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Mid to low-priced Thai in Vancouver, BC

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.

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  1. 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

      Had lunch @ Thai Terrace today-delicious as always!

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

      1. re: Sam Salmon

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

      2. Sawasdee gets my vote.

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

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

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            1. re: flowbee

              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. 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

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

                  1. re: tomru

                    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

                      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

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

                        1. re: fmed

                          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

                          "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

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

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

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                    1. re: vangirl

                      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. 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

                        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