This is royal Thai food where appearance and taste are as important as each other. There’s a vast menu, which means that there’s plenty to choose from even if you don’t like your food with a burn. Chefs’ specials include loog chin goong ping (minced prawn curry balls on a skewer served with a sweet chilli sauce) and Thai wok beef (cubed beef fillet, grilled to order, stir-fried in an oyster sauce and black pepper combination.) Western desserts like crème brûlée are given an Asian twist thanks to the addition of lemongrass and ginger. There’s also an extensive sushi menu.
There’s an impressive wine list with something for all tastes and palates.
Helpful and efficient without being obtrusive.
Opulent and upmarket with gold statues, curved walls and an eye-catching ceiling.
Go in a party and share a number of the dishes to really get a feel of the place. (JW, September 2010)
Looked forward to lunch at the only Wang Thai I had not yet visited. I have been a frequent diner at all Wang Thai restaurants in Cape Town. Very disappointed with what I understood to be the "flagship". Indifferent service, sloppy food and dirty glassware. The Tom Yum soup I ordered was tasteless and oily - sent it back. Spinach cones ordered by my companion paled in comparison with Constantial - fresh lemon cubed without the pit and peel having been removed. Above all, my wine was served in a glass that clearly had not been cleaned properly. 'Flagship" ? Clearly not. Big disappointment? Yes!
Had a quick mid-week dinner here recently. The wine by the glass range is average. The starters were good - Thai fish cakes remain a firm favourite. The mains were okay - I has the seafood hot plate, and my partner had the honey glazed duck (portion was quite small, but very flavoursome). Reasonable choice if you are in and around the Square.
Shocking meal. Very disappointed. Overpriced, poor service, no cutlery for either course, poor quality watery prawn curry. All round a shocker. And finally, overpriced. The R250 for a meal for one was a rip-off.
Firstly, when I book let me know your restaurant is a construction site. Secondly R50 for a bottle of mineral water... seriously? Thirdly rude, tired service. Average food at top prices, No, will not be back.
Wang Thai does not deliver the goods. The prices were exorbitant and the food was shoddy. I have had better spring roles from the frozen food section of Pick and Pay. Wang Thai served up linguine as egg noodles. The dishes arrived soaked in sauce that had a layer of oil floating on it (i.e. the sauce separated between the kitchen and the table). The staff were indifferent. I do not recommend this restaurant at all. We arrived in high spirits and left feeling a little bit swindled. Luckily for Wang Thai the location was still great.
Lovely evening at Wang Thai last night. Dropped in for dinner after a movie. The service staff were attentive while not intrusive. Starters consisted of battered prawns with a sweet plum sauce, and the ever dependable chicken satay. Both were well done with the satay coming with a combination of two peanut sauces. Mains consisted of the chef’s special of seafood mix in a red curry sauce and a green chicken curry, but beware even the medium strength versions of these are more than enough to satisfy those with a penchant for hot food. There is only one gripe that does concern me was with the extra billing of rice and noodles, surely a curry should come standard with at least one of these!
We have been regular patrons of the Wang Thai restuarants..until now!We had dinner a the Melrose Arch branch on the 25th of August. Since I am a vegetarian I asked the chef if I could order a vegetarian red curry. He indicated that it was no problem. When the bill came, we noticed that we had been charged for a chicken curry which we had not ordered. What they had done is charged us for a chicken curry since they did not have a vegetable curry on the menu. When we questioned this, we were told that they put extra vegetables in and that the red curry paste is more expensive. The curry was not abundant in vegetables and we felt that we were clearly being ripped off. We all know that vegetables are less expensive than chicken. The manager on duty that day, did not seem to think that there was a problem in charging the same price for a vegetarian and non vegetarian curry. I am highly disappointed. Can restuarants really afford to rip customers off in the current economic climate knowing that unhappy customers are not coming back?
Wang Thai is not a new restaurant, and i have been many times, But last night i went with a close friend to catch up. I must say, i was just blown away by the perfection if the entire evening. We arrived promptly at 7.30pm and were immediately shown to our table outside on the balcony, overlooking Mandela Square. It was a perfect Joburg evening, with a soft warm breeze floating over the table. We decided to share starters and mains. For starters we ordered crispy fried prawns in phyllo parcels with sweet chili dipping sauce, thai fish cakes, and sweetcorn fritters. Each and every starter was a masterpiece, both in terms of speed from order of the dishes to arrival at the table, presentation and taste. Each dish had a distinct burst of flavour to delight all five senses, and as a foodie, this is always what i look for. Especially good were the sweetcorn fritters, cooked to perfection, and offering an unusual and delightful texture. An excellent start! We then ordered 2 mains - mild thai green chicken curry and a seafood hot plate. The thai curry, such a common dish these days, was a perfect balance of flavours, and it was actually mild! Often a mild thai curry comes out either too hot or just totally bland. The chilli just gave a little bite on the palate, awakening the taste buds and offering a wonderful sizzle to each mouthful. The portion was perfect, and the sauce oh so moreish! I couldve easily picked up the bowl and drank it! The seafood hot plate was out of this world! All ingredients were cooked to perfection, often hard to do when combining several different seafood items on one plate. It was served in a peanut coconut curry sauce with bean sprouts. The flavours married perfectly, and what was amazing is that you could taste each and every ingredient as described on the dishs description in the menu. Even though there were some strong flavours, none of them overpowered one another, and simply offered a perfect compliment to the seafood items. Both dishes were of course buffed up with a portion of perefctly cooked and stickey steamed jasmine rice. Picture rice and thai green curry gravy and you can eat your way to heaven! This was all washed down with a good bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, a good adddition to the meal. We were able to say no to dessert, altough if you ever go to Wang Thai you HAVE to try the white and dark chocolate mousse balls. They are officially a piece of heaven, and offer you a taste sensation that makes you thank your lucky stars for chocolate!!!! Go on, i dare you!And last but not least, the service was impeccable! Our waitress was very pleasant. She was beautifully turned out in a pink thai outfit which made her look fantastic. She was attentive, yet not intrusive, efficient yet not rushing, and really put the cherry on the top of our whole evening. Wang Thai - you have definitely psuhed your way into my top 10 list of restaurants in Joburg! Well done, ill definitely be back!AnthonyJoburg.
After receiving a cautious recommendation, we enjoyed a fantastic experience for a Sunday birthday lunch. The regular quartet played in the square as we enjoyed starters of prawns with sweet chilly sauce and pork sate. Mains were the ‘angry duck’ and ‘chicken with cashews’ all accompanied with a bottle of white wine and still mineral water. Our waiter offered us perfect service, slightly tarnished by the managers over service of wine topping. The food was magnificent, although luckily we chose ‘mild’ spicing where possible which is recommended even for the brave. Although we preferred non smoking seating, we chose to rather sit outside in the smoking section which was acceptable and warmed by gas heaters. Although perhaps a little pricey, overall an most enjoyable experience and will be repeated in future.
Dissapointing. If I can make a better green curry at home, why go out? The chef needs to take a trip to Kai Thai - brilliant food at 3/4 the price. Go if you want to experience very expensive and very boring food.