Khai Thai offers healthy gourment Thai cuisine.
I've enjoyed lunch at Khai Thai on two occasions. The first time I ordered the Pad Praram, and the second I ordered the Pad Prik Khing.
The lunch special includes a salad (basically a simple green salad with thousand-island-like dressing) and a vegetarian fried spring roll. Both a decent, but not memorable.
The Pad Praram was good, but the Pad Prik Khing was better.
The service is respectable, but a teensy bit slow during the lunch rush (even though the restaurant was under capacity at the time).
The room is quite nice, with lots of south-east-asian ambiance.
There was a queue at my new favorite restaurant Prima Taste Restaurant and we could not afford to wait. We decided to cross the street and try this place instead.
We were greeted at the door by a Thai server and promptly seated. We ordered Pad Thai, BBQ chicken and stuffed chicken wing.
The Pad Thai was good, BBQ chicken excellent and chicken wing decent. The BBQ chicken reminded me of my trip to northen Thailand years ago eating at the road side street vendors. It was soft, tender and extremely fragrant. We got half a spring chicken.
Service was very good. If I am not wrong, the servers were all Thai and showed classic Thai hospitality.
Ambiance: The restaurant was a lebanese restaurant previously (El Caravan or something). The new owners did not do much to the place, but with the few things that they did, they made a lot of difference to the room. There are nice touches here and there and the room is comfortable.
Return? Definitely. Being so close to my favorite restaurnat, i will have a tough time deciding where to go for a meal the next time I am in the area.
Have visited this place a few times when working downtown. Nicely appointed room with traditional Thai surroundings. Recently their has been construction going on next door but usually the access is easy from the street right off Robson.
The food is tasty and a step above fast food Thai and most lunch selections come with Salad and a Veggie Spring Roll all for under $10.
I usually get the Cashew Chicken which is perfectly spiced and loaded with Chicken Breast pieces, peppers, celery and onions stir fried in a spicy sauce.
Worth a visit and the place seems very clean contrary to some of the reviews...
Thoroughly enjoyed a Thai dinnerl last Sat. Attentive but not intrusive service, lovely serene atmosphere; great food (green chicken curry and tofu with eggplant). Were brought brown rice instead of the white we asked for but it was a nice change (and healthier too). Pitcher of beer served in properly chilled glasses. Food arrived quickly, leaving plenty of time to enjoy our meal before heading off for nearby entertainment. Conveniently located on Seymour close to the Orpheum and other venues. Would most definitely go back!!
It's not often that I buy food for lunch and feel like I got my money's worth. Often it seems that restaurants price their lunches to fit in the $6 - $12 frame just because that is what lunch should cost. The food quality and quantity may match it but often not.
I called Khai after looking at their website (http://www.khaithai.com/) and reviewing their menu. This is a huge thing for me as I use the intertubes for nearly everything.
I ordered the Panang Curry and was told it would be 5 minutes. First thought was... they have it ready and it's not made to order. Not a positive sign but I followed through and walked down to pick it up.
The Lunch combo consisted of Iceberg lettuce salad w/ a thousand island like dressing, standard issue spring roll, generous portion of rice and a container of the Panang Curry.
Lettuce was cold and crisp. I haven't had iceberg lettuce in a long time but I'm not complaining. It was good for a change
Spring roll was warm by the time I got back to my office but still crisp. The sweet sauce could have been spicier so I added my own chili oil that I have stashed for this purpose.
Panang Curry was good. Definitely taste the Thai Basil and the hint of lime leaves. It was a good -> outstanding curry in that the flavours were distinct. The chicken was all breast meat. I would have preferred thigh meat but I understand that most like the white breast meat over the darker more flavourful variety. Personal preference would have been if the curry was a bit spicier but I'm sure it was plenty for most.
Overall, I would definitely eat here again. The cashier/hostess was friendly and polite when I entered to pick up my take-away and the atmosphere in the restaurant seemed agreeable. I may have to try eating in next time.
$10.45 tax incl for a very filling and satisfying meal. A good value
The two of us ordered Tod Man Pla ($8.95), which consists of 4 not-very-big but quite delicious fish cakes & a not-very-outstanding dipping sauce. I think it's quite a little bit overpriced. We ordered everything at once, but the remaining two dishes didn't arrive till more than what felt like 25 or so minutes later. The Hor Mok Talay ($15.95), served in a young coconut, was in good portion for us but again it seems a little bit (but just a little) overpriced. It was quite tasty, but I wish we had upgraded the spicy level from 'medium', as it was too mild even for a non-spicy enthusiast like me. The remaining dish, Pad Ladna with option of beef ($9.95), was disappointing - both of us thought they gave us the wrong dish, as we hardly saw any (thick Chinese rice) noodles in it. It was not that tasty, and given the portion it was, in my opinion, very overpriced.
The service was very good, though - courteous & attentive servers, who appeared to be of Thai ethnicity. I am not very knowledgeable about Thai cuisine, but from my experience with Thai food, I figured that the food was either not very authentic or was deliberately made to adapt to foreigners' palates. Since I don't have Thai food too often, I'd most likely try another restaurant for my next Thai meal.
Kahi Thai is a great place for both lunch and dinner. Fairly large restaurant with sky lit ceiling in the centre, authentic statues and flags around the restaurant. It's also nice to see the waitresses in traditional bright coloured thai dresses, gives it an extra authentic touch. Lunch time offers some great lunch specials with amazing taste. Dinner is a little more expensive however the portions are larger. I highly recommend the tom kha soup, definitely the best I've ever had!
