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Wang Thai (Lagoon Beach)

Wang Thai (Lagoon Beach)
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Comfy & casual
Food
Asian, Seafood, Sushi, Thai
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
One of the nice things about this sort of Thai cooking is that you can adjust the heat as suits your palate. Take them at their word when they say that “hot” is hot and go for something that you will like. The spring rolls are a delicious way to start, or take a selection of really good dim sum with delicious dipping sauces. The deep fried sweetcorn cakes with the sweet chilli dipping sauce are legendary. There is also a vast sushi menu even though technically this does not emanate from Thailand. Nevertheless, it is well worth trying.

For mains there are different kinds of curries featuring fish and fowl (of which the duck is the best). Vegetarian options are also delicious and could convert a few to this kind of cooking. Desserts of chocolate spring rolls, fried banana and sticky rice pudding with coconut milk make a great ending.

Wine
There is a fairly representative list that well-priced. If you are really fussy, take your own.

Service
Usually very good unless they get really busy.

Ambience
Located right on the Milnerton beach, at the mouth of the lagoon, there is a deck with sides that can be raised for when the wind is strong. Otherwise take shelter in the cosy but large interior with wraparound windows so you can still take in the view.

And... 
Bookings are essential on the weekend at this very popular spot. Look out for specials.

(September 2016)

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  • Hope Malau

    Food
    If you’re a lover of eastern-inspired cuisine – this is the place for you. Wang Thai boasts a superb range of dishes that are bursting with flavour and spicy aromas. Starters range from top-class sushi to crisp spring rolls served with a decadent plum or sweet chilli sauce and your choice of filling. For mains, delve into the 602 Phad Medmamuang – wok-fried cashew nuts infused with chilli paste and your choice of either duck, chicken, prawn or tofu filling. Another favourite, the 606 Phad Kra Tha Ront, is wok-fried with mixed vegetables served on a hotplate and cooked in a special red sauce with your choice of protein. For dessert, the dark chocolate brownie filled with nuts and served with ice cream is a must-have.

    Drinks
    There’s a selection of sweet, dry and sparkling wines on offer. And if you’re looking for something sweet with a bit of a kick, there’s a modest menu of Dom Pedros and specialist coffees to choose from.

    Service
    The waiters impressively know the menu and specials quite well, which makes choosing a meal effortless. However, the cutlery and crockery is in need of an upgrade.

    Ambience
    The beautiful sea views create a welcoming atmosphere and compliment the eastern-inspired décor. On a warm day, you can enjoy your meals outside or if you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the restaurant scene, you can opt for a seat at the bar or in the indoor dining area. Wang Thai has all the elements that make up a good dining experience, all you need to add to the mix is great company.

    (August 2015)

  • Graham Howe

    Food 
    The authentic Thai fare begins with top-quality ingredients, imported spices and fresh local produce. Start with the feather-light prawn blanket tempura, steamed dim sum and chicken satay with peanut sauce – the stars of the starter menu. Subtle spice infusions of fresh basil, coriander, chilli, garlic, lemongrass, lime and galangal mingle in one of the most fragrant versions of tom yum soup made outside of Thailand.

    You’ll find plenty of choice for vegetarians across the menu, with tofu and soya substitutes for meat. The menu reflects regional Thai culinary influences, from the fiery red curries of the north to milder curry masala and panang from the south, and seafood in coconut milk from the islands. Whether you like your Thai wok-fried, steamed, stewed or grilled, try a specialty dish like the litchi curry, which will set your taste buds alight with its sweet, savoury, sour and spicy notes. If you’re confused by the choice, share a set menu for two or four (R147 - R203).

    Drinks 
    They offer a good, well-priced selection of Cape wines (for example, Springfield and Brampton) by variety and blend, and you’ll also notice off-dry varieties to match the spicy flavours of Thai fare. Or try a Thai beer or island cocktail.

    Service 
    Consistently good, with sound advice on how to mix and match flavours and textures in the Thai style.

    Ambience 
    The feel is of a laid-back family vibe on the seafront, with views over Table Bay from the outside deck. It’s a great place for sundowners.

    And…
    Start your visit with sundowners and a sushi and sashimi platter, before ordering your mains on a mild, medium and hot spice spectrum.

