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Munchkins Thai Ban

Bandra WestWestern Suburbs  

  • 02226459775, 02226458176, 09769091725
  • Shop No. 8/9, Gaspar Enclave, Junction of St. Johns & Pali Road, Pali Naka, Bandra West, Mumbai
  • Chinese, Thai
  • Meal for 2 - 1000
3.9

61 Reviews / 62 Ratings

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Amazing service and delicious food.

Amazing service and delicious food.

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3.5

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Thai fan!

Only dedicated to a true thai food fan or a foodie!
Delicious ingredients of thai spices. A combination of thai red curry and garlic burnt rice is a must try!
Decent ambiance and up to the mark service.
Cheers! ;)

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2.3

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Not recommended for Delivery

I tried delivery from this place. The delivery was sent very shabbily with some of the containers open and some curry spilling out. The food has an Indian Thai mix. It did not taste Thai at all. Tried the Massaman Curry and the taste was nothing like what a Massaman curry should taste like. The Pad Thai was average. The fried rice was fine. The Kung Pao was not good. The dumplings did not taste Thai nor Chinese and were too big. I would not recommend ordering delivery from Thai Ban.

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3.8

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Rising Thai food star

Unless you’re a Thai food fan you wudnt’t have even genreally heard of this small quiet thai/chinese offering rest located at bandra pali naka. Though a small place with harldy around 6 tables the décor is pleasant to the eye & the staff is courteous. The Thai prik je & phad king rice is pretty good whilst the thai green curry & steamed is its forte. Dumplings are deliciously soft but need to be teamed up with the sweet chilli sauce/tangy peanut butter paste to enhance the flavor. Apart from their really good but mundane lemon/peach ice teas they even offer strawberry ones that I was quite happy with. Dishes not to expensive from the price point of view while the portion size is impressive. I still needs to work up its menu & taste to before it can be known as top notch thai rest of Mumbai. But its def a considered place amongst thai lovers.

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3.0

mixed bag

We went here recently after reading few positive reviews but were .... The food was not fresh at all. We told the server about this and he agreed but did not do anything about it.

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4.0

Good food

Been to this place today n enjoyed the food a lot. .. good change from the routine chineese taste afterall. Shall definately visit again

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4.0

Great Thai food

I'm a regular at this restaurant. I always order a Tom Kha chicken soup followed by Thai Green Curry chicken with steamed rice. Food and service is tops and we are always satisfied with our meal.

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TiredBro007

3 Reviews

September 03,2012

1.0

Thai? Give me a break!

Went there a couple of months ago *dying* for a good red Thai curry. What we got instead was some mango flavored coco-based glop, with a single basil leaf floating in it like some huge favor. Told the waiter that the curry was mango-smelling and sweet. The same dish came back from the kitchen looking oilier and redder. So now we had mango-flavored coco-based glop with some illegal amounts of red chili sauce.

Please be warned, this restaurant does not serve authentic Thai food, but a very uninspired Indianized version of it.

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Summer menu offerings

Munchkins Thai Ban

We didn’t need another excuse to chow down on mangoes, but this one is valid. The Yum Mamuang – sweet and spicy raw mango salad looks like the fun cousin of the raw papaya variant we see everywhere. Crunchy cashew nuts garnish the thinnest slivers semi-sweet raw mangoes tossed in a tangy light dressing and make for a filling summer bite.
We looked suspiciously at the Nam Manglak – Rose flavoured Thai basil-seed-drink listed on the menu, but were pleasantly surprised with what finally arrived. A clear drink with mint, basil seeds and a little crushed ice, this one sported a subtle hint of rose flavouring instead of overwhelming your taste buds as most rose drinks tend to do.
What: Summer Special Menu
Available till: June

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3.0

Nice Try

I bumped on to this place on a Saturday noon..nice ambiance and good theme based music is played.Service is nice..,,

Now the main part food..!!!!

what thai food i have had before was bit Indian style this was quit different than that.Food did taste decent but little over priced considering the quantity of food they serve.Few side sauces where excellent ..may be a thai food lover will like this place.

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Authentic Thai Cuisine

i was here a very long tym ago...so cnt review on lot of stuff.. i've been to many places claiming to serve thai food,,and most of them disappointed me except this!!..cant comment on the ambience and stuff as i dont remember...but yes...this is the place for a true thai cuisine lover!

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1.0

not a good Thai place

We went here recently after reading few positive reviews but were disappointed. The food was stale, not fresh at all. We told the server about this and he agreed but did not do anything about it. He said its because the vegetables were chopped earlier in the day so they may not be fresh. Also the ambience is decent but what food it is if there are mosquito around your food

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Total Disappointment!!!

Had been to THAIBAN last week with a friend reading good reviews on burrp...

The ambiance looked good as we entered just to find out that we were the only one to be there in the restaurant on a friday eve..... also the a/c's were switched off and it was hot in the restaurant, we had to specifically call the staff and ask them to switch it on...wow that was some start!!!

I must mention....The cook definitely had a taste for excess of salt in every dish we ordered that day!!

We ordered Veg Tom Yum soup.....and was disappointed as it was way to different from what I had expected TOM YUM to be and to top it we had excess salt.

Starters we had babycorn and mushroom satay which was delicious and it gave us some hope to order the main course.

