Auckland, North Island Food Guide: 4 Thai food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Auckland Central

September 3, 2019 Brandee Mangan

Find out what Thai restaurants to try in Auckland Central. European, Polynesian, Asian and strong Maori heritages give the Auckland its distinctive culture. Discover the history of the world's largest Polynesian city through Maori treasures at Auckland Museum and experience the lives of 19th-century settlers at Howick Historical Village. Find Polynesian handicrafts at Otara Market or people-watch in bustling Ponsonby and Parnell. Adventure junkies can get their fix from kayaking, sailing and high-octane bungee jumping.
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1. Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant Parnell

237 Parnell Road Parnell, Auckland Central, Auckland 1052 New Zealand Asian, Thai Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 9-358 3095 http://www.blueelephant.co.nz
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4 based on 791 reviews

Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant Parnell

Auckland's taste sensation in a warm cosy atmosphere with great service. Whether for a romantic dinner or lunch, a catch up with friends or family or for business entertainment, we can cater for your needs. With seating capacity maxing out at around 40 to

Reviewed By gamingtildawn14

Tucked away down an alley in the quaint lil town of Parnell, is the Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant. But actually, the giant metal elephant on top of the restaurant is silver.The restaurant is a warm, inviting place and the staff greets you immediately. We placed our drink order and then the entrees and main dishes.The entrees came out quickly. The spring rolls were flavorful and had vermicelli noodles in them. The prawn cakes were disappointing. They were mushy and loaded with grease. The waitress asked us how the entrees were and I said disappointing. The manager came right over and apologized and offered us another selection to replace the prawn cakes. This was very nice and thoughtful We were asked if we wanted our main dishes to be started. The main dishes arrived and we shared Sizzling king prawns, Thai Fried Rice with Chicken and the Blue Elephant crispy spicy pork. The crispy pork was rich with intense flavors. Every forkful was a tantalizing treat on the tongue.The king prawns were huge. They came with the heads on the shrimp which made us chuckle looking at their black beady eyes. The prawns were cooked perfectly and the brown sauce it came with was rich and delicious.We had to flag our waitress down a couple times for drink refills otherwise this would have been a 5 star review. Definitely worth finding this lil gem; skip the prawn cakes and enjoy the rest. Amazing flavors! Enjoy!

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2. Food Alley

9 Albert Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand Japanese, Indian, Asian, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol +64 9-373 4917 https://www.facebook.com/foodalley9albertstreet/
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4 based on 147 reviews

Food Alley

Cooking 25 years. Cheap eats in the heart of Auckland CBD. Asian style street food. Cooked fresh to your order, served hot to your table. Open 7 days, fully licensed, Everyone welcome!

Reviewed By joy4124

This is mainly Asian street foodJapanese Korean Malaysian IndianWe had Malaysian Laksa because we adore it. It was nicely spiced with thai paste, coconut sauce, noodles, tofu and chicken. The portions are huge and you are given a spoon and chopsticks. It isn't posh at all. Canteen type tables and chairs and you find your own table definitely no airs and graces. Each portion was $12 ...... 6 English pounds.You can get drinks there too.There is a clean toilet upstairs.

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3. saan

160 Ponsonby Road, Auckland Central, Auckland 1011 New Zealand Asian, Thai Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 9-320 4237 http://www.saan.co.nz/
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4 based on 204 reviews

saan

Located in the heart of Ponsonby, one of the Auckland's most vibrant, creative & cosmopolitan suburbs, Saan serves up authentic cuisine from the Lanna and Isaan regions of Thailand. Our innovative & award-winning food combines traditional techniques and f

Reviewed By ChrisKiwi

An after-event business dinner somewhere that would impress but not be too stiff and formal was the request. The answer was Saan. Easy to find, friendly personal informative service. We booked a side room and long table and opted for the set menu. Thai with a twist. The dishes kept coming, one after glorious other. Great vege options too according to my vege colleague. We will be back.Glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to have you back soon.

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4. Monsoon Poon

Hobson St., Auckland Central, Auckland 1001 New Zealand Indian, Asian, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available +64 9-379 9311 http://www.monsoonpoon.co.nz/
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4 based on 742 reviews

Monsoon Poon

Reviewed By 217maryannes

Monsoon Poon is a busy, bustling, noisy place but it has great atmosphere and great food. Everything including the decor is Asian fusion. We really enjoyed the curry puffs - best I've ever had and a wonderful goat curry. Service was very good. Highly recommended.

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