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Reviewed April 24, 2022

The Tongtara Thai restaurant is only a stone throw away from the YHA and we felt like some Asian food before taking off on a six day tramp in the Cobb Valley. We arrived reasonably early and the restaurant was not too busy. Staff were...very friendly and helpful, taking our orders and serving us the drinks ordered. The food arrived in due time and was plentiful (actually on the large side) and very tasty. We noted that there was a fair bit of take away business going on at the same time. And as it got busier an extra staff member came in to help with the service. Overall a great night out and this at very reasonable prices.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed April 11, 2022 via mobile

In a nutshell, the food (sweet and sour pork) was bland. I'm not sure what was lacking in the flavour department, but something was, perhaps lemongrass (?). On the positive side, service was fantastic and portion sizes were really good, so it's just the food...itself that needs improvement.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed January 22, 2022

This appears to be a favourite in Nelson so it was good to check it out. It was busy when we visited. Vaccine passes were checked at the door. We ordered five dishes for our table of five to be shared. There was an extended...wait for the meals to arrive but we were advised of this so we decided on an appetizer for the meantime. The meals were a good portion size. The flavours, mainly sweet tasting, were unfortunately much the same. Staff were extremely helpful and pleasant.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 2, 2022 via mobile

Friendly staff. Unfortunately they were struggling to cope with the high demand for takeaway orders as well as the restaurant and because of this we had to wait over an hour. Only ordering a main course each with a side dish, after around 45 minutes...and enquiring from time to time how much longer we would need to wait they offered us a complimentary drink or entree and we weren’t the only ones. Entrees we’re good and 20 minutes later our mains finally arrived. Portion sizes were good and the spice levels didn’t disappoint but the overall flavours didn’t quite hit the mark.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 9, 2021

Very friendly staff who followed all of the Covid protocols. The menu offers plenty of variety and the food we had was very good.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed October 23, 2021 via mobile

Nice meal nice service cheerful and cheap good quality ingredients and great service staff. Nelson is off the beaten track but would dine here again

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed July 1, 2021 via mobile

The meal I had, sweet & sour chicken was tasteless and the sauce was very watery. When asked by the waitress how I found the meal I told her how disappointed I was, she just said she was sorry and I was not compensated in...anyway. I would definitely not eat there again.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 15, 2021 via mobile

Went here for an unbooked meal on a very busy Saturday night. Staff were terrific and found us a table - the last available so the place was full. Menu has all the Thai classics. The food was good but not quite there. Chose the...red curry with seafood and opted for medium heat. Great cocunut flavour but lacking sharpness and, most importantly, colour. Nothing green or red in the veg, and no coriander. Lemongrass lovers special with veg and tofu was disappointing. Very little tofu, WAY too much corn, and nothing to carry the lemongrass. It was really n only found in little pieces of this wonderful flavour when chewed, rather than in the promise the title of the dish selected. Wines that we had were a great match for Thai food, without having to go for Gerwutz and other of the big sweeties, and were fantastic value. A few tweaks of the food, for more zing (not heat) and colour, could deliver some big improvements.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 1, 2021

Good food with amazing flavours. Very friendly staff and exceptional customer service. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Great for both, lunch and dinners.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 3, 2021

On a Saturday night just after 6pm we weren’t sure if we would manage to get a table as it was already quite full and the few remaining tables seemed to have reserved signs on them. We walked in and were acknowledged straight away, we...asked if they had a table for two and we lucked in. There was plenty to choose from on the menu. I choose the garlic and black pepper pork which came out sizzling and had lots of flavour and yummy vegetables along with a serving of rice. My partner had a beef green curry Thai hot and a roti which he really enjoyed, he said it was spicy hot, however not over powering so he could taste all the flavours. This also came with vegetables and rice. When we’d finished our meals my partner couldn’t resist the deep fried banana dessert, which again he thoroughly enjoyed. The whole time we were there the staff were constantly busy, taking orders, bringing meals and drinks, checking people were happy with their meals, clearing and cleaning tables, even moving tables and chairs around to accommodate different sized groups. Throughout the evening they were smiling and working well together as a team. We will definitely come back again next time we come to Nelson on holiday.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 8, 2021

We had dinner here on a Saturday night. The restaurant was busy and very, very noisy. The food was okay but not amazing - beef rendang consisted of a few thin slices of beef in loads (!!) of sweet sauce. Cannot fault the service though....Although there was a large group in the restaurant that night, our drinks and food arrived within a reasonable time frame and we were service with a smile all night.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 13, 2021

Food was amazing, it was a shame we had to wait for so long - had we known we would have chosen different items, however they were very apologetic

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 27, 2021 via mobile

Average food possibly the most disappointing Thai food I have eaten . Bland and tasteless Had lunch noodles with prawns (4) , not much Thai flavor while battling to keep a fly off my food . Service very good

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed January 22, 2021 via mobile

Excellent service on a busy Saturday night. We hadn’t made a booking but were welcomed, ordered drinks and our meal orders taken. Awhile later a complimentary serving of Spring Rolls arrived as compensation for the main course taking longer than expected. A lovely gesture. The...mains were substantial and scrumptious. A trainee waitress attended to us for part of the meal and performed well. Her boss should be proud. This restaurant also does takeaways. Would recommend as an authentic Thai Restaurant. Sawadee 🙏More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed January 5, 2021 via mobile

Delicious Thai food. The restaurant was quite busy and very noisy. Not a great place to go if you are hard of hearing. Usually at a restaurant a waiter/waitress can take your entree and main orders at the same time so it was a bit...strange to be told no we couldn’t do that and had to go around the table ordering entrees then go around the table again ordering mains. The food was tasty and there was a wide range of options on the menu. Would definitely returnMore

Date of visit: January 2021
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Yes, Tongtara Thai Restaurant offers takeout services.

Tongtara Thai Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4