I'm not sure what's going on with the raves here. We went there on a recommendation from someone I know who said this was pretty good.
Well, it's a hole in the wall in not the greatest neighbourhood. All will be excused if the food is up to snuff! Inside, well, I'm afraid it _looks_ like an amateurish family run joint. Only about 12 tables (and I mean 2 person tables), so not a large place. Seems okay clean, I wouldn't worry about that.
Service? When we went in, it was only about 65-70% full and they were a little bit behind the ball already. It's another one of the places where I can give them credit for trying, but they really got to get organized.
Didn't see anything super interesting on the menu that we haven't seen before. We ordered a soup, stuffed chicken wings, a "cold" seafood mix dish and the seemingly vaunted phat tai. First out, strangely, was the chicken wings and that took a looong time. What happened to the soup? Are they making it from scratch? It finally came, then the "cold" dish (which was merely lukewarm). We had to ask for the rice after waiting (another long while) for it and the waitress seemed surprise that we wanted it now. Finally, another long while later, the phat tai came.
So how's the food? Well, the stuffed chicken wings were okay. Quite decent, though the way it was done, it seemed like they were unsure whether they wanted to leave the bones in or not (certainly they didn't intend to have fish bone in there, right?). The soup was a little too strong and salty but I would give it a passing grade. The cold seafood dish had 3 pieces each of clam, shrimp, squid and fish and then a bunch of tomatoes. A bit interesting, but nothing to be amazed about and a bit skimpy. The phat tai (with shrimp/prawns), well, waaay to sweet and a bit too salty at the same time.
All in total it came to $40 for 2 people with tax + tips, so not exactly a great deal, though we were not hungry.
This is far from the best Thai place I've eaten at. Heck, not even close for Vancouver. Would I go back? Unlikely. It's not bad food, but for the service, quality and price, it's just not worth it. There are better options in town. Solidly not recommended.
Tiny hole in the wall restaurant. The food is good. The spicy food is very spicy so order carefully.
It can be a little cold when the door opens so try to sit away from the draft. Prices are reasonable. The Thai food is much better than far more upscale Thai restaurants. So if you are a fan of Thai food this is a good restaurant to add to your favourites.
I've been to this restaurant three times over the past four years and its been a great experience each time. Great family run restaurant which serves the best Thai Food in Burnaby.
Food - Superb. The curries are incredible and the desserts are fantastic, especially the deep-fried banana and mango ice cream.
Service - Prompt lower mainland asian-type service. Always there when you need them, always straight to business, no small talk.
Ambiance - Hole-in-the-Wall restaurant. You come for the great food. Though I do like the Thai photos on the walls.
Whenever I out in the distant Edmonds Burnaby area...got a craving for some Thai food...this place is it!! The place itself is small...almost a hole in the wall right across from the Value Village parking lot. As you step in...the ambiance...heh..okay but its the food that counts. My favs have been their spring rolls, stuffed chicken wings, Tod Mon (fish cakes), Green curry with chicken, Goong Phat Phet (prawns,veges, and sweet basil), Kao Phat Saparhode (pineapple fried rice), and the BEST Phat Thai Gai (Pad Thai!!)with chicken or prawns in Burnaby..maybe even Vancouver!
Had lunch the other day and ordered the chicken rice, medium hot. It took a long time to get the order and when I did it had no heat at all to it. I found maybe three little pieces of chicken in the rice which was disappointing. When I paid for my lunch the first transaction was cancelled by the person using the machine and I only noticed afterwards when checking my bank account that when they ran the transaction through again they charged an additional 49 cents?? It's not the most expensive food around (which I can see why now) but why charge me the additional 49 cents the second time around?
There are lots of thai restaurants around so I suggest that if you want good service and quality food you go elsewhere.
This past Saturday evening, my husband and I decided to try the Lhy Thai on Edmonds Street in Burnaby .. it had been recommended to us by a mutual friend of ours.
While the food was good - there was no mistaking that, the portions (though we had been warned prior were small) weren't just small, they were ultra-small. That, and the fact that the tables are so close together you find yourself almost sharing your table with your neighbour .. have confirmed for us that we will not be returning.
3 dishes = $39 + tax.
Just our opinion ...
Lunch special is excellent (Currey, Satay, Salad, Rice, Spring Roll), Dinner portions on the small side. Price reasonable. Good to go with a group and order a lot of different dishes. Best dinner is a Tom Yum Gai Soup (vegetarian is especially good - fresh, flavourable and not heaped with fatty coconut milk) with a bowl of rice and fried banana and mango icecream for desert...
I've tried lots of thai restaurant in Vancouver and to this day, this restaurant is probably the best one in the lower mainland. The food is definetely top notch. They are very tasty and flavourful. Honorable mention is the pad thai and the curries. The only downside to this restaurant is that the portions are very small, so keep that in mind. Lunch is also very good. You can get a combo of rice, green curry chicken, spring roll and fish cake for only $6.50.
Service is good, the waitress and owner are very friendly. Do avoid coming here on Fri and Sat nights as the place will get packed. It is a very small restaurant afterall. Reservations are a must. Too bad they are closed for lunch on Saturday and all day sunday.
There's not much for ambiance. You basically just go there for the food.
I strongly recommend this restaurant. Hot is very spicy so order accordingly.
What this place lacks in ambiance, it makes up 10x in its food. My wife goes completely nuts for their Pad Thai (the noodles), and I basically like everything else :)
In short - very good (if not the best) Thai food, ideal for take out as the service tends to get very slow once they are 50% full.
