Former Chef from Celadon Restaurant, "Best restaurant in Bangkok by Travel and Leisure Magazine". Chada Thai serves Thai food with fine dining flair.
We were really looking forward to our meal here. We were in for a surprise. With the overpriced menu, the cramp space and the quality of the food we were in for a very disappointing evening. The satay chicken was tastless and with the sickly sweet sauce tasted even worse. Then we had the fish cakes. They were so bad we were in shock. The entrees were only slightly better. All in all it was an extremely negative dining experience. We will not be dining here again!!! We left feeling cheated and still hungry.
This fine restaurant was absolutely wonderful! From the time I came in until the the second I left, I had splendid service! The food was great, and the prices were not bad at all! I will reccomend this place to my friends and family!
Went there for lunch as a way to sample their menu for possible dinner later. As many have said, restaurant is on the small side and as a result tables are tight. Decor is very tasteful with authentic artwork and Thai headdresses everywhere (thats where the Chada comes from).
My wife and I have had some amazing Thai food in Asia and elsewhere and this was definitely on par. When ordering they ask how spicey you like. After replying spicy we were warned so we scaled it back to medium. Good thing, as the medium was plenty, plenty spicey (as authentic Thai should be) and copious amounts of ice water were required.
We liked the fact that the lunch menu comes with rice, salad, etc which makes ordering easy and reasonable value. Browsed the dinner menu as well and it definitely looked in a different pricing category altogether and perhaps a bit high end for this part of town. Anyway, if we wanted to impress some out of town guests this would be a great choice.
This is an excellent restaurant foodwise. It may seem a bit pricey but the food is based on home made recipes & the seafood is prepared extremely well-not overdone. As the place becomes more popular it seems to have become more crowded so you are elbow to elbow with the next table. The owner comes out & talks to the patrons-a nice touch. I highly recommend it!
Their service on two occasions was phenomenal.
The last time I was there, I ordered the vegetarian Pad Thai.
After placing my order, the (ridiculously nice!) waitress came back and asked me whether or not it was okay to include eggs in my dish.
I am a vegetarian and have been for over 3 years, and this was one of the only two times that a chef has ever taken their time to personally accomodate my preferences. (Not that I think it's necessary at all, I just thought it was thoughtful.)
My three friends and I enjoyed our meals. The specificity of heat (mild, medium, spicy) was perfectly met, and the food was beyond delicious! It was also beautifully presented, especially the appetizers.
I was almost reluctant to give Chada Thai a 4 for their ambiance rating, when I considered the size and location of the restaurant. They have taken a tiny space (located across from a taco bell/kfc and next to a shoe-repair store) and TRANSFORMED it into a tiny piece of Thailand! When I walked out of that restaurant, I almost forgot where I was! Also, the decor is wonderfully fitting.
In conclusion: The waiter was beyond "on the ball", the food was beyond amazing, and the whole evening was just ... beyond!
(And FYI: that's cucumber in your water. After you realize that they do it on purpose, it's deliciously refreshing!)
Chada Thai is definately one of Coquitlam's most precious gems.
I went to this restaurant after reading the reviews on this site. When I first saw the prices on the menu, my first impression was, yes its kinda pricey compared to the average Thai restaurant. But after the meal, it was well worth it and I will definitely return. Tom Yum Goong (tom yum soup with prawns) was $14.99. It was a decent portion and definitely enough for 2 or even 3 persons. There were 10 large prawns in the soup and it also came with a side of steamed rice (just as how it is served in Thailand). Taste wise it was authentic and had all the spices and flavours of a real tom yum soup. We also had Pad Thai and chicken in green curry. And yes, it was very good.
Definitely a place for people looking for really authentic good food and are willing to spend a little more.
I was in Coquitlam the other day for work and decided to drop by Chada Thai for a quick dinner. Tried the tom yum soup, pad thai and stuffed chicken wings.
The stuffed chicken wings was ok, not memorable, the pad thai was weak but the tom yum soup was out of this world. It is probably the best tom yum soup in the Lower mainland.
Wish there were more choices for Thai or even Malaysian food in the suburbs.
We were there for the first time with friends for dinner on Nov. 15, 2007. As soon as we walked through the door (of this tiny, but beautiful restaurant) the delicious aromas of tamarind, kaffir and curry enveloped us. We were not disappointed - the food was absolutely delicious and presented beautifully on white china. We started with Chada Thai Rolls which were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Then we had Tom Yum Goong (hot and sour) soup with chicken which was very flavourful with lemon grass, kaffir leaves, coconut milk and a little spicy with chili paste. Next up, was Pa Nang Goong which was sauteed Prawns with curry and mixed veggies. Lastly, we had Pad Thai - rice noodles in tamarind sauce with chicken, prawns, egg and tofu. We ordered our dishes with mild+ spice and it was perfect.
Chef Brian came out and said hello to everyone in the restaurant (at different times during the evening) which made a lovely evening even better.
