In a city packed with top-tier international food offerings, it can be hard to narrow down a choice. So when Thai food is on the menu, here's a list of the best restaurants in the city centre to help simplify your decision-making process.. If you’re looking for a quality dine-in experience or fresh and healthy takeaway food, the below will have you covered.
Sunflower Thai Vegan Restaurant | 6/50 High Street
Tucked away on Auckland’s High Street, Sunflower Thai Vegan Restaurant offers vegetarian and vegan Thai food complete with mock meats and tofu to add to your choice of stir fry, noodle soup or curry. If you’re looking for the restaurant’s standout dishes, the crispy ‘chicken’ with peanut sauce will not disappoint.
Thai Street | 12 Jellicoe Street
Thai Street specialises in Northeastern Isaan style food where salads, grilled meats and sticky rice are all meal staples. Pick from an extensive selection of fresh Isaan style salads or pair a Northeastern style BBQ with som tam salad and sticky rice. Embrace Thai dining culture and make your meal a leisurely period to enjoy an array of delicious dishes.
Aroy Thai Eatery | 13 Commerce Street
Straight from the streets of Bangkok, Commerce Street’s Aroy Thai Eatery is the city's answer to authentic Thai street food. A country known for its street food, Thailand’s culinary experience is centred on the local vendor hotspots and word-of-mouth offerings that people often travel distances to experience. Lucky for you, Aroy Thai Eatery brings these flavours to the heart of Auckland city. For an iconic duo, try their pad thai paired with a unique and truly tasty cha yen (a traditional sweet iced milk tea).
Chom Na Thai Eatery | 40 Lorne Street
Chom Na’s affordable and comprehensive menu of Thai cuisine captures the essence of Thai food and culture. With food from across the country’s extensive gastronomic styles, Chom Na has options for all preferences and the friendly staff are happy to cater to even more specific requests - if it’s not on the already large menu, they’ll likely still make it for you.
Grasshopper at Stamford Hotel | 22 Albert Street
Combining sought after authentic Thai food, fantastic service and an elegant and comfortable interior, Grasshopper is an upmarket banquet style Thai restaurant located in Auckland's Stamford Plaza Hotel. Perfect for family gatherings or lunch meetings, the shared dishes are an ideal option for bigger groups.
Nahm | 39 Elliot Street
Nahm offers traditional Thai food with a modern Asian twist. With a menu full of creative combinations - think calamari with tom yum mayo or duck filled summer rolls. Nahm don’t take reservations, but this shouldn’t be an issue - service here is quick so expect to be in and eating in a flash.
Bangkok Restaurant and Bar | 1 Wellesley Street
Passionate about authentic Thai cuisine, each dish at Bangkok Restaurant and Bar incorporates the fundamental elements of Thai food with an emphasis on freshness, perfecting the balance of sweet, salty and sour, and if your palette can handle it, spicy as well. Try their tom yum goong for this intense flavour combination.
Wok 'n Noodle Bar | 53 Shortland Street
If you’re looking for fresh and healthy Thai-style takeaway food, look no further than Wok N Noodle. With a focus on Thai noodle dishes, the name says it all. Wok N Noodle’s extensive menu is full of an array of tasty dishes that are cooked right in front of you, or if you’re couch-bound, home delivery is also available.
Mai Thai | 57 Victoria Street West
With ancient recipes passed down for generations, the culinary secrets from the five great Siamese Kingdoms are alive at Mai Thai. This Auckland city institution was established in 1989, having since developed a reputation as one of the city’s best Thai restaurants. With a menu full of the usual suspects, Mai Thai is an ideal choice for a traditional Thai meal.