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Mid to low-priced Thai in Vancouver, BC

tomru Feb 9, 2009 08:56 PM

Posting in search of mid to low-priced Thai in Vancouver, BC. Surprised, I looked for Thai Terrace on this board, to avail. It is a great/tasty mid to low-priced Thai place on 2872 West Broadway (phone: 604-738-2824), depending on your budget requirements. Any other suggestions? I'm looking for unique atmosphere, as well. Cheers.

  1. fmed Feb 9, 2009 09:00 PM

    Vancouver does not have a strong Thai scene...however, you might want to check out Salathai, Sawasdee, Montri's, Urban Thai Bistro.

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    1. re: fmed
      Sam Salmon Feb 9, 2009 09:04 PM

      Had lunch @ Thai Terrace today-delicious as always!

      Agree that it's a tad thin on the ground here.

      1. re: Sam Salmon
        fmed Feb 9, 2009 09:08 PM

        I'll have to check out Thai Terrace. Do you happen to know if it is run by Thais?

      2. re: fmed
        JEheartbreak Feb 10, 2009 04:40 AM

        Big supporter of Sala Thai.

      3. Cancuk Feb 9, 2009 10:07 PM

        Sawasdee gets my vote.

        1. bangkok Feb 9, 2009 10:18 PM

          Urban Thai Bistro and Chilli House on Beach are your best bets

          1. flowbee Feb 10, 2009 05:25 AM

            I've liked Lhy Thai on Edmonds in Burnaby, the 2 or 3 times I've went...

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            1. re: flowbee
              Sam Salmon Feb 10, 2009 07:47 AM

              Thai Terrace-100% Thai owned/operated.

              It's bare bones place that does a lot of take out and was designed that way no pretense just good food/friendly people running it.

              1. re: Sam Salmon
                fmed Feb 10, 2009 08:00 AM

                It's on my list. Thanks Sam.

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              CdnLifeguard Feb 10, 2009 10:32 AM

              Sawasdee for sure!

              1. tdeane Feb 10, 2009 02:59 PM

                Being a huge lover of thai food, I would have to say Montri's is the best and most authentic I have had in Vancouver. But, it is way too expensive.

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                1. re: tdeane
                  tomru Feb 10, 2009 07:36 PM

                  Plan to check out Thai places in Vancouver this weekend; spectacular to have so many new leads. Cheers!

                  1. re: tomru
                    grayelf Feb 11, 2009 06:51 AM

                    We used to go to Salathai on Cambie all the time but our Thai food expert (lived in Thailand) pointed us to Sawasdee a number of years ago and it is now our standby, always reliable though Mondays can be less so -- you should probably reserve here.

                    Wimaan on Broadway near Cambie is another possibility -- nice creamy curries and groovy squid in particular and no resos needed -- but avoid the more Chinese style dishes. Actually that is good advice for Sawasdee too come to think of it. Neither resto does great veggie stir fries for example.

                    I have not had good luck at Thai Terrace either time I tried it for take out/delivery (it is definitely barebones for a dine in experience) so either I'm ordering wrong or... and be sure to repeat your order very carefully as they forgot the *rice* the second time. I also did not find it all that much less expensive than my usual haunts. Would love to hear specifics on favourite dishes there, Sam and tomru. I recall the tom yam being particularly disappointing.

                    I've also enjoyed Montri's over the years but haven't been in quite a while. As tdeane notes, this is a pricey place and the reservation scenario just got to be too long a wait for us.

                    Looking forward to hearing where you go and what you eat, tomru!

                    1. re: grayelf
                      twinkienic Feb 11, 2009 10:33 AM

                      Sawasdee is also my standby. I find them affordable and delicious.

                      I have not had good luck at Thai Terrace either... though I should give them another try as I live so close by. I second the request for favourite dishes there!

                      Wimaan... I haven't been back since I was given raw (completely not cooked, not just undercooked) shrimp with my pad thai.

                      Montri's is delicious but definitly more expensive than other options in town.

                      Has anyone tried Charm?

                      1. re: twinkienic
                        fmed Feb 11, 2009 10:36 AM

                        I have been hearing good things about Charm recently. The Georgia Straight and a few other publications have given it the thumbs up.

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                          waver Feb 11, 2009 12:54 PM

                          Charm has a fun groovy vibe (booths, black wood, low lights, lots of red, huge mirrors, candles), but the food is a little uneven. Some items were very tasty, eg crispy prawns. Some things would have been good (eg the larb) if we'd taken the Straight's advice and emphasized how we actually mean it when we say spice is OK. We ordered mussels in a nice lemongrassy broth but friend was put off by the fact that over half of them weren't open. And a couple things were just plain weird, for example ravioli in a curry sauce. The sauce was good, but the ravioli were pretty institutional. So if your looking for authentic (admittedly a fluid concept), this is not the place, nor does it pretend to be. if you're looking for a fun place to have a martini with some tasty bar nibbles, then this could be the place. The service could not have been more obliging, and the chef even came out and asked if she could anything differently. Of course, at this point we should have piped up with a comment about the mussels, but we were power chatting so the moment passed. We had plenty of food and a few Singhas for $100, tip included.


                        2. re: twinkienic
                          grayelf Feb 11, 2009 08:53 PM

                          "Wimaan... I haven't been back since I was given raw (completely not cooked, not just undercooked) shrimp with my pad thai."

                          Blecchhh. Did you say anything??

                          1. re: grayelf
                            twinkienic Feb 11, 2009 10:26 PM

                            No, I had no time... it was a short lunch break. I just sort of ate around it.

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                    vangirl Feb 11, 2009 01:00 PM

                    Krua Thai on Lonsdale in North Van is one of my faves.

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                    1. re: vangirl
                      Philx Feb 12, 2009 04:21 PM

                      Khai Thai has two places one on Seymour downtown and one on Cornwall. I have had some good meals from them and some just OK. The curries seem reasonable dependable and so was the Pad Thai. Lhy Thai out in Burnaby is good too.

                    2. k
                      kwailan4 Feb 14, 2009 11:03 AM

                      Anybody tried Thai Spice Restaurant at the former Star Anise (1485 W 12th Ave) location? It is owned and operated by a couple of former Khai Thai staff.

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                      1. re: kwailan4
                        Philx Feb 14, 2009 10:46 PM

                        I have had a couple of meals there a while ago. As I recall the curries and pad thai were pretty good certainly better than the run of the mill Thai in Vancouver. I would go again but havent been near there recently. Hope that helps


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