On one of my frequent reviews of DineHere the reviews of Kon Thai caught my eye and I was more than a little intrigued. Indeed, the place was basically in the neighbourhood that I live so I thought I would give it a try. The first time was disappointing not with respect to the food but because for whatever reason on that day it was not open for lunch.
Indeed, the second try at visiting the place was successful from every perspective.
Myself and my spouse treated an other couple to dinner at Kon Thai and there was not one person in the group who was not jaw-droppingly astounded at the quality and value of the meal.
It was truly that "incredible".
We had a couple of appetizers, shrimp cakes and as well an eloquent variation of breaded shrimps, Tom Yum Goon soup, red curry beef, a wonderfully aromatic stir fry of chicken, cashews, chillies etc, and of course Pad Thai with jasmine rice for the table.
The total bill $61.56 not including tip.
The service was wonderfully prompt and attentive without being intrusive and our waiter was excellent at providing us the information we required to make our choices from both a culinary and quantity perspective.
I have spent several months in Thailand not as a tourist but in the course of my professional career and have developed a decent of not excellent appreciation of Thai cooking.
On that basis I can state with confidence that this dinning experience was one of the best I have had with respect to Thai cusine. While it might be overstatement to say it was the best Thai meal I ever its not hyperbole to state that that I have never tested more delicious Tom Yum Goon; nor is at an overstatement that this is the best Thai food I have had in Vancouver.
As perhaps a foreboding footnote it I was informed by one of the staff that the HST is killing this place and it may not be around much longer; so if you are intrigued by the collectively outstanding reviews of this place and love Thai cooking you may not want to wait to experience place.
This is some of the best Thai food in the entire lower mainland. The ambiance is fresh and lively, love the use of orange. The food is always freshly made and very authentic. My favorite things are the spring rolls, chili chicken and the broccoli/tofu dish. We eat here at least once a month and have never been disappointed. We recently dined here on Thai new year and had a blast! The special buffet was great and the blessing for the new year was really fun.
Service is always great with personal friendly attention and fun interaction through out the meal
Don't normally complain, but I figured people needed to know about this experience. I've ordered from them a number of times and was pleased with the food. The last order was quite surprising when we opened it up. The spring roll appetizers had one roll with a long black hair rolled around and attached to the roll. It was right on top of the order as we opened it, so I couldn't see how they'd miss it.
In any case, mistakes happen (although this was a big one) I thought I'd call them and explain. They didnt seemed bothered at all. They said they'd refund the price of the appetizer or make a new one if I wanted to come back. I said that's the best you will do about a hair in my food 'she said yes, that's all she could do'.
I explained to her that wasn't satisfactory, I was a returning customer and expected it handed better than that. She again said that was all she'd do. I said if that was all, I'd never come back and would report this online. That was the end of the call.
Anyways. I told the story as is, but since they didn't seem to care, I figured I'd follow through.
This is one of the best Thai restaurant I have found in Vancouver area. Their flavors are authentic and tasty. I wonder what make Kon Thai isn't as popular as some other Thai restaurant in Vancouver. I mean, they serve good food and their service was somehow better than famous Thai restaurant in Vancouver.
Been lots Thai Restaurant !!!
Kon Thai is quaint, the service is friendly and if you are a fan of Kon Thai, you will not be disappointed. The restaurant serves faithful renditions of Thai cuisine. For an appetizer, I chose Goong Hom Pha, served with a mildly spiced plum sauce, though the other selection, such as Chicken Satay, were equally delightful. The chicken was fresh and tender, and the peanut sauce was quite flavorful.
Aside from the various curries and the signature Tom Ka soup, a spicy coconut broth with chicken.
If you are unfortunate enough to arrive on a particularly busy night, as most weekends usually are, the wait times for the food can stretch to as much as an hour, which is frustrating enough if you are hungry, but if you smell the tantalizing aromas of the dishes on other nearby tables, it is absolutely torturous. But there is a plausible reason for such a wait.
Presentation is also a factor here, as each particular dish has a unique way of being offered that is both practical and enjoyable to the eye.
So if you aren't afraid of a little spice and you find Thai food to your liking, I would expect you will soon add Kon Thai to your roster of restaurants to visit frequently.
Definitely be going back.
I have been to Kon Thai on numerous occasions and will keep on going over and over again. I have tried many dishes on the menu and so far they have all been delicious and full of flavour. All the ingredients are fresh and prepared to order. The menu is simple yet varied and the prices are really good too. The service has always been very friendly and like the relaxed atmosphere of the place.
Highly recommended! .. absolutely love Kon Thai, good value for money, excellent food...
I promise you won't regret it!
First time for me at Kon Thai ... very impressed by the quality of the food , the food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious .. happy with the bill. Since then I came back plenty of time, especially for lunch as it's very close to the office. It's a great alternative for a real meal (not that chicken sandwich in front of the computer...) that doesn't break the bank. Now, don't ask me the name of all the dishes I tried because I'm rubbish with names, but I can tell you that one of the simplest one (pad thai) is also one of my faves!
I was concerned that Thai might have been heavy for lunch but on the contrary it's been really tasty and lightweight. Also, I got complimentary lemongrass drink from a nice waiter. Also, the lunch menu is very good but not huge choice, while the dinner menu is more generous and possibly even more delicious. With wine and all you spend a bit more, but I can't think of anyone complaining for the bill honestly.
This is def one of the freshest tasting Thai's I've had in Lower Mainland Vancouver. The atmosphere is also good.
I will go back many times for sure... highly recommend..
