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“Quite possibly the worst dining experience I've had in recent years”
Review of Thai Orchid

Thai Orchid
Ranked #407 of 628 Restaurants in Oxford
Price range: $0 - $53
Cuisines: Thai, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Quite possibly the worst dining experience I've had in recent years”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Our three hour ordeal began at 7:45 and finished at 10:30! Our mains and starters arrived almost two hours after we were seated, really not impressed. Starters turned up with mains, we had to chase up several missing dishes and desert turned up after we asked for the bill.

To top it off our pints of Boddingtons were served with ice and lemmon???

After complaining we were asked to pay full price and the only explanation offered was "sorry we were busy, no discount"

The food was pretty good but this isn't enough to make up for the appalling service. There are nicer Thai restaurant in Oxford center such as Chiang Mai Kitchen, I'd suggest going there instead!

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Taos, New Mexico
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Excellent Thai Food!”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

In a cold environment, hot food is a must! Start with the Coconut milk, chicken and basil soup. Yum! It has all the heat you will ever need. After about my fourth spoonful, tears started streaming down my face. I was sure that someone would ask me if I was all right. The main course was Pad Thai. The presentation was an art piece. The Chef carved a sweet potato into a beautiful flower. The only complaint I had about this lovely restaurant was that the servers were talking up a storm not 10 feet away from me. Having been in Thailand, this is not unusual but it was mildly annoying. Having said that, they were very attentive and the service was excellent. The food is excellent indeed. I highly recommend this restaurant!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Michael M
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151 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Inconsistent, but good value for money.”
Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

This is a surprisingly large restaurant. We had the misfortune to be seated near a family with young (screaming) children towards the rear, but fortunately they left well before we finished our meal.

Thai in the UK tends to be over-priced. This was not: especially for near-Central Oxford. The quality of the food was O.K., the decoration and the attentive staff somewhat better.

Car parking around here is a nightmare nowadays. Fortunately the Restaurant has its own small car park. This was fine for a quiet Monday night, but might be a problem on weekends.

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Thank IanGH
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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Looks can be decievng”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

This place deceptively looks like a pub from the outside but don't be deterred. Once your inside it is like being in a little slice of Thailand with the decor. The staff are friendly and the food is good. The only thing to watch is they don't specify what dishes have nuts in them on the menu and my friend I was with has a nut allergy was shocked to find nuts in her meal so be careful!

Visited March 2012
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Thank 28sd
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Brackley, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great variety of dishes”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

Some very spicy and this was not clear on menu but in general the meal was good and staff friendly

Visited March 2012
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Thank KAT0506
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