Sawasdee Thai Restaurant Vancouver has been recommended to us several times but it wasn’t until now that we finally had a chance to come here. My dear friends took me here for my birthday (just one of the many dinners that month). It is no wonder I am on a Wonder Soup diet. This place has been considered above average in the area and I wonder this family atmosphere restaurant competes with Maenam over in Kitsilano (you know being rated as one of the top Thai restaurants and all). Anyways, the place is cozy and not even 6pm the place is buzzing with hungry patrons.
Green Papaya Salad (Som Tom): tossed in chili, lime juice, shrimp, peanuts and fish sauce. Overall is not a bad dish, I it would be great if it had a little more heat. As such, I still prefer the bold flavors from Phnom Penh, Indochine Kitchen, or even The Union Bar more.
Shirmp Cakes (Tod Mun Pla): Deep fried shrimp pate deep fried and served with cucumber sauce.
Crying Tiger Beef: How they came with this name? Supposedly it is extremely spicy and makes even a tiger cry. The sauce was a mixture of chili oil, herbs, spices and scallions. It wasn’t too spicy even when we ordered medium but the beef was chewy and tough. Had it been medium rare…. the possibilities! Anyways, I think the tiger was crying that they wasted some meat by prepping it like… You know I wanted to cry to chewing on that leather.
Cho Muang (Flower Shape Dumplings): It was so pretty when it arrived we almost didn’t want to break it apart. Inside are diced chicken and peppery herbs. The skin is rather thick but inside packs a punch.
Satays: Some chicken, some pork served with cucumbers and peanut sauce. There’s a nice charred flame to the meat!
Roasted Duck Curry: Tender duck slices (no bones), bamboo shoots, peppers, tomatoes, basil and pineapple. Overall a nice curry with a good consistency. It was just a tad on the sweet side… This seems to be the overall theme to this restaurant. Definitely a bonus if you can’t really handle your heat.
Pad Tua Ngorg: Stir fried tofu with garlic, bell peppers and cashews. A simple dish to balance the rest of the meal.
Pad Thai with tamarind instead of the traditional ketchup/ sweet sauce. Overall the noodles were good with an al dente texture that is not mushy. The shrimp had a nice snap but noticeably there were no peanuts. And even tho we optioned for tamarind, it was still catered to the sweet side. For Pad Thai I quite enjoy Simply Thai or even Tip Thai in Port Coquitlam.
Pad Eggplant: Stir fried eggplant with bell peppers and beef. Overall it tasted quite similar to the stir fried tofu earlier and possible even the same sauce.
Overall Sawasdee Thai is a great local option and their dishes are more sweet noted than bold. The prices are reasonable and service is prompt and friendly. I may give this place another try and just order everything hot / spicy (… hopefully I won’t regret this!)
Sawasdee Thai Restaurant Vancouver
Sunday 5:00 – 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 – 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 – 9:45 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 – 9:45 pm
Thursday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 – 9:45 pm
Friday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 – 9:45 pm
Saturday 5:00 – 9:45 pm
4250 Main St
Vancouver, BC V5V 3P9
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