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“Great decor, good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Thai Orchid - Banbury

Thai Orchid - Banbury
56 Northbar Street, Banbury OX16 0TL, England
+44 (0)1295 270 833
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Ranked #23 of 156 Restaurants in Banbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $59 - $59
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Leicester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great decor, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

I visited this Thai restaurant with a work colleague without making a booking on a week day. I opted for the Pad Thai as I am always interested in the different variations of this dish that you see. Although it tasted really nice and fresh with lots of coriander there was a marked absence of any large prawns and the inclusion of tofu amongst the chicken and shrimps was not a great textural experience. My friend ordered a simialr noodle dish and ended up with a rice dish in a scooped out pineapple which he said was tasty but not what he asked for. The starters were nice also and the service was good - very quick on the drinks order and when it came to paying. What made this a memorable visit was the amount of traditional carved wood inside the restaurant (including the table and chairs) even in the areas on the way to the toilets. The menu was a little pricey in my opinion, but then I have no base for comparison not having eaten anywhere else in Banbury apart from a Frankie and Benny's.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cologne, Germany
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a try”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

First time here in a long time. Standard of food was excellent, as were the two bottles of wine. Restaurant was VERY busy (Saturday night) and waiting staff were struggling to keep up. Good value too - Less than £100 for the two of us. Will certainly visit again

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Crediton, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“An excellent Thai restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We have been here several times and it never disappoints. Excellent Thai starters and main courses and for the final course choose from a traditional sweet trolley! I would recommend the fish set meal if you like sea food (which we do). Attentive service and comfortable surroundings. Highly recommended.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Expensive for what you get, not impressed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We visited this place as it was so highly recommended on TA but to be honest I was left disapointed. The food was not of the quality I would expect for those prices, I've had better from a takeaway. Our waitress was unhelpful and when asked about portion sizes and how many sides were needed - let us over order and did not answer our questions properly.
The drinks were also very expensive, the wine lasted like vinegar but was priced like a NZ Marlboro Sauv Blanc.
All in all the prominent position and opulent decor have made the place a little complacent when it comes to the important things like customer service and value for money.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“You must go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

A surprising experience. On entering the restaurant we were worried we wouldn't get a table as it was a Saturday night and looked quite small. However it went back quite far and as the evening went on the tables filled up. The food was really delicious and served by a very attentive waiting team in traditional dress. Decor and atmosphere was great.

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