Twelve Spices Lao & Thai Cuisine

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Twelve Spices Lao & Thai Cuisine Address

197 St Johns Rd
Canley Heights NSW 2166

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Twelve Spices Lao & Thai Cuisine Contact Info

(02) 9609 6212

Sue on (02)96096212


Laotian, Thai




Mon 11am - 3pm
Wed to Fri 11am - 3pm
Sat to Sun 11am - 3:30pm
Mon 5pm - 10pm
Wed to Fri 5pm - 10pm
Sat to Sun 4:30pm - 10pm
Open on Christmas Day
Open on Christmas Eve
Open on Public Holidays


Corkage Per Person $2.00





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    User Reviews of Twelve Spices Lao & Thai Cuisine, Canley Heights

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    Displaying: 1 - 10 of 29 reviews

    7.3 Recommended

    Food  9      Ambience  7      Service  5      Value  8     

    We have been going to 12 Spices for a few years now and whilst we love the food especially the Choo Chee Prawns, Crispy Chilli Basil Chicken and Nam Khao the service has deteriorated over the last 6 months. We often have to ask for the same thing 2 or 3 times before it comes to the table, the service is always rushed and the staff no longer particularly friendly. On our last 3 visits we have ordered fried ice-cream at the end of our meal only to be told that they have run out or the kitchen has closed for the night. I could understand this if it was close to closing time but it was only 9.15pm and the restaurant doesn't close till 10.00pm.

    Oct 22, 2014 

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    9.3 Highly Recommended

    Food  9      Ambience  9      Service  9      Value  10     

    This is a little hidden gem, which obviously all the Thai + Lao people know about, as we were the only non-Asians in the place. In fact, I always take that as a sign of good food. The restaurant is nicely decorated (not over the top), and we had no problem just walking in early on a Sunday evening without a booking. The waiters were very easy going and friendly, a couple very attentive and a couple needing to be signalled, but if you don't mind doing that, it was no problem.

    The food was delicious, and I will easily go back there. For entree we had spring rolls (delicious), for mains we had rice ball salad (absolutely delicious and was the stand out dish of the evening), stir fry satay chicken and veges (sauce a little thin, but absolutely delicious), pork Loa sausages (absolutely delicious, though possibly not quite as good as Holy Basil up the road) and grilled beef (which is probably the one I wouldn't order again, a little tough). Having ordered (and ate!) two fried ice-creams last week at Holy Basil, we ordered just one here, which was yummy, the only detraction was that it was served on a plastic plate.

    Definitely have one of the fruit juices / slushies - I had watermelon, and would go back again just for that!! I entree, 4 mains, 1 dessert and 2 drinks cost $70 - excellent value, considering the good quality of the food.

    Sep 01, 2014 

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    6 Average

    Food  6      Ambience  6      Service  7      Value  5     

    We were seated immediately having shown up without a booking. The atmosphere was nice apart from the sliding entry door that constantly was opened/closed by children - recommend you sit closer to the kitchen. Food was average; selection of rice was minimal; the watermelon shake was delicious but disappointed there was no alcohol beverages. Stir away from the fried ice-cream as it tasted like one big frozen blurb of coldness fried in fish oil. Suggest the owner fries desserts separately from main food.

    Aug 30, 2014 

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    7.5 Recommended

    Food  8      Ambience  8      Service  5      Value  9     

    Some of the Laotion dishes were good. The service was a bit of a let down. Worth coming back again.

    Nov 05, 2013 

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    9.5 Highly Recommended

    Food  10      Ambience  9      Service  9      Value  10     

    Being a hills local I was hesitant to travel so far for what is around the corner, however after constant word of mouth suggestions I decided to head south for their Thai and Laos cuisine.

    What can you say about large servings, apart from feed the man. The value for money is amazing compared to my local spots, and then the quality matches . The soft shell crab was more than divine and enough for anyone and not venturing to far from my staple the chicken Pad See Ew is easily the best I have had in Sydney and i eat a lot of food.

    The menu easily suits anyone of any age, and you can personalise any fruit shake you want - That's a tip for all you other spots out there. I suggest Pineapple, Lychee and watermelon.

    The atmosphere is fun, fresh, and has an amazing personal family connection. Even though this spot was full and we didn't make a booking the staff were more than friendly and accommodating.

    I suggest if you want an authentic Thai Laos meal with a twist of what makes Australia great then head on down to Twelve Spices.

    Oct 19, 2013 

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    1 Not Recommended

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    Service here is atrocious. No comment on food as we left without dinner though not without being subjected to some attitude and absolute rudeness from the waiter.

