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Jan 26, 2008 05:37 PM

Good authentic Thai food?

Good evening all,
We've just recently moved here from TO and I am craving Thai food big time. Any recommendations for good value and taste? We don't really need fancy, just want to taste some good pad thai and green curry chicken. I'm missing my Salad King and Young Thailand from TO...but am certain there's got to be a place here that compares!

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  1. Where? This is a regional board for western Canada. Where are you?

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    1. re: John Manzo

      Oops. Calgary. Sorry about that. Thanks.

      1. In my haste to post this I forgot to say that we're in Calgary. Thanks.

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        1. re: pnepszy

          I love Chili Club Thai House. There's a location downtown and in the southwest. Both don't look like much on the outside but are lovely inside.

          I find most Thai food a little pricier in Calgary than in Toronto.

        2. Thai Sa On on 10th ave and about 4th Street SW is considered to be one of the best Thai restaurants in town.

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          1. re: Hart50

            I like Ruan Thai on 12th Ave SW and 13th street more than Thai Sa On - the dishes there are more reminiscent of what I remember from Thailand - but both would be good reliable choices.

            1. re: geckogirl

              I go to Ruan once a week for lunch- they have a lunch buffet, and if they have their superb basil chicken, it's a happy day!

            2. re: Hart50

              Thai Sa On is way way better than Ruan Thai.

              For best results, talk to the owner, he's a pleasant older gentleman, he can help you put together an order that will astound you, if you're not sure what to order for a more authentic meal. The menu is so large that maybe its easy to pick "safe" dishes and then feel like you didn't get an authentic experience.

              IMO Thai Sa On gets my vote for best restaurant in town in ANY category.

              1. re: Kor

                Now THAT is an endorsement! :-)

            3. Spicy Hut on Edmonton Trail just north of Memorial has really good pad thai. I like Chili Club, too, and the King and I (they're both more expensive than Spicy Hut, but nicer decor and more conveniently located. I've had bad luck at Thai Sa-on, the one time I went there I thought the food was mediocre and the service was poor (we wanted wine but could only order it from one person, we sat there for over 15 minutes while the guy was chatting with another table, basically socializing, so we ended up ordering beer instead). I've never been back, but it gets great reviews so maybe it was just an off night.

              I haven't been myself, but my better half was at Royal Thai down south for a lunch meeting and said it was really good. I've been intending to go but it's a little too far. If you live in the south it would be a good bet.

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              1. re: hsk

                I love Chili Club too, though I've only been to the one on 11 ave SW. I've gone there many times with my girlfriend and always love whatever we order (awesome green shrimp curry). I've also been to a Ruan Thai a couple of times but had mixed results. The first time was amazing and the second time was mediocre. I think there was a different cook the 2nd time as the lady that was cooking during our first visit (the owner I think) was mainly in the dining room during our 2nd visit.

                I've also been to Thai Sa On once too but wasn't really wowed by some of the items we ordered.

                1. re: djdragan

                  bingo on Ruan Thai- when the kitchen is on, it's on- when not, well.....