Ok so I've been to t'other one now in Rathmines. I shall write a separate review, but I thought I would update this one too, with the new info I have.
Get the salmon teriyaki! It's a fillet of salmon (massive and perfectly cooked) on a bed of greens and veges, with lots of teriyaki sauce.
I got it with white rice, and honestly it was lovely. Perhaps a little sweet for some people's tastes, but not nearly as gloopy as the Pad Thai I'd had previously.
(Incidentally, my accomplice had the Pad Thai, and it was marginally better than my previous review, but still not good)
Ok - So I feel it is my duty to write a review because the service I received from Camile Thai in Phibsboro yesterday eve was quite dismal and it somewhat annoyed me. I ordered my food via the "world wide web". It took more than one hour to deliver. Not once did I receive a call to explain that Camile were having some delays getting my food to me. I would not have mind as I was in no rush and was nicely flaked out in front of the fire distracted by an awful episode of the Simpsons featuring Lady Gaga. Still though, a simple call or text would have been a nice gesture.
Instead I felt the need to call them at the hour mark just to check that the building was still standing and also to caringly check that my driver was safe and sound like any good mother would. I was told by the lady in Camile that the driver had gone with the food some time ago and that it should arrive very soon. Naturally I asked, "Do you know what may be taking the driver so long?". Her response, "Traffic is very bad out there". OK - OK. So let's break this down. It takes approximately 5 minutes to drive from the Camile in Phibsboro to my house. There is never a huge amount of traffic on the Cabra road. As they say, I'm from "THE ARREAA" and know it rather well. Just for the record I've 2 Decades of experience. Her stuttered and hesitant response also caused some suspicion. I could almost see her eyes shifting upwards and in the direction of her make-believe side to her brain.
I am no Sherlock Holmes but I did get this overwhelming feeling that the person in question was telling me some white lies - Telling me porkys as you may say. I called her bluff and responded "Doubt it takes more than 30 minutes to get from Camile to get to me Love. I only live 5 minutes down the road. My Granny could walk ......" and with that I could see the drivers headlights. She was lucky and the interrogation turned to the unsuspecting driver.
As he walked up the garden I expressed my worry that the food might be freezing because he was "gone some time". His answer was filled with comforting words telling me that he had just left Camile and that the food was still hot (even touching the bag with his hands as he said it). He went on to further explain that they were short of drivers and that the food preparation was delayed to accommodate him. I was happy, His reasons were believable. We exchanged goods . What I mean by this is - He gave me the goods and I closed the door.
Upon opening the food I was disgusted. The food was cold. Something was wrong here. Either the lady was telling the truth and the driver went for a sneaky something along the way or the driver was telling the truth and the food was just lying there under a "heat" lamp for a considerable amount of time before he collected it. Either way, I was now a disgruntled customer and disgruntled enough to take the time to tell the people. The food overall - was just - OK. I've had better. In fact the reason I ordered was because I previously ordered a Camile Thai from Ranelagh and the standard was so much better. I will not be using Camile in Phibsboro again. It unwittingly brings back memories as to why I stopped ordering from here over a year ago.
On the plus side. It sounds like Camile Thai in Phibsboro are hiring more delivery drivers. The recession is officially over. Well, judging from the prices Camile are charging for substandard food there never "wore" a recession.
Turns out the vegetables aren't the only thing they undercook!
I think it seems to be hit or miss.. last time i ordered i really enjoyed it but I ordered the same dish tonight and was totally disappointed! it was pretty much cold when it got here (which doesn't make sense as the restaurant is approx a 10 min drive from my house) it was really bland besides the taste of onion and a bit soggy. pretty annoyed i paid nearly 15 euro for it as i expected something else. wont be ordering again
UPDATE! 5-11-2012 [I have downgraded this review from a 2 to a 1 star after my most recent experience. This place is close to me, so for convenience sake even though it was in my opinion a really bland and totally overrated Thai take-away at least I could be guaranteed of the freshness and relative healthiness of the particular dishes I would get. I ordered last week and actually threw the dish out. It was tasteless, the veg was not fresh and the rice was either under cooked or hardened from being left there. I expressed my concerns on their Facebook page and once again they have deleted and ignored.]
