Former Chef from Celadon Restaurant, "Best restaurant in Bangkok by Travel and Leisure Magazine". Chada Thai serves Thai food with fine dining flair.
Love the food at this place. The Pad Thai is superb, as well as the curry and many other elegent dishes. A bit pricey, but I enjoyed every bit. The service was outstanding, when asked about ingredients of the dish, the head chef personally would take the time to come to our table and explain to us. The location and size of the restaurant did not really fit for me. A little too small, looks more like a to go store, than fine dining. However the food speaks for all and it was fantastic.
I took a party of 18 here for my wife's birthday, so I got to sample a lot of dishes and a lot of opinions. The response was uniformly positive. EVERYONE in the party was impressed with the food. The melding of flavours in each dish was superb - way better than any other Thai restaurant I've been to. Curries, Pad Thai, Pad Zee-u, and other dishes were all excellent. The interior is nice enough, with a variety of cultural wall ornaments and pleasant lighting - very nicely done, considering that it's just a slice of the Pinetree Village strip mall. The service was just fine, considering the size of our party. It didn't take much longer than it would have with a smaller group. The only thing that would keep me from going back regularly is the prices: $15-20+ for typical entrees (includes rice) and comparably pricey appetizers means that we'll save it for special occasions.
Been to many Thai places around the Lower Mainland and this place is right next to Save on Foods. It is hard to tell what the place looks like inside from out as they normally always have dark blinds covering the windows. The ambience is nice inside and quite intimate. Food is actually very good, though you certainly pay a premium for it. Been to many other places with the same quality though lower prices.
Awsome green curry ckn. Spicy but good. It was roughly 28$ for 2 meals and 3$ for a glass of apple juce for my 3 year old. Tables are close together ,table seat along the window with people lugging their Save On Foods bags by peering in at you eating. Washrooms were very clean. Not a place for kids, there were booster seats but pointless. There are no kid menus. Not a bad ides for a lunch idea.,Keeping in mind they have kist /point grey prices.
Given the proximity, and based on the headline "fine dining/former Four Seasons chef", I suggested to my friend that it sounds like a good bet, notwithstanding that a cursory glance at the menu suggests that items are pricey for the location. Yes, location does play a part in justifying menu prices, and this is no Yaletown/False Creek. It's next to a fish and chips place and Save-On in a suburbian strip mall, with pedestrian traffic peering in on you if you are seated along the windows.
We ordered the Pad Thai and Green Curry with beef. The Pad Thai, at $14.99 for noodles and about half a dozen of shrimps, though tasty, was not outstanding and does not deserve to command such a steep price. For a chef trained at an upscale establishment, I would not have expected the noodles to come unadorned, in an oval shaped bowl. That's how one would serve it while standing and eating over the kitchen sink, not at a 'fine dining' restaurant.
The Green Curry, again, although tasty, was too skimpy in portion(few strips of beef swimming in the curry) to command a price of $16.99!
The wine selection by the glass only offered Piat D'or, while the bottle selections were more agreeable to us. We didn't want to order a whole bottle, but wanted some wine with our food, so that was restrictive. The bill came to $50+ and we left somewhat still hungry! This would go in the 'been there, done that' bin.
I went there for the first time at dinner time. Food was good but the price hurt. So I went back there for lunch and it's a awesome deal for such a high quality food. The pad thai has a lot of flavour and tasty. I love their fried wontons and the coleslaw with it. The only thing I dont like is the soup come with the main course. Its too garlicy. It almost ruined my appetite when I chew a bit of raw garlic in the soup by accident. Service is nice and fast. Ambient is good. I highly recommend.
The food is very tasty, though beware of the spicyness, I enjoy spicy food but I have my dish made mild.
The service is not so great. I'm not sure if it is a language barrier or they are just rude but I do not find the waitstaff polite or friendly. I have often had to wait around for the bill or to order while the staff chat, and considering that the restaurant is tiny there is no way they couldnt see us.
I usually go to Chada Thai for their lunch special because of the great value, otherwise I find it pretty expensive. The food is good but considering the staff and the ambiance, I cannot see myself paying so much for my meal. The restaurant is really small, but tastfully decorated.
Go for the lunch special as it is only $10, otherwise you might come away disappointed.
We decided to give Chada Thai another try after not going back for over a year. They have added new black solar screens so you can't see into the restaurant during day time and cramped more tables into the little dining space they have but it was pretty quiet so I did not mind.
To start, we ordered pan-seared tiger prawns marinated in chilli and garlic ginger sauce with a green apple salad for $12. This sounds really good right but I only had some of the 2 table spoons of salad that came with the 4 shelled, fried and intestine left in prawns. The prawns were sliced in half so it looked like you got 8. The worst part was the eyes still intact on 2 of the prawns. Yuk not for me.
For the main course I ordered Chada Thai five-spices grilled chicken served with fried rice and plum sauce for $26. This also sounds delicious but not. I was shocked to see $2 costing on a $26 dish. Basically I got 1 grilled chicken leg on vegetable fried rice and there was no plum sauce.
