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“Nice Thai!”
Review of Coolum Thai Spice

Coolum Thai Spice
Ranked #12 of 73 Restaurants in Coolum Beach
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
Description: We are an outdoor dining establishment close to many popular outdoor restaurants on the main esplanade in Coolum Beach.This is our 14th year of serving locals and tourists delicious Thai food. We have undercover seating beside a garden area and in Winter, there is an enclosed area with heating for dining comfort. We invite you to dine with us and trust it will be a great experience.
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Nice food and great service even though they were a bit short-staffed and it was a public holiday. Had the Yellow Curry Beef and Chilli Prawns which were excellent!

Thank BrizVegaz
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Melinda S, Owner at Coolum Thai Spice, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2013

Hello, Thanks for taking the time to review your meal at our restaurant and pleased to read you enjoyed your experience. Hope to see you again and enjoy our meals again.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

After reading the reviews on here we were excited to try this place. We had dinner there Sunday night and were incredibly disappointed. The decor was average - nice enough for the type of place and we could sit outside.

Service was not great. We were seated and orders taken quickly, food and drinks arrived quickly but we were not asked once after our initial order if we would like another drink or anything else. We had to ask to get someone to clear old glasses etc from our table so we would have room for our dishes. The waitress actually knocked cutlery on the ground, picked it up and placed it back on our table - didn't replace or offer to get another.

The food was a mixed bag, my partner got the basil seafood dish which he absolutely loved and the noodle dish was also great. Two of us ordered a Laksa and it was awful. Neither of us ate more than a quarter of the dish. I have eaten Laksa at a myriad of Thai and Malaysian restaurants and cafes and this is the all time worst I have ever had. It was more like a sickly sweet curry taste without any bite to it at all. The worst thing was it was absolutely full of thick flat noodles - pad thai noodles.The fat noodles just absorbed all the liquid leaving a sludgy unappetizing mess and no soup at all.

We were also a bit put off when paying to note that the menu we had originally seen in our Villa was a takeaway one and the prices were about $4-5 more per dish compared to the takeaway menu which is a steep difference.

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Thank MelanieTB
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Melinda S, Owner at Coolum Thai Spice, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2013

Hello Melanie,
Thank you for dining at our restaurant recently and pleased you both enjoyed the basil and noodle dishes. Now if I can address your other concerns. Over the holiday period we employ casual waitresses and they are still getting used to our system. As for cutlery being replaced on the table after falling to the floor, well that is unacceptable and staff will be reminded that will not occur again. As this was a busy holiday night, I expect the service was slower than normal and apologize your glasses were not cleaned away more quickly.

As for the laksa, sorry you were not happy with this as that is the way our laksas are made and have been popular with locals for over 12 years now. If you like your laksas to be spicier and with less noodles then you can ask and this will be made for you.

Your comment about pricing. The take away menu is the same for 5 years now and the dine in prices are more expensive to cover waitress's wages, dish washer's wages and washing of table cloths and tea towels. There are none of these expenses for take away so that's why we keep those prices cheaper.

We would like to have you back another time so we can cook your laksas to your preference so hope you will enjoy ALL our meals. Thank you for taking time to review our meals and hope you will enjoy your next visit.

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Reviewed September 7, 2013

We had dinner here on Thursday evening - the food was delicious and plentiful. The service was very good and the atmosphere was great.

Thank DeborahLBrisbane
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Melinda S, Owner at Coolum Thai Spice, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2013

Hello there and thanks for enjoying our Thai food. Welcome back anytime.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Used the takeaway service as staying next door. Great Thai food, the fishcakes and coconut prawns were tasty starters, then the mains of beef with Thai basil and pad Thai were excellent. Didn't have to wait too long for the food considering it was a Saturday night. Locals leaving told us they went every week it is that good! Will eat here again when back in Coolum,

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Thank pebs71
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Melinda S, Owner at Coolum Thai Spice, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Hello, It was nice of you to visit our Thai restaurant and so pleased to read your excellent review. You are most welcome to return and again hope you enjoy our meals.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

It's soo yummy here, the best Thai on the coast. The man who owns n runs it is very nice and friendly. But the food is the real winner

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Thank dodielle
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Melinda S, Owner at Coolum Thai Spice, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

That's wonderful to read you enjoyed our Thai so much. Many thanks for writing a nice review and hope to see you again.

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