Went for takeout for lunch and they have a lunch menu with several combo meals for $7.95 which includes a main, appy and salad. I tried the Phad Thai with chicken. The colour looks a bit off as it's light brown and it was on the wet side. I ordered medium spicy and it was rather bland with too much bean sprouts. That seemed to be the only ingredient other than noodles and a bit of chicken. Rather dissappointed. The appy was your standard spring roll and the salad was pretty sad looking. Much better at Kruai Thai a few blocks South on Lonsdale. Would not go back.
I decided to try Thai yala after work, and this place wasn't busy for Saturday night. I decided to place my order for take out, and as I waited. I ordered their Chicken with Brocoli in garlic, Jasmin rice and prawn rolls. I thought the prawn rolls were bland and lack any flavour and I felt they gave me little chicken with my brocoli dish. I was full from my dinner, but I felt disappointed that my food wasn't as good as I was hoping and expensive.
This place didn't wow me.
Now, I am no food critic or anything of that sort but as a Thai-Canadian, I do believe I should be of some authority on this topic. Moreover, I've been a regular at this restaurant for over a decade now. I've eaten their Pad Thai more times than I can count, with varying spice levels and meat type selections over the years. But my all-time favourite is their chicken Pad Thai. It goes well with the rice noodles and tamarind sauce in the dish. AND the noodles aren't red or bright orange like the majority of Westernized Pad Thai I often see around. In fact, their Pad Thai more so resembles what actual Thai people in Thailand would make for themselves at home, which is the major reason why I keep coming back here. Now, their dish is much more expensive than it is priced in Bangkok, but what do you expect? The exotic ingredients obviously need to be imported, and that can be costly. That said, for a price of $9.99, it's definitely worth it.
I'm writing this review after just coming out of Thai Yala for the first time. First of all, the green curry was exceptional. Second, the service was very quick and I liked the fact that the whole family contributed to it. Third, the value was fantastic. I will, without a doubt, be going back very soon. The only thing I would recommend is to wear a sweater as it was cold inside, but don't let it stop you from trying it!
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