This was my first experience of trying thai food, and I'm glad to say i wasn't disappointed! I’m so glad the staff at Kon Thai were so friendly, approachable and were so keen to answer all of my questions! One of them took me through the menu step by step and made a number of recommendations! When the food arrived both myself and my partner were surprised at the food. The quality of the food was really high. The ambiance of Kon Thai’s was also nice.
We would definitely advise you to try them!
We’ll definitely be going back.
While hopping on a plane to Bangkok to get some good Thai food may be a bit much, driving all the way to Tsawassen for some of the best Thai cuisine in the Lower Mainland is certainly worth the adventure. Yes, too bad that Kon Thai is all the way out on 56th Street and 16th Avenue (or is it 56th Avenue and 16th Street? Only my GPS can tell)…. On the other hand, if they were located in my own neighbourhood I would certainly be visiting several times a week on the excellent food at extremely reasonable prices (dinner for two, with drinks, came to barely $ 45, with leftovers enough for next day’s lunch). Khla and Wir, the two young Thai men who put together their own menu of very authentic Thai dishes and wield the spoons in the kitchen, obviously know what they are doing, and they do it well.
I wish I could have sampled more of the menu (all items are nicely and clearly explained); as it was, Khla decided what we should eat, and his choices were superb: the Tod Mun Goong shrimp cakes appetizer was very tasty; and the Red Curry roast duck (Gang Ped Pet Yang) full of surprises to the palate: fresh pineapple, lychees, basil, tomatoes, green peppers, all in a creamy coconut sauce. Another dish had fish in a black pepper sauce… yummie. Khla even provided a quick cooking lesson!! The meal was rounded off with a huge bowl of rice cooked with pandan leaves and coconut milk.
I will definitely go back… many times!!!!
My husband and I were visiting friends on the beach when where to eat came up and our hosts told us that they had the best Thai restaurant in the Lower Mainland a 10 minute drive away so off we went to Kon Thai which I later found out meant "Thai People".
The place is clean and crisp in decor and owned by 2 30 something Thai men who have known each other for their entire lives (their mothers are best of friends). One handles the front of the house, the other works the kitchen.
Our hosts had been there a number of times before and, instead of us ordering from the menu, asked the owners to order for us.They would decide what we would have for our meal.
What a good idea that was...
Within a minute, our drinks arrived: a cold Thai tea with lemon that just hit the spot for the ladies and and a sweet iced coffee that Tim Horton's should learn about for the men.
Three dishes of appetizers (shrimp cakes, marinated quail and satay chicken) soon materialized and all were cooked with a light hand allowing the flavours to jump.
The main course consisted of a duck curry with pineapple, lychee and grapes, a lightly fried fish with king mushrooms in a piquant black pepper sauce, and chicken with cashews. The duck curry was a standout and the fish flaked easily with the sauce adding to the delicate flavour, not overpowering it.
It was quite a surprise to have the owner who was the cook come out of the kitchen often to be sure we were comfortable with his choices which we found out were not the typical Thai restaurant dishes from the North East of Thailand but were based on the flavours and cooking style of the South of the country.
All in all, the meal was a great success, the service was very attentive, and the price was surprisingly low.
And while I don't know where the best Thai meal in the mainland might be, I can say that our experience here was a treat.
Kon Thai is highly recommended
There are only a large handful of places to eat in Ladner and Tsawwassen. Tonight I was craving thai and the bf did not want to drive into Richmond. I said lets try Kon Thai, he was not going for it, but I told him, Im ordering, if you want something. He finally caved in.
We ordered the exact same dishes that we always do, Pad Se Ew and Sweet and sour chicken, side of rice and this time I wanted the spring rolls.
When I called, I made sure she knew that last time, we only got a tiny bit of chicken, in our sweet and sour chicken. I said please make sure there is chicken in there. I repeated it three times. She said okay, okay.
When we went to pick it up, I told my bf to make sure he opens the containers of food to check, he got distracted by the lady giving a free dessert.
When we got home, there was no rice, even though it was on the bill, the Pad Se Ew was soo greasy and the sweet and sour chicken sauce was weirdly seperating. He was pissed. We werent going to call back as last time we called back, it was a waste of time.
We ate it anyway but it was a mouthful of grease. Guess what I found in my food, a black hair! I was disgusted. I then decided to eat the spring rolls instead, what is going on? Another hair.
We will NEVER eat here again. Maybe the cooks should wear hairnets and be more aware of packing. As for the free dessert, it was horrible. Probably left overs from their buffet.
We drove out to Kon Thai from Cloverdale because we love our Thai food and usually trust dinehere.ca reviews. I'm sad to say we were disappointed by the whole experience! Notable issues include:
-2 over charges on the bill that we had to reconcile (double charging for dishes)
-they charge for rice! We ordered many entrees; at most Thai places I've been to they provide some free white rice
-They were unable to make the lettuce wraps I ordered because they were out of the ingredients
-The green curry was yellow? and not very good
-The spring rolls were tiny little things (fine, since you got 8 in a $7 order but not what I'm used to): they tasted of black bean and pastry
On the plus side, prawns were cooked well and the banana ice cream served with dessert was fabulous. Service was also good most of the time (they were quite busy, which may have impacted our service).
All in all, I've had much better as Thai goes and unfortunately will not be back!
Incredible Thai food. This restaurant would be packed if it was in downtown Bangkok, it is the most authentic dining experience I have had as far as Thai food and this is from someone who goes there all the time. That awesome blend of tangy, sour, spicy, crunch and savory that I look for from Thai places. The pad Thai was off the hook and the Tom Ka was nice and creamy with that lime,lemon grass and ginger kick. awesome place