It was a little tough to locate. It is in the Sav-On food mall (across from Coquitlam Centre), but well worth the search.
We drove from South Surrey (took is 1.5 hours to get there) and will certainly return for another delicious meal. If you live anywhere in Coquitlam, Burnaby or Port Coquitlam it is really worth a visit.
bye for now
I came here with my boyfriend's family after we all heard that it was pretty good. For the price, the portions and taste of the foods were PHENOMENAL! I swear, if I wasn't busy talking when the chef came out to take my dish away, I would have asked him to pack up the curry sauce for me. It tastes SOOOOOOOO good that I can just mix it in my rice without anything else and eat it until my stomach ruptures, it's THAT good. I hope he gets a chance to open up a larger place though, because it's incredibly small for such an exceptioinal place.
One of the best thai places in the lower mainland. Beautiful decor and amazing food. Chef pays attention to details and presentation is very nice. Attentive servers. However, the noodle dishes were around $20 each, expensive for the amount of food you get. regardless of the price, would definately go back again!
I am from Yaletown and have had a lot of experience in fine dining and casual dining. I believe that Chada Thai is not suited in its current location; at least it is not in an area where it is reasonable to charge its price. The food is great; I shared the Pad Thai, Green Curry, as well as the stir-fry chicken with Thai Soy Sauce. All of which, are very tasty indeed. However, I decided to take off one star because of the Traditional Thai Iced Coffee that I ordered, it simply had no coffee taste to it and is not unique at all. In addition, the wine menu is lacking. Their house wine is "Le Piat D'Or", a very bad choice for a house wine. If you want another wine, then you would be forced to order a bottle, which the selection is very mediocre. Service is solid, nothing too special, but I find it very peculiar that they have certain house policies, which include: an automatic charge of 15% to any party of 5 or greater, a 10% charge on take-out orders (this one really confuses me), 4$ charge to any split bills (this one also puzzles me). I would not complain or even waste my time typing these policies if this restaurant were in a trendier location, perhaps Yaletown or Downtown (even though I know of only a handful of fancy restaurants with these policies). As stated in many other reviews on this site, the chef is an ex-four seasons chef, so this only leads me to believe that the chef is stuck in his world of fancy restaurants and the chef and restaurant is not suited to its current location. I am not saying that having a good Thai restaurant in Coquitlam is bad, if it were bigger in a separate building located in another area of Coquitlam, than I would safely guess that it would be much busier, provided that it doesn't have its ridiculous house policies. The ambiance of the restaurant is superb, but as I said, very small, too small that the tables are a bit too close. It almost reminded me of a tiny Thai establishment in Thaliand, where there is very limited space.
Chada thai has been a great place to get thai for sometime now - the food is excellent. The menu is rather pricey and although some dishes are worth the money, other are a joke; $11.99 for three prawns is outrageous! It seems to the this place has a hard time keeping staff, not to sure why but everytime i dine here there is a new person, and this results in a lack of good service. Im not sure why it is so difficult but I've noticed since the chef past away, service has taken a drastic decline. When i first started here, it was almost impossible to get in, now it seems the place is constantly empty. With newer, cheaper thai restaurants poping up, Chada thai could use some stable staff, and perhaps slight adjustment to the prices.
I love Asian food. Having been to numerous locations in Asia and being able to taste the local cuisine first hand was great. Naturally, when I discovered that the "health food store" was gone and in its place was this Chada Thai restaurant, I was very, very happy. I was happy I did not have to drive out of Coquitlam for Thai food.
Ambience: Nice decor - the dark woods and interior colors are not too loud and make the place feel rich, despite the cramped table arrangement.
Also, it is cold by the window, so if you are the type to feel chilly all the time, ask for an inside seat. I myself am reasonably well insulated and was still chilly sitting 2 tables from the door.
Food: The food is really, really good. It took longer to arrive than I thought green curry would, but I appreciated that it arrived at the table looking very presentable and with an obvious look of deliberate creativity. It arrived hot with the side of steaming rice.
Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. I have not been back only because that I thought that the value wasn't good due to portion size/price. My gripe is that this is termed as "Fine" Cuisine. The portion and price would suggest that the "fine' refers to "fine" dining. However, its strip-mall-like location paired with a cramped environment makes it feel more like a pho noodle house.
If the owners adjusted the portion/price this Thai restaurant would go from "good" (what anybody should expect) to GREAT.
