Are you in the mood for some tasty Thai food in downtown Vancouver that won’t break the bank? We certainly were and got our Thai fix at SalaThai when the guys from VANEATS.ca invited us to preview their latest dining package called “OH MY SALATHAI”.
SalaThai is conveniently located on Burrard & Smithe, across the street from The Sutton Place Hotel. Restaurants in touristy areas can be hit or miss but we were pleasantly surprised by SalaThai’s tantalizing cuisine and friendly service.
It’s a large and spacious restaurant decorated with exotic memorabilia from Thailand. Rattan furniture and portraits of Buddha set the tone for a comfortable and calm dining experience.
Here’s what’s included in the six-dish “OH MY SALATHAI”:
- Som Tom
- Gai Hor Bai Toey
- Thai Crispy Squid
- Royal Pad Thai Chao Wang
- Gaeng Keaw Whan
- Klauy Tod
To start, we were presented with the first platter containing three items: Gai Hor Bai Toey, tender pieces of chicken marinated in a chef sauce wrapped and cooked in pandanus leaves. The chicken was moist, juicy and very flavourful. All of the items were beautifully presented and tasted equally as good as they looked.
Thai Crispy Squid was lightly battered and tossed with mixed herbs and spices – cilantro, green and red onions and fried Thai basil. The fried basil made this dish deliciously aromatic. It’s very easy to overcook squid and turn it into rubber. However, this squid was cooked perfectly, creating a very soft interior and nice and crispy exterior.
Som Tom contained shredded green papaya, tomatoes, green beans, ground peanuts, fresh chilies & lime juice. This was a fresh and crunchy salad packed with loads of flavour – sweet, sour, salty, and a little spicy – it was a party in our mouths.
Gaeng Keaw Whan consisted of sliced chicken, simmered in coconut milk, Thai green curry with bamboo shoots, eggplant, bell peppers & sweet basil leaves. Served with both rice noodles and steamed rice on the side. We loved how the rice was garnished with additional fried basil; it was so fragrant! Wow. “Are we back in Thailand right now?” That’s how authentic this green curry tasted.
Royal Pad Thai Chao Wang – SalaThai’s most popular rice noodle dish with shrimp, egg, tofu, bean sprouts & ground peanuts. Served with a wedge of lime to bring out all the flavours. This was also a very authentic Pad Thai dish with pronounced sweet tamarind flavour, and the rice noodles were cooked perfectly.
For dessert, we were served Klauy Tod – deep fried banana accompanied by a scoop of home made coconut ice cream. Yes, home made and no dairy! Just pure coconut milk and topped with grated coconut. This was a lovely way to end an awesome meal.
Check out VANEATS.ca’s SalaThai video above demonstrating each item featured in the package. Looks good, right? Want to get your hands on this yummy dining pass? There are only 50 passes available for OH MY SALATHAI starting Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00am from VANEATS.ca – for only $18. Click here to get yours before they’re all sold out!