My partner ordered steamed fish (basa) stuffed with ginger, green onion, lemon, cilantro served with grilled asparagus, carrot, baby corn, and mango sauce. I guess I had to share his plum sauce. He liked his dish even though is was tiny but presented very well.
The service can't speak English very well and they did not bother to ask how our meals were. Lucky for them cause I was ready :)
I looked across the street at KFC and told my partner that I'd rather have their chicken leg for $2 or what ever KFC charges for chicken legs.
On the positive side, the Chada Thai infused ice and mint drink for $2.50 was very good and the complementary mint patty was good too.
A few months ago, I attended a birthday party here. It started out badly due to cramped seating. The first dishes, soup and an appetizer, were good quality. But then things fell apart. Our waitress was overwhelmed with too many tables and botched a couple of orders, including the one for the birthday boy. Although they did eventually bring the correct dishes, they didn't try hard enough to make up for their mistakes. It was the guys birthday party and he had to watch other people eat for a half hour.
However, my main criticism is the excessive spiciness of the food. I eat Thai food fairly often, so I'm familiar that it is always hot to some extent. But this place takes it too far. When your mouth is burning, you don't taste the more subtle flavours. A couple of people I was dining with were overwhelmed by the spicy hot.
I've had my fair share of Thai food, and Chada Thai takes the asian dining experience to a whole new level. It's not often in an asian restaurant where the chef will come to your table and tell exactly what went into your Pad Thai, and Brian Marchesi is obviously VERY proud of his food. And I can't blame him...it is simply the best Thai food I have ever had.
The restauant is very small and only hold 5 tables of 4 and 4 or 5 tables for two and reservations are snapped up very quickly especially on weekends. If you can, go early (around 5:30) and you will be promptly seated and be out of there just as the dinner rush starts. The location is also a little strange as it is situated beside a Save-on-Foods grocery store and is not very prominent at all. You will be fighting with grocery shoppers for parking.
Service is what is to be expected in such a small restaurant with a single server and the owner/chef helping out at times.
Prices are understandably high for the quality of food and the attention to detail Chef Marchesi puts into every dish on the menu, but it is fine dining after all and with all things considered, Chada Thai is an excellent place to dine.
Located in a strip mall, the interior of Chada Thai is very nicely decorated, with strong colours and bold art. A friendly greeting, and we were quickly and cheerfully seated and had our order taken. It's a small space, oddly dominated by the kitchen and backroom, leaving room for only 32 diners.
Our food arrived very quickly. The chicken satay came with a very tasty peanut sauce, but the satay itself was deep fried?!? We also had the red curry and added prawns; it was pretty but a bit flat - you can get a much better one at Go Thai in New West. Finally, we had the yardstick dish: Pad Thai. Lots of prawns, a bit of chicken, but the flavour and texture just weren't there - you can get a much better one at Lhy Thai in New West.
Overall, pretty good, but why go back if you know you can get better food for the same price or less elsewhere?
Truth be told, I would go back for sure. I found the food very delicious, but I also found it a good $7- $12 a plate for than you can find the same dish in other yummy Thai restaurants. The place is small & well décor'ed with great staff. The way the food is served is definetly more fancy that how Thai food is served-guess that's how they justify the over charge.
Me and wife really enjoyed our dinner at Chada Thai.
We ordered Chada Thai rolls and papaya salad to start. Padthai and beef mussaman curry were so delicious.
I have to thank you to my friends who recommend us and totally agree with them that this is one of the best Thai restaurants in lower mainland. The service was so good especially the young nice manager James,he is so nice and very informative.
We are so glad to found this place and definitely go back again soon.
I have been several times to Chada Thai. Even though I live in Burnaby, I make it a special trip as this restaurant is in my opinion the best Thai restaurant in the Lower Mainland. Thai food is my favourite and I think I have tried every single Thai restaurant in Metro Vancouver, but none come to the quality of the food at Chada Thai. When I go for lunch, I usually have their Pad Thai or their chicken cashew nuts. The food tastes very fresh. I have had Pad Thai at other places that were dry and tasted the ketchup in the sauce - totally yucky, but Chada Thai makes their own sauce from scratch with Tamarind.
At dinner time, I really like their mus-a-mun curry with beef or their Pa-Nang curry. The previous reviewer is right. If you never tried spicy, order mild because spicy means spicy like in Thailand at Chada Thai. I love very spicy food so it is not a problem for me, but I can see where someone not used to it could set their mouth on fire. I have also tried their fresh salmon and their seafood plate and like them both, and I am not even that much into fish. If you have room for desserts, try the FBI; it's really nice.
This place used to be run by Chef Brian. Sadly, he passed away in 2009. He was a super cool guy with an easy smile who cooked wonderfully and was great with customers. I mean he'd hug some of his regular customers. Incredible Chef! They have a new Chef now and he is very nice as well. He might not hug you, but he really care about the food and the customers. And then they have this new manager, and he is so cool as well. Makes you feel like so welcome.
I know some of the reviews question the value, but I pay much more downtown for much lesser quality. and their lunch is super cheap. One thing I did not know until my last visit is that you can order from the dinner menu, even at lunch time.
