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Chada Thai Fine Cuisine

2991 Lougheed Hwy, #107
Coquitlam, BC V3B6J6
Tel: (604) 464-5300 Reserve Online
  • Cuisine: Asian, Thai
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Catering
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Gluten free, Fine dining
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30AM - 2:30PM & 5PM - 9PM, Fri - Sat: 11AM - 10PM, Sun: 12PM - 9PM
  • Former Chef from Celadon Restaurant, "Best restaurant in Bangkok by Travel and Leisure Magazine". Chada Thai serves Thai food with fine dining flair.

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Cramped is right!
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

I bought the Groupon a little while ago, so we finally decided to go and try this place. The decor was quite unique, with golden statues and all. It was a tiny little place with lots of tables, especially the area just across the kitchen, you could barely squeeze yourself in between the tables to get to the seat if you're sitting against the wall.
There were only two servers there. One was very attentive and would come by and check once in a while, to see if the food was ok, or if our water needed to be refilled. The other one, on the other hand, was standing around most of the night, and we had to prompt her a few times to refill out water.
We ordered the chicken satay appy, pad thai and the seafood plate. The satay came almost right away. The chicken was deepfried, which was a first for us for satays. It was alright, a little bit dry though, but the peanut sauce was good.
The we ordered medium spiciness for both the pad thai and the seafood plate.The pad thai was alright, nothing to boast about. I've definitely had better pad thai's elsewhere. The seafood plate was not spicy at all, more on the sweet side. Most of the seafood was overcooked, especially the squid pieces, they were all quite tough and chewy. The jumbo prawns were good though. Would like it more if there was more sauce on the plate.
The prices were reasonable even without the coupon, but the food really wasn't all that. I might come back to try their curries and their desserts, we were just too full this time.

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Now, THIS is Thai Food
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 1, 2007 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

Ventured into Chada Thai all the way from Vancouver with best friend in November. Loved it. Pad Thai with tamarind sauce was authentic. Albeit the portion was small and price a tad higher than most, this restaurant is not your mom and pops Thai place. It's Thai food served with style and the quality more than makes up for it. The red curry with chicken was good but not spectacular in my opinion. It came with bamboo shoots and it was spicy and did contain too few pieces of chicken. Slithers of chicken breast don't come expensive so I was surprised more wasn't included. The stuffed chicken wings, OH MY GOD, they were something to write home about. It's hard to describe but it was the best fried chicken one can ever have. My best friend inhaled hers and we wanted more. As there was only 2 of us and a huge menu, we wanted to try everything but alas our stomachs were too tiny. Damn. Their friend banana and 3 types of ice cream dessert was unique and an amazing end to a satisfying dinner. I cannot wait to return. If you've been on the hunt for good authentic pad thai, look no further and no longer do I have to drive to US just to enjoy authnetic Thai cuisine anymore.

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Hit & Miss at upper end prices.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

A little pricey w/ small portions. $14.99 for a Tom Kah Gai served in a medium sized bowl--albeit a very tasty & well-made soup--and $12.99 for a Pad Thai. Stuffed chicken wings: 2 pc on the dry side costing ~ $8.99. Their small lunch menu speaks of lower prices.

The Thai iced tea is served in a narrow glass & w/all that ice, you don't really get much for $3.xx. The "infused" drinks served in martini glasses (no liquor on premises). That's much cheaper @$1.99 or thereabouts, it's slushy ice with some kind of syrup infused/blended w/the flavour (herb/cucumber/ginger) of choice from the listed options.

The F.B.I. @6.99 doesn't get plated the same way every time as the reviewer below got blueberries on his plate while mine came w/syrup only. Nothing special except the coconut ice cream was the least tasty of the three (coconut, vanilla, mango).

The service needs work as they seem to lack the experience or maybe the Asian server just likes suffocating you. She's not nasty, only she hovers a little too much. Since the place is tiny it makes her eavesdropping a whole lot easier & she's not very discreet about it. Say anything to your friend about the food & the restaurant, then she appears right up against your table but of course, she listens long enough b4 she comes just to be sure. This hovering got even more bothersome when it came time for collecting the cheque. A few times, she made the motion of grabbing for the bill fold/wallet only to twirl on the spot as she realised that it was still attached to a hand as he's placing in the tip. B4 that, she also reached for it when he had yet to sign the slip--still pen in hand. I think she's just eager to find something to keep herself busy w/.