    After waiting outside for 5 minutes with two other couples without being served, we walked in and asked how long the wait will be for a table. The waiter stuck a finger at us and told us to wait while he ran in and out of the kitchen, cleaned tables and proceeded to to do his best to ignore us. Sensing we jumped the que, we went back outside and after 15 minutes we were still waiting with the other couples without being served.

    During this time, one of the couples walked it, made a complaint and left. A few minutes later and completely fed up, I walked back in and told the waiter how rude it was to ignore his customers. His response was unbelievable. He stood up straight, looked me in the eye and literally said "look here, what's the problem?". How absolutely rude.

    I have to say that they were flat out. The shop was packed and they seemed understaffed. However, it is not excuse for being arrogant and rude. I think he was particularly rude to us as we had the audacity to ask for a table after rather than silently waiting for them to be ready to serve us like the other couples.

    We left and went down the road where the Thai food was amazing and service even better. There are so many Thai restaurants around, I wonder how they think they can afford to treat customers the way they do.

    Aug 15, 2013 

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    9.8 Highly Recommended

    Food  10      Ambience  10      Service  9      Value  10     

    We went there with some friends and we were met with such friendly attitude and smiles all around. After our beautiful lunch, the crispy chicken with chilli basil sauce was to die for, even the good old chicken green curry was amazing! My favourite is the Lao sausage with Nam Jim sauce. We tried the pandan fried ice cream and the size fed 4 of us, that's how large the serving is - great value! We will definitely go back there again and again.

    May 03, 2013 

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    7 Recommended

    Food  9      Ambience  7      Service  5      Value  7     

    I've been to a few Thai/Laos places in the area and this is my favourite by far! Service needs a bit of work (staff need to be friendlier). But food comes out quickly, fairly big portions and yummy! Crispy chili basil chicken, massaman beef curry and Laos sausages would have to be my favourite.

    Fruit drinks are amazing. I always found it hard to choose which flavour I want (usually lychee or watermelon). Fried ice cream dessert comes in unique flavours such as pandan and green tea. It is huge and I need to share this with someone! Takes me an hour to get here but always worth the drive!

    Apr 23, 2013 

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    5.5 Average

    Food  5      Ambience  8      Service  1      Value  8     

    I called up the restaurant 30mins prior to my arrival to make a booking. The staff who answered the phone assured me that they were not busy and a booking would not be necessary. Thus, I trusted the staff member and arrived to the restaurant later.

    I was then greeted by a waiter on arrival, who informed me that it'd be a 15 minute wait. I explained to him about my call earlier on, to which he replied with, "Well, the reason why we didn't take your booking was because we're actually booked out. It's totally up to you guys whether you want to wait or leave though." Extremely disappointed at our first point of contact already, as there was not an apology and this waiter was obviously not concerned about losing this sale, we were not even informed about the restaurant being booked out in the first place.

    Overall, the food was average (nothing special, we didn't finish half our food). Service was extremely poor, though we did encounter one friendly female waiter. And the reason we decided to visit this restaurant was because friends of mine had been raving on about their dessert. However, as we were finally about to order our dessert, we were rudely informed that they were out of dessert.

    As we went to pay for the bill, the waiter who greeted us from the beginning, shoved in front of us and casually said, "Excuse me dude, just need to grab this chair," even our last point of contact was extremely disappointing. We will definitely not be returning to this restaurant again. Extremely disappointed and upset about our experience.

    Mar 24, 2013 

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    9.3 Highly Recommended

    Food  10      Ambience  9      Service  8      Value  10     

    So myself along with a group of 7 are regulars. Like weekly regulars. The lovely young lady who runs it is very friendly and warm. The staff also are friendly and fun.

    Food: Amazing. It's hard to find an authentic Lao and Thai restaurant and this is what I've been looking for. I am addicted to their Chicken Pad See Ew, Oh and their Salt and pepper Calamari, Oh and their satay sticks. Oh and their pad see ew, and their ox tounge and uhh everything. The food is delicious. Not to forget their irresistible fried ice cream. Yum Yum Yum!

    Value: Awesome value. Drinks are cheap and so is the food. Absolutely love this place!

    Mar 21, 2013 

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    Twelve Spices Lao & Thai Cuisine Homemade LAO SAUSAGES Vanilla Fried Icecream with Berry Champagne Sauce Pandan Fried Icecream with Pandan Sauce Mussaman Beef Curry Durian Fried Icecream with Coconut Sauce Mango Fried Icecream with Coconut sauce Thai Papaya Salad (Som Tum) Black Sesame Fried Icecream With Berry Sauce Crunchy Rice Ball Salad (Nam Khao) Crispy Chilli Basil Chicken Lao Papaya Salad (Tum Mak Hoong)
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