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Salathai Restaurant

Salathai Restaurant
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  • Phone Number 0214346815
  • Location Unit 4, 65 Winston Place, Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town
  • email jessesalathai@gmail.com
  • Opening Hours

    Mondays 5pm to 10pm; Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 10pm

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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Thai
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Jody Theodore

Food
Upon opening the menu, you are greeted by a culinary whirlwind of Thai dishes. From the popular chicken with cashews, stir-fried basil and Pad Thai. With most of the main dishes there is the option to select a protein of choice, from prawn to crispy duck. With all these amazing choices it's fortunate that the waiter’s insight and knowledge of the menu makes the selection process much easier.

Drinks
The wine menu is very small, thus not offering much variety. The wine list offers a selection of easy drinking everyday wines. There's also a selection of local and international beers and spirits. However, for the craft beer community there is unfortunately nothing on offer here.

Service
The service is friendly but the wait staff does seem to disappear at times. The Front of House manager and owner is friendly and provides an awesome family atmosphere with the local regulars.

Ambience
If a small intimate venue is what you're looking for then this is the perfect place for a quiet dinner. The Thai décor lends a very authentic feel.

And…
When you are going to make a booking be aware that you will be asked if you are calling to book a massage or dinner.

(September 2016)

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  • Katharine Jacobs

    Food
    “I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised,” says the manager shyly, after offering his recommendations on the menu. He’s absolutely right. The chef, Tookta, hails from the Ubon Ratchathani province in Thailand, and while it’s sometimes difficult for her to find the right vegetables in this country, her flavours are on the money. We kick off with buffalo wings fried in panko crumbs, drizzled with a spicy sour sauce and topped with translucent fried Thai basil. The textures are glorious: we bite through the thin, crispy batter to juicy tender chicken underneath, as sweet, sour and spice mingle. It’s fried chicken as it could be if it only had the ambition. The chicken satay starter is also good, thanks to a tasty peanut sauce, though not quite as mind-bendingly so. For mains, we struggle to make up our minds between all the noodle, rice and curry options. In the end I plump for crispy duck with black sauce, a mix of light and dark soy and fish sauce. It’s good, and the sauce has a hefty umami kick, but it’s my dining companion’s creamy, coconut-laced Penang curry that has us scraping leftover sauce from the bowl with every last available grain of rice. It’s subtly and beautifully spiced, made by someone who knows exactly what she’s doing.

    Drinks
    The wine list is short, containing a handful of lower-end options, but is very well-priced. There are also spirits and beers, including Thai Singha beer.

    Service
    Friendly, attentive and speedy.

    Ambience
    Wandering down Somerset Road you might easily walk straight past the unassuming façade of Salathai. But next door to Gelato Mania, a block before El Burro, you’ll find authentic Thai food with fantastic flavours.

    Lime green walls and wooden carvings provide a taste of Thailand, but an old wooden bar and metal outdoor seating keeps the restaurant looking casual, belying the quality of the food.

    And…
    Due to the proximity of Gelato Mania, there are no desserts on offer, but the manager is happy for you to tuck into a bowl of gelato from next door while you finish off your evening.

  • Katharine Jacobs

    Food
    “I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised,” says the manager shyly, after offering his recommendations on the menu. He’s absolutely right. The chef, Tookta, hails from the Ubon Ratchathani province in Thailand, and while it’s sometimes difficult for her to find the right vegetables in this country, her flavours are on the money. We kick off with buffalo wings fried in panko crumbs, drizzled with a spicy sour sauce and topped with translucent fried Thai basil. The textures are glorious: we bite through the thin, crispy batter to juicy tender chicken underneath, as sweet, sour and spice mingle. It’s fried chicken as it could be if it only had the ambition. The chicken satay starter is also good, thanks to a tasty peanut sauce, though not quite as mind-bendingly so. For mains, we struggle to make up our minds between all the noodle, rice and curry options. In the end I plump for crispy duck with black sauce, a mix of light and dark soy and fish sauce. It’s good, and the sauce has a hefty umami kick, but it’s my dining companion’s creamy, coconut-laced Penang curry that has us scraping leftover sauce from the bowl with every last available grain of rice. It’s subtly and beautifully spiced, made by someone who knows exactly what she’s doing.

    Drinks
    The wine list is short, containing a handful of lower-end options, but is very well-priced. There are also spirits and beers, including Thai Singha beer.

    Service
    Friendly, attentive and speedy.

    Ambience
    Wandering down Somerset Road you might easily walk straight past the unassuming façade of Salathai. But next door to Gelato Mania, a block before El Burro, you’ll find authentic Thai food with fantastic flavours.
    Lime green walls and wooden carvings provide a taste of Thailand, but an old wooden bar and metal outdoor seating keeps the restaurant looking casual, belying the quality of the food.

    And…
    Due to the proximity of Gelato Mania, there are no desserts on offer, but the manager is happy for you to tuck into a bowl of gelato from next door while you finish off your evening.
    October 2015

  • Katharine Jacobs

    Food
    “I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised,” says the manager shyly, after offering his recommendations on the menu. He’s absolutely right.

    The chef, Tookta, hails from the Ubon Ratchathani province in Thailand, and while it’s sometimes difficult for her to find the right vegetables in this country, her flavours are on the money.

    We kick off with buffalo wings fried in panko crumbs, drizzled with a spicy sour sauce and topped with translucent fried Thai basil. The textures are glorious: we bite through the thin, crispy batter to juicy tender chicken underneath, as sweet, sour and spice mingle. It’s fried chicken as it could be if it only had the ambition. The chicken satay starter is also good, though not quite as mind-bendingly so, thanks to a tasty peanut sauce.

    For mains, we struggle to make up our minds between all the noodle, rice and curry options. In the end I plump for crispy duck with black sauce, a mix of light and dark soy and fish sauce. It’s good, and the sauce has a hefty umami kick, but it’s my dining companion’s creamy, coconut-laced Penang curry that has us scraping leftover sauce from the bowl with every last available grain of rice. It’s subtly and beautifully spiced, made by someone who knows exactly what she’s doing.

    Drinks
    The wine list is short, containing a handful of lower-end options, but is very well-priced. There are also spirits and beers, including Thai Singha beer.

    Service
    Friendly, attentive and speedy.

    Ambience
    Lime green walls and wooden carvings give a taste of Thailand, but an old wooden bar and metal outdoor seating keeps the restaurant looking casual, belying the quality of the food.

    And…
    Due to the proximity of Gelato Mania, there are no desserts on offer, but the manager is happy for you to tuck into a bowl of gelato from next door while you finish off your evening.

    (June 2015)

User reviews

  • The food is amazing! I had the Tom Yum soup (mild) that blew my mind! My companion ordered the Thai Green Curry! The sweet flavour mixed perfectly with the basil and savoury spices. We could not get enough. The service was a let down. There was only one waiter on the floor and it being Friday night, he ended up doing some type of juggling move with all the finished plates in his hands (oh, bless his heart!). Salathai is an upcoming hidden gem but the manager should appoint more staff. Will definitely be back for more!
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  • Most authentic Thai food I had in Cape Town... a must try!
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  • After traveling the 'land of smiles' for many years I searched for Authentic Thai food made with the love and passion that the Thai street food vendors put into their food. Salathai is exactly that! Real authentic Thai food, packed full of flavor, made with quality ingredients, filled with love & a broad Thai smile. 'Khob khun Krab' for the amazing experience each time we visit...
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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