Being attached to Save-On, it feels like a fastfood joint rather than a classy Thai restaurant that the prices seem to shout out. That said, the decor is clean, simple & warm.

It may be lacking in an a/c as they have a little table fan blowing on the faux bar.

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Charming, but cramped
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

I’ve been eying Chada Thai ever since the chef was featured on Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag. My husband and I love Thai food so we were really excited to use a Groupon Deal here. I made a reservation a few days in advance for a Sunday seating at 5:30pm and the restaurant manager, Janewit was very friendly, reminding me to bring the voucher when I arrived. Located in Pinetree Village across from Coquitlam Centre, it’s very easy to get to, has tons of parking, but it’s a very tiny restaurant.

Great decor, cozy, warm and a cute little Thai place. Because of the Groupon (I think) the restaurant was packed (on a Sunday!) when we arrived with 2 or 3 tables empty. Being able to hear and almost touch the surrounding tables at times felt a bit too cozy and cramped, but nothing new to us, having eaten at tighter quarters in restaurants in New York. The place could probably seat around 25 people or so, but anymore than that would feel like a fire hazard. The kitchen is basically in the centre corner of the room (covered by walls,phew!), but it’s lovely to be able to smell all the Thai aromas as soon as you enter the restaurant.

We ordered a few dishes to share: the Pad Thai - Pan-fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce, with chicken and prawns, egg, tofu, green onions, and bean sprouts, topped with ground peanuts, the Beef Mus-sa-Mun Curry - Pan-seared with potatoes, onions, carrots and peanuts, served with sautéed vegetables, and the Pork Garlic Pepper Sauce - sautéed with cauliflower, carrots, onions, and steamed broccoli with black sweet sauce. Everything was brought out quite fast, so that was a bit of a surprise, but thankfully it was “smoking” hot. I think we would be safe to order medium spice next time because the mild was too mild for our tastes and the dishes we tried needed more of a spice kick.

The Pad Thai was really good, very saucy and had large prawns, which I really enjoyed. The Pork Garlic Pepper Sauce was quite yummy and smelled really good. Great flavours. The only downside was the pork was slightly overcooked and dry. The Beef Curry was quite delicious and was an okay sized portion. My hubby also tried their Chada Thai Tea - A special blend of flavourful cinnamon, clove, star anise, fresh lemon, with a touch of honey. It was a tad bit bitter for my tastes, but he enjoyed it.

Overall a yummy Thai place, BUT I think a bit too pricey for Coquitlam. I understand the exotic flavours and quality of really good Thai food, but I can’t really justify $22 for a beef curry entree. And the tables for 2 are pretty small, so the waitress really should have better technique of “plopping” down the plates before walking away. One of our long rectangular dishes barely fit on the table; when she first set it down, it nearly fell off the edge. My husband and I had to rearrange the other dishes on the table so everything would fit. Crazy. But I really liked it that rice wasn’t an extra charge and came standard with their curry dishes.
Service was pretty nonexistent on this particular Sunday night, but Janewit was quick to apologize and was only able to refill our water glasses at the end of the meal. =(

I think we’d come back to try the lunch special, but a regular dinner might be a bit too much for our wallets. =(

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The only place I go when I crave for Thai Food
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

I just moved to Coquitlam and I often crave for Thai food. I wasn't sure where to go until I spotted this place one day while I was heading to Save on Foods. Hm..this place always have ppl inside, it must be good? Yup, definitely. I've visited here 3 times already during lunch and it's always 80% packed even though they only have less than 10 small tables. They have lunch specials for $10 which includes small soup, small salad and entre (such as meat w/ rice or fried rice, etc). It's always good.
*** One important thing you need to know is that when you ask for medium spicy, it's quite spicy! *** I learned it the hard way.
Their service is always good. Very polite and attentive. I get my water refilled almost every 10mins.
The previous reviewer is right, they're quite pricey but at least you're guaranteed w/ good food and service.