I have to totally disagree with these positive reviews. I will NEVER order from here again.
I think this is the blandest Thai take away I have ever had.
I have had spicier and more flavoursome Thai food from greasy Chinese take aways.
I have really tried to give this place the benefit of the doubt on a number of occasions as it is just down the road from me. But alas each time I have ordered I have been less and less impressed and more and more disappointed.
I am actually just annoyed by this place.
Where to start?!?!?!?
OK the tom yum prawn soup. Nearly 6 euro and 2 little prawns? I'm sorry but are you taking the piss? Also not nearly as hot (spicy hot) as it should be even after asking for it EXTRA HOT! I have made this soup myself before and it was epic in comparison.
Main courses..... I am not a creamy curry fan so I will always go for a stir fry or noodle dish. I have had the pad prik haeng with tofu and vegetables most times I have ordered. Each time asking for it extra hot. I got it "hot" once and never got it in any way spicy ever again. The veggies really vary in this dish but the last time I got lots of onion that was not chopped up properly. Just really careless prep. Not impressed!
I give this place 2 stars because I like the prawn crackers and there is no doubting the ingredients are really fresh.
I don't know who owns this place but I would be really surprised if they are actually from Thailand. Cos if they were then if you asked for something hot it would burn the gob off of ye!
I have expressed my views on a number of occasions on Camille's Facebook pages and every time I have been ignored. They only seem to like replying to positive comments.
I also think they are terribly overpriced.
If you want an authentic spicy flavoursome Thai take away then ring I would recommend you give Thai Spice in Dublin 1 a call (see my review)......
This place is seriously good! Gorgeous food, authentic flavors - watch out for the cardamom pods and bits of star anise! That's a good sign as far as I'm concerned! I'm currently obsessed with their Massaman curry - so yum!
They forgot my drinks once when I ordered delivery (was annoying but not a huge deal) and they sent out delicious FREE starters the next time I ordered - really appreciate that kind of service!
Disappointing Meal. V small portions and for quite a price. Curries are tastier and better priced elsewhere. Also delivery 2.50 is a rip off
im not sure how i have a check in for here as i haven't been in almost a year!! but i'll review it anyway and it'll be brief.
brief because i love it.
fantastic restaurant quality food in a take away. a very good choice of food on the menu and super nice staff that seem to bend over backwards to accommodate. they even phoned me two days after i ordered food from them to ask for feedback on their service!
If you like Thai you'll love this - fresh, succulent, aromatic - simply delicious
We are authentic Thai kitchens cooking restaurant quality Thai food for you to bring home or for us to deliver to you. Our two kitchens service the southside area around Dublin 6, 6w, 8 and 12 (South Circular road). And our northside store the area around Dublin 1, 3, 7 and part of 9 and 11 (Phibsborough).
Delivery: We endeavour to get our food to you hot and ready to eat, within 45 minutes. However at busy periods this may be longer (we will try and warn you!) For this reason, we mostly limit our delivery area to about 3 kms around each store.
Exclusively Irish Meat and Chicken
All our meat and chicken is Irish from the best suppliers we can find, and are prepared in authentic fashion by our Thai Chefs. For our Beef dishes we use exclusively Irish premium Fillet steak.
Parties, Buffets, Meetings, Receptions, Lunches & Dinners
Established in 2010.
Our original Camile outlet opened at the corner of Cork Street and South Circular Road in April 2010, and quickly established a reputation as an exceptional Thai Kitchen serving the South Circular road area, Kilmainham, Inchicore, Crumlin, Drimnagh, Rialto, Pimlico, Liberties, St. Stephens Green, Harolds X, Clanbrassil street,St James Hospital, Terrenure, Kimmage and Heuston South Quarters. Camile opened its new Phibsborough branch in January 2011, delivering to the IFSC, Cabra, North Circular Road,Glasnevin, Fairview, Collins Avenue, Stoneybatter, Mater Hospital, Mountjoy, Croke Park, Drumcondra and parts of Finglas. Our busy location in the centre of Phibsborough (with convenient parking across the road in the Shopping Centre), makes it convenient to call in and collect. There's even a seating area to rest your bones while you wait or to meet a friend and share some food!