Unfortunately the main course turned out to be the worst nightmare of my THAI experience....we had ordered a thai basic .....green veg thai curry ....which THAIBAN being a thai restaurant should be serving its best at.....

The thai curry was so salty that all it tasted was of salt.......we complained to the manager around and all he did was NODDED his head.....

The waiter had suggested for ginger mushroom rice with an affirmation that its their best combo with Green Thai curry....and we abide to order so....

The rice had absolutely no taste of ginger...in fact the rice had no taste at all...it was blend half cooked rice..... looks like the cook had no salt left to add in the rice after adding it in excess for the soup and thai curry!!

A total disappointment and injustice to THAI food...and would think twice about THAIBAN now....

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rachanas

8 Reviews

January 01,2012

4.0

Good food, good ambience

Been here a week back .. The food as described in the reviews here was great. We had only vegetarian and it was all good. The Thai Noodle Soup and the Nam Prik vegetarian starter were great. The green Thai curry was okay. The show stopper for the evening was the dessert. We had water chestnuts in coconut milk and that was amazing. It was a unique, refreshing and delicious dessert
One observation - we were seated outside, we felt that the service was slightly unattentive, despite only 5-6 tables being occupied. Maybe that should change
Else its a good place to try some soulful psuedo Thai food

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Sawadika to Good Thai Food!

This restaurant has to be a hidden gem in the Queen of the suburbs. A group of 3, we decided to go there when we were recommended the food, and we were surely not disappointed!

Munchkins Thai Ban is tucked away in a lane off Pali Road; take a left at Basilico and right opposite the Gold's Gym entrance, it's easy to dismiss this place as ordinary. The seating isn't vast although the option to sit outdoors is available.

We went over the main course, and ordered portions of vegetarian as well as non veg, the items included Tom Yum soup, Thai curry (of course!), steamed rice, stir fry chicken for the meat lovers and steamed bread.

The food was really good, right from the flavouring of the soup to the taste of the curry on the rice and the way all the flavours just hit the mouth as soon as you take a bite. The added advantage (if the taste is just not enough!) was the portions that we received. I'd say it's comparable to 5 Spice up the road to an extent.

Drop by to this place when you get the chance, it's worth it ;)

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Incredibly Sensational!

Food Quality: 5/5
Food Quantity: 5/5
Service: 4/5
Ambience: 4/5
Pricing: 5/5

We dropped by to enjoy our Sunday meal and celebrate a friend’s birthday. We couldn’t have been more pleased and I mean it! Let me walk you through our experience…

We decided to call for some juices – 2 fresh coconut kernel juices (70/- each), 1 fresh lime soda (about 60/-) and an orange juice (65/-). They were served in slender tall glasses holding good portions of juices, may be over priced, but we loved it. (Total – 265/-)

Our appetites were building and we chose to start off our grub calling for soups. The Tom Kha (Thai soup with coconut milk flavored with ginger and lemon grass) grabbed our attention instantaneously as we’ve never tried a coconut based soup. It was orange in color, the texture was between thick and thin, bamboo shoots were added for flavor, chicken cubes were generously served, the aromas filled the ambience and over powered the incense to the corners of the room. It was by far, the most ever captivating experience we’ve had over a soup. We didn’t even make conversation with each other until we finished a little more than half from our bowls. I don’t mean to dramatize the feeling, but it was our best soup we’ve ever tried out. I would insist on you trying the same; you won’t regret it. (145/- soup. We had a 2/4; totaling the soup cost to 290/-)

Ok, so now that we’re done with the soup escapade; let’s get to the starters. Satay Pla was the fish served with sticks though it, smothered with Schezwan sauce and finely chopped lentils and spring onions. It hits your mouth with a bang of rich red hot spicy flavor and if you prefer spicy food, you’ll love it just like we did! The plate comprised of 9 tall pieces; deliciously good! It was about 290/-

The Nam Prik Praw Kai was the 2nd starter we ordered. It was a chicken dish that had an elaborated distinguished description to it on the menu, but in our opinion, it resembled the ever famous beer buddy – Crispy Fried Chicken. None the less, the quantity was excellent and we stuffed our faces with it! If I’ve not mistaken, it costs about 230/-

Alright, so each of us consumed an entire juice, a good portion of soup, 2 starters yet we battled our minds and stooped into the Thai Ban Special Sea Food Platter. There’s 2 options mentioned in the menu, ‘serves 2’ was for 495/- and ‘serves 4’ for 995/- We decided we stick with the ‘serves 2’ rather than wasting the portion and we ordered a Khao Phad Kapprao (Spicy Thai Chicken Fried Rice with Basil and a Chicken gravy served along) that costs 150/-. The Sea Platter caused our jaws to drop! The large plate comprised of Squids, Crabs, Salmon and Prawns all richly cooked and served in Oyster Sauce. We even checked with the waiter if he heard us right (‘serves 2 NOT 4’) as it was an incredibly enormous serving. We relished the meats whole heartedly, the squid tentacles were decoratively rolled in the platter, the crabs were broken a bit so we didn’t have to struggle much, the salmon chunks were the size of my palm and the prawns were a medium to a big size. We ate as much as we could but yet wasted some of it. We managed to consume a few morsels of rice with gravy and had no alternative but to parcel up the rest. The rice was very detailed, the spices and vegetables were all evenly cut and it had a beautiful texture. The gravy was strikingly pungent (as per our request) and left us in a sweat. No complains though, we savored every bite.