Recommended.

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Very good Thai
By thecritic of Vancouver (375 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

I have been to Chada Thai a couple times and both times it was very good. I consider myself a bit of Thai food snob having visited the country twice and generally don't eat at western Thai restaurants because I am generally disappointed. I am not sure if its simply the fact that the ingredients are so fresh and tasty in Thailand or why it never seems to reproduce well here, but in my experience it simply doesn't.

Anyways, Chada Thai tries to be a kind of fine dining Thai restaurant and for the most part, it succeeds. The dishes we had were all tasty and a good representation of real Thai including the curries, green payaya salad, tom-yum soup, etc. The service is very good as well, they are on top of everything. Even with the fine dining aspect, I do think the prices are a little steep for what you get but considering the outstanding flavours and lack of good Thai restaurants in Metro Vancouver, overall it is worth the price.

I will return whenever I am craving Thai food and don't mind driving out to Coquitlam.

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Might be the best in town ... but could improve
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 12:54am [Dine in]

It's a tiny place, but very well decorated. Very clean and , well, feels like you're in a Thai restaurant.
Both the waitress' and the chef are very friendly, very nice. Offered a lot of helpful advice regarding the food and came around to chat with the customers. No complaints there.

Now the food ... I'm only giving it 3 because, well, damn it, I've had some better stuff back over in Asia. But I'll reserve judgement for the 2nd time around.
I have to say the Thai iced tea they have there is probably the best in town, maybe the best I've ever had. We had the "spring roll" appetizers, which is really quite nice, highly recommended. The soup (coconut seafood) was possibly the highlight of the meal, it was really, really good. A bit pricey, but quite a bit of volume, enough for 2 people and comes with a small side salad and rice, it's enough for a meal in itself. It was very spicy (even though we asked for mild), but surprisingly the flavours still easily shone through. Pad thai was probably the best in town, noodle texture was excellent and it was loaded with big prawns/shrimp that actually tasted like shrimp. The biggest let-down was one of the chef's special, which was a fried chicken, sweet 'n sour thing. What? For a chef's special, there was nothing special about it. It was done okay, but not particularly creative and it lacked that "wow" factor, except maybe for the plate.
We were really, really full, had to pack stuff back. We'll try to make it back in case we ordered the wrong dishes. So far it's either the best or 2nd best in town. (Arroy on Cambie is pretty damn good too, but the service was absolutely, absolutely horrible).

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A smooth dinner for a party of 10 on New Years Eve.
By teddyandturtle of Vancouver - Kingsway (84 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 1:24pm [Dine in]

Boyfriend and I came here with a couple of friends for dinner on New Years Eve. We had no problems getting seats and the service was fine even though the restaurant was busy. Noticed a LOT of people came in to get take out though.

We were given menus and water was refilled without asking. From what I recall others ordered, their curries are okay. The skewers were good. The salad was bad. My boyfriend ordered the yellow curry with rice. I thought it was decent with a good portion size. I ordered a pad thai with a tofu substitute instead of the meat. It was pretty good, not super saucy and presented nicely. What made me only give the food three stars was that they put a cole slaw mix on the side of my dish. Who puts coleslaw on a pad thai dish? I would rather they take out that part and put more noodles in, yeesh. It looked like they took it out of the prepackaged salads. My dish was a good portion size, not to the point where I have to take some of it home. None of us bothered with appies or desserts.

Nice touches: the water had cucumber slices in it. Gave it a more refreshing taste I found.. but some people didn't like it. They should have asked and warned before doing that. The ambiance of the restaurant is nice. Dimly litted, nicely painted, great Thai decorations hanging around and statues too.

Warning: their washrooms apparently are really hot. I quote one of my friends coming back and saying, "Oh my god, it feels like a 100 degrees in there." I have no idea why.

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Once a week!
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

By far the best Thai food in the area, if not the lower mainland. We try and go once a week its that good. Contrary to other reviews the value is excellent! Top notch ingredients, and large portions. Staff is very friendly and actually Thai, which is rare in these parts. Sum tum salad, Pad Thai, Gang dang and Tom Yum soup are my personal favorites, but the entire menu is exceptional.

