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“Upscale and delicious, although pricey” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kasira Fine Thai Cuisine

Kasira Fine Thai Cuisine
6-6404 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T2L8, Canada
250 390-4299
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Ranked #38 of 258 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
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Vancouver
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“Upscale and delicious, although pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

Kasira is a delightful small Thai restaurant in North Nanaimo. The food is high quality and thoughtfully prepared. The portions are smaller than other Thai restaurants, but the taste is fantastic.

The restaurant has an upscale feel with tasteful and classy decor. The staff are professional and attentive. The location is easy to find and parking is plentiful.

Overall, this is a good Thai food experience that does not disappoint. Prices are somewhat high but the value is there. Highly recommended

  • Visited April 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nanaimo, BC
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“Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

I've eaten in once, and got take-out once and both times was not disappointed! Both times the food was excellent. Will definitely be back.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Thai Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2010

I've dined in twice and had take-out once...A lot of their specialties are served on a sizzling-hot metal plate, so they don't travel well. Dining in is the best bet. They're obviously doing well as this small place seems to be always crowded. The decor is nice for an asian-type restaurant in a strip mall in that they have nice subdued lighting and colours rather than the usual florescantes. Food was very tasty both times, with fresh ingredients (real pineapple chunks rather than canned) cooked just right and reasonably priced.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

I eat here frequently and LOVE it. The food is very fresh and each dish is cooked individually. The curries are wonderful. The Pad Thai is excellent. There is a good variety of choices on the menu. A lot of people order some kind of meat and they pour a sauce over it at the table and it smells wonderful.

I highly recommend this restaurant!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Not the best Thai food I've ever had!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2009

This is a super busy restaurant. There are always line ups. From our time in the line sounded like they have a very strong repeat customer base.

We have had many friends and guests tell us how good the food is. So after trying to eat here 3 or 4 times in the past year we were finally able to get a table (after waiting 45 minutes).

All the staff we met were super friendly and very nice. However the service was very, very slow. It took about 10 minutes before someone came to ask if we'd like a drink. We had almost decided to leave at this point but decided to persevere.

After looking at the menu we decided to order 2 very basic dishes. There was lots of choice but these dishes are ones that we really like, cook at home and that we have had in Thailand many, many times. We ordered a green curry and cashew chicken. We have travelled a lot in Thailand in the past 20 years and have had a wide variety food quality but you can always count on a good green curry.

The food took a very long time to come out. There are signs on the table telling you that they have only one chef and he cooks each dish to order and so that your food may take a while. Fair enough.

Our meals were verging on completely tasteless. Not the farang style where the food is tasty but has no heat. Our dishes had almost no taste. I've had cashew chicken on Thai Airways that was much much better than this. Jamie Oliver's green curry chicken recipe is a 100 times better!

I would like to think that this might have been a one off where things didn't work out in the kitchen. Judging by the popularity of the restaurant one hopes that this is the case. We will most likely try one more time but unfortunately this restaurant is not at the top of our list as we all love Thai food in our family.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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