We went to Lhy Thai for dinner with high expectations. I should learn by now, not to have high expectations based on reviews but I can't help it. We ordered Papaya salad, Tom Yum Gai (Thai hot and sour soup) and Moo Ga-Tiam (Pork fried with garlic, ground pepper, topped with green onion and cilantro). We both really liked Moo Ga-Tiam and my friend liked Tom Yum Gai. We both are disappointed with papaya salad. We also found that the servings were small. Based on what we had so far, we both prefer Sandar' Thai Garden in Surrey over Lhy Thai. However, Lhy Thai has a broader menu.
I have introduced this restaurant to countless people and recently two very good "foodie" friends.
We had such a good meal we made the trek (from Yaletown) to Burnaby, past countless other Thai restaurants.
What we ordered
Spring rolls, delicate but amazing flavor
Chicken in Green leaf, marinated chicken thighs
The Larb Gai ( chopped chicken salad)
Pranang Gai (chicken curry with coconut cream)
Sweet and Sour Prawns with Vegetables
and Jasmine rice.
3 of us had lunch - (it could have been dinner), and we are not petite people and had a hard time finishing everything.
It is the best, most authentic Thai food in greater Vancouver, that I have eaten at.
If you ask for it spicy they will make it western spicy, if you ask for it pet muk muk, you will get Thai style.
We were disapoined in the tasted ot the foods we had at lhy thai.
the tom yum kha was ver sweet only and they did not use the most essentual herb called
pauc chi fallong ....I love this flavor....
and the pad thai tasted like katsup just so sweet ..
the tom yum goong only had a few small goongs in it...
the steamed rice wasn't bad [ guess they could not scimp on that ...]
weve been to Thailand and know what good quallity tastes like and this isn't it...
we found it very over priced for the quallity of foods they served
the owner was the cook and the husband was the waiter.
they were arguing in thai and once we finally got our food he never came back till we were finished.
ya they were busy but if you can not take care of your customers you should hire more staff..
dingy, packed, very old little place
it was not a friendly atmosphere also making it an all round dissapointment...
I read all the other reveiws and they must be pumping there place or the people posting here
are really not aware of what good Thai food tasted like
frankly it is difficult to find quality thai food here anyway but this joint rates low..
sorry about the lousy reveiw
best of luck finding a good thai restaurant ....
I have been here quite a few times as this is the only thai restaurant in the area. Like most other reviewers said, Lhy Thai's portion is pretty small. I went there with my husband and we had their lunch special. We ordered green curry chicken and a Pad Thai. The green curry lunch special came with a small satay skewer and a bowl of chicken curry, and a spring roll with a small scoop of rice. The bowl of curry is full of canned bamboo shoots and curry sauce and not much chicken there. So my husband was still hungry after the lunch and he had to eat somewhere else. As for the Pad Thai, the taste is there but the portion is tiny. It looks like a kid's size portion. I recommend someone to go there if they are on a diet.
I have been a Lhy Thai customer since 1999. I am sorry to say that over the past two years, I have seen incremental slippages in quality. I like Thai food very much and one of the main reasons is the fresh quality of the food. Lhy Thai in the past epitomized good Thai food. Then the prices increased. Then the portions decreased. Still, it was good food. Something changed more recently, however, and the food has become mediocre at best. We have tried Lhy Thai three times during that period, including take out this past week. The food did not taste as fresh, the dishes were not as diverse in content of ingredients, the portions of some dishes were smaller than previously and the take out containers were a step down from prior containers which were more eco friendly than the styrofoam containers we were given this time. Over all, were very disappointed - and will not be returning. Sadly.....
The food was pretty good, but the service was absolutely horrible. There were 4 of us so we ordered 4 plates and 2 bowls of rice. The 4 plates were gine in no time and we were all still hungry. We even ordered more rice that never came.
The food was tastety, but I will never be going there again.
I wrote a very bad review of Lhy Thai a little while ago but my family dragged me back there last week. I was pleasantly surprised. This time, instead of our food being dreadfully slow and the service being terrible, the food came out very quickly (a little too quickly!) and the owner and server were both friendly and courteous. Perhaps I just caught them on a bad day the last time...Lhy Thai does have the best hot & sour soup in town!
We're a patron to this little restaurant for a few years now and their food have been solid! I have tried many different thai restaurants (Sawasdee, Royal Thai, Green Basil, etc.) but none of them can beat their pad thai! The price is standard (pricey but standard for a thai dish) and the portion might seem small, but the taste is perfect. The owner is always there and is always courteous.
We ate here last week and ordered a curry, a stirfry, phad thai and spring rolls. All were good except for the spring rolls, which were mediocre. Prices were really reasonable. We found service to be friendly, but the restaurant got super busy after 7pm, and it became hard to track down a waitress to ask for water and the bill. Overall, a good experience and we'll definitely be going back.
Bad service. I forgot my wallet and they wouldn't let me go get it. I had to convince them to take my iphone as collateral and even then they asked for my phone number and called my phone to make sure it was working. I then had to argue that the phone was worth more money than the meal! All this for a $7 average meal. I came back, paid and tried to explain to the man that it was a poor business decision to give me all this trouble for forgetting my wallet. He did not seem to be convinced.
Well, I am not going there again.
I found out about this place through word of mouth from friends living in Coquitlam and Richmond telling me they drive out of their way to eat here. I've been here a handful of times and have enjoyed their food every time. The restaurant is run-down, it is a small house-turned-restaurant that sits across from the Value Village parking lot (the area is improving quickly though, with new highrises and commercial lots). It is a mom & pops operation; you won't find fancy decor here but the owners are smiley and try their best. However, it is the food that keeps me going back and craving it while I'm at work. The stuffed chicken wings are yummy and the deep fried fish is to die for (I don't know what it's called, it was by recommendation from the owner) - they are small triangular-shaped fish and the sauce is amazing. The curries are great too. Although I've never been to Thailand, it tastes and feels authentic, not like some of the other mainstream Thai restaurants in the lower mainland.