3364 Cambie St, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 875-6999
Advice: Live Thai dancers during dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
I have always loved Thai flavours, some restaurants serve traditional Thai dishes and others from their home regions of Thailand. Chef/Owner Ui Ratsomjit opened this restaurant a few years ago as she wanted to bring the flavours and dishes from North East of Thailand “Isaan” where she is from. Servers are dressed in traditional Thai garb, elegantly attired making the dining experience memorable.
Although I had dined on one occasion for lunch in the past having the delicious Peanut Satay Chicken, I have had a couple of dishes to go that included their delicious and hearty Massaman Lamb Shank along with the Red Curry with Basa fish. This time around I had them create me a tasting menu so that I could try many dishes off the dinner menu. I had a virgin Pineapple Colada served in a coconut as well as a glass of the Coconut Water which came from the same coconut.
I loved the Prawn Salad with lemongrass and mint, Salmon with Rice noodles; and Duck Garden Roll in a delicious peanut sauce. The next dish was the delicious Tom Yum mixed Seafood Soup with bass fish, prawns, mussels, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, and kafir leaves: along with the outstanding deboned Stuffed Chicken Wings with plum sauce. Then it was the Ginger & Five Spice pan-fried Basa fish served with stirfried vegetables & fresh herbs, spices (ginger, garlic, chives, green onions, corander, thai basil and snowpeas); along with the delicious Lamb Massaman marinated and slow cooked in a Massaman Curry paste with peanuts, onions, sweet potatoes & carrots. Next were a few of their different curries, the Red Curry Duck with Lychee the braised Duck in a light red curry paste, coconut milk, bell peppers, bamboo shoots and fresh Thai basil, served with rice which I loved followed by the Yellow Curry (Gang Garee) Chicken with yellow curry paste, coconut milk & sweet potatoes which I didn’t care for; along with the tasty Green Curry with chicken.
For dessert I had the outstanding and heavenly Young Coconut Creme Brûlée a vanilla bean custard topped with caramelized vanilla sugar baked in the coconut and served with grilled pineapple and apple. I am looking forward to trying more of their dishes on future visits.
Review by: Richard Wolak