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“Food fine - service terrible, wine list worse” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Paradai Thai

Paradai Thai
75 Koornang Rd, Carnegie, Glen Eira, Victoria 3163, Australia
3 9572 1206
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Ranked #6 of 33 Restaurants in Carnegie
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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“Food fine - service terrible, wine list worse”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Our night at Paradai Thai could have been improved by half friendly service. The grumpiness, slow service was topped off by them advertising "Wynns Coonawarra Riesling" in their wine list at $25 odd per bottle ($17 in bottle shops) and we were served some other cheaper brand. When I complained that we hadn't ordered that I was told "You ordered Riesling, you drink riesling". Toilets looked like the floor hadn't been washed in months. Bottom line is food is fine, the rest leaves a truckload to be desired.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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71 restaurant reviews
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
“Didn't expect to wait an hour for a meal....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The restaurant itself is popular and good value for money. I felt the food was a little sweetened up and spiced down for Thai food, but all the dishes our group had were tasty.
My problem with this place was the service - mainly the speed, but also the attentiveness or lack thereof.
Our group ordered a couple of entrees and 4 main dishes, one being a curry, as well as rice for 2 people. The rice arrived first, then 3 of the main dishes, one by one even though they were not being shared. One of the dishes (fish with lime juice and chilli) arrived cold.
Waiting and waiting for the last dish (red curry - really not that hard to make in a timely manner), my friend's rice became cold. Finally once everyone else had almost finished their mains, my friend asked about whether his curry was coming. Apparently it was.
So, waiting and waiting some more, and we asked again and pointed out that he would need new rice as his had gone cold.
When the curry did finally come, it was well presented and tasty, and they did bring out some fresh rice, but by this time my friend was starving, and the rest of our group had long finished their food.
No admission that they had obviously forgotten his dish, and no discount offered for the unfortunate inconvenience. Overall I was a little disappointed. The kitchen on this occasion was not organised, and the waitstaff were not attentive. Our water jug was not topped up once empty, nobody came to ask if anyone wanted anything else during our meals. This place purports to be a nice local restaurant, not a Thai take-away/cafe, but the service standard was akin to the latter, or worse. The staff just didn't display the warm Thai hospitality that one might expect. Better to go across the road to Paradai 2 Thai, or to one of the many other restaurant options along Koornang Road, including a few other Thai places.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“value for every dollar!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Friendly staffs, well prepared dishes, no nonsense well serviced

The restaurant is very well managed and staffed, well at least they know their curries. Dishes are not at all over price. The sister "Paradai 2 across the street is equally filled with similar quality.
Would recommend to any students in Monash Caulfield.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“A regular local favorite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

I know the title is old but the food here is really nice and the people who run it are pleasant and the food is good. Priced very reasonably it is always buzzing with activity. If you want to mingle with the locals this is a place to go.

Visited April 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Cheap and cheeful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

Good pad thai. Better than the average Melbourne Thai...

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