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“Great Food, Friendly Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Coolum Thai Spice

Coolum Thai Spice
Ranked #17 of 73 Restaurants in Coolum Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $17
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Gymea, New South Wales, Australia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
“Great Food, Friendly Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

We did have to wait a little while for the take away as the restaurant was absolutely packed, however the food was well worth the wait, the staff were very friendly and offered complimentary soft drinks while we waited and also chucked in a bag of prawn chips.

  • Visited October 2013
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Helpful?
Thank Stacey L
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steeloCoolumBeach, Manager at Coolum Thai Spice, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
Hello Stacey L

So pleased to read you loved our food. The kitchen and floor staff always try their best to make our customers enjoy their visit to our restaurant. Looking forward to your next visit and hope you again enjoy again our services.
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Melbourne, Australia
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201 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Great Thai”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

We had dinner here during our long weekend in Coolum and enjoyed it. We were served promptly by friendly waitress. Entree was curry puffs - simple and OK - not unlike anywhere else. My basil stir fry was fresh and tasty, and my other half's jungle curry really good. They also had a good selection of wine at very reasonable prices. Simple Thai, but yum.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank KGB_4
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Melinda S, Manager at Coolum Thai Spice, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Hello KGB 4,
So pleased to read of your recent dining at our Thai Spice restaurant and happy to see you enjoyed our curry puffs entree and then basil stir-fry and jungle curry. We make our own curry puffs and these are one of our best sellers. Also the basil beef and jungle duck are also very popular.
Hope to see you again.
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Brisbane, Australia
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice Thai!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited October 2013
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Thank BrizVegaz
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Melinda S, Owner at Coolum Thai Spice, responded to this review, 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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Brisbane
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Average food, average service”
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank MelanieCBrisbane
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Melinda S, Owner at Coolum Thai Spice, responded to this review, 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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Brisbane
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204 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Delicious meal”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2013
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Thank DeborahLBrisbane
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Melinda S, Owner at Coolum Thai Spice, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Hello there and thanks for enjoying our Thai food. Welcome back anytime.
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