Second time here. The 1st time we just happened to be staying in a hotel near by and thought we would give it a try. Both times we have been impressed.
This time we stopped in to have a quick quite meal before heading to a show downtown. We had the Red curry with bamboo shoots, Pad Thai and steamed rice. All items we delicious, service is excellent and the place has a nice ambience. It's one of those places you've probably walked by but don't think about going in. I know we 're glad we did and we'll go back next time we are down town.
We've only eaten at the Kitsilano branch of Khai Thai, and then only for take-away. But the food has generally been great. Recommended that you stick with the various curries (Panang is especially good) and the pad thai -- these offer good value and are always tasty. The grilled beef and meat dishes have sometimes been more problematic, meagre and a bit chewy on some occasions. Kalamari is tasty but on the small side. Friendly service with minimal English, and VERY fast turnaround times for pickup, sometimes as little as 5 minutes or so. You probably won't be disappointed if you are in the mood for fast, unpretentious Thai. Lunch specials are a particularly good deal, as you get a number of extras (spring rolls, etc.) for the same price as the entrees -- try to eat there in the middle of the day!
Service was friendly and ambiance was nice.
Food wasn't very authentic and I'd prefer "Wimann Thai Cuisine" on broadway/oak over "Khai Thai Cuisine"
Most of the dishes I ate was too salty.
The ingredients are not Thai, They use chinese noodle and there's a hugh different.
Food are not adapt to Western taste, more like they don't even know how to make it in the first place. Some dish have no trace of Thai taste left at all.
When I went there the owner would walk around grudging because the toilet was broken and he walk back and forth fixing it.
Which wasn't very considerate since we were eating and he walk right next to us many times in and out of the washroom.
I've only had take away from here (be warned they only deliver where they can walk...or perhaps that was just due to the weather). The food was really good - spicy (tears to my eyes) and authentic tasting. I love Thai food and will definitely be going there more often, I'm not sure if the atmosphere is necessarily great (just an observation from walking past) but the food makes up for that and the staff that I've dealt with on the phone and getting my food delivered are really nice so I imagine serice would be good in the restaurant too.
I always go there almost every week in the lunch time as I work in downtown; just five minutes walk to this restaurant. Pad Thai with prawn and tofu is my favorite dish here especially its special sauce is wonderful. If you go there, don’t forget to order Pad Thai. Moreover, I also like their artificial waterfall decorated in the restaurant and their Thai style of music and room design. It makes me feel when I was in Chiengmai, Thailand on vacation in the past two years. On the other hand, their service seems to be slow as I expect to see as their staffs always busy because many customers come together in the same time but I think it can be accepted. The great food is enough and cost effective for me at there.
Me and my husband go there a lot, I personally eat here and have few meeting at this restaurant. I find the owners and staff to be very friendly, love the decor...you eat Thai food, and you get the feel of Thailand. Cook is Thai, so I know that the food is very close to the original Thailand meal.
My clients enjoy being there, so it was really help when I can make my clients happy. I liike the location, closer to parking.
I have been to a lot of Thai Restaurant and I highly recommend Khai is one of your favourite Thai restaurant.
We just ate at Kai Thai and had a horrible experience which included forgotten drink orders, a fly swimming in the dumpling sauce, 25 minutes waiting for the bill, chincy on the appy plates and generally indifferent, poor service. The restaurant was not very full and had lots of staff on the floor, so we're not sure why it seemed such a stretch to get any attention at this place. A shame too because the decor is beautiful, all the servers nicely dressed in thai clothes and decent food... but poor service is poor service and we won't get it a second chance.
I had lunch at this place after a meeting back in March. It was very good so I took a friend for dinner on a sunday evening a few weeks ago. It was quiet but that's the way I like it. We could actually have a nice low-tone conversation. The hospitality and food were great. We had the owenr of the restaurant choose the starters and main course for us - medium heat.
Lemon Grass tea and a couple of beers to quench our thirst.
For dessert, we ordered the depp fried bananas and ice cream as well as the fresh mango and coconut rice.
Overall, a great place with great friendly hospitality.
Definately recommended for couples and families.
I was looking for a casual dinner place after attending an event at the Centre for Performing Arts. Khai had lovely ambiance and I'll remember to go back in dreary rainy months. The food and service were very good. The spring rolls had fresh cabbage, not mushy and are some of the best I've had in some time. The chicken, peppers and cashew dish was also fresh and flavourful.
I feel like the past comments people made are not true.... because when I first went there it was great.... the service, food and people. They made me felt welcome to be there. You guys should stop by and give it a try yourself and decide your own judgement of what you think of the cuisine.
Went here for lunches a few times and it's pretty good. Fresh, quick and somewhat reasonable ($11 for a combo).
Unfortunately returned with a group of 6 one night and evenings were really slow. Took at least 25 mins to get seated, and then even when all tables were empty, another 20 before we could order. We were asked if we wanted drinks and quickly took the opportunity to order food as well - not sure how long we'd have waited otherwise. There are no combos available at dinner so you must order a la carte.
On the flip side, the food in the evening, tho slow to arrive, was fantastic. So fresh, warm. And the servers are all extremely friendly.
Definitely worth a try for lunch, or if you have some time to spare in the evening.