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Danny’s Thai Bistro

September 8, 2009

 

Review Week 4

Review Week 4

123A The Parade
Norwood SA 5067
(08) 8332 1288
Open 7 Days for Dinner,  Sun-Fri for Lunch

This week we’re on The Parade! I’ve always heard about Danny’s Thai Bistro from the TV and radio ads, and I have heard they are pretty popular in the annual Norwood food awards. I’ve also always wondered just how authentic a Thai restaurant could be with a name like Danny’s … but names aside, it was apparent from looking at all their awards that they could call themselves whatever they wanted! I was hanging out all week for some tasty Thai delights, so hopefully the media hasn’t made me salivate too early! Onwards with the food review!

Final Score: 6.3/10

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Sizzling Chicken Breast Fillet

Sizzling Chicken Breast Fillet

 


The waitress recommended that I have the sizzling chicken, after I mentioned that I didn’t feel like anything too spicy or hot. I am not too sure how authentic this dish is, because you would usually find this dish in a Chinese restaurant, alongside sizzling beef and sizzling prawns. I’ve been finding a lot of similarities between Thai menus and Chinese menus actually, so it doesn’t surprise me to find this on the list.

This week there weren’t too many of us so I expected service to be rather quick … unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. We were all seated reasonably early and the actual ordering process wasn’t too bad, but what followed throughout the night was the killer, and the fact that I am writing about their service before my food review gives you a hint. Sure, the waitress was friendly so thumbs up for that, but there were many lost drink orders, late meals, and even reverse entree’s (entree served after meals). Nathan, who was sitting next to me had to reorder his coke twice before getting it. I felt like going behind the bar to get Nathan a cup myself!

So, back to the food … upon being served, it looked very plain and bland. There was no colour or variety to the dish at all. I know my phone camera isn’t the best quality, but you can see that the chicken looks so plain, stirred through a bunch of wilted soggy greens. Not looking appetizing I hoped it would taste great, and luckily it did … another case of “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Plenty of spice in the sauce itself, and a classic Thai fragrance with fresh peppercorns and chili mixed in to give you a sweet-salty-spicy dance routine in your mouth. The only downfall was the vegetables were few and too soft. Otherwise not too bad.

As the name suggests, don’t expect a fancy restaurant. The layout, design and lighting were all modern and very fitting for a Norwood Parade food outlet. The only oddity was the exposed aircon system, but otherwise a very cosy atmosphere … very chic and youthful to some extent. Overall though,it doesn’t matter if it’s Friday night and slightly busy … I left with feelings of bad service over anything, even if the food was OK.

  • Service [3.2/10] : Being friendly earns you points, that’s about it.
  • Quality [7.8/10] : Not too bad at all, but presentation needs a revamp.
  • Venue [7.9/10] : I didn’t mind the aircon feature, but it was a bit odd. Otherwise nice.
  • Value [7.0/10] : Not too expensive, but not worth the bad service.

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Beef Red CurryKangaroo Red Curry (Brad’s Guest Review)

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On the strip of upper-middle class eateries that line Norwood’s Parade is Danny’s Thai bistro. Inside the atmosphere is a blend of Thai wall decorations and the contemporary, uncovered air-conditioning in the roof which is enhanced by down lights. It kind of felt like I was eating at a Harbour Town. The two most notable factors of this meal were service and quality. I ordered a traditional Kangaroo Red Curry and with centuries of experience the kitchen produced a great meal. Not exceptional, but tasty enough to want to eat again.

The service was terrible, despite the restaurant only being 80% full. Trying to get a server’s attention moved from eye-contact to raising a hand to waving two arms at them as they walked past as they stared at you bewilderingly. Also they announced the meals as they arrived with pronunciation like a Brad at a Phuket Thai.

At least they had the foothai on.

  • Service [3.0/10] : Almost every single wait staff acted like it was their first day. Two people on opposite ends of the table ordered spring rolls which came on one plate.
  • Quality [8.0/10] : The kangaroo wasn’t perfect and the ingredients weren’t creative, but it tasted great.
  • Venue [6.5/10] : I’m still not sure why an air conditioner vent should be an eatery’s major feature.
  • Value [7.0/10] : Portion size was medium but the price was suitable.

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On the strip of upper-middle class eateries that line Norwood’s Parade is Danny’s Thai bistro. Inside the atmosphere is a blend of Thai wall decorations and the contemporary, uncovered air conditioning in the roof, which is enhanced by downlights. It kind of felt like I was eating at a Harbour Town. The two most notable factors of this meal were service and quality. I ordered a traditional Kangaroo Red Curry and with centuries of experience the kitchen produced a great meal. Not exceptional, but tasty enough to want to eat again. The service was terrible, despite the restaurant only being 80% full. Trying to get a server’s attention moved from eye-contact to raising a hand to waving two arms at them as they walked past as they stared at you bewilderedly. Also they announced the meals as they arrived with pronunciation like a Brad at a Phuket Thai. At least they had the foothai on.
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