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C$6 - C$21
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Asian, Thai
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews thai food khao soi green curry pad see ew tom kha chicken stir fry friendly service ate here servers dish takeout specials
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Reviewed December 22, 2023

Charged $25.76 for just under 500 ml of curry takeout (1 order). This did not include rice or tip. Felt ripped off. Will not be ordering from here in future.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed September 17, 2023 via mobile

My wife and I went to this restaurant on Friday September 15th 2023. The server did not place my order, but did place my wife's order. Her meal was delivered without a word and the server disappeared. We shared her meal expecting my meal to...arrive. Still, no server. I finally went inside after about 15 to 20 minutes and found another server who looked and told my meal order wasn't placed. I was over this place at that moment. I received my check and had to go back inside to pay because the server would not come to our outside table so we could pay and leave. No apologies were offered. Worst experience that I've had .More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed June 27, 2023

Family visiting from Calgary were impressed - as were we - with the quality food and the service. They are big city foodies and thought this was about the best Thai they'd tried. Nice atmosphere and efficient, friendly service. We'll be back.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 15, 2023

Our best meal in Nelson. Found it on our last evening, and it was a wonderful place. The food was so excellent, with the Green curry being my dish. Service was really friendly, family run and really a great experience.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 4, 2023

Very cute little restaurant on Baker Street with an outdoor terrace for the summer months. All the Thai favourites on the menu and including a range of luncheon specials (at $18...fairly reasonable these days). Open 7 days a week and specials available every day.A family...affair..chef and his wife and his sister in law. Food good although if you want it authentically Thai ask for extra chili etc.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed March 20, 2023 via mobile

The restaurant has gone through a transition to new owners which is often not a good sign. But in this case it is a great improvement that is surprising since it was pretty good in previous visits. The varied taste sensations brought back memories of...Thailand. Spicey but not overpowering, subtle when required and bold when you wanted that bit of a surprise. Great time.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 3, 2023

I really enjoy the food here, I often order a stir fry and I'm always in a hurry and that is totally my fault , but they are always super kind and give amazing service. For Nelson Thai food this is very tasty and always...good. The servers are just lovely and attentive, treat you kindly and I feel welcome. I would recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed October 15, 2022

This restaurants is highly rated but my experience was not good. First, I noticed lipstick or something on the glass for water that they brought to my table. I ordered fried rice. It was too spicy for my liking. You could search for chicken with...a magnifying glass. There was not much of vegetables either. The food was not fresh. It looked like it was prepared long time ago and now it was just warmed up. I love Thai food but I can’t recommend this place.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 23, 2022

Good service, pleasant servers, but I don't understand why this restaurant receives generally good ratings. Maybe we ordered the wrong dishes. Everything seemed like it had been prepared long in advance. Greasy, soggy noodles. Light on the vegetables. Brown lettuce. Dull flavors. Disappointing.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 8, 2022 via mobile

We only did takeout but it was some of the best Pad Thai that I’ve ever had! We also ordered the Tom Kha coconut soup with shrimp. It was delicious but we forgot to tell them a 1 star and it was too spicy for...my husband—oops, I had to eat all of it😂More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 8, 2022 via mobile

Ate here last year for the first time and it was excellent. Found out that there are new owners now and have to say the food is still just as fantastic. Enjoyed Roti with Curry Sauce and spring rolls as an appy. Both were so...good and fresh!! Had the drunken noodles and Khao Soi as our main dishes and will definitely be repeating both of these dishes again. Two thumbs up from us!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 8, 2022 via mobile

My wife (Thai National) and I had the pleasure of eating here. The restaurant is run by a lovely Thai family and is very authentic. It has new management and owners and is highly recommended. I have lived in Thailand for 18 years and I...can tell you that the food here is the most authentic I have had outside Thailand. Make sure you tell them to make it Thai style - but ensure you tell them your desired spicy level! The larb chicken wings were beautifully prepared with lovely rare herbs and the tom yum goong was divine. Try the Thai iced tea as well - a refreshing treat. The service was lovely. They took great care and definitely are passionate about sharing their food and culture.Give it a go - you won’t be disappointed.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Busaba Thai Cafe, Owner at Busaba Thai Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2022

Thank you so much, it was very nice meeting you both. You guys are such a lovely couple. We will keep doing ours best and hope to see you guys again!!!! <3

Reviewed May 31, 2022

Busabas used to be super delicious and something I would crave. After the menu changed it has went down hill. the food left me feeling sick. their are no veggies in the dished, the pad thai is way too saucy and bland, the pad see...ew noodles are horrible. 2/10 ... Change back!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed August 19, 2021

Had dinner early August. Khao Soi and iced Thai tea are very good. Excellent service. Lots to choose from menu.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 16, 2021

Great place for our group get together. Good location with handy parking. Excellent food, nice ambiance, very good service

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Date of visit: August 2021
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Yes, Busaba Thai Cafe offers takeaway services.

Busaba Thai Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5