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“Pleasant experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tanapa Thai

Tanapa Thai
79a Jetty Rd, Glenelg, South Australia, Australia
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Ranked #29 of 108 restaurants in Glenelg
Price range: $12 - $28
Cuisines: Thai
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: At the Tanapa Thai Restaurant it is our wish that you will enjoy your dining experience with us as much as we enjoy preparing it for you. Our Head Chef Thawanrat Thitivimutkun (Nop to her friends) received her training at the world famous Oriental Hotel in Bangkok. Thawanrat's authentic and traditional Thai cuisine will take you on a delightful journey through many parts of Thailand.Most of the recipes for our dishes have been handed down through many generations of Nop's family, some have been derived from her days with the Oriental hotel and a few have found their way into her hands from the Thai Royal kitchens.
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“Pleasant experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

We like to consider ourselves Thai food aficionados - from a Westerner's perspective. Tanapa was average to very good in parts. Everything was edible, service was middle of the road. When you ring and make a booking and they ring you back to confirm - wouldn't you expect it to be written in their appointment book when you arrive? Luckily we were early and got a table but still, not a great way to start. Water was delivered to the table immediately - bottled tap - none of this up-selling - which suits us just fine. However, we did have our own wine with us which was obvious but had to request wine glasses when placing our order. They were very nice wine glasses, not the tiny cheap ones you normally get and for $8 corkage I was glad to see a wine cooler with ice was provided.
When the food arrived, the Money Bags were crispy but too many frozen peas and corn for my taste. No sign of the water chestnuts mentioned in the menu descriptor and very little chicken and prawn meat. The Curry Puffs were very bland and had a paste like texture, not the best we have ever had. To be honest the menu does state "mild" but this was almost tasteless. Mains were Pad Spicy chicken which was spicy and my OH loved; and BBQ Pork which we both thought was excellent. By the time we left, the place was full so obviously it is doing something right. We will return but will continue our search for the "Best"Thai in Adelaide.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Garrath_vdl, Owner at Tanapa Thai, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Thank you for your review. We have only just become aware of it through “Tripadvisor”. Occasionally we have service issues with inexperienced wait staff and I do apologise if it was found wanting.
The water chestnuts are finely chopped into cubes less than half the size of a corn kernel and they are almost white so I’m not surprised you did not see them. We purchase our fresh vegetables from the markets about three times a week on average. Frozen vegetables are only used rarely, as a last resort when fresh is simply not available.
While we do not aim to be a fine dining restaurant we do strive to bring our patrons the most authentic Thai dining experience within the constraints of what ingredients are available in Adelaide. Thank you again for your comments and we are working on our customer service.
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“Best Thai in Adelaide by far”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

This is seriously good Thai food - of going there about 20 times, service has been a bit off twice, but excellent the rest of the time - to the point of fantastic chef Nop now coming out of the kitchen for a chat every time we eat there. A real bonus to the unfortunately not amazing Glenelg dining scene - along with Bay Bar Dos for tapas and Zest for breakfast, this has become a local favourite. The eggplant special, the chef's special snapper, the chicken satay and the pork with snow pea salad are some definite favourites... great laksa too if you're in the mood for a staple!

They do take away too - but not delivery.

  • Visited April 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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