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Incredible
By Foodcriticbc of vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

Just got back from ordering take out lunch. I have been coming there for a long time recommending alot of people there. They actually charged me a 10% surcharge for takeout orders. I told them are you joking the lady there said she can't chance what the computer says. I said listen ask the manager she said he is busy so I said ok then you have lost a client for life. She didnt care. Ironically the food wasnt as good as before. Never again!@

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Great food, tiny portions!
By priggly of Coquitlam (73 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 1:55am [Dine in]

I have re-eaten at this "fine dining establishment" on several occasions and the fact is that it is dismal with respect to the size of the portions. They are miniscule by anyone's standards. The quality of the food is not in question. What definitely IS in question is the size of the portions. They are tiny by anyone's standards and need desperately to be increased in size.

INCREASE the size of your portions, will you please? Otherwise, we your loyal diners will continue to feel ripped off!

One more thing: the size of your establishment is insufficient. You need more room! One more reason to decrease the size of your prices or INCREASE the size of your portions!

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Wasn't bad, wasn't amazing
By nyoung of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

Food:
Pad thai was good - noodles weren't mushy and held together nicely. Chicken in peanut butter sauce was good. Beef in sauteed basil wasn't though, and beef was horribly overcooked.

Service:
Had a trainee who was really quite green, but I guess that can't be blamed. Was a bit confusing because we were served by three different servers.

Value:
While I had a groupon, the value of their regular price was not very good. Similar fare can be found at other Thai restaurants for less. Many of their dishes were really up there in price. The pad thai and chicken dishes were fair portions but the beef wasn't that big.

Ambiance:
TERRIBLY crowded, I'm surprised the waiters can get around without spilling anything. Our table was literally RIGHT next to the door - so cold.

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Nice presentation, but lacking
By sunder of Coquitlam (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

We came here for dinner as I had a craving for thai and we were around my area. First impressions were pretty good. The place was small, tiny in fact, but it was clean and nicely decorated. Aside from the sun shining through the blinds, the place was pretty dim.

We ordered the deep fried chicken wraps to start, the spiciest green curry with chicken and the pad thai with shrimp for entrees. The presentation of the meals was nice and artsy, but the food itself wasn't very spectacular. The chicken wraps were different (imagine bits of chicken wrapped in a leaf and flash fried) and intriguing, but the chicken was fried a little too long and the texture was too hard. The green curry was quite tasty, but not as spicy as advertised, but then again, my girl is quite the spicehound and her tolerance borders on non-human. Lastly, the pad thai was certainly the strangest pad thai I have ever had. Instead of having a sweet sauce base, it was much too salty and dry. It didn't even seem like pad thai, but I've never been to Thailand, so maybe that's what pad thai is supposed to be like? So every other thai place I've been to and ate pad thai at is incorrect and this place is right? Ummmm ... yeah....

Anyway, the value isn't that great either as each dish costs about $12-15, even the appetizer, but the portions are quite generous. Did I mention the presentation is nice?

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Amazing and beautiful thai food and closer to home too!
By hohohong of Van (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 8, 2006 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Finally, don't have to drive down to US for good Thai food!

The chef, formally from Four Season Hotel, prepared authentic thai food with French design. You get to eat with your eyes before your tongue.

The red table tops with orange wall with interesting thai art showcases on the wall makes this restaurant feels cozy. We were greeted by Brian (one of the owners,...i think) with his witty friendiness. After seated by the window, Brian took out a candle in a red round glass container and light it in front of us.

Food is quite spectacular. Had the panang curry beef. It's creamy texture curry beef and yam with lightly deep fried spinach with a touch of salt on in the middle seperating the cury from the rice which is artfully decorated is a must try!

Thai ice tea topped with cream is refreshing. Cucumber drink is all natural without any artificial sweetening (I think) goes really well with the spicy food as well as the hot summer weather.

Other table ordered the ginger and lemongrass drinks. Those are on my to try list!

Brian recommended FBI... Fried Banana Ice cream,.... and it's simply to die for! Ice cream lightly decorated with syrup with crispy banana and bluberry sprinkled randomly on the plate.

