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“Public Service Eatery” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zen Yai Thai

Zen Yai Thai
Ranked #723 of 1,330 Restaurants in Canberra
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Canberra
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63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Public Service Eatery”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

The high rents in Canberra and the compensation for food quality with price is a real challenge. Plus public servants abound and they don't like this and they don't like that and they don't want to pay too much. The restaurant makes a reasonable effort to cater to their audience.

Visited September 2012
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English first
melbourne
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94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Good solid Thai”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

You know that feeling when you just want Thai - nothing fancy but just good simple Thai cooking? Zen Yai fits the bill. It's easy to find in the Sydney building in Central Canberra, with lots of bars all around. The portions are large and the prices reasonable. Excellent service, but mildly scruffy decor. We had duck curry, chicken with lemon grass and chilli prawns. The prawns were a stand out and the duck curry a bit runny, but overall it was very pleasant. Nothing fusion or progressive about this place, but sometimes you just want the simple stuff and Zen Yai delivers.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not a pleasant experience..”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

Dined at this restaurant over the weekend.. The food is good, serves are small though.. Service is 'pathetic'.. For the price one pays at this restaurant, it could do better by adopting a service with a smile attitude..

Visited March 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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2 reviews
“good eating in civic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Fresh and authentic Thai food at reasonable prices. can usually walk in at lunch time but book for evenings. good also for group bookings

Visited October 2012
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128 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Good food and lovely staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

On a recent visit to Canberra we had a very pleasant evening at Zen Thai. The atmosphere was relaxing, food fragrant and delicious and the staff were friendly and efficient. Recommended.

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