As you can guess, our organs refused to co-ordinate any further with our wants and that brought our lunch to an end. Although we wanted a desert, we just had no room for even a sip of water. Our lunch bill entailing all of the exceptional dishes and delightful experience I’ve described to you above, rounded up to 1748/- inclusive of taxes. Without* taxes, it was about 1570/-

Note: The menu attached on Burrp is not updated, there are many more dishes added and the pricing as you can guess, has obviously risen.

Before I sign off, would advice each one reading my review to drop in to Munchkins Thai Ban especially for the soup and the Platter. They were absolutely mind blowing. Management, you got yourselves 4 religious patrons!

Until next time,

Burrp!

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4.0

Good food and good ambience

On initial appearance it looks very mediocre, but the food and value for money is worth trying out!! I would love to go back to this place for some good authentic Thai food. The menu has been very nicely crafted keeping in mind the Indian requirments..

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4.0

Eateratti: Good food, worth a try

Visited Thai Ban on a sunday evening with a bunch of friends. A little about the tastes of the group that I was with, a couple of us weren't too fond of very spicy food, mild spicy worked, some thrived on really spicy food and some didn’t enjoy excess of coconut .Why I mentioned this is because our ordering for the evening was super, as it catered to all the above likes and dislikes.Our plates saw Vegetables with Salt and Pepper and Nam Prik Praw Je for starters and Phad Thai Noodles,Gaeng Kiew Warn (spicy green curry), Gaeng Phed (mildly spicy red curry) and 2 portions of steam rice for the main course.The food was delicious and enjoyable, to know more http://eateratti.blogspot.com/2011/06/thai-ban-bandra.html

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Thai ban rocks

We were a group of friends who had visited munchkins thai-ban on saturday for lunch. Food was nice, good service but the quantity of food was very less comparing to price. We would like to thanks the manager and appreciate him for helping us to choose the menu which we all enjoyed.

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Great Thai as well as Chinese food options!

Munchkins Thai-ban is a cozy little restaurant right beside Basilico, opp Golds Gym. I have been here about twice now and even though it isn't a favorite, there's something about the place that makes you want to go back :)
We chose to have the tom yum soup as a safe bet. Flavour wise, it was just about okay. I didnt like the fact that they put a whole lot of chopped vege's into the soup. Also it was a little too much on the lemony side.
For starters we tried the Satay Pla, which is fish-satay marinated in schezwan sauce & it was heavenly. The fish was fresh and well cooked.
Main course was the Khao Phad Kapprao. Now the description made it sound nice & spicy, but it actually tasted more like tangy tomato rice. I didn't mind the flavor but its a bit of a put-off when the actual dish doesn't quite seem anything like what is portrayed on the menu!
We chose to skip dessert as the available options didn't excite me much.
Quantity wise, one dish is more than enough for two. Also considering the portions, I would say the food is well priced..
Just as a tip, the service in the AC section is much quicker so avoid the open-air seating..

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4.0

Good Food

Went there a few afternoon's ago...
There was no one there at 1pm but it sure did see some people by the time we left at 2pm.
Tom Yum Soup - Good
Na... Prik .... Chicken - Just la that
Green Curry with Rice - Mindblowing ....
2 of us .... Good portion sizes .... 900bucks
Would you want any more?

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4.0

Good Thai food

This place has arguably the yummiest Thai food ive had anywhere.The taste is always consistent and never fails to satisfy.A must try for every Thai lover.The ambience too is great and adds beautifully to the overall experience

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4.0

Really wanna Try this one !!

I really like the Ambience of this place...Im also hoping the food & the service will be equally good...Looking forward to be there !!!!

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Best for Thai Food

went wid some close frnds for lunch...... as i am not much into thai food I asked the Chef itself to get me something dry made with chicken...... and they presented me the dish called as Nam Prik Praw kai..... guys the dish looked mouth watering and it was perfect.... loved having it...... i hav started liking thai food.... the staff is also very courteous..... loved averything abouth them....will always keep going der.......THIS PLACE IS MUST FOR THAI FOOD LOVERS.......

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Not very happy

I was at Bandra with this friend of mine who was to fly to China that night. Before he eats authentic chinese food in China, I decided to treat him to "Indian" Chinese. I was damn sure of taking him to a place we'd have a great time at. I searched on burrp apps on my cell & found this to have some good reviews. It's a thai/ Chinese restaurant.The place is nice & cosy is what I thought after entering it. As we had had some snacks with a beers earlier, we asked the waiter to recommend us dishes wherein we could get our fill of Rice, noodles & gravy combination but made it clear that we didn't want to ear a lot. He recommended Mangolian Pot Rice which he said would contain sufficient gravy. When the dishes arrived, we realized it was too dry. We had to send it back. When he got it back it had gravy but the dish was too boring. The rice dish- Lard nai kai too was pretty plain. I don't know if we went wrong in listening to the waiter & ordered the wrong food. When there are so many reviewers talking so good about the place, maybe we chose the wrong dishes. :(

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5.0

A loud, satisfied burrrrp! :D

Its a cozy little place with a decent ambience- which you dont really pay much attention too cuz the food takes all of it!The food here is a definite cheer-upper! The chicken satay, the peanut sauce, the papaya salad, the thai red curry are my staples. Can never get enough of it! I could eat here everyday and be content! :)
The waiters, although need to be a wee bit more attentive,are very helpful and always smiling!
One of my favourite places to eat at in the city!

