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“The best Thai food you'll have in Switzerland” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Five Spice

Five Spice
Ranked #240 of 1,875 Restaurants in Zurich
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $86
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Zurich, Switzerland
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“The best Thai food you'll have in Switzerland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

I've been to "5 Spice Thai" probably 20+ times. Yes, that many. It's not far from where I currently live and from the day me and some friends decided to try it, we've been back almost once every two weeks.

The restaurant may not look like a whole lot from the outside, as it's located in the bottom of a big building that's on a street quite a bit away from central Zurich. It's not that it's hard to get to the restaurant as transportation is so good, but it's a bit off the beaten track for most. That said, it's a must-visit if you want great Thai food at a reasonable price (for Zurich).

I've probably tried half the menu at this point. Everything from various curries to Pad Thai to other creations. My long time favorite is the Chiang Mai Kao Soi, a mix between a noodle soup and a Thai noodle dish, it's outstanding. Both me and my friends have stated many times that we've never had a bad meal here, and it's true, every time has been a true pleasure both food wise and service wise. Prices are typical Swiss, they're high, but not crazy. We usually have a bottle or two of wine and starters, and never feel like we wasted any money.

Service is usually always great. Sometimes they can be quite full (you may want to book a table in advance during main eating hours) and service can take a little longer, but rest assured it'll be done with a smile and professionalism. The staff have always been absolutely wonderful, and after so many visits they're almost our friends.

In summer they have outdoor seating in the back, but view-wise it's not much if you stare through the windows as it's a big street outside. The indoor atmosphere is perfectly good however, and you'll forget everything once you're eating the food.

I could go on and on, but this is seriously some of the best Thai food you'll find anywhere in Switzerland (and the world), and I'm comparing it to the great Thai food I've had in Thailand. Don't hesitate to pay this fantastic restaurant a visit!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Warsaw, Poland
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“the best Phad Thai in ZRH”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

Restaurant is far from being posh and classy there is no wifi but the food makes up for it. I travel occasionally to Zurich and I think I visited almost all restaurants serving Thai food in the city and definitively Five Spices is number 1. Also customer service in most of Zurich restaurants is very poor what makes Five Spices even better place. Some money invested in refurbishing the place would probably give them a right to start charging double the price (prices right now are very moderate for Zurich - 43 CHFs for phad thai + starter + couple of beers).

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Milan, Italy
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20 reviews
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“Very good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

Friendly staff and real good thai food. Tom Yum Kung was delicious.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Geneva, Switzerland
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603 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Probably the best Thai Restaurant in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2012

Authentic Thai Food, good atmosphere and friendly staff. The papaya salad and the warm beef salad are delicious.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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99 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great Thai food, good service, great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2012

Great Thai place, excellent food, if you ask for "5 star spicy" you get it HOT and not like westernized as in pretty much all of the other restaurants... Oh, good service too and - for Zurich - moderate prices... Thumbs up!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chris E
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