After spending the second day at Hobbiton, my family and I traveled south to Taupo on the third and surprisingly, many restaurants were closed on that day. One of the few places we came across that were still operating was Thai Delight Restaurant, which we ultimately chose to have for dinner. Parking was easy to find and the restaurant itself was located at an accessible area, close to the city center. One of the most noticeable things here was the plethora of potted plants and flowers, and an extremely friendly waiter who welcomed us immediately at the entrance. The food was generally pretty good although I found them a tad pricey for their portion, and on a less important aspect, that their dish presentation were pretty much similar. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the food and warm reception received that evening.
– General Review –
- Service: 8.5/10
Very friendly and prompt service, and dishes were served quickly as well. The restaurant accepts both cash and card too, and is available for takeaway and delivery.
- Servicescape: 8/10
Thai Delight Restaurant was medium-sized with quite a number of seats, which can even accommodate large groups. The place was clean, bright, warm, decorated with splashes of gold, white, wooden furniture, and plenty of Thai decorations and ornaments. There were numerous plants and flower pots scattered around the restaurant, to the point where I felt that the decos became a bit too cluttered and messy. Nonetheless, the atmosphere was relaxing, quiet, and family-friendly, although it also seemed like a popular place for dinner-for-twos. Thai Delight Restaurant was also located near the city center, and parking was easy to find.
- Non-smoking area: Seats are indoors and smoke-free.
- Vegetarian dishes: Yes, several vegetarian options available.
- Price range: $$ – $$$ (NZ$20 – $28 for most main dishes.)
Overall Rating: 8.1/10
– Food Experience –
1) Chicken Delight:
The dish was probably one of my favorites here – the meat was tender, and the red curry chili paste was a bit spicy as well, which helped to stimulate appetite. The portion was perfect (sufficient to share as well), but I thought it was pretty pricey.
2) Ginger Chicken:
Enjoyed it as well, the sauce had a nice consistency that wasn’t too thick nor thin, and I liked how the sliced ginger were easily noticeable. The stir-fried chicken was extremely tender too.
3) Sweet & Sour Pork:
A little too sweet for my liking, especially with the diced pineapples. However, the pork itself was great, but the taste in general could be balanced out better.
4) Vegetables Delight:
Another one of my favorites here, the dish is an excellent choice for vegetarians. The veggies and stir-fried tofu were fresh, and I loved the sauce.
Contact number: +64 7 378 9554
Website: Thai Delight Restaurant
Operating hours: Mon: Closed
Tues – Sun: Lunch from 11.30am – 2pm, Dinner from 5pm – late
Posted by: V