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“A NIce Alternative to Seaside Fish n Chips” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Yama's

Yama's
Ranked #2 of 177 Restaurants in Margate
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 4 - USD 10
Cuisines: Cafe, Asian, Thai, British
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Good for: Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Thai English Eaterie open from 10am until 2.30pm then 5pm until 10pm last orders 9.30ish Tuesday until Saturday. Breakfasts served all day, like the T.J. Special( Egg, Smoked Danish Bacon, Cumberland Sausage, Beans, Tomatoes, Hash Brown, Mushrooms and Hot Toast with real Butter!!!! All for £4.95) As is our authentic home cooked Thai food cooked by Noi our Fantastic Thai Housewife/Cook who creates absolutely fantastic food, spiced to your taste. Come and sample our mouth watering Thai curries or Noi's now famous Yummy Yama (Mango Curry) Children's meals also available at £3.50 Kids Breakfast, Real Chicken Nuggets or Fish Fingers all served with Chips and Beans or Mash and Veg plus a fruit juice, we now do any Thai meal half portion for children.We look forward to meeting you soon Sawadee Krap Keep a look out we are opening Sundays soon
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“A NIce Alternative to Seaside Fish n Chips”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

Number 1 in Margate? Clearly this place is not being compared like for like because it must be pointed out Yamas is certainly not a restuarant and it doesn't pretend to be. This High St cafe's popular ranking is probably attributed to many enjoying a meal here on a budget - you may notice most reviews testify to this. Notwithstanding, Yamas is shrewd at being a thrifty hybrid. Poorly positioned, this former bread shop (with former fittings still in evidence) set on the brink of town's void, offers fried breakfasts with a cuppa for £3 during the day and later on an unlicensed no frills thai cafe. We didn't come for eggs and bacon but in search of basic authentic thai street cuisine which is what we actually found.

The chatty manner of the owner, who affectionally knew his customers individually, was endearing. The makeshift-like kitchen is on full view so you're reassured and the owner was honest enough to declare most of the menu is imported frozen. Still a steaming bowl of tasty thai noodles with lemongrass and fresh ginger for less than £5, who could really grumble?

Relocated with some investment Yamas would appeal to the town's growing numbers of visitors with a fiver to eat on. Those with bigger budgets to dine out have other fine choices in Margate; some well-known, some less so but all reviewed on this site. With Yamas you have a nice alternative to seaside fish n chips.

nb The owner should prohibit those taking liberties bringing your own bottles of soft drinks. Yes BYO bottles of beer and wine but no to bottles of vodka and cola.

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terry s, Front Office Manager at Yama's, responded to this review, 5 March 2012
Hi AK, thank you for your most welcome review, I would just like to point out to anyone who looks at your review, somehow you must have missunderstood me, all our veg is sourced fresh locally and daily mostly Kent vegetables, and that our meat, chicken , beef and pork again are sourced locally and fresh. The only frozen imported items on our menu are the king prawns (Thailand) the excellent fish cakes (Thailand) we also freeze our Thai imported chilli's, lemongrass and garanga our Thai lime leaves are also frozen but other than that we serve fresh authentic Thai food. We like to think that YAMA'S THAI CAFE offers you a little bit of Thailand here in Margate. still number 1
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Margate, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

We'd heard of Yama's and our first visit did not disappoint. Run by Noi and her husband, Terry, the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. Service is attentive, but not overwhelming. The food is brilliant. Excellent Thai and English cuisine. It is a cafe, not a restaurant, so you can have an English fry-up for breakfast if you like or a Thai soup breakfast. Open for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, they seem to be there all hours. We enjoyed our very reasonably priced curry and rice. Easily the best place for dinner in Margate. We will be back.

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Margate, United Kingdom
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“I could eat here everyday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

I am a huge fan of Yamas Thai/English cafe! It’s only a small cafe, but you get much more than you expect. Food is always hot and delicious and when you order you can ask specifically how hot you want the dish and if there are any veg etc that you don’t want in.

Starters come served with sweet chilli sauce. All main dishes come with a choice of meat, prawns or tofu, so they cover everybody’s needs! Mains also include steamed jasmine rice, which is a bargain for £4.50.

Service is always attentive, even at busy times. What’s more, you can bring your own drink (soft drink available there) which makes it a great value night out!

I definitely recommend Yamas if you are in Margate, you would be a fool not to go!

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terry s, Front Office Manager at Yama's, responded to this review, 5 March 2012
I wish you would eat here every day MIss Merrill, it's always nice to see you here x
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“Excellent Thai Cafe - Lovely People”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2012

Charming family owned and run Thai cafe. Excellent, authentic and ridiculously good value food. Atmosphere is simple, genuine and friendly. We visited during a visit to Margate and loved it. It's more of a cafe than a restaurant, so don't expect frills or formal service, but highly recommended all the same. Deservedly number one for friendliness and value alone, and the food is lovely!

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“How have they accomplished this?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

I cannot describe this place in a word more suitable than 'amazing'. The atmosphere is so friendly and inviting that you feel like part of a traditional family the moment you walk through the door. The food (every dish) is custom made to suit your palette, whoever you are, whatever your spice tolerance. There is a vast array of exquisite Thai cuisine on offer as well as more traditional English dishes, perfectly suited to the atmosphere of a seaside café. The staff are very warm and friendly without over-doing it and will be happy to go that extra mile to make sure that your visit is the best ever. Overall, if you're a fan of Thai food, or just a fan of a good value wonderful dining experience, Yamas is the only place to eat in Margate.

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