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“Best Thai in Auckland” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Joy Bong Restaurant & Bar

Joy Bong Restaurant & Bar
531 Karangahape Rd, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
(09) 377 2218
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Ranked #171 of 1,295 Restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
1 review
“Best Thai in Auckland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

I have been to Joy Bong twice since it reopened and have thoroughly enjoyed both times. Having been highly recommended it did not disappoint. The red curry's are the best I've had anywhere while the rest of the menu is fantastic also. Happy, friendly staff, delicious food, and a great setting make this the place to eat Thai in central Auckland

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  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Joy bong is back!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

Joy bong has been through some name changes recently - went from joy bong to monarchy now back to joy bong and am glad they're back! Was a little hesitant coming back here but they didn't disappoint. I've been to a few Thai restaurants in Auckland for curries and Joy Bong does the best. Have sampled other dishes on the menu and all are good. Welcome back JB.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Improvement needed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We have been there twice oner the last few months on a Friday night with a group of friends.
Both times restaurant empty. The chirpy man at the front desk was friendly and a young lady with not too many waitress skills took our order. That's where the experience fell over as she spoke to us similar to a bustlying Chinese restaurant. When questioned about the menu she lacked knowledge and fumbled. The food was very good but expensive and I don't like having to pay for rice separately. $24-$29 on average for a main is getting up there. After we finished our mains the young lady yelled out to our table "does any one want coffees or dessert".
We also witnessed other diniers who were leaving saying it used to be joy bong which was fantastic, but not great now.
Not so good now!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Favourite Auckland Restaurant - now called Monarchy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Great service, really good food and excellent prices. Took the children who were spoiled by the staff. Lovely atmosphere for couples, groups, families, etc. Lots of choices on the menu. Presentation of food was beautiful also.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ullapool, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good Thai food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

There is so much bad Thai food around these days that it is pleasing to find a reasonably authentic Thai eating experience.

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