Advantages Excellent food, excellent service, excellent prices
Disadvantages It's a ten hour flight away
INTRODUCTIONMyself and Ms Larsbaby were in holiday in Vancouver and found ourselves in a decent downtown hotel. We explored the area and found many fine Asian restaurants. Having sampled Japanese and Chinese, we were looking for something else to add to our list. A Thai restaurant from across the road of our hotel caught our eye and maintained a spot on our "to do" list. Towards the end of our stay, we finally cracked and went to eat there.
THE RESTAURANTSala Thai has two locations, one on Burrard Street, the other on Cambie Street. Cambie street is someway south of downtown. We went to the one on Burrard, at the heart of downtown, which looks pretty big from the outside. When we went, the restaurant was pretty full and we had to wait a short while for our table for two. A good sign then, that the place was so popular.
In the middle of the restaurant was a rickshaw up against one of the pillars which was quite striking. To the right of the entrance was a waiting area, where 4 red fabric
THE MENUThe menu is split into several sections. Appetisers include deep fried vegetarian spring rolls, pork & shrimp wanton, tofu with vegetables, deep fried fish cake and golden shrimp cake.
Soups and salads have old favourites like Tom Yum (hot and spicy soup), Thai salad and a house salad.Currys include red and green currys, Panang curry (thick red curry) and my personal favourite, Massamun curry (massamun curry paste in coconut milk with meat and potatoes).
The large list of lunch specials, available from 11:30am - 3pm, include Thai red and green curry, chicken with cashew nuts, eggplant delight (aubergine with garlic, pepper, sauce and choice of meat), drunken seafood (mixes seafood with Thai chilli, onion, peppers and sweet basil leaves) and pad thai (noodles with shrimps, beansprouts and egg).Meat dishes include garlic beef/pork/chicken, sweet and sour meat,, beef in oyster sauce, BBQ chicken and chicken with cashew nuts.
Seafood dishes include garlic prawns, squid, pan fried salmon with red curry, steamed fish and deep fried whole fish. Rice noodle dishes include Pad Thai, Lard Na (stir fry noodles in Thai gravy), spice drunken noodles and fried rice with shrimp.Vegetables include sautéed bean sprouts with tofu, stir fried spinach, and assorted sautéed vegetables with house curry sauce and coconut milk. Rice is either jasmine or coconut.
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