If you are expecting authentic Thai cuisine then stop now. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but if you are going to have a Thai restaurant, try and be true to the core ingredients, flavours and recipes.
My Drunken Noodles with chicken should, in my mind, have resembled the picture I had in my mind of Pad Kee Mao. Instead the dish contained carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and, god forbid, bok choy! Yes there were noodles and chicken, but good grief.
The dish was described on the menu as containing “basil”. I couldn’t see (or taste) any. When I enquired it was explained that the basil had been worked in a pestle and mortar with the chillies. So that’s why it wasn’t visible. Really?!
My wife’s Thai Green chicken curry was in a thick coconut sauce.
Look, Taupo Thai delivers basic Thai food at prices similar to what you would expect to see in Taupo. They were also open on a Monday night, when my preferred Thai restaurant was closed. So kudos to them for capturing the demand.
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