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Cuisine: Asian, Gluten Free, Thai
Price Point: Mains from $20 - $30

Welcome to Tongtara, Nelson’s favourite Thai restaurant!

Tongtara is a local hotspot for fresh Thai cuisine. Located in the town centre, with outdoor seating for the warmer months, this modern restaurant is the perfect place to relax and enjoy fine food and local wines.

From the kitchen, experience the exotic taste of authentic Thai food, infused with fresh ingredients from local farmers and growers. Think sizzling curries and aromatic stir fries, marinated meats and tender tofu. There are also plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options, and a kids menu is available for families.

With heartwarming service and a bustling atmosphere, Tongtara promises a fantastic evening out with friends and family.

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Tongtara Thai
142 Hardy Street
Nelson 7010

Open Hours:
Everyday: 11am - 3pm // 4:30 till late

Phone: 03 548 8997

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Tongtara Thai
Location: Nelson
Cuisine: Asian, Gluten Free, Thai
Mains: $20 - $30

Reviews

Ray Evans

Tongtara Thai has lots of competition from other Thai restaurants on the very same street in Nelson. So why choose this one above all the others?

Simple!

Outstandingly good food, freshly cooked yet served without unnecessary delay: Rice Paper Fresh Spring Rolls, made to order vegetarian rather than chicken; Hor Mok, a Tongtara Exclusive dish, comprising a seafood parcel, beautifully presented; Prawn Green Curry, anything but standard; rice accompaniment served in an attractive star shape. All impressive!

With warm, personable service to complement the delicious food, this restaurant offers an unrivalled Thai experience in Nelson. Thanks, First Table for bringing Tongtara Thai to our attention.

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Tongtara Thai provides the whole package - excellent food and service in a calm, welcoming restaurant that is both clean and beautifully decorated. Eating here is a wonderful experience, and would definitely be the best Thai restaurant in the Nelson region (we've tried quite a few and none of the others come close to delivering on all fronts). One can safely visit this restaurant as the food and service is consistently good! It's our favourite restaurant.

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Joy Mackenzie

Everything was superb! Loved the starters! We had golden puffs (yum!), chicken satay and vegetarian spring rolls. All very tasty! Friendly and gracious service and a lovely, calm atmosphere. We’ll definitely be back!

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Will be booking again and have already spread the word.

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Donna Noel

Firstly I'd like to commend the waitress who took our order. I'm vegetarian and she informed me that most dishes have fish sauce In so she made sure my pad Thai was suitable for my requirements and informed me it may taste different because of this... (most people assume veggies are OK with fish products!? So this was a pleasant surprise) it tasted delicious!, lovely restaurant and byo an added bonus makes dining out more affordable especially with first table discount too! we will dine here again

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Everything was faultless! We were warmly welcomed and seated; of course it was no trouble to make the starter of Fresh Spring Rolls meat-free; it was no trouble that we had only an hour as we were going to the theatre. All our food was delicious and beautifully presented. We chose very standard mains found in all Thai restaurants, Prawn Green Curry. We were delighted that the different flavours of the array of vegetables and the king prawns were evident, the curry not overwhelming nor bland as we have found in some other Thai restaurants. We were impressed by the whole experience and intend to return.

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Ali Ross

We loved our meal as did the two friends we took so we will definitely be back. Each entree was so well presented and tasty and different form the norm. The mains were good sized portions and also very tasty. Many thanks for a lovely evening

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Jo Duncan

Amazing food ,great flavours and everything cooked just right, crisp veges ,tender meat.
Definitely will return

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This completely blew me away. The service was beyond excellent, and the food devine. The portions were very generous and the presentation wonderful.
The atmosphere in the restaurant was warm and cosy. Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Tai food.

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Way exceeded expectations!!!
Thank you

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Joy Mackenzie

Everything was excellent, as always. Absolutely delicious starters, especially the salt & pepper calamari - so fresh and tender. The chicken green curry was very tasty. This is our 4th time here and the food is consistently good as is the service.

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Kelsey Peters

We had such a great time at Tongtara Thai! The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. The portion sizes were very generous. We would absolutely recommend this restaurant!