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Good Food with great service.

After attending the annual function of my Niece we all decided to have dinner at Thai Ban. I already been to this place 4-5 times. Its a very small place with approximately capacity for 25-30 peoples. We reached this place at 8.30pm and it was empty. We are total of 6 persons + 3kids. we got the table very easily.

In starters we orderd - couple of Baby corn and Mushroom Satay and Veg dumplings and in the main course we ordered Couple of Phad Thai noodles, Steamed rice and Gaeng Phed(Thai red curry) along with 3 glasses of Fresh lime soda, 1 orange juice, 1 coconut water

Overall had a good experience here and its one of the best joints to have Thai food in Bandra.

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5.0

the best meal i've had in months

went to this place on new year's eve and was not disappointed at all. the food, ambience and service- all are brilliant. ordered the tom yum soup after reading about it on burrp and it is to die for. we let the waiter guide us as to what to order and were not disappointed at all! a must visit place and not too hard on the pocket too!!!

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5.0

Tasty, cozy, relaxing = The Thai Ban Experience

I have been a regular at Thai Ban for the past 3 years, visiting at least twice in a week. I never tire of going back as for me it's as good as home. After a hard days work all i look forward to is the comfort of some Thai Ban food. It never lets me down. Its a very cozy place - ideal for those who love a nice relaxing meal. The food is consistent and full marks to the cleanliness and service.The staff is very pleasant and always seem to have a smile on their faces.

The "Tom Yum" soup is heavenly - a must have! Other soups such as the Tom Kha and Wanton soup are amazing aswell. It has a very large variety in the main course -both chinese and thai. I still end up trying out new things every time i visit. The Phad kimao noodles and the stuffed mushrooms are the best i have ever tasted.

All in all a MUST visit..

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avani_777

1 Reviews

December 11,2010

5.0

Excellent food with nice service

I have been visiting thai ban for last 1 year. Today also I been there for lunch with my family. Everytime i found food served is good and service is also nice. You will be given personalized attention by thoroughly professional manager Mr. Anup Amin with good gesture and very nice attitude. Really feels nice to visit Thai Ban.

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sanjeeva

1 Reviews

December 11,2010

3.0

Be careful about the quantum of food to be ordered

Yesterday afternoon i.e. on 10th December 10 a group of 14 of my office colleagures went for a lunch to this restaurant for a party and we found the food served was of very good standard and enjoyed it. However, the curries will have coconut in it which is typical of Thai food.

The warning which I need to give for people who are interested in going to this restaurant is that one has to be very careful in the quantum of food to be ordered. The steward misleads on the amount of food to be ordered by forcing to place order for more food than is warranted (as normally first time visitors would not know the portion of food served per dish) resulting in unnecssary wastage of food for which one has to shell out.

Be careful once again.

Sanjeev

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3.0

Too much fuss about noting

First about the food , good presentation , nicely cut chicken cubes, decently priced but overboard with the sugar and peanuts.
Somebody tell the Chef Thai does not mean u make peanut butter of all dishes.
And the Honey chilli means honey not sugar which u can almost feel the powdered stuff in your mouth.
The Holy grail of any Decent Thai eatery be it a roadside or a upmarket one is their Pad Thai.
Get this RIGHT i will forgive everything else.

And we have a smart ass waiter(Good Chap but does not know Thai from Thadka) tries to justify that all Thai food is sweet(i.e. with sugar).

To sweeten this whole experience we are pushed out of the restaurant saying if we are finished ordering there are people waiting outside.
So please tell me does a Food bill (FB/91595 Dated:20-11-10) of INR3200 for 8Pax for a duration from 8:30PM to 10:20PM should not entitle us to be shooed away.
I did not throw a fit as was the host but guys any other day you would have warranted a nice dressing down .

So if you crave somewhat cheap wannabe Thai food be my guest but ask the chef to go slow on the Sugar and Peanuts.

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4.0

Good food, cozy place

The food was good though my friend kept complaining that one of the ingredients in the dish that we had ordered had gone bad. When I said everything tasted fine to me she called me a pig and we carried on with our conversation. It was nice to not have the waiters coming up again and again at the table, I mean they really know how to give some "space" to their customers.

I'm giving one extra star just for the service. The staff was polite, they were good at suggesting what to order and I totally loved the experience. Will definitely visit this place again.

Coming to the price, it's pretty affordable and for the ambiance the price seems pretty low!

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lagna.das

120 Reviews

November 01,2010

4.0

we were well served..:)

i finally visited this place after reading so many good reviews...
it didn't disappoint me at all.
typical Saturday evening..it was packed however we managed a table within 15 mins...
what i loved was the relaxed ambiance and quick service. the starters,main course were really well prepared.
red thai curry,garlic mushroom rice,beef satay, sauteed veges in garlic sauce. all of them were well prepared..not too spicy or bland.i really loved the tom yum soup.
they have a very limited mocktail drinks menu( no alcohol though, they have a chinese menu too)
overall damages- Rs 850 for meal of two.
quite worth it!

