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Jul 14, 2008 11:52 AM

best real thai food in Vancouver?


I've hit several places so far and haven't found much that i like. Looking for very authentic places, preferably that gear their food towards local Thai people. Preferably N.Thai and Isaan stuff.

So far i've been to Urban Thai Bistro, Thai House, a place on maybe Burrard whose name i've forgetten, and Simply Thai on Hamilton. Simply Thai was the worst of the bunch and ridiculously expensive: the somtam was made w/ what tastes like canned/jarred chili (as opposed to made/chopped to order) and contained no dried shrimp and hardly any peanuts. The sticky rice (5 dollars!) was not really khao-nio at all, but was mushy overcooked piping-hot regular rice. Nice people working there, but the food was Simply Bad.

As rec'd here, i plan to try O-Thai, and Montri's once they reopen.

Any other suggestions?

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  1. Hi Simon,

    There's a thread on a different Vancouver foodie forum about the lack of good, authentic Thai in Vancouver. My "go too" Thai restaurant is Swasdee at 4250 Main St. It's not going to blow you away, but it's solid (and, IMO, way better than Simply Thai).

    I've heard good things about O-Thai as well, but haven't been. Montri (of Montri's) retired and I'm not sure of the quality anymore.

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    1. re: Cancuk

      Agree with Cancuk re Sawasdee. My two experiences at O-Thai have been less than stellar, partly because the food was disappointing and partly because the service was lacking (both were lunches).