    (July 2014)

  • Ishay Govender

    A perfect spot to have low-key meals. The restaurant is cosy and decked in the requisite amount of brass Eastern artifacts. Outdoor seating remains very popular, with incredible views of the mountain and city. The menu is the same as the rest of the chain – spot-on Thai flavours – but regular specials keep things interesting. (Eat Out magazine 2014)

User reviews

  • We had lunch at Wang Thai. There were workmen drilling and hammering as they constructed the new enclosed patio area. This was not mentioned when I booked a table that morning. The restaurant was generally grubby - the floors had not been swept and the bin the ladies loo was over flowing.
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  • Excellen setting right on sunset beach with one of the best views of the mother city. Take a stroll down the beach and come here for their fresh and inspiring food. The sushi is divine and the thai dishes feel fresh and generous. Service can be slow when busy. Place is perfect for a sunsetter or a lunch visit. Our favourite local!
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  • Great thai food. Friend ordered the 'thai style' curry, and it was hott indeed. Really good food, great view for sundowners.
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  • Always a winner, a must for anyone to experience !
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  • Outstanding! Our fave spot to eat. :)
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  • This restaurant has a great setting. We dined there on the evening of the 29th of March. The place was not too full as we arrived just before the evening rush, hoping to catch the sunset.

    We had two of the Thai soups for starters, and some of the duck spring-rolls, which were excellent. We had a problem with one of the starters but the manager was gracious enough to come to our table and apologise in person. Nice touch.

    We ordered the litchi Thai curry and the green Thai curry, both with chicken. As green curry was both our favourite we opted to change things up with the litchi take on Thai, which was sweet, with a tamarind finish but very pleasant.

    The green curry was intriguing, intriguing to the point of us questioning its authenticity. It was the first time we'd had a Thai curry without bamboo shoots, Thai basil and peas. It was also the first time we'd had a Thai curry with tomato chunks and butternut. Whether or not it was authentic, it definitely did not meet our expectations of a dish we've come to know well.

    The service was great, and overall we had an average time at a place that held out so much promise.

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  • Love the setting, especially for lunch outside, the food is very good. Service is normally also very good, but in peak times can get quite slow, which is fine if you know and have enough time. Great restaurant right on the beach!

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  • Extremely slow service in a relatively empty restaurant for lunch on Monday 18th Feb.

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  • I visited Wang Thai for the first time yesterday evening. The service was excellent with good attention to detail. The current winter curry specials (discounted prices plus a glass of wine) seemed an obvious choice. Although I am often skeptical of “specials”, I was most impressed by the quality and quantity of the dish. The duck red curry was wonderfully tasty with numerous tender pieces of melt-in-your-mouth duck. An added bonus was the complementary glass of wine – a choice of Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon or sauvignon blanc. I will return shortly …
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  • These negative reviews were posted at least 6 months ago. Since then the management has been changed and a lot of effort has been put into improving the service and increasing value for money. We trust that a visit to Wang Thai now will lead to a fantastic Royal Thai experience with excellent service, quality, authentic Thai cuisine and a stunning setting. We would like to invite any of the past critics who have posted on this website to come back and try us again, on us, so that we can redeem ourselves in their eyes and thank them for their honest criticism.
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  • I was absolutely shocked at the size portions and quality of food. I ordered the prawn blankets. You can see from the menu that they arent the most economical as far as price goes but the value for money is shocking. The quality of food was not up to standard. I regularly enjoy asian crusine but this was a disgrace!! When I spoke to the manager I was only antagonised and the I dont care attitude really didnt help at all. Needless to say I will not be visiting any of their stores again.
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  • We are almost every week at this restaurant. The setting is amazing for Capetown, your right on the beach. The food is lovely and the service is ok. It is not a fine dining restaurant so dont expect the same.
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  • Once a month may girlfriends and I go out for a dinner, always at a different restaurant. Last night we were at Wang Thai, Lagoon Beach. When we arrived we were told that no booking was made (this was done via email), then we were sent to a table for 3 (we were 5), the manager then told us that the booking was made for 3, but he had just told us minutes before that there was no booking. It took 40 minutes before we eventually got something to drink. We were told that there not enough menus and had to keep passing them around. The highlight of the evening was when my coffee arrived, which was obviously given to someone before me as one of the sugar sachets had been openend and was already put in the coffee. Never again!!!!!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways

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