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“Better than we could have hoped for ......” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Joop Thai

Joop Thai
130 Lockyer Ave, Albany, Western Australia, Australia
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Ranked #2 of 83 Restaurants in Albany
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Perth, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Better than we could have hoped for ......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Outstanding Thai and certainly welcomed in a small town.

Generous serves and professional service!

Will be back for sure!

Visited April 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Mandurah, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Awesome food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My partner and I were staying in Albany for the weekend and quite by accident found this hidden gem. Lovely generous portions and great friendly service, we got there late Saturday evening and the restaurant was almost filled to capacity, easy enough to see why, wish this restaurant was in Mandurah.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Large helpings are a feature.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were very pleased that we had been warned about the size of the helpings there so we were able to modify our order. The size was matched by the quality so we enjoyed a very pleasant dinner in a converted Pizza Hut!

Visited June 2014
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Perth
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Fantastic Value for Money!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We stumbled upon this little gem today, whilst spending a few days in Albany. We come from Perth and live near two highly respected Thai restaurants in the Alfred Cove/Applecross area - this one is way better on many fronts! At around 4.30pm we spotted Joop as we were driving by. We stopped to check out the menu on the front door, as we studied the temptations (only their take away menu!) a member of staff unlocked the front door and beckoned us in so that we could make a booking for later in the evening! That was an impressive gesture! She showed us to the front counter where the owner took our details for our 7pm booking. When we returned at 7pm we were warmly welcomed by the same lady who unlocked the door so that we could make our booking. We were shown to our black table and bright red chairs. The decor is contemporary with warm wood floors, red and black furniture, cool with class. Wood floors, however, low noise levels? We pondered this aspect for sometime and decided the ceiling probably absorbed a lot of the noise so although there is a large dining floor, there is little noise! Impressive.We had not realised that Joop was licensed, we had our own wine. My husband and I quickly formed our first question for our wait staff - how much is your corkage? - her response "it's free". HUGELY impressive! Thrown so joyously by this revelation, we studied the extensive menu and sipped the cold water that was delivered to our table as soon as we were seated. Two wine glasses and an ice bucket quickly followed. We looked over to a couple seated nearby, and saw two enormous dishes placed before them. Impressed again! My husband chose his favourite, Choo Chee prawns in seconds. I really wanted the red curry duck, but we decided the two were too similar so I looked for something else. The duck version of the Pad Kapow jumped out at me and a serve of steamed rice was ordered to go with our mains. The dishes were promptly placed on our table and even a Thai elephant would have been impressed with the size of these dishes! There was certainly a lot of Kapow in the Pad Kapow! We ordered the medium heat and it was perfect. It had Kapow without removing your tonsils. The dish was fresh, spicy, full of perfectly cooked (and crunchy vegetables) and delicious. The generous serve of duck just melted in your mouth. Impressed! The Choo Chee prawns were fresh, in abundance, and the dish also contained vegetables done to perfection. Impressive. BUT the curry, oh the curry, was fabulous, thick, creamy and once again you get to choose the spice level. Ours was medium - perfect, fresh, zing! Enough spice to let you know there is heat in the dish, not enough to make your heart burn keep you up all night! Very impressive. We did our best to get through it all however, there was food left on both plates when we were finished although there were no signs of prawns or duck in either of the leftover plates! BEWARE: there is a chirpy blonde waitstaff member who had us ordering take away sticky rice desserts before we could say "I am full!" Highly impressive, we are not easily roped in! Several times during the meal we had various staff glide by to check on us. Totally non-intrusive, cheerful and polite. Impressed? You bet! Other Thai restaurants, go and see how it is done! We dare you! Finally, just consumed that sticky rice with taro, a really authentic Thai delight. Thank you so much all at Joop! Amazing! If you have bothered to read all of this, stop reading and go eat at Joop!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Albany, Australia
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Good Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Visited Joop Thai last week with a visiting couple. The welcome at the door was efficient and we were guided to our table. Water was supplied straight away which is a nice gesture. Ordering was pleasant. The food did not take too long to appear. Servings were generous. Everyone commented that the food was tasy and nutritious. The beef in my dish was a bit on the tough side but tasty nevertheless. That was the only downside of the whole evening. Service was pleasant.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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