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4.0

Excellent Thai Food.....

Finally decided to visit this place after reading the great reviews here....The food out here is outstanding...especially the thai food(they even serve chinese cuisine)....

We ordered tom yum soup which was very very yummy....the lemon grass was authentic and d aroma of d soup was mindblowin....Starter was some tofu starter which was good...For main course we decided to order flat noodles with a veggie which was excellent...

The rates that they charge out here is quite reasonable...Damages were Rs.720/- for 2 of us...

The only problem is the ambience out here...Its a small place from the inside and the seating arrangement is a little weird(similar to some small cafe/subway)...I didn't like the ambience at all...

Overall I would strongly recommend this place for Thai food lovers....Its a must try!!!

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5.0

Anup Amin Fantastic Manager THAI BAN

We have been visiting Thai Ban from 1 year almost once or twice in a month excellent food quality for Vegetarian also, Excellent i will say Superb Service and Personal touch by Mr.Anup Amin.

We appreciate and Rate Thai ban 5 STAR for Service * Ambience * FOOD TASTE & QUALITY * Excellent Presentation of Serving Crockery ...Keep it up ..All the Best

From : buddy Shah -9820193497

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preet1979

3 Reviews

September 20,2010

4.0

Great Food....

Loved the food at Thai Ban...cordial staff and good service...and at the end of the meal they served us a Mud Cake (Complimentary, dunno y though, but whose complaining) and trust me people it was to die for....recommend this place to all...it is decently priced and the food is Yummy...

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Great food, okayish service

Smallish place, dimly lit, decor is very ok , so dont go expecting fancy decor.

The food though was excellent and satisfying. We had the raw papaya salad, mushroom and ginger rice , and a vegetable dish whose name I forgot. I found all the dishes very good.

The service could use some improvement. Our order took a long time to come, no one came for water refills and I had to tick off one of the waiters to stop putting his fingers in his mouth from the hygiene point of view. It was friendly though.

I would surely visit this place again for the great food.

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4.0

Temple Food at Munchkins Thai Ban

Follow the oft trodden road to Pali Naka and trail the wafts of piquant chillies with a subtle overture of lemon grass to the modest 50-seat restaurant; Munchkins Thai Ban. With a name that conjures up images of the Wizard of Oz and the Orient at the same time, one wonders what’s on the menu.
The small eatery nestled in the heart of Bandra has a very contemporary feel with white walls and wooden accents both inside and out. Established as Thai Ban and soon after acquired by the Munchkins franchise, the establishment has been test running its new menu since February with new additions like the Munk Phad Kapproa (fleshy Squid in chillie garlic and basil sauce) making it to the top of the best sellers list in no time.
On one of our first visits, we resisted the temptation of trying to pronounce the names of the various Thai and Chinese preparations on the menu and enlisted the help of the staff who were both friendly and prompt with options for every palate.
There a wide selection of vegetarian and non- vegetarian appetisers. An ardent fan of the popular hot and sour clear soup, Tom Yum, it was not disappointing. Its coconut milk laced cousin Tom Kha is also a safe bet, with flavours that seeped right through to the chunks of seafood and chicken respectively.
Vegetarians should try the baby corn and mushroom satay where a crispy start for the non vegetarians could be the Koong Phan Moon Sen (marinated prawns wrapped in glass noodles and fried). If you’re in the mood for a fun twist, try the Som Tam Tangy (young papaya salad with roasted peanuts).
Some of the hot favourites at the restaurant include the Thai Red Curry, the burnt garlic rice imbued with a subtle smokiness, Khao Phad the Thai fried rice. Phad Ki Mao Chicken Flat rice noodles with chillies garlic and Thai herbs and the Phad Tla Chausson (fish in the Thai herb sauce) Crispy fish fillet topped with mild celery and thai herb sauce. I would not pass up the opportunity to eat this one again.
While on the topic of main course recommendations, I will swerve off the cheerleading path for a moment to observe that the restaurant’s Neua Phak Chee (crispy beef tenderloin with crushed coriander) is both bland and lacking in creative presentation.
In addition to the ample Thai options, the Chinese fare manages to hold its own with the Mongolian Pot Rice and the Bamee Goreng Noodles lightly tossed with fresh vegetables being perfect to beat the summer heat.
The selection of desserts is fairly average featuring Tiramisu, Creamy cheese cake and Tub Tim Grob. Although not the best version of this Thai dessert, the crunchy and sweet flesh of the water chestnuts in coconut milk of the tub Tim Grob is a fun option that is not available everywhere.
As it is a relatively small establishment and has limited seating in the air-conditioned section, get there early or book in advance to avoid waiting for a table around lunch and supper time. For those willing to brave the Mumbai heat, al fresco seating is also available with a number of strategically placed fans and a change in decor.
Not all the fare at Thai Ban is a sensation but most everything is very good. Much of the food has been tweaked to suit the Indian palette and the portion sizes are less than the ample. Despite the new menu with its price hike and absence of alcohol, the speedy service and dining experience are well worth the trip to find out in person.