And that's not the last surprises,.... normally in chinese restaurant, bill comes in a piece of paper,..sometimes with fortune cookies or mint candies. Theirs comes with refreshing lychee!

It's about time Coquitlam gets this catergory of trendy exotic food.

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Best Thai
By dealornodeal of Port Moody, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

I went to Thailand a few years ago, and missed the amazing food there. In Vancouver, we get decent thai food for sure, we are fortunate that way. Someone told me that they went here with a Groupon, and said how wonderful the food was. I have driven by that location over and over without realizing this place existed. I went, and although the place is very small, and cramped, the food is the best in Vancouver. If you like spice even the medium is very spicy. If you don't like spice, ask for mild for sure. The food is sooo tasty. The prices are a little high but the quality makes up for it. They have received a number of great reviews from newspapers every year. The dishes are average for size but trust me, you can't get a better curry in the City than here.

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I agree with the last post
By frenchie75 of White Rock (37 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 27, 2009 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

I completely agree with the last post in that the policies of this restaurant leave something to be desired. The food is good, but nothing that can't be found at other Thai restaurants downtown. I could hardly believe that they actually charge you EXTRA for take-out. In Toronto, it's the normal practice of most restaurants to give you at least a 10% discount for take-out orders as it is a way to increase sales without having to pay for extra staff/space..etc. And the prices are really too high for the area/ambience of the restaurant. I will not return to this restaurant because I we are a family of 5 and we've never been charged a mandatory 10 or 15% gratuity for our family to dine. This seems exceptionally petty and insulting.... especially since we always tip at least 15% anyways.... it's just the matter of not to be given the choice based on service received. And I do believe that people should not support their crazy 10% take-out charge. I could see this if they used eco-friendly take-out packaging or something that would warrant it.... but again, I believe this is a petty move on this restaurant's part.
P.S. There is another CHADA Thai restaurant in Blaine WA I've just discovered that is excellent, with a beautiful view of White Rock.

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hidden treasure
By natashapar of coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2008 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

buried in a coquitlam strip mall is one of Vancouver's ethnic dining treasures. The food is devine (especially the Gang Dang), the service is quaint, the ambiance is what it is. One of our favourite lunch spots (the value is much better on the lunch menu), I know that this restaurant could repeatedly fill a space three times its size

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Great thai in Coquitlam
By van_cookie of Port Moody (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

If you want the closest to authentic thai in the suburbs, then this is the place. I have been there a few times and have recommended it to friends who have also loved it.

The food is traditional, the portions are great for sharing a few items. The curries are all delish. The only item I"ve had that I wouldn't try again is the Tod Mun fish cakes, since I found them a bit rubbery last time.

Don't get put off by this place being in a strip mall - once you step inside and start eating, you'll forget where you are!

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Best Thai Outside of Thailand
By seabass of Coquitlam (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 7:27pm [Dine in]

I lived in Thailand and know what Thai food is supposed to taste like...and Chada Thai has the best Thai food outside of Thailand.

Not only is the spice exactly how the Thai's like it, but the dishes taste like they do when you are sitting on the beach in Phuket eating them.

My only con about Chada Thai is the Caucasian staff who don't understand Thai cuisine....When I go to a Thai restaurant I expect it to be authentic and have people serving me that understand what Thai food truly is. Unfortunately one of the staff does not understand authentic Thai food.

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Delicious Thai Cuisine
By Nikole of Port Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 2:14am [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I decided to eat here one night. The atmosphere was superbly rich with Thai culture. It was very impressive. We decided to order a green chicken curry medium spiced. Unfortunately, it was spicier than we expected and my boyfriend doesn't handle spice as well as I do. However, it is authentic Thai... We also ordered desert- fried ice cream with a nice berry sauce. Overall, the food was delicious and the presentation was enticing. Service was also great and the waitress was more than happy to bring my boyfriend a pitcher of water for his flaming mouth. We left with just one complaint- the food was overpriced. Delicious, but too expensive. Presently, it is the only Thai restaurant that I know of in the area and thus they pretty much have a monopoly in terms of what they have to offer. It would definitely be better if the price matched the portions.

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