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“First impression wasn't a good one” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Red Crab

Red Crab
19 Kalmia Street | Ellerslie, Ellerslie, New Zealand
579 3201
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Ranked #3 of 8 Restaurants in Ellerslie
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“First impression wasn't a good one”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

Went here when it opened up for a family takeaway meal and was quite disappointed . The food was tasty, but about half or less than half empty in each container they came in. Not a good look, but new business new staff so I somewhat understand. Took the food back and got most if a refund from the owner which was good. Food quite pricey and location a bit awkward

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Flavours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Fantastic fresh flavours, good service but somewhat industrial style decor. Definitely a place to visit if food is the main reason for the outing. Prices are OK but it is over the motorway from Ellerslie shops amongst factories and offices. They will accept BYO. We will be returning soon.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“This newly established gem in Ellerslie needs local support as the Thai food offered is exceptional is tasteful surroundings.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012 via mobile

Our initial visit was within 4 weeks of opening and has already resulted in a return visit - and we don't even live in Ellerslie.
The menu range is not vast but what is offered is made fresh and creatively - just the right blend of herbs and spices at hotness levels that you can ask for if preferred. Plus they will cook specific dishes on request if preferred.
Despite backing on to the railway once inside you are transported to a modern Thai restaurant that you would find in Bangkok. The staff are attentive but to excess and the selections are not only the usual options.
Personal touches are also evident - an inadvertant slip by my wife that it was my birthday resulted in a dessert with a candle.
This is a restaurant that will hopefully remain a fixture in Ellerslie for a long time!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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