Munchkins Thai Ban
Shop No 8/9, Gaspar Enclave, Junction of St. Johns & Pali Rd, Pali Naka, Bandra (W), Mumbai
MUST TRY - Koong Phan Moon Sen, Phad Tla Chausson
PRICE - Dinner for two INR 1000 – 1200
No alcohol service
Cash & Credit Cards accepted
Timings: 12 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. – 12.30 a.m.

Date of visit : The past 2 years
Latest visit: June 5, 2010

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Fine Thai Food

'Thai Ban' deserves its reputation as the best Thai restaurant in the Mumbai Suburbs. Its menu ranges way beyond the standard Thai eatery, offering bold, authentic Thai flavors. If you love Thai food, this is the place to go. My personal favorites here are:

Starters -
Satay Kai (Chicken satay avec peanut sauce)
Neua Phak Chee (Strips of crispy beef tenderloin avec crushed coriander)

Main Course -
Chicken Gaeng Phed (Chicken red curry, Thai)
Khao Prao (Steamed rice)

Dessert -
Honey Coated Noodles (avec gentle vanilla icecream.. Sinfully Decadent)

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I beg to differ..

I have been a patron since 5 years now... And each time Thai Ban gets new food, I always try it.
Yes, they got a new menu. Yes, they increased prices.
Go elsewhere if you can't pay Rs 40-50 per dish more.
Or try running a restaurant with about 150 competitors.
But that's not my point. There is a difference between Thai food & Chinese food. Thai Ban gives you that.
As far as desserts are concerned, I agree they have a limited menu as opposed to other similar restaurants.
I have met the owner several times at the restaurant. She's a lovely lady, very open to suggestions so please let her know if something doesn't feel right.
Thai Ban is the place to be if you enjoy appetising THAI food. I think its the perfect value for money in the suburbs for THAI food.
Also, Thai food restaurants & Chinese food restaurants CANNOT be compared.

P.S. The re-launched Lemongrass serves morsels for the prices they demand.

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3.0

Good .. but Overpriced...

I have been to the place few times before.. and we would always be in a limbo to select thai ban or 5 spice..frm food stand point.. i feel that both are equally good.. but 5 spice takes away the brownie points for the awesome desserts tht they offer.. hwevr.. the + side for thai ban.. was the price point.. which was almost 60% of 5 spice... but.. to my surprise and testimonial to the fact of the reviews of other food lovers.. they hav increased the price by over 40%.. this is feel gives it a - ve rating.. so.. if money is not a problem.. the food is pretty good.. since its a small place.. the service is pretty ok.. and the place is not bright.. so its very soothing...so... if i get a choice of spending 750 bucks.. for 3 items.. and hav the same with desserts.. and main course with some mocktails.. in 5 spice.. or lunch buffet at BBQ nation.. with their lunch spl buffets.. i cud choose BBQ nation... or 5 spice..but.. overall.. its a fine place..

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WHAT!

Unbelievable! New Menu! Thai Ban has a new menu. And they have raised the prices. As if it wasn't expensive enough. It's now 260 bucks a plate of thai food.

Agreed Thai food is yummy. But why the price increase. Has the price of lemongrass gone up as per the new budget.

Okay, so the price is high. So what, I love Thai food. Except, there are fewer chicken pieces in the gravy, not to mention I had to hunt for pieces of chicken in the Noodles.

The portions are the same.

So why the price hike.

I think I will be going back to 5 Spice for my Thai needs.

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Thai? Really?

Thai Ban it's called but it doesn't really taste thai? I went to Thai Ban cause a friend of mine was craving for Thai food...
When we entered we were quite impressed with the interiors and the decor. It was really welcoming. The service was pretty okay. It was quick but you had to really grab the attention of the staff which was pretty annoying.
Once we placed our order, the food was there in no time but to our disappointment it tasted anything but THAI... The gravy was thick like a butter chicken gravy and extremely spicy. It tasted more Indian than Thai. I'm giving it 2 stars only because I liked the ambiance... Never wish to go back here again...

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ajith27 - Burrp User

ajith27

3 Reviews

January 18,2010

3.0

a place for VFM Thai

This place ie VFM, average Food, nothing special on ambience. Asked for a specific Thai preparation, got a pirated desi version. The service could do with more smiles and faster feet. No alcohol, damages for soft drink, main course meal 325 bucks per head

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Excellent Thai Food

Thai Ban serves as an excellent option when you are craving for some real good Thai food. I'v been there for more than a couple of times and have returned mighty pleased every time. Its a pretty small place, but the superb food and quick service more than makes up for it. We tried Veg Dimsum, Pad Thai, Green and Red Thai curry (which was simply outstanding) with steamed rice. This joint has the fastest service I'v ever seen in Mumbai. Meal for 2 can put you back by around Rs. 1000/-
Defenitely recommended.

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Always Delightful

Its my third or fourth visit to Thai Ban and i never got disappointed. Went there on Saturday night around about 9.00pm and got seats as soon as we entered there.

They have added new dishes in their Menu. We started off with Veg Dumplings and Vegetable Tempura. Vegetable Tempura is nothing but Thai version of Pakoda's - Deep Fried. For the main course we ordered Phad Thai, Korean Rice, Khao Prao (Steamed Rice) with Gaeng Kari Talay (Thai Yellow Curry).

