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“Awesome Masaman” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Thai House Express

Thai House Express
Thais Restaurant, Taupo, New Zealand
+64 7-378 6610
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Ranked #66 of 107 Restaurants in Taupo
Cuisines: Thai
Description: Only been open since about mid 2012
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Description: Only been open since about mid 2012
Wellington, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Awesome Masaman”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Keen to see Wellington earthquake news so plans changed from a sit-in to a takeaway. Fast service, good price and once home best ever Beef Masaman I have tasted...and I've had a few. Mrs had Beef oyster sauce and big ups as well

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Cheap and cheeful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

The food is very well-priced, and the chicken and fish dishes were very good. It was let down by a couple of not-so-good pork dishes, and average-ish beef dishes.

Visited May 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Would have been excellent except for the pork”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We had been travelling for some time and wanted a meal with lots of vegetables and asian food always hits that mark. It has quite an extensive menu, order at the counter and the meals come out reasonably fast. It's clean; the food is tasty, the service is good and the price is very reasonable. We dined twice out of the three nights we were in Taupo and enjoyed all of the four dishes we ordered except for always the pork dish.

One night was the barbecued pork - the sauce was a little overpowering and didn't really add to its taste (I think the sauce used to marinate the pork was then used to make the sauce - would have been better without it) and the pork was a little on the chewy side. The second night we ordered roast pork - simply a pork chop with an attempt at crackling the rind on the chop - also a little on the chewy side.

The second night's meal seemed tastier and even the beef and chicken seemed better cooked and more tender. So a little variable on each of the nights but overall we were happy with service, price and flavour of the dishes chosen.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dannevirke, New Zealand
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7 restaurant reviews
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“Loved this place - great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

There was nothing to dislike. Staff friendly and helpful. A good choice on the menu without overdoing it and the food that was presented was full of flavour esp the spring rolls. Not overdone and not overspiced. I recommend it to anyone who likes Thai food

Visited March 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Really nice place to be, great food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

After mixed experiences, my girlfriend and I stopped by Thai House Express. We arrived just after opening (they open quite late for lunch at 12pm) and ordered our meal - deep fried scallops ($8), Pak Cha (Seafood salad, about $13), and Red Curry Duck (Gaeng Daeng Larb - about $13) - they probably could have sold me a soft drink too, but the drinks were not clearly visible from the counter so I managed to force myself away from temptation.

Sitting down, the restaurant was very well presented, seating is American traditional cubicle style seating, which makes things more private (this is how I like it). I noted that there were quite a few flies around, but that there was no food left lying around and it was a hot day so it may have been the weather.

Food arrived, and was all very big, and tasting it we were pleasantly surprised! All very nice, not too sweet, and not too spicy. The oysters were real value for money, but the sauces should have been left to one side, rather than put on top of the oyster so that the customer has a choice of how they want their oyster to taste, the sesame soy sauce was a little too sweet for me but still lovely.

The guy behind the counter was a little unfriendly, but this seemed to be more that he was shy rather than genuine unfriendliness - later chats confirmed this as he had not been in NZ for very long.

Really loved the food, the service, the central location (near McDonalds, beside the lakeside) and the layout. Would happily go back next trip to Taupo... infact, we were disappointed that we left at 11am the next day and could not eat there again!

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