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we have eaten at this restaurant before and food is always hot and tasty with excellent service

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Ray Evans

Tongtara Thai has lots of competition from other Thai restaurants on the very same street in Nelson. So why choose this one above all the others?

Simple!

Outstandingly good food, freshly cooked yet served without unnecessary delay: Rice Paper Fresh Spring Rolls, made to order vegetarian rather than chicken; Hor Mok, a Tongtara Exclusive dish, comprising a seafood parcel, beautifully presented; Prawn Green Curry, anything but standard; rice accompaniment served in an attractive star shape. All impressive!

With warm, personable service to complement the delicious food, this restaurant offers an unrivalled Thai experience in Nelson. Thanks, First Table for bringing Tongtara Thai to our attention.

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Tongtara Thai provides the whole package - excellent food and service in a calm, welcoming restaurant that is both clean and beautifully decorated. Eating here is a wonderful experience, and would definitely be the best Thai restaurant in the Nelson region (we've tried quite a few and none of the others come close to delivering on all fronts). One can safely visit this restaurant as the food and service is consistently good! It's our favourite restaurant.

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Teresa Foster

Delicious kai, and prompt, polite service. Loved our dining experience and we will definitely be back!

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Joy Mackenzie

Another absolutely delicious meal at what has become one of our favourite First Table restaurants. The starters: generous portions of golden puffs, salt & pepper calamari and spring rolls, were all cooked to perfection. Our host was friendly and welcoming and the restaurant has a lovely calm atmosphere.

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Natascha van Dien

Loved the Combo entree, lemongrass lover sizzling plate and kids enjoyed their crispy chicken dish. The fried banana dessert was also delicious! We'll be back in

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Friendly welcome, knowledgeable service, delicious food, great experience, all a cut above the other Thai restaurants we have tried in Nelson.

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As always we enjoyed excellent and friendly service and the meal was of a high standard with a menu with great choices. Highly recommend

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Joy Mackenzie

Everything was superb! Loved the starters! We had golden puffs (yum!), chicken satay and vegetarian spring rolls. All very tasty! Friendly and gracious service and a lovely, calm atmosphere. We’ll definitely be back!

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Had a great meal, will definitely be returning!

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Will be booking again and have already spread the word.

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From the moment we walked in the door the service was great. All the meals were very tasty & good size.

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Food was delicious especially sizzling lemongrass dish. Service was great...very attentive.

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It was a very pleasant experience. The food was excellent as was the friendly staff who gave great service. Thoroughly recommend Tongtara.

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Joy Mackenzie

Another great First Table experience! We were greeted warmly and shown to a nice table by the window. We ordered Tongtara Combination starters: very generous servings of pork ribs, fish cakes, crispy vegetarian spring rolls and golden puffs which were delicious. Our mains of chicken pad Thai and chicken yellow curry were also very tasty. We are keen to return and sample more of their extensive menu.

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Donna Noel

Firstly I'd like to commend the waitress who took our order. I'm vegetarian and she informed me that most dishes have fish sauce In so she made sure my pad Thai was suitable for my requirements and informed me it may taste different because of this... (most people assume veggies are OK with fish products!? So this was a pleasant surprise) it tasted delicious!, lovely restaurant and byo an added bonus makes dining out more affordable especially with first table discount too! we will dine here again

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Sanam Mukhtar

Cons:
1. Prawn big meal had just four small prawns in the entire plate. Lots of raw cheap vegetables and a lot of soy sauce, cheap rice made it worst.
2. Desserts other than Sundae are too less in quantity.
3. Water glasses were NOT washed for all of us. They had finger and lips marks. Glasses were too smelly.
4. My dessert was served when everyone had finished their desserts which was a disaster.
5. Lady who charged card looked rude.
6. Quantity and quality of food were highly compromising.

However the food had good presentation but no freshness and insufficient quantity.

