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“Thoroughly recommended” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Thai Star Restaurant

Thai Star Restaurant
21 Victoria Parade, Torquay TQ1 2BB, England
01803 297 631
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Ranked #83 of 266 Restaurants in Torquay
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Nottingham
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Thoroughly recommended”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Finding ourselves in Torquay with no knowledge of local restaurants we wandered around the harbour and settled on this restaurant as it looked OK, the menu had some interesting looking dishes (many accompanied by photographs which really did help), and the prices looked acceptable. If we had read some of the reviews on Tripadvisor first we may have been deterred. On this occasion I am glad that we did not as it turned out to be a very enjoyable experience.

My partner had the rather inevitable Thai fish cakes to start. They were very, very good and a long way from the poor imitations that have sprung up on pub menus in recent years. The sweet chilli dip accompaniment was good too. I had deep fried bean curd. The texture was the usual mixture of crisp coating and bland soft centre. It was alright but could have been made more interesting if the curd had had more flavour added, such as salt and pepper or soy. The chilli dip with chopped peanuts that came with it gave it a crunchy texture that contrasted well with the soft bean curd. Both dishes had a side salad of very thinly sliced crisp cabbage with a decorative carrot flower which was good.

The two main courses were both excellent. I opted for chicken breast fried and sliced and served with an orange sauce and crispy noodles. The partner went for the deep fried sea bass cooked with vegetables. My partner raved about how good this dish was. I agreed with him. Both had the same garnish of cabbage salad as the starters. This filled out the plate but was really quite unnecessary. We devoured the main dishes but left the salads. The garlic rice we both had to accompany the main course was very good.

The service was friendly if a bit reserved, but this I suspect is part of Thai etiquette, and it reminded me of my trip to Thailand many years ago.

All in all a very good experience and I would happily go back again.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Newport Pagnell, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

First time our teenage son has experienced Thai food and he is a definite convert. Service is excellent, matched by fantastic food. No complaints at all, tasty and value for money; well worth a visit!

Visited August 2012
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good food, service, and lcation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal, good service, fresh ingredients, excellent value. Not sure what the recent poor reviews were about... Who orders onion rings in a Thai restaurant? The authentic Thai dishes we tried were great, the steamed dumplings were particularly good, and the coconut rice was excellent.

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Torquay, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Fab service, fab food, we love..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

My partner and I had a stunning meal here and will definitely be back. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the food fantastic. The service was faultless too and we look forward to returning as soon as able.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Frozen Tempura That Says it All”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Dont bother.
Frozen starters bought in fresh from the deep freezer. Never had breaded mushrooms and onion rings from Iceland before in a Thai restaurant - shameful.
This place is attractive and the staff are nice and friendly but its let down by the food. Save your money go somewhere where the owners care about good authentic food its NOT here!!!

Visited May 2012
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