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Green Thai: "Thai to die for" Canterbury Restaurant Tip by dontdiet

Canterbury Restaurants: 78 reviews and 60 photos

This is probably the tastiest food you'll find at any price in Canterbury (and it isn't expensive). It's close to where I live, and I eat here again and again.

Don't be put off by the unexciting location in a 1950s/60s building on the city's main ring road. Firstly, it easily accessible from the city centre (opposite the bus station, via an underpass); second, it's rather drab exterior, conceals a little Thai oasis, complete with interior pond and waterfall.

And the food is really fabulous. The owner comes from North East Thailand and the menu reflects this, with lots of regional specialities including (my favourite), a hot carrot and peanut salad laced with generous quantities of chilli (Som Tam); and a signature beef dish (Tiger Cry), made with succulent cuts of beef. There are lots of curry and noodle dishes too - all of them cooked to perfection. Even the thai-style prawn crackers are the best I've ever tasted.

Thai lager is on offer as are a range of wines, including a surprisingly good Thai - red - wine.

The service is fast, friendly and efficient. without being brisk. You never feel that there is any pressure to leave the restaurant and make way for other diners, unlike some other places I could mention in Canterbury....The owner will often stop and chat.

Highly recommended.

Favorite Dish: Som Tam - carrot and peanut salad. But not for the fainthearted - it is very hot - also amazingly fresh, like all the dishes I have tried on the menu.

Address: Bridge Street?
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Just outside the city walls, across the ring road from the bus station (and Fenwick's department store)
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 5
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 30, 2010
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