I work as a Chef in fine dining. My sister raved about this restaurant. Last Friday, we dined at Chada Thai and the place was packed. Only one thing I have to say about this place is WOW!! I was truly impressed. I judge a restaurant by its food, service and ambience, not its locations. Some of the top French restaurants are in remote location. In the lower mainland, the Pear Tree on Hastings did the same in Burnaby, with Chef Scott leading Team Canada to international culinary competitions. I laughed so hard at the review by someone from Yaletown. There are three types of people in the culinary world - those who can cook, those who enjoy others' cooking, and those who are incapable of either. I come across many who think they know fine dining, but it takes more than attitude to be a fine connoisseur. I was pleased to see Le Piat d'Or as a house wine; I am actually from the Languedoc and ours wines have come a long way in recent years, much like B.C. wines. White wines are best suited for spicy food. Both Gehringer Riesling Classic and Sumac are good choices. I have been to Thailand few times. Chada Thai is very faithful to the true flavours of the original Thai cuisine. I tried their Pad Thai because this is a dish that tells all - absolutely excellent - true Tamarind flavour and very authentic. The pan-seared salmon was excellent and the FBI delicious. The presentation is worthy of any fine dining and the service was superb. I relish the decor and the black curtains shield the outside to give the place a special atmosphere. This Chef would have great success anywhere, but Kudos to him for bringing fine dining to Coquitlam. Chada Thai rates very high in my book and the next time I feel like great Thai food, I know where to go. I echo the sentiment of the last review -- a culinary gem in Coquitlam. Thai food is best consumed when all the flavours are rich, which is why I applaud the no take-out rule at dinner. My congratulations to this fine Chef and best of luck!
Great little Thai place serves very fresh food in a great cozy atmosphere.
Unfortunately, the Value is a bit lacking as I found it a bit over priced.
Pros: Great food, fresh, good service, nice cozy/trendy dining area.
Cons: Price about 15% more than I think should be charged.
Given that it is definitely worth a try. I had the Pad Thai noodles and a green coconut chicken curry. Both were great and other dishes at the tables next to ours also looked great.
Worth a try!
We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed celebrating our daughters birthday dinner at your restaurant last night. We often come in for lunch but had never been there for dinner. The food was so beautifully presented with such exquisite detail in plating. We marvelled at the ornate sculpturing of the carrot into a flower garnish. The dishes were tasty and fresh and we enjoyed every one! Thank you too to the servers who made the evening wonderful and memorable - it meant so much! We look forward to coming in again and trying a few other items from your menu.
Once again our sincere thanks in helping us celebrate our daughters 19h birthday!
Last time I went there was April 18th, and I've had a good time. The chef (former four seasons hotel chef) knows what he's doing, he knows how to make cheap ingredients look good and taste good. Thai hot is REALLY hot, so anyone with weak stomach should avoid it. Service is solid, waiter had easy access to our table and filled our requests immediately. However, it's really cramped, and there is no privacy between the customers. I could hear conversations behind me and front.
Pros - A chef who knows what he is doing.
-Affordable food that looks good and tastes good.
-I do feel a good ambiance of Thai in there.
-Serving is solid.
-red napkins, I've never seen that before.
Cons - It's not really a con, but watch out the Thai hot flavor.
- really cramped, no privacy.
- The ingredients of the food are cheap (cabbage and bean sprouts are not that
expensive) but chef makes it good.
The dishes are very flavorful. You have to try the Pad Thai and the Tom Ka Gai soup, for those who like coconut milk! Just as a warning, the medium spicy is quite spicy and may overwhelm the flavor in some of the dishes. The lunch specials are very reasonable and the portion size is adequate, but not overly generous.
I decided to go for my birthday. I made a reservation just after asking if it was a family friendly restaurant and getting a yes for an answer. I also needed a high chair but the guy who I was talking to, said they only had booster seats.
Once there, I looked for the booster seat and couldn't find it, the server told me they didn't have any. I told her I asked before so she went in thinking they might have bought some. They didn’t, they guy meant booths. Downer…
We were having a good time until my son decided to play with the spoons. He was having lots of fun when this man walks right to us and takes the spoons right out of my son's hands as he is saying loud: "I'm sorry but I'm going to change the spoons for these ones". And then he gives him a couple of old plain spoons and leaves...
The whole restaurant was shocked, and there was a very uncomfortable silence for about a minute...
I'm not saying that banging spoons is the best thing to do but, for Pete's sake! He's just a baby!
My husband and I have spent considerable time travelling throughout Asia and Thailand and nowhere in B.C. have we been able to find decent, authentic Thai. Often the pad thai you order from restaurants has this unpleasant tomatoey sauce that you would NEVER find in Thailand. So I was absolutely thrilled to find that the chef at Chada Thai takes the time and knowledge to prepare the dish as it's meant to be.
He says it takes eight hours to do the sauce properly on a pad thai, and that is evident in this dish. I noticed a previous reviewer slated the pad thai for being too small a serving. All I can say about that person is he must have been a very uncivilized ogre who has never been travelling and who should really stick to beer and burgers, clearly more his style.
This restaurant is sophisticated, has fabulous service, excellent food, and I didn't find the prices high at all. I found them very fair, given the quality and loving care that goes into the dishes.
If you've been to Thailand and understand what I'm talking about, give this place a shot. I guarantee you'll be back again!