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“Delicious food Average ambiance” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sala Thong Restaurant

Sala Thong Restaurant
35 Newnham Road, Cambridge CB3 9EY, England
+44 1223 323178
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Ranked #102 of 522 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $19 - $55
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Delicious food Average ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The food is almost always delicious. Sometimes the wait can be quite long, especially if you are seated upstairs, but most often the food is worth the wait. The ambiance leaves some to be desired, but again, the food makes up for it. Gets quite busy on weekend evenings, so book in advance.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Aranya S, Owner at Sala Thong Restaurant, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Hi , thanks for taking the time to write a review for our restaurant we really appreciate it.
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Fresh meat , tasty sauce”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

It wasn't a busy afternoon, so reading others review on the service it could be true. There was only one waitress serving the whole restaurant that afternoon but slowly customers are coming and it did get busier. However , I can 't fault the food. The meat were fresh, tasty sauce and vegetables was cooked perfectly tasty. I would recommend the beef curry, peanut chicken and choi sum garlic . Would go there again if I'm visiting Cambridge :)

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Aranya S, Owner at Sala Thong Restaurant, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Hi, we are glad you enjoyed our food and would revisit the next time your in Cambridge.
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“BEST THAI IN CAMBRIDGE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

I am a keen Thai food enthusiast, and having been to Thailand and experienced authentic cuisine, I thought nothing could compare back in the UK. However, Sala Thong offers delicate, fragrant and delicious Thai meals. It is a small, tightly packed restaurant, but cosy. I have been countless times to this restaurant and the food never ceases to impress me. My favourite dishes are the crispy platter- particularly the pork/beef wantons- hidden with such subtle flavor and complemented by the satay sauce.The Thai green curry which is full of authentic ingredients and has a creamy texture is another favourite and lastly the Prawns with cashew nuts. This dish is simply delicious and tender, with a sweet yet not overpowering flavour. Although its description is not so detailed, this main course is extraordinary value for money with such hidden depths.The banana fritter is scrumptious end to the meal, served with a good quality vanilla ice cream. Sala Thong also serves Thai beers, which go hand in hand with the experience, yet If you don't drink alcohol, try the iced coffee/ tea. These are simply refreshing and reviving! The service is okay and can be slow/ unfriendly, but a few of the members of staff are lovely and all are Thai! Go for the food and flavour experience!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Aranya S, Owner at Sala Thong Restaurant, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review . We really appreciate positive reviews and hope to keep your valued custom . If there is anyway that you think we could improve our service please don't hesitate to talk to us next time your in our restaurant.
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“Nice food, horrendous service!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We visited on a Friday evening for a birthday celebration, having booked a table for 10 people. We were seated upstairs where it is a bit more spacious, with no other tables being used the whole time we were there. After taking our drinks orders we all ordered starters and mains. One dish on the menu was a beef dish, and one of our vegetarian friends asked to substitute the beef for tofu to which we were told this could not be done, despite other tofu dishes being on the menu - not sure why this could not be done if it is cooked fresh in the kitchen..?! The starters took a long while to arrive which is fair enough with a big group. However when the mains arrived, we were short by a main dish and a rice. The waiter didnt seem to realise that he hadnt brought enough dishes for everyone and had to be reminded that they were missing. A good 15/20 minutes later they finally arrived, without so much as an apology! This is just not good enough! If the whole group had waited for these 2 plates to turn up their own food would have been cold and ruined. The food was nice enough when it did arrive, however we quite like a drink to go with our food and apart from the first drinks we ordered when arriving, the waiter did not come and take a single other drinks order, from a group of 10 people the whole evening?! Just unacceptable. The empty plates and dishes were not cleared away and were still on the tables once we had paid the bill and left, again this is just nothing short of laziness. We had one young looking waiter serving us (or not as the case was) the whole evening, and either he wasn't trained (in which case dont leave him in charge of a large group on a busy Friday night) or he couldnt be bothered, it was hard to tell. After refusing to pay the service charge we were met with cross words. The food here generally is very nice but the service was appaling and none of our group will be returning after this visit, the other well known Thai restaurant in the city will be getting our custom from now on.

  • Visited July 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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Aranya S, Owner at Sala Thong Restaurant, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your experience at our restaurant. We take on board your comments and are sorry you felt your service wasn't up to scratch. We try our hardest to keep our service to a high standard and occasionally we have new staff who have been trained but unfortunately make mistakes. Please accept our apologies and we hope to regain your custom in the future.
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“simple but good quality”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

With friends we enjoyed a Thai meal last weekend. Good friendly service and good quality food reasonably priced. What more can I say? If you want a Thai meal in unpretentious and simple surroundings, then I would recommend the Sala Thong.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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