Food quantity is sufficient for 4 Adults and 1 Kid. Food quality is very good. Staff is friendly. Over all a good place to enjoy Thai Food

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4.0

Masala Thai

Food - 4 / 5 ... I love the food at Thai Ban, though its not half as authentic as the stuff you get at Thai Pavilion... it is quite flavourful. I like the make-your-own meal section but i always call for thai curry and rice. I would have given it 5/5 if it wasn't for the small portion sizes

Service - 2 / 5 ... the food arrives quick but you may really need to shout out for the waiters attention! Why cant they pay attention?

Ambiance - 4 / 5 .... The decor is lovely, but expect a lot of familyish (sometimes noisy) crowd. The seating is too cramped.

Tip - The food is spicy by default....so if you hate burning your tongue, tell ur waiter to make it less spicy

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4.0

Delicious THAI

the first time i ever tried thai curry was at Thai ban and have been frequenting this place ever since. the mouth watering garlic fried prawns and the delicious chicken satay pull me back to the place again and again. A good place for veg lovers as well i suggest one and all to try it out specially for the starters, thai currys and d amazing chocolaty desserts... yum yum!!!

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5.0

Fantastic food...good ambience..quick service!!

Thai Ban is a great discovery..the food is excellent.. I was suggested about Thai-Ban by a friend and i walked in there with my hubby to discover its just a small restaurant with just about 6-7 tables..n' ambience was nice ..cosy ..One look at the menu and i knew our dinner would turn out nice ...so we ordered a full course dinner for two and.I.must mention the lamb starter was perfectly marinated with red spicy gravy ...and so well cooked...n' the burnt fried fried rice with prawns in Thai spicy red curry was so well delivered...The pricing is reasonable ...Rs 1000-1200 for two ...but yes not much to select from for someone with a sweet tooth...

I love the place so much that every time i am around Pali Hill side , I just head to Thai-Ban straight ..my husband isn't too surprised when i make excuses to be around Pali Hill side ...u will surely like the place...the waiters r very helpful n' they fix ur meal quite fast ....

Just go ahead n' try ..in case u r a foodie !!

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4.0

ultimate taste with adorable ambience..

I was suggested thai ban by one of my friends.. and yes the resturant is fantastic in every way....food, service , ambience..everything is excelllent..!!!

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4.0

Fast Food Thai

Seems like no two people have the same experience here !!
Unlike previous reviewers who saw empty tables and very attentive service, I encountered a long wait and extremely harried waiters. I should clarify that I went at 9.00 pm on a saturday night - so it was probably the busiest time of the week. There were seats available outside in the open, but with the muggy weather we are having in Bombay, that was not an option. But still, having to wait 40 min surprised me. And since the missus was 'feeling' like Thai green curry and the nearby 5 Spice had an even bigger queue, there wasnt much of an option ....
Once inside, there are only 6-7 tables with very little space in between - gives a cozy ambience. But unfortunately, when full of people like it was this weekend, it is raucous and noisy and the AC couldnt keep up either :) The poor waiters seemed a harried lot running helter skelter trying to deliver food and clear tables as fast as possible.
And it was probably for that reason that the head waiter who was taking our orders, sort of guided us towards limited items on the menu ... a couple of things that we chose were 'not available'. We went along with his recommendations and things appeared at our table rather alarmingly quickly !! To be fair, all the stuff was good. We ordered one veggie and two non-veg starters. I cant remember their exact names but they were tasty.
Similar experience with the main course - a couple of main courses were not 'available' - so we went along with chicken red curry and veg green curry. Both of them were pretty decent - and the burnt garlic fried rice was rather good. Again things appeared rather quickly ... which convinced us this was probably pre-cooked in some way. The helpings of the main course werent too generous - served in small clay pots, its barely enough for two people if you are having it with plain rice.
We decided not to take desserts as there was nothing special on offer - and immediately the head waiter wanted us to vacate our table :) !! Done in a respectful way, nothing irritating - and we ourselves were relieved to get out of the cacophony into the calmness of the street outside.
Prices were Bandra level - dinner for 3 without dessert was Rs. 1,300. I would like to go there in a weekday night to evaluate the food more thoroughly, but as of now I am going to label it a thai fast food joint :)

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Super Spicy Thai Green Curry

Considering the dearth of good Thai food places, you tend to get a bit tolerant with whatever you do get. Bearing this in mind, do excuse the slight bias in this review.

Also, this review is somewhat incomplete since we only ordered vegetarian and I was not hosting this dinner so I don't know the pricing/total bill for whatever we had.

We were a group of 10 (including 2 kids - a 5 year old and a baby) that headed over for dinner on a Tuesday night. 4 of us got their considerably earlier than the rest of the group and were holding a table for the entire group for almost an hour. Although they were not really too busy when we got there, the staff was very tolerant and patient. We ordered a couple of rounds of drinks, a soup and some starters while we were waiting. Tom Kah soup was delicious. We also ordered a couple of orders of Steamed veg. Spring rolls (surprisingly there is an option for steamed) and a spicy mixed veggie dish with mushrooms (I cannot recall the name). The mixed veggie dish was particularly good.