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The staff were very curtious and were willing to take photographs for our family too made our evening very special

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Everything was faultless! We were warmly welcomed and seated; of course it was no trouble to make the starter of Fresh Spring Rolls meat-free; it was no trouble that we had only an hour as we were going to the theatre. All our food was delicious and beautifully presented. We chose very standard mains found in all Thai restaurants, Prawn Green Curry. We were delighted that the different flavours of the array of vegetables and the king prawns were evident, the curry not overwhelming nor bland as we have found in some other Thai restaurants. We were impressed by the whole experience and intend to return.

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Phil Fur

Super food and wonderful staff

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Daz Page

Nice all round, good service and food. Thx

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Excellent service. Good amazing

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Great food, friendly staff, one of our favourite places. Annie.

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Stunning meal like always!! Fresh produce and friendly service.

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Fabulous food and quick service!

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Wonderful food and excellent service! Cannot fault this outstanding Thai restaurant - now our favourite.

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Great meal, excellent service, couldn't fault , been before and will again!!! Highly recommend.

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Johann Douglas

Great food, great, service and meals came out quick!

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Lovely food. Attentive service. Very accommodating with children and moved us to a larger table to more easily manage a sharing meal. Price was great. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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Peter Fisher

We were welcomed into the restaurant and given a lovely dressed tabled with a view, the staff are very pleasant and obliging. the meal was 4/5 and the cost most reasonable. We will try again soon.

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Ali Ross

We loved our meal as did the two friends we took so we will definitely be back. Each entree was so well presented and tasty and different form the norm. The mains were good sized portions and also very tasty. Many thanks for a lovely evening

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It was a fantastic experience to dine there. Very nice and well prepared dishes. The highest quality food at the cheapest price you may find in the market.

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Emma Brazendale

Fabulous food and fabulous service. Thank you

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Joanne Adams

Consistently good

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Wonderful food that delivers on taste and variety on a plate.
Great, friendly service.

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Jo Duncan

Amazing food ,great flavours and everything cooked just right, crisp veges ,tender meat.
Definitely will return

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Sarah Taylor

A lovely experience. The staff were so friendly and looked after our 3 year old daughter so well. Food was delicious and we will definitely be back

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Lynn McCarthy

We had a table of 3 and each of us were highly impressed at our chosen dishes and also desserts. The food is 10/10, the service was great and the setting was comfortable. Thank you. We will be back very, very soon!

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Nicola John Herrick

Great service, nice atmosphere and delicious food. We'll definitely be back.

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This completely blew me away. The service was beyond excellent, and the food devine. The portions were very generous and the presentation wonderful.
The atmosphere in the restaurant was warm and cosy. Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Tai food.

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Maria Holden

We shared quite a few Entree's between the four of Us. Really Delicious!! Ordered Pad Thai, Stir Fry Vegies Main with Honey Pork, and a Sizzling Platter of Mixed Seafood and Vegies.... Average Mains. Too much Liquid so things were soggy/steamed instead of Sizzling or Stir Fry.. Maybe they were sitting for a while.. Great Service; Will definitely come back and try other Mains. There was a lot to choose from on the Menu. Busy place with lots of Takeaways being picked up too.

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When we first walked into the restaurant, I already felt comfortable and chill because of the music and atmosphere around. There were four of us for the dinner, we ordered classic Thai dishes such as pad thai, tom yum soup, green curry, etc. The highlight was the green curry, served with jasmine rice ( they decorated it nicely in a star shaped on the plate). For services, overall everything was good, staffs were friendly and there is nothing for us to complain or feel unpleasant about it. Even though there are not so many tables as the restaurant is quite limited in terms of space, my friends and I enjoyed the cozy atmosphere in here. All in all, we will definitely come back next time to try more Thai food in Tongtara.

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Lovely experience. Great service.

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Ben Taubert

Delicious food and couldn't ask for better service! We'll definitely be going back.

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Jutta Schultheis

the food was excellent in taste and amount and very friendly service, will visit again

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Absolutely fabulous as always, delicious food, highly recommend the Affogato's to finish wish

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Zviko Sangarwe

Tongtara Thai was amazing. The food was exceptional and so was the service. I'm already craving a second visit back to try some more menu items. The rice paper spring rolls were so good and a must try.

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