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Review of Fa's Diner - CLOSED

Fa's Diner
Price range: $16 - $23
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Fa's Diner can be found in the centre of Ramsgate, just a short walk from the seafront and Royal Harbour. Our food is true to Thai recipes, we pride ourselves in keeping the dishes as authentic as possible making them zesty, fresh, clean tasting and often spicy. Please don't worry if you're not used to hot food, as all of our dishes are freshly cooked they can be made to be quite mild, however, if your taste is on the spicy side, tell the waiters and they will ensure your dish comes to you in true Thai style. Many of our ingredients are locally sourced, we try wherever possible to use local traders and local produce, the chef can often be seen in the local green grocers and butchers selecting the meat, vegetables and herbs to be used that evening.We are a BYO (bring you own) restaurant so please bring your own wines and beers, we supply the glasses and ice. We do offer a selection of soft drinks. Whether you visit us as a novice or as a seasoned Thai food diner, we will always strive to exceed your expectations. Please try to book your table in advance as we are often fully booked!
Reviewed March 16, 2014

Went along to celebrate a birthday. Warm welcome, comfy, clean,quick service, meals piping hot & nicely presented. The choice was not huge. Starters were basic. The food was rather mild, we were hoping for slightly more heat and zing as expected with Thai cuisine. The portions were fairly small size (if you have a big appetite you may want to order two mains). The place was very busy, so was popular with some. Ok for a basic noodles lunch, but fairly average.

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Reviewed March 16, 2014

This small, hidden-away Ramsgate restaurant benefits from Tripadvisor because we wouldn't have found it otherwise. Unpretentious, unadorned but clean and bright, the focus is on the food. Fresh, delicious Thai - we enjoyed fishcakes, PadThai, green curries and various rice dishes. Yummy, and definitely inexpensive/good value. The small staff struggled a little with all covers full, and we waited a REALLY long time for our main course until we felt grouchy with hunger, but very much worth the wait. Perhaps hire an extra member of staff on Fri/Sat - I think you will need them because you're good!

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

I visited Fa's diner for my fathers birthday in November of last year, my dad had been wanting me to go there with him for a while and I had been somewhat apprehensive. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very friendly well presented man who offered us drinks and gave us some menus. The service was very quick and officiant and the food was absolutely outstanding! Not a single morsel was left on either of our plates and we even forced ourselves to make room for desert. At the end of the meal I told the waiter to compliment the chef for the meal and tell her how much we enjoyed it, to my surprise he told me he would let her know but that she would not believe him. I sincerely hope that the staff of this superb restaurant read this review and feel extremely proud of the work they do. 10 out of 10 will definitely be back well worth a visit.

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

You simply wont find better tastes in a Restaurant than at Fa's. She and Vince her husband have created an exceptional menu of flavours. If you want to taste Thai food at its best this restaurant is for you. It is vital to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment. If you are new to Thai Fa will always reduce the heat for you. Enjoy your experience. We always do.

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

So wanted this to be better than it was. I know being no.1 on TripAdvisor is a bit of a folly, (kebab shops outranking decent restaurants etc) - but still expected more given the gushing reviews.

Nice enough restaurant, the owner runs front of house and makes everyone feel welcomed. Bring-your-own booze keeps the bill low. Packed out most weekends apparently and you have to book.

Variety of chicken, fish and veg dishes - all ok, quite samey - lacked the fresh zip and zing you expect from Thai. Heavy on the coconut cream. Sea Bass was ok, and the cod dish well spiced but couldn't save the salt-fest chicken. Apparently all cooked from scratch but felt like there was a lot of packet / microwave action.

Does well in Ramsgate with no competition. If you're in the area (and driving) and looking for decent Asian food - Margate has The Riz and Bow's Kitchen, both worth checking out.

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Vince M, Assistant at Fa's Diner, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2014

Hi, thanks for the feedback. We're sorry to hear you didn't seem to enjoy your meal, we endeavour and usually meet the expectations of our customers but in this instance it seems perhaps we didn't. Should you visit us again please let us know if something isn't right, we will always do our utmost to ensure our customers have a great evening, it's impossible to get everything 100% all of the time and had you told us, we would have changed the dish without question. However, I would like to reassure you and our other guests that the vast majority of our food is cooked from scratch (there are a few that can't be) and packet / microwave action (whatever that is) isn't our thing and far from having no competition, we are one of five Thai restaurants in Ramsgate. Thanks once again for taking the time to let us know your thoughts, Vince.

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