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Photographs: David Straight

It says a lot that this is only the second review of a Thai restaurant we’ve published on EHN, and the first cheapie. Quite why it took so long to find this place is beyond us, except to say we’d just given up on good Thai in Auckland. Too sweet, too thin, too bland. In short, too crap. We’d hear about a place we just had to get to, and then we’d go and check it out and it would be just like all the others.

Then we gave Marigold Thai E-Sarn a go. You’ll find it in Food Alley, though the sign just says Thai Isaan. It is the business, producing food from Thailand’s north – pungent, zesty flavours and, more particularly, sticky rice. In particular, we love the salads: recently we ate a som tam (made with carrot rather than green papaya but we forgive them because the dressing was great) and a perfect chicken laab. It’s fiery and tangy, sour and not too sweet: bursting with flavour. Just as Thai should be. SFG

HOURS 10.30am to 10pm, seven days.

ADDRESS Food Alley, 9-11 Albert Street, City.

IMPORTANT DETAILS Pick up some of their home-made chilli and shrimp paste ($6.50) – it’s amazing, utterly addictive and will keep in the fridge for months.


  1. Sarah wrote:

    My partner has raved about this place for four years and we go regularly but not for ages thank you fro the reminder. Good thai is very hard to find in auckland totally agree

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Permalink
  2. Sean wrote:

    Yes! This place is is legit. I’ve been going for about six years now. The Chicken Yum Ta Krai with sticky rice is insanely good, and the ladies who run the place are super friendly and obliging. Good to see them get the credit they deserve.

    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

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