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“New Owners and Still Fabulous”
Review of Ocean & Earth

Ocean & Earth
Ranked #10 of 84 Restaurants in Looe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $32
Cuisines: Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Our Restaurant is designed to give an authentic Thai garden ambience with lots of artifacts to enhance this. We have 30 covers inside and 8 on our outside Terrace. Our restaurant is cosy and friendly and we strive to welcome and put all our diners at ease.Our waiting staff are English and young. They have a detailed knowledge of Thai food and can help and advise on choices where appropriate.Our Chef and Assistant Chefs are Thai and have a lifetime of experience in preparing and cooking their native food. While we welcome young children there is no room inside the restaurant for prams or pushchairs, so they will have to be left outside.If the restaurant is quiet we reserve the right to close early, it is always advisable to telephone in advance to make a reservation.
Looe
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“New Owners and Still Fabulous”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

Having enjoyed delicious food at Ocean and Earth for several years I was very interested to visit to sample their food under new owners.Wow...I was not disappointed!Duan is the new chef and co owner with Nigel...and she clearly knows what she is doing.The menu remains the same at present(very pleased to see my delicious pork salad still there!) with super-authentic Thai cuisine but Nigel promises a specials board with a selection of Duan's favourite recipes.Based on the fresh and vibrant flavours I tasted on Tuesday I will be very much looking forward to trying them.The restaurant has had a makeover and is looking even more cosy than before.It was great to see Billy is still front of house doing the excellent job he does along with Nigel who is keen to meet customers old and new.I have already booked my return and thoroughly recommend a visit...definitely one not to miss if you are visiting Looe.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank sparklyju
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nigelflanakin2014, Owner at Ocean & Earth, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Hi
Thank you for your kind review.
We are new to this but hopefully we are getting most things right
Regards

Nigel
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Looe, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Ocean and Earth - new owners”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

We went to the opening night of Ocean and Earth - the new owners are our neighbours so it could have been risky! The restaurant has been spruced up and the atmosphere was great with a lovely Thai girl dancing for us which was a delight. A great team - Nigel in his element front of house and Thongduan working her magic in the kitchen. Table service was spot on with their lovely daughter in costume and an experienced guy from Martin and Nang's time. We all had superb meals which were beautifully presented with a great choice of dishes. We'll definitely be making it our regular eating place.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank elaine s
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nigelflanakin2014, Owner at Ocean & Earth, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Hi
Thank you for finding the time to review our restaurant.
We are new to running a restaurant but hopefully we are doing most things right.

Regards

Nigel Flanakin
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Wiltshire
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“Great New Year's Eve venue”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Excellent service and food. Lovely friendly atmosphere. Shame owner is moving on but hope new owner provides same good food and service

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank LJSKWiltshire
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nigelflanakin2014, Owner at Ocean & Earth, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Hi
Many thanks for reviewing your take away and the service we offer.
We look forward to seeing you again.
Regards

Nigel Flanakin
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wokingham
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“A Gem”
Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

I have visited this restraunt with my family several times a year for the last 4 years and will continue to return for the following reasons.
The owner and his staff could not be more welcoming and attentive.
The food is fantastic and authentic.
It's real value for money considering all the fresh ingredients used.
When ever I visit Looe I book in advance to avoid disappointment, it's the first choice for me and my family.

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Thank JWSWRBH
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nigelflanakin2014, Owner at Ocean & Earth, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Hi 588Lighthouse
Many thanks for posting your kind review.
We and the staff are pleased you enjoyed your evening.
Duan has started a specials list which has some new starters and we are also offering Looe crab claws in tempura so next time you come hopefully you will find them more interesting.
Regards
Nigel and Duan
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Very good authentic food, but pricy.”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

he food here is the very best Thai that you will find, prepared by a Thai chef. Very friendly welcome by the proprietor and young staff, although some may find the proprietor a bit over the top. Good service, the food arrived promptly and was well presented. However we did feel the offering was expensive for what actually appeared in front of us. Almost £50 for two was pushing it just for two courses and two beers.

  • Visited November 2013
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martinclay, Owner at Ocean & Earth, responded to this review, December 2, 2013
Hi,

thanks for your thoughtful review. We are pleased that you found our food to be the best Thai food you have found. My wife Nang is certainly gifted We are pleased you found our welcome friendly but I am a little dismayed that you found myself a bit over the top.I am certainly very enthusiastic and passionate about our food, Thailand and Thai culture and perhaps you are right that I may have been too exubrient.

It's great though, that you found our service good and prompt and that our food was well presented. In relation to our food being expensive, there is a view we encounter, which is that ethnic food is cheaper than English or Continental eqivalents. Whilst this may true of some Thai or other ethnic restaurants, the quality of our ingedients is second to none and as a consequence, this does increase the cost to our customers. You could easily pay £50 for a 2 course meal for 2, if not more, in other Looe restaurants which serve quality food.

It's great that your experience apart from cost was excellent and perhaps we will see you again in the not too distant future.

Best wishes

Martin
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