One of the most authentic Thai restaurants in the Vancouver area. Thai Cafe offers all of the authentic, exotic dishes you would expect from a great Thai restaurant, served by friendly staff in a casual dining atmosphere.
The Thai Cafe was recently named "Best Thai In Burnaby" by the Burnaby Now so we decided to check it out for the first time. Major disappointment :( I am not a Thai food aficionado by any means, but I have traveled to Thailand and tasted the food. Considering most newbies to this cuisine would immediately go for the Pad Thai you would think this would be a signature dish and a safe bet. The noodles (although dry) tasted incredibly oily (soaked in/coated) to the point where I couldn't finish my meal and it gave me a sore stomach. We ordered the prawn Pad Thai and the dish came with 4 measly prawns. Considering you pay more for the prawns you would expect are least 6.
The yellow chicken curry was quite thin and average and certainly didn't leave you wanting more. The spring rolls also again tasted like they were soaked in oil. I had had high hopes for fresh tasting food with hints of lime that wouldn't be heavy on the stomach, but it didn't suffice.
Needless to say, after only one try we probably won't be back. From other reviews it seems that the quality of the food has gone down as of late. I am sorry to have missed it.
We've explored the food outlets along the 4100 block Hastings many times...it has a tasty mix of shops and restaurants to sample. The Thai Cafe is one that we had never tried before and Thai food is not easily found in North Burnaby. The decor is quite spartan, beige walls with a few Thai inspired wall hangings, and dark brown floors and simple tables with white plates. All accompanied by classical piano music (?!).
Service was fast and efficient from start to finish so full marks there. The 3 of us ordered Thai iced teas, Som Tum (green papaya salad), Chicken Panang curry, Beef Pad See-ew, Cashew Nut Prawns, and a large bowl of steamed coconut rice for mopping up the curries. We ordered everything medium spicy but we could have gone spicy hot on most of the dishes as they were still quite mild.
The Som Tum was a refreshing start although they could back off on the amount of iceberg lettuce filler. The Beef Pad See-ew was a tasty stirfry of beef and broad rice noodles coated with a sweet soy sauce. The Chicken Panang seemed a bit shy of chicken swimming in a big dish full of tasty coconut-peanut sauce.The only real glitch was the Cashew Nut Prawns came out as stir fried chicken and veggies with nary a prawn in sight (they fixed the bill but still charged us for the dish). In general, the food was decent Thai although we've had better (and worse for that matter). Bill was $58 before tip for the 3 of us. If we're in the area, we'll try the Thai Cafe again.
Can't find a more authentic place in Vancouver- the food is very close to many dishes I've tried in Thailand. And the entire staff is Thai. The portions are great and the taste - delicious! My hubby read a good review of Thai Cafe in the Vancouver Sun so we had to go try it out. Glad we did - definitely going back for more. Pad Thai here is the best! Places like Thai House should watch out - Thai Cafe is awesome! =)
I was lucky enough to try out this cafe for lunch with my sister since they are not open every day. It was a real good find, especially for my sister who loves green papaya salad, which was what she ordered. Having come back from Thailand, it was obviously not as good, but she still gave it satisfactory rating. I had the chicken with peanut sauce on greens. I normally love this dish, but thought the sauce was a little too thick for my liking. It almost had the consistency of watered down peanut butter and clumped more than it was smooth. The flavor was good though. I'm looking forward to be back to try their other items on their lunch menu. Too bad they are not open for lunch on the weekends.
My fiance and I love to come here. the place is small and inviting, and the staff is warm and friendly. The food is just as good as any of the higher profile Thai places, and the prices are about what you might expect. Try the lettuce wrap, green curry, and cashew chicken! The lunch specials are also worth checking out.
I have been to this restaurant a handful of times and each time I am left satisfied with the fresh food and value! So far the pad thai is my favorite! I have also gotten the fish cake and deep fried prawn appetizer and they were both so good! My boyfriend really likes the curries and always says that his food is amazing too. The staff are also very friendly and the service is good as well.
I've been here about a dozen times.
The food is great. Nice fresh ingredients and really well done. Lettuce Wraps, soups, curries, seafood and main dishes are all really well done.
Decor isn't amazing - don't come here for the wall decorations. Service is solid and good without being amazing.
Value is great - not sure why others have ranked it so low. $10 lettuce wraps are delicious and enough for 2 or 3 to share for 1st course. All mains around $10 which is outstanding... even if you want to order 2 (I never have had to).
I used to work around the corner from the Thai Cafe and I've eaten there at least 20 times.
The quality of the food is excellent. You can tell that the sauces are made in-house, and nothing is overcooked or soft when it comes to your table. Ingredients are always fresh.
I've tried a lot of items on the menue but always go back to the sweet and sour chicken, which is never gloopy. Also excellent are the chicken and cashew stir fry, the glass noodle salad, the lettuce wraps and the stir fried eggplant. I've never really had anything bad here.
Lunch specials, which include soup, rice and a spring roll, are great values.
Ambiance is not fabulous - but that's not why you're here. The wine list offers some pretty decent options for such a small joint. The place is run by a friendly Thai family.
I challenge anyone to find a better Thai place in Vancouver.
I've been to the Thai Cafe about 15 times over the last three years or so. It used to be "the" place for Thai as far as my palate was concerned...however, the last two times I've been there, it just seems like the love isn't in the food anymore.
There just hasn't been as much flavor as there used to be. I don't know what it is. The food used to be really rich, flavorfull and fabulous, but now it's just kinda bland.
The service is always excellent. The food always arrives very quickly and is presented well. Ambiance is a little meh....you have to go through the kitchen to get to the washroom and it's always very cold in the washrrom (don't they realize that women have to sit to pee and we'll freeze to the seat?!?!)
For value for lunch, it get's top marks. You can get completely stuffed with soup, a spring roll and the main course for $10-11 tip included.
I have regularly eaten at Thai Cafe over the last couple of years. Had I written a review after the first time I visited Thai Cafe or even up to several months ago the review would have been much better. The last three visits were very disappointing. We have officially stopped going to this restaurant. The stuffed chicken wings are not as good as they used to be (less stuffing, drier, less flavour), their Mussaman curry used to spicy and flavorful - it now tastes just like a bland and generic coconut curry. The last time I had their Pad Thai the noodles were stiff - they sent another dish but it was the same - I imagine the noodles were old and dried out or they were not soaked properly. We ordered their beef satay and the beef was unchewable. All these dishes were ordered on different occasions and we have tried a variety of dishes from their menu. Maybe they have a different cook in the kitchen but the food is no longer as fresh and flavourful as it used to be. The food is not horrible - still better than some other places. But I would no longer recommend going there. Try Wimaan, Papaya Hut or Montri's. Those are excellent.
Ok so this restaurant is not the nicest looking inside but the food makes up for that tenfold! It can be a bit pricey as the portion sizes are not that big and you need to order more dishes. However: the green and red curries to die for! Pad Thai is amazing, satay is great, the thai fried rice also fabulous. Very authentic flavours and the waitresses are extremely friendly.
Been going to this place for a few years now. Lunch specials are roughly 6.95 -8.25 and are pretty good for the price. The srping rolls are good, i think i like the dipping sauce more than the roll itself but thats just me. The curries are good, i especially like the masamune (not sure if thats how you spell it). The pad thai is made with tamarind sauce not ketchup and is pretty good. the dinner prices are roughly $10 a dish, a little more if you get seafood. Not much decor but the place is nice as it is. Nice place if you want thai food.