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“Over priced average food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Thai Villa

Thai Villa
7 Victoria Ave, Wanganui 4500, New Zealand
(06) 348 9089
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Ranked #24 of 59 Restaurants in Wanganui
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Over priced average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

First service was slow and there was a lot of miscommunication because of the language barrier. I got the chicken pad thai a small portion for $20- expensive in terms of thai food. It was unflavourful with hardly any chicken mung beans or spring onions. My partner got the weeping tiger and although it came out on a dramatic sizzling hot plate the flavors were a bit lack luster and the meat very gristly/ We also got the roti with peanut satay for $7 you got a small punnet of satay and 6 triangle of roti. The restaurant was extremely hot and had no windows or fans so we had to regularly go outside for some fresh air. Corkage was expensive too at $6 a bottle. Overall it was a rather disappointing meal only positive was the nice furniture and tables etc. would not return.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Compares with the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We live in Sydney and have access to great restaurants, including Thai. We tried Thai Villa when staying in Wanganui for a couple of nights last month. Food was sensational and compared very well with our favourite Thai restaurant in Sydney. Service was polite and discreet, and menu was exceptional. Only (and very small) downside - it was licensed but had a limited wine list with Australian wines. Some are ok, but nothing beats a good kiwi white wine and being in NZ this would have been great. But it is BYO so don't forget to bring your favourite drop!
Otherwise could not fault this unassuming restaurant and would only eat here if we are back in Wanganui. Well done!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“yummy Thai food at Wanganui City Centre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Visiting this restaurant recently we found the meals were yummy.
The main meals ordered were :
- whole snapper (choo chee fish)
- Pad Thai chicken, and
- Laab Duck.

Also, yummy appetizer of :
- money bag, and prawn fingers

It was worth meals for six people for just less than $100
The service was quick and the restaurant was spacious and strategically located in the main street of Wanganui.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Waipukurau, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Highly under rated”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Food was amazing. We ordered pad thai along with 2 marinated beef on sizzling plate and a beef cashew dish. Being big fans of spicy thai (as in real deal thai hot) we requested some chilli on the side and boy did that deliver! Great table size that allows for no clutter which makes a nice change. A little shy on the wine list selection so would recommend take your own nice bottle and pay the 6 buck corkage. We booked a table for 745 which we were glad about given the place was full, normal waiting time. No reason I would not rate this as good as spice guru indian down the road. Top place that appears to be under rated!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wanganui, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Cold food restaurant”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Very disappointed by this restaurant. A group of 6 of us went for a meal and without exception, the food was cold. The staff were friendly but for the price we expected a bit more than frozen veges in cold food. Head down the road a bit to Spice Guru and enjoy a great hot meal with fresh ingredients.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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