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“UNQUESTIONABLY DIFFERENT” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Starry Thai Restaurant

Starry Thai Restaurant
2 Stanley St | Parnell, 1001, New Zealand
(09) 940 5678
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Ranked #1,266 of 2,158 Restaurants in Auckland Region
Cuisines: Thai
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: In old Station Hotel building
Auckland NZ
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144 reviews 144 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 85 cities Reviews in 85 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“UNQUESTIONABLY DIFFERENT”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Didn’t know this place existed until invited by friends with a GrabOne voucher. Spouse and self are delighted to be invited and enjoyed some of the chosen meals. The watery Sticky Rice Pudding would have gone down like a lead balloon if it was heavier instead of a brown liquid with sediment. Chef’s Choice of appetiser was good. Spouse left almost all of her Main which appeared as being potatoes in potato coloured soup. My Main was good and totally acceptable. A friend was greatly impressed with his ‘rare’ steak which he insisted he was cutting with a spoon. Other friend enjoyed a whole flounder.
Pleasures: Finding parking immediately on site. A crowded restaurant on a Tuesday suggesting the owners were doing something correctly. Strangely, and if it is of concern, it is less costly to buy 4 x small bottles of bubbles than one large one – plus one gets more bubbles.
The opposite: Not a BYO. Silly idea of management, as overheard, asking for one bill per table when 2 x 2 diners, each couple with a voucher, share the table. As most, or many, of the 4-cover tables comprised two tables placed together it would be simple for the diners to shift tables apart though am uncertain about dealing with the cloth unless one carries scissors. Mildly concerned about the flambéed steak flame reaching the sprinkler sensor above – if sprinklers work in this old pub. Printed menus are grubby from use and need reprinting. Friend tried to book by phone. Her phone showed 20 calls to the restaurant - always engaged.
Overall, a pleasant evening with good friends in a ‘different’ recycled antique NZ pub atmosphere, unquestionably 3* food, the sounds of a full-house enjoying themselves with personal chatter, surprisingly easy parking plus, for spouse and self, not costing a bean. What better evening could one enjoy on a Tuesday?

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Not recommended”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The place was noisy and crowded. We waited an hour for our mains. The entree was small, overcooked, and bland. Only 3 ‘vegetarian’ options – one of them was a chicken dish!!! The mains were ok but over-flavored. Vegetarian dish much smaller than the other dishes, but same price. The ‘desserts’ were unbelievable and an insult to the customer. The tropical fruit salad consisted of one teaspoon of apple and kiwifruit; the rice pudding was less than a tea cup full of watery, sweet brown liquid. The dessert we originally wanted was sold out at 8 pm. Perhaps, customers with vouchers might have been treated differently to regulars. It definitely was a rip-off and we cannot recommend this place.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Buffet lunch special”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

It is a very good deal for the lunch buffet special $13.50 on Fridays. There are variety of selection.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Not an enjoyable experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

I went to the restaurant with my family as it had been recommended to us by people we know. However, this restaurant failed to meet our expectations because we had to wait 15 minutes before a waitress approached us to order our drinks, normally it only takes a coupe of minutes. After ordering our food we received our entrees 15 minutes later which wasn't too bad and the entrees were delicious. However, we were forced to wait another 45 minutes before our mains arrived and during that time the people sitting at the table beside us received their mains 25 minutes before we did and had ordered about 10 minutes before so we were pretty disappointed about that. When we finally received our mains, we weren't extremely impresses as the food was that amazing considering we were forced to wait a long time for our food. Some vegetable were still raw and the meal wasn't as hot as we would have expected it to be. Overall it could have been nice but the service was so poor so I wouldn't go back anytime soon.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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North Island, New Zealand
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“COSY”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our grabone deal. Had never been to this Thai was most impressed.
Parking can use Kiwi Rail. Food and service - I was blown away - so delicious.
Cold night and lovely warm and cosy. Yes could have some Thai music. Definitely go back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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