The rest of the group had some people that did not eat onions, garlic and mushrooms. The waiters were accommodating and very helpful with suggestions.
For main course we tried the Phad Thai Noodles and Thai Green Curry with rice. The Phad Thai Noodles were quiet good. My favourite was the green curry. I will not necessarily recommend it to everyone because it was suuuppperr spicey but it completely worked for me. :D

It is served in a fairly small clay pot. The serving is barely enough for two people so make sure you order extra curry if you're going to share the dish.

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4.0

The best thai food so far

I've been here once before, a long time ago, and the experience was good. Keeping this in mind, I set out with my family to relish some Thai food on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

At the entrance itself we noticed the shiny burrp! award certificate, convincing us that we had chosen the right place. As soon as we entered the place we were promptly seated.

We started off with Veg Dumplings and Steamed Spring Rolls for our appetizers. For the main course we ordered Phad Thai, Steamed Rice, Red Curry and Yellow Curry. Everything was very tasty. Mom loved the food (and she is very hard customer to please).

My only gripe with that place is that they don't serve the Thai Ice Tea. When I asked the waiter about it, he grinned and said no, as if he had been expecting this question already. Also, they had limited desserts. Of the 8 or so items, they only had about 3. We later went to Naturals in Juhu to round off the lunch that we started at Thai Ban.

The food quantity and quality was good. The service efficient. Overall a good experience.

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good

nice place reasonable and tasty food

can improve

the som tham tasty but with too much garlic .can do if they cut on the garlic

all in all good food

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4.0

Tasty, affordable, AWESOME SERVICE!

I accidentally ended up at this place on a Sunday night after Cafe' Basilico had too long a waiting time. Was pleasantly surprised by Thai Ban's delicious food (non-authentic but then neither are most Thai, Chinese places in Bombay). The crispy beef tenderloin, shrimp pad thai and the chicken dishes that we called for were all very well marinated and really tasty.

Would like to make a mention of our waiter Sushant, who gave us an OUTSTANDING service while we were here.....prompt and proactive. We spent 1000 for 2 people for ice teas, 2 appetizers, a curry and a noodle plate.

We sat on the outside patio, it can be a touch hot outside. i did get a chance to take a peek inside which was quite packed and the restaurant came across as having an above average ambience and hygiene level. 4 stars...

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abm28 - Burrp User

abm28

6 Reviews

August 17,2008

3.0

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nice food .. ok ambience .. may not be authentic thai food but i will settle for it nonetheless since their food is yum .. give it a try

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Thai food....from which angle

Okay I went in with low expectations.....as long as the Tum Yum and Pad Thai were decent I would have been satisfied. The Tom Yum tasted like hot sour water and the Pad Thai was made out of Fettuccine......same situation with the green curry and other dishes....I guess I would have been okay if I had expectations of eating at Indo Chinese /Thai resteraunt but I was craving Thai food....so no more Thai Ban for me. I guess if you really dont know Thai Food it can work though!

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not bad !

Rest : Thai Ban
Meal : Lunch
Date : 17/12/2006
Location :St John Road, Bandra

Experience- A pretty small place this, its nestled between Papa Pancho and Cafe Basilico, the decor is ok, they dont have more seating than 30 i reckon and the ambience is eveningish, cosy and casual.

Drink :Water, Fresh Lime Soda, Ice Tea

Food : Sticking to the staples, we got the Tom Yum Soup which was a bit ginger heavy but the tangy after taste was interesting.
The appetizers consisted of schezuan potato (dont even ask, my protests were disregarded) it was spicy, generic schezuan taste, we also had the baby corn mushroom satay which was on the money, rich full taste and enough portions to make 3 people happy.
The main course was just green curry with rice, pretty good here,but again, it all tastes the same, as if all thai cooks seem to be cooking from the same recipe book. bit dissapointing that but no complaints.

Rating : Food 8/10, Service 8/10

Damage : 800 ($17)

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4.0

The best Pad Thai Noodles in Mumbai

Being a big fan of Pad Thai Noodles, I've tried it out in pretty much any place that serves it. But, the Pad Thai Noodles at Munchkins Thai Ban were the best I've had in Mumbai.

The items on the menu are reasonably priced. I would go there again, if I am around the Pali Naka area. The only thing that needs mentioning is that they substitute Paneer for Tofu in their dishes.

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4.0

Decent Thai in a Happening 'Hood

At the St. John's and Pali Rd. Junction, tucked between Basilicos and Papa Panchos Da Dhaba you will find the quaint and pleasantly decorated Thai Ban. The menu is promising for Thai enthusiasts, as you start to recognize terminology that you've seen on other Thai menus (Pad Thai Noodles, Pad Khi Mao, Prig Je, etc.). Disappointingly, they did not have the delicious Thai Iced Tea, but their strawberry iced tea was a decent substitute. We started out with a few bowls of Tom Kha, a delicious vegetarian soup with a coconut milk base - this comes highly recommended. For main course, we ordered Green Curry Vegetables and Pad Thai Noodles. Although the noodles tried hard to retain that authentic thai flavor, it came up short in the end. To our satisfaction, that was certainly not the case with the Green Curry - it was true to the authentic Thai spices and flavors and was the favorite dish of the night.

If you're dying for Thai, this is the most authentic place I've found in the city. My hunt for better will not end, but till that time, enjoy Thai Ban.

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