I wish we had a place like that in Burnaby. Instead we have the Thai House, and their food tastes mediocre when compared to Chada Thai. So for me, Chada Thai is it!! True Thai food.
I am insanely picky about thai food. I've traveled around Thailand and even taken traditional cooking lessons there! That being said, I really love the food at Chada Thai. I used to find any excuse to share the restaurant with friends....until I brought my boyfriend for dinner.
The service was great, and he absolutely loved the food as much as I did. We each wished we could stay there, enjoying the flavors all night although as soon as we got to the car, he started to itch and broke out in hives over the blood vessels on the inside of his wrists. We both know this is how he reacts to exposure to MSG because his parents cook with it sometimes and will admit to it after he has a reaction. :( We were both very disappointed because we want so badly to keep eating there but don't want to have to ask about MSG or wonder if he's going to leave with hives again.
Even writing about it makes me feel sad...I'm so in love with the food!
Had the Pad Thai last night and honestly felt it was the best Pad Thai I have eaten since travelling to Thailand. Despite a language barrier the service was very good and the overall ambiance I thought was lovely, particularly when you consider that they are trying to create a fine dining experience in a strip mall.
I will agree that the food is pricey, my Pad Thai was $15, however I believe this is reflective of the quality of ingredients they use and is also on par with the cost of a meal in the Coquitlam Centre area. Just for comparison, you will pay a minimum of $25 per plate to eat at the new steak house around the corner and the fish and chip shop next store costs you an average of $15 for some fish, fries and coleslaw.
I will definitely eat here again because I want to support quality ethnic cuisine in Coquitlam, so keep up the good work Chada Thai!
Decent food portions - the two of us shared an appetizer and a main and managed to be full. The spring rolls weren't the best as they lacked taste. The Pad Thai was satisfying and could compare to other places.. even Thailand.
It was a Monday night and definitely not busy. There were two waitresses. One was nice, and the other was rude. I asked if there were anything that wasn't spicy and she responded "you can make it mild, medium or hot". I'd expect a little more for the price.
Again, decent portions but the price is also a little high. $9 for spring rolls (a little expensive) and $15 for the Pad Thai (decent).
Most people rated this a little higher than we thought. The decorations looked cheap and awkward. It was a little uncomfortable for us, but this may be the real atmosphere of Thai.
Will we return? Maybe if we are craving Thai.
Recommended for Thai lovers!
I have been to Chada Thai at least 20 times since discovering it last year. The food is absolutely delicious and by far the best Thai food I have ever had. It is well presented and authentic. Everyone I have ever taken to this restaurant has loved it.
We have always had fantastic service and our food has arrived very quickly. Staff are friendly and welcoming. Food portions are not large but I have never left feeling hungry. The food is quite rich so I am not sure that any larger portions are really necessary anyways. I feel that for the quality of the food, the value is great.
The only sort of negative thing I can say about this restaurant is that it is located in a very busy strip mall which doesn't suit how great the food is. The restaurant itself is nicely decorated and clean.
Location aside, this is an absolutely wonderful place to dine!
My husband and I went to Chada last weekend. We were very excited at the first moment because of the food aroma and the service. The lady who serve us is very nice and attentive. The food came out really fast. The 1st dish was papaya salad with coconut sticky rice. It was really good and tasty but really spicy for us even though we did ask for below mild level. 2nd one was spring rolls with a big pile of deep fry vermicell noodle on top (3 rolls for $9-ouchchchch). They came with no sauce which is unusual since most of the place will give u sauce with spring rolls. 3rd and 4th dishes are entres. Mine was sautee rice noodle with pork and egg in oyster sauce.- very tasty I found. My husband's entry was rice and sautee tofu in peanut sauce. He just finished a third of that small portion and couldnt continue. I asked for the reason and he said the sauce tasted just like a Thai can sauce that he bought from a store before.
Overall, I would not give it a poor rating if it's not for the price. Way over priced. Our dinner came to $56, with small portions.
1 thing we found funny is the deep fry vermicell noodle the chef put on every dish to garnish. I dont think anyone's gonna eat it.
Sure the food taste good for me but it is doable at home too.
Their food is good and tastes authentic enough for the Coquitlam area. However, they are stingy. Yes, arguably they are a fine dining restaurant but a stingy fine dining restaurant.
I ordered a chicken fried rice from their lunch menu for take out.
The food: * * * *
Value: * * (Service charge of 10% was added already and tip function still available - read your receipts)
Honesty level: * * ? (Ordered chicken fried rice which tasted great but not a piece of chicken in sight. After observing under a magnifying glass, still could not find a piece of chicken. Perhaps they forgot to put it in or figure most people don't open the box until arrival at home and about to eat. In which they will be too lazy to drive back and do anything about it. Or maybe it is suppose to be a chicken broth fried rice? Oh yeah, no soups ever for take out (not mentioned on their website).
Now...when I ate there previously ordering the exact same dish, chicken was visible.
So all in all, I think it is a Four Season taste but you definitely get less what you paid for. In my perspective, I rather go to a finer restaurant and pay more for a better value.
Would I go back? Not likely in the near future unless I am craving good Thai food (e.g. chicken fried rice but less the actual chicken meat).