owner is scary - he kind of stares at you with a book in his hand. It is very old fashioned and needs a make over. That said, food is great but I... More 

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New Milton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My partner and I, fancied eating out, having had enough of Turkey over Christmas. Having driven past this restaurant every day, we thought we would try it. We were greeted by the owner, who could barely smile, we we were seated and left to look at the menu. He returned to take our drinks order and made a snide comment... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant continues to impress. Took a very experienced Thai traveller to there tonight. He thought the food was 100% authentic. Service was attentive and not over powering at the same time. The overall eating experience was better again than that at the nearby highly acclaimed Chewton Glen that I has eaten at a couple of days earlier! OK hard... More 

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Recent visit with party of 7. Not been here myself before but other members have been on many occasions. Small restaurant with about seven tables. Husband and wife I assume running front of house. Wide selection of dishes on menu and they were happy to give advice to a novice in Thai food like myself. Food arrived quickly and was... More 

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Address: 251 Lymington Rd | Highcliffe, Christchurch BH23, England
Phone Number: +44 1425 280 888
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Christchurch
Cuisine: Thai

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 251 Lymington Rd | Highcliffe, Christchurch BH23, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +44 1425 280 888

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Thai

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Families with children, Doing business

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