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Camile Thai: not cheap, but great special offers

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camile logoIn Dublin, it’s easy to find cheap Chinese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese, and even Japanese eats. Thai food remains, by and large, relatively expensive.

This shows no sign of changing. Sadly, one of the nicest Thai restaurants around, Camile in Rathmines, have put up their prices and taken away their free ice cream machine. The €5 kids meal is now €7. Bit of a shame. (Update: it’s actually only at the sit-down branch in Rathmines that the kid’s meal is €7, the takeaway kid’s meals are still €5.)

That may be a little off-putting. Although a takeaway meal for two with rice, plus delivery charge, could set you back close to €30 – not cheap – Camile, with branches on the South Circular near Rialto, as well as in Rathmines, Dun Laoghaire, and Phibsborough, does have some good deals on its takeaway meals. And it is delicious.

Currently, you can try one of their stir-fries for just €1 when you get any buy any other main from the Phibsborough branch*. There are also daily specials, such as Jungle chicken curry with chillies, peppers, bamboo shoots and basil leaves for €9.95. Every Friday brings a new fish dish. One particularly appealing option is the meal for two deal, where you can get a curry or stir fry for two people for €15.95 (it costs €11.45 for one person, so this is a decent offer, even if the meal for two just about feeds two people with rice).A few weeks ago, we had Chu Chee Sea Bass: a deep fried sea bass fillet with onions, fine bean, chilli, sweet basil, and lime leaves, for €12.95. It was really extraordinary. The fish arrived sizzling hot, it danced with freshness, and swirled in sweet, hot flavours that had us warring over the last scraps.

camile thaiIt’s really worth keeping an eye on Camile’s Facebook page, as there’s plenty of deals and bargains that make this Thai food a little more affordable. Next Tuesday, for instance, Camile will randomly choose one name from comments, and everyone with this name will get a free main that evening in Camile, for collection or takeaway only: all you need to do is to show your photo ID at the counter. And for the rest of February, you can get a main and a drink for €10 when you order online, a saving of up to €3.

Have you tried Camile Thai? What do you think of its deals? And can you recommend a cheap Thai restaurant or takeaway? 

*according to their Facebook page. T&Cs may apply.

6 Comments

  1. I simply LOVE thai food!I heard alot of good comments about CAMILE..

  2. I’m a regular to Camile DunL. I think you get what you pay for with many takeaways these days. The cheaper ones tend to be low quality meat/fish and thick tasteless sauces. Fantastic fresh food and regular deals on offer here. Nice staff and if you ‘check in’ when collecting your food a big bag of Thai brown prawn crackers free, well worth it if you live locally.

  3. I love Baan Thai’s food, and wait for the regular Daily Deal that pops up every few months, eg “€40 of food for €20″. We’d generally stock up on a few. Makes it much more affordable to bring the kids for a nice Sunday lunch and open their eyes to some exotic food, aswell as going again by ourselves. It’s not cheap, dining out for 6! But it’s much more afforable with 3 of these vouchers. Yo Thai also have good deals regularly.

  4. Thai curry is the easiest takeaway to recreate. Get some curry paste, add boiling water and sugar and stir. Add to stir fried anything which you have then cooked in coconut milk. Top with fried peanuts and basil. A great way to get rid of leftovers. For me, this makes Thai takeeay seem overpriced.

  5. “Currently, you can try one of their stir-fries for just €1 when you get any buy any other main from the Phibsborough branch*.” That was the month of September…

  6. @graham, I’d agree with you in some respects that Thai curry is reasonably easy to replicate well at home but a lot of Thai takeaways have great stir fry dishes, Pad Thai and things that are a bit more effort to cook at home like Tom Yum soup etc. @Steve, Baan Thai’s another great shout.

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