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White Dove Thai Restaurant

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by Erin Jade (subscribe)
Writer/Blogger, aspiring published author Can usually be found on the floor with my two boys laughing, photographing something or dragging home furniture to up cycle.
Published September 30th 2012
To celebrate my birthday, my partner and sister surprised me with dinner at the White Dove Thai restaurant in Port Noarlunga.

Walking into the restaurant it was very quiet. We were one lot of three customers in the entire restaurant although I do put this down to it being AFL Grand Final weekend.

We were welcomed in but what appeared to be the owner/ senior manager. She made room for our stroller at the table and a young waitress came over to take our order. I was surprised at the lack of knowledge the waitress had. When my partner requested a JD she said they didn't have it until we pointed out Jack Daniel's on the drinks list. As we proceeded to order food. she again stopped us asking us to order by number rather than dish as "it was easier for the kitchen".

We ordered a serve of spring rolls to share between us for an entree. When the waitress brought them out they were an unusual flat shape and so we asked if they were spring rolls. She replied with "I think so" and put the plate down and walked away. We were a little bit shocked at her casual attitude.

For mains we ordered roast duck in curry, pad thai and a pork dish and a side of rice for three people. The wait for mains was quite long especially considering how quiet the restaurant was.

We shared all the mains between us. The pad thai was good and the pork was delicious however the duck was a bit of a let down. It was a duck leg sat in a coconut sauce and was more bone that meat. We had assumed that it would be pieces of shredded roast duck. It was difficult to eat and my partner had to try and shred the meat off the bone which was a bit chewy and dry. Its presentation also made it hard to share between us.
spring rolls
spring rolls

roast duck curry, pad thai and pork dish


The waitress came over twice trying to clear our plates before we were finished and didn't offer to get us any other drinks. It was actually the hostess who offered drinks. The waitress only came back to offer drinks once we had requested and paid the bill which I found odd.

We also used a voucher from the entertainment book and received $30 off the bill which brought it to $89. For the amount ordered including 2 alcoholic drinks I think it was reasonably priced however the waitress with the casual attitude definitely put a dampener on the dining experience. Thankfully the hostess made up for it by ensuring we understood our bill and telling us that she had taken the discount off the total.

Experience was okay, but I don't think it was memorable and not a restaurant I would go back to any time soon.

Things to consider: No wheelchair access from the road and highchairs not available
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Why? Reasonably priced Thai food near the beach
Where: 1 Saltfleet Street, Port Noarlunga SA 5167
Cost: Main meals from $15
Your Comment
Ah waitresses!
Thanks for an informative review
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11033) 2233 days ago
Due to the duck, or lack of, (which we refused to pay for,) we no longer eat here. Over priced, bad service. Too bad really considering the view and location is fantastic.
by webbs (score: 0|6) 2230 days ago
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