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“Niiiiiiiiiice” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Global Thai Restaurant & Bar

Global Thai Restaurant & Bar
2B Commerce Street, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
(07) 308 9000
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Ranked #14 of 34 Restaurants in Whakatane
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Hamilton, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Niiiiiiiiiice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

the Thai food is the best. The service was reasonably quick though one time they presented us the wrong order the wait was worth it. Good value for money, generous portions and spacious restaurant. We recommend for others. This is based on the second floor of the old post office building so big windows to see out and high ceilings give feeling of lots of space. The drinks menu a little restrictive but the food is worth the visit.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
State College, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Worth the Climb!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This restaurant a little west of Whakatane Harbour is not obvious; we almost missed it. The sign is not large and the restaurant itself is on the 2nd floor, up three short flights of stairs. Well worth it, and if you can get a seat near the window the view of the beautiful trees and plants of the city add to the experience.

The friendly owner who took our order is Thai. She coached us that "Thai medium" translates to "USA spicy" so beware of asking for "hot" ... indeed the "medium" was perfect for us, even though we consider ourselves pretty tough. We had two different curries and both were delicious with very fresh bright-colored vegetables (Mussaman) and fruit (grapes and pineapple chunks in the Gaeng Ped). The portions were quite generous, and there was lots of chicken in both.

We opted for just water and she didn't pressure us, or even encourage us, to sample the wide selection of wine, beer, and other drinks. Overall, a delightful, comfortable, relaxing meal. We're glad we found the place and climbed the stairs.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kawerau, New Zealand
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good food and reasonably priced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I went here for my birthday during the week, it was rather quiet but the food made up for the lack of atmosphere, maybe I will try it again at the weekend to see if it is any different. Good selection available from the menu.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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CONCORD
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165 reviews 165 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“A Thai restaurant for non-Thai people”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

My title pretty much sums it up. The food was OK but having had Thai food before, it tasted like the kind of food that a chef with a non-Thai background would cook. The food didn't have a huge amount of flavour and when we were presented with two menus, one for Thai food and one for European food (interesting term), I knew that the food would be a bit of a challenge. There was plenty of selection so you should have no trouble finding something to eat for both adults and kids but just don't expect too much.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Great for genuine Thai food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We have been to Global Thai a number of times. We have used the Tuk Tuk pick-up and return service, but would reccommend this for summer time only. I have learned that when you go to an ethnic restaurant you eat ethnic foods as they often disappoint with European foods. Service is always friendly and prompt. We have been to Thailand and find their curries and soup dishes to be truly authentic. It is pleasing that they have improved the decor to make it more Thai but could still do more to improve the experience.

Visited March 2013
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