Location: 2636 Kingsway Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC
Phone: (778) 216-0020 | Hours: Closed Mon/Tues/Holidays, Wed-Thurs/Sun: 5PM – 9PM, Fri-Sat: 5PM – 10PM
My girlfriend and I came visiting this hidden gem just on the border of Coquitlam and PoCo the other night. In fact, she introduced me to this one. Honestly, I wouldn’t have stepped foot into this place if it wasn’t for the coupon she bought on SwarmJam.
This place had won first place in Reader’s Review in the tri-city area last year, yet I didn’t know about it! Now how sad is that. We walked in around 7pm on a Saturday night and the place was only occupied by 2 other tables. It’s a very small restaurant, with only half a dozen of large tables. And they only open for dinner, I wonder how they maintain their business? The owner, I believe is a mixed couple of Thai and Caucasian and it’s definitely a family-run restaurant.
The tables were very spacious and clean. The table mats made it look even more like a family restaurant. There was only one waitress working, but being the only one, I think she took care of us real well. However, she did forgot about our utensils. But, I felt like I was well taken care of that evening.
We ordered a mild Tom Yum Gai with chicken, which has a herbal soup base with freshly squeezed lime juice and lemon juice, lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves, cilantro, green onion, fresh Thai chilies, mushrooms and roasted chili paste with a touch of coconut milk. Even though the soup was mild, the spices had enough flavours in it to make it hot. The soup didn’t taste like herbs at all, instead a very strong smell of coconut milk. It was a nice addition to our meal, however with a price point of $9, it seemed a little expensive. The size made up for it.
The Phad Thai was one of the server’s recommendation, which is also a famous item for Thai cuisine. there is a choice of tofu, prawn, tuna, beef, pork or chicken phad thai. This is a rice noodles fried wth tofu, eggs, green onions, fresh bean sprouts, and spiced with chilies and in-house brew tamarind juice. We also had this mild. The spiciness goes all the way to suicide (which was actually one of the features of this restaurant)! Unlike other places, the tamarind sauce was less sour. I’m not sure if I liked that, although I’m not much of a fan for sour food. The dish came out a little cold, it was warm, but not hot.
The Panang curry was also one of the server’s recommendation. It’s a red curry with peanut sauce and lots of vegetables include broccoli, pepper, bamboo, fresh tropical herbs and tamarind juice. This was also a mild dish, but all spiced up and full of flavours! I would definitely come back for this curry, it’s a little thick but peanuty and full of flavours. I think this dish would feed 2 people, and the rice was ordered separately. there was enough leftovers for lunch the next day.
The total came to $41.60 before discount for an appetizer and 2 entrees. For Thai food, this is on the expensive end (IMO). But, for the quality of food this place serves, I could consider coming back. The ambiance was mediocre, I find a lot of random art and posters put up on the walls and there’s personal heater right behind where I sat. It feels like a family restaurant more than anything. The chef/owner was a bit defensive when he came to our table and asked how our food was, and we honestly told him the Phad Thai was a little cold. Gave us a little shrug and went on his way. This restaurant could easily have a new POS, right now all their bills are hand written, which I find a little old school. But since they are only opened at the evening, their budgets and earnings are smaller.
Know of any Thai places in and around Vancouver? Let me know in the comment section below.