Thai Chef’s Restaurant
- Lunch: Tues – Fri 12noon – 2pm
- Dinner: Mon – Sun from 5:30pm
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, AMEX
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Parking: Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Thai Chef’s Restaurant was awarded the prestigious Thai Select Award by the Royal Thai Government Department of Export Promotion for the highest standard of authentic Thai cuisine.
Come along and experience the taste of exotic, authentic Thai food.
Dine-in or Takeaway.
BYO (Wine only) Sunday and Monday only
25 Reviews for Thai Chef’s Restaurant
went back for a lunch meal and it was lovely so fresh and flavoursome. I had the royale omlette which is divine with the coconut noodles – I highly recommend this to anyone wanting some fresh and different.
My partner and I went here on a date last night. We arrived and were seated by a young waitress at a table for TEN in the MIDDLE of the restaurant. What young couple on a romantic night out wants to sit at a massive table in the middle of the restaurant?? I could see a small table in the corner and wanted to ask to be moved to it (being a man, my partner begged that I didn’t cause a scene lol), however before I could ask, a young male waiter came over and said “why are you sitting here!?” and promptly moved us to the smaller table.
Right off the bat I was feeling fed up and annoyed.
We ordered the thai pork dim sims for entree and these took a good 25 minutes to arrive. The dipping sauce made up for the lackluster dish. The rice wrapper of the dim sim was very soggy and chewy, would have been great if it had a slight crunch to it. However, was edible.
For main my partner ordered the “Famous Chick” – essentially satay chicken and I ordered the “Sexy little duck”- roast duck stirfry with chilli sauce and veges. Both the dishes were over $20 and neither came with rice, this had to be ordered seperately at $2.50 per serving.
When the mains finally arrived they were reasonably small portions which was disappointing. My partners satay chicken had no peanut kick and instead tasted solely of coconut milk. It was also garnished with cashew nuts which confused the peanut taste even further. The good point was the chicken itself which was tender.
I have had fantastic roast duck and I have also had crappy roast duck. My “Sexy little duck” veered towards the latter. Stringy and dry with slimy skin. Not entirely satisfying. The good point of this dish was the chilli sauce Moreand the fresh veges.
We didn’t bother with dessert as we felt that with the very mediocre dishes so far it was doubtful the dessert would be any good.
Rather disappointed with the service and with our meals on this occasion although I can see potential in the few highlights of the evening.
Nice location, good staff. Overall would definitely come back to try the other options.
The only missing star is for the weird taste cocktails.
I got home and had three containers of rice and 2 beef salads but no FRICKEN CURRY.
Called them and was politely told to come back and get it. Um, no i told her, I’m in Johnsonville and we are not driving all the way back in. Also the message left on my phone by the lady said ‘you forgot your curry’ well actually they forgot to put my curry in the bag, so they even had the nerve to make it out as if it was my own fault.
Anyways apparently i can have a free curry – the one I actually paid for so it’s not free, and they weren’t even willing to offer me anything else, poor poor customer service.
Also the beef salads were missing lettuce and cucumber, so all in all not a good experience this time.
Superb meals which we cannot fault anything. Surely we recommend it.
We received separate entrees and shared four delicious mains and had a desert called the hairy banana – which was again delicious, battered bananan with maple syrup over it with chocolate sauce and vanilla icecream. Favourite main – the Naughty Pig!
Get in there!
he attitude of the staff member present was atrocious.(the only reason ANY stars were awarded was the food was tasty, and reasonably authentic and fresh)
Myself and my fellow diner are well versed in all cuisine, particularly Asian. I do not have much tolerance for the continual “Dumbing Down” of food to the western palate particularly in regards to chili.
Most New Zealanders are feeble and think that what is mild is HOT.
I am very specific that i want to be able to TASTE the chili(every new restaurant with spicy food i visit is given “the speech”) as not enough spice leaves the dish flat and drab.
The man taking the order was told in no uncertain terms that hot means HOT, no mild nonsense, we also checked before we even sat down that they had fresh chili, which they had.
We ordered 2 lunch panag curries and a special salad, we were again very specific about heat and had said several times we wanted the salad to be “bloody Hot” as per the selection on the menu. When the food arrived the curry was a solid mild(Thai infants eat hotter) and the “bloody hot” salad was SWEET with NO heat at all, this particular dish is heavily reliant on the capsaicin to engender the aromatics and balance the salt/taste of the fish content.
After finally getting the waiters attention and explaining the problem we were told that we had not ordered “bloody hot” and blah blah it was our problem. I said that was unacceptable and i resent being called a liar. He then finally agreed to removing the salad from our bill but insisted we finish and pay for our curry!(we had 1 spoon out of each dish) I asked for some fresh chili but was told it would be $3! and that we could have some chili powder, the problem is that once prepared only fresh chili (plus it tasted way better) can be added to a dish without causing a “pasting” effect(the more dry powder you add the more paste likeMore the sauce becomes)its all very well getting more heat but powder just makes it like sawdust.
THEN when we came to pay we were told we now had to pay for the salad again?(after we were told(with no sorry) it would be removed) AND again effectively told I/we were liars and had not ordered “bloody hot”. VERY unprofessional
EXTREMELY angry about this meal, we were going to go to a regular haunt but thought “give a new place a go”
Don’t like being called a liar, don’t like being told something is hot when it is not, don’t like being charged for a key ingredient in what is supposedly cited as “authentic” cuisine.
IF the attitude was conciliatory then the reasonable quality of the food would have meant this restaurant stays on the “list of options”.
There are many fine eateries in wellington, with very competitive deals and excellent quality.
It is very easy to make Thai food, as long as you have the right “exotic” components its a no brainer really.
Hopefully these guys get it sorted before they burn(no pun intended!) too many people too early on, OR they are lucky and have no more patrons who know what to look for and expect.
Heaps of choice – best menu of any Thai restaurant by far. We go Sunday and Monday nights in Wellington as it’s their BYO nights.
Try Naughty Pig! Also is an add-on to the 2008 entertainment card – they will accept!