This is one of the best places I have eaten Thai food in Vancouver. The food is more authentic than most of the ubiquitous and relatively forgettable thai restaurants around town. Not only does that mean that the food is tastier, but if you ask for medium hot – it really is medium hot and not a toned down version for Western palates. The only un-Thai thing about the food was that the portions were huge! For the four of us we had 3 appetizers – tom kha soup with chicken (rich coconut soup with mushrooms and chicken which had a slightly sweet flavour to it), larb (pork with cilantro, lime and chili) and a very large papaya salad. In fact, we were all pretty full after the appetizers alone. On another day we tried the fish cakes, large fried cakes made of flavoured fish paste and they were average.
However, when the mains came along – they looked so good – we just had to sacrifice our stomachs and eat more food. The pad thai was excellent with just the right noodle texture and fresh bean sprouts on the side. The green curry with shrimp was rich, spicy and filled with meat and bamboo shoots. We stuffed ourselves and we still couldn’t finish it all.
The restaurant is average-looking inside (nothing special) but also comfortable. It was filled with the main street demographic of young people and young families. Service was generally attentive – our water glasses were kept filled without our asking although they did forget to bring the one beer that we ordered.
Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
Hours: Mon-Sat 5-10pm, Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30
4250 Main Street
Cost: mains $9.95-12.95, appetizers/soup/salad $7.50-10.50
Verdict: very good thai food, great relatively inexpensive place to go if you need your thai fix, warning medium hot is actually true medium hot, our favorite thai place so far