Always looking for a new take on Thai we went looking forward to something a little different, it was but maybe we ordered wrong, it was solid and good, just not that much better than any other Thai Resto. I have spent quite a bit of time in S.E. Asia, Thailand in particular and have even taken cooking classes, besides home cooking Thai alot ( at least twice a week ), I regularly eat out. We started with the crispy Prawn Won Ton's, they were full of Prawn but a little soggy on the Won Ton around the Prawn, crispy on the edge, they were very tasty and served with a sweet and sour chili dipping sauce and were quite tasty. The Satays were whole Chicken Tenderloins done up well, no raw spots, the Peanut sauce was very good. Next was a North East Thai Style Beef Salad, here is where things started to change, the preceding dishes standard fare, the beef was medium rare grilled flank steak with a traditional Thai dressing including ground roasted rice, the beef was excellent but the dressing was a tad over salty, Maybe to much fish sauce, the flavor was there but just too salty to really savor, and I love Fish sauce, I use several bottles a year. Next up were the mains. I had the Choo Chee Sablefish, it was cooked perfectly and the presentation was good, nicely plated on a bed of Red Curry sauce with some basil.as to taste, once again the fish sauce dominated the dish, I do a version of this curry myself and I know how it is supposed to taste and this was not right at all. The saltyness completely took over from the red curry and the Kaffir Lime leaf, Sablefish is very oily and quite delicate and you can over power it easily as happened here. Normally I will use rice to cut powerfull dishes and I tried with the Coconut rice, no good here either, the normally fragrant Jasmine Rice was muted by the Coconut milk and the result was a rather gelatinous product that really didn't fit well with the dish or without it. The fish was cooked pretty well, although a few bits had broke loose and were cooked too much but thrown in anyway, but the rest was very tasty. My Wife had the Green Curry Jumbo Prawns, the Prawns were grilled shell on and then put down on a bed of Green Curry. The prawns still had their shells on when they arrived and were rather hard to peel, being in the curry somewhat made them a little slippery, the flavor was spot on with this, the Prawns very tasty and the Curry flavorful and not over fish sauced. It was a little hot for my Wife but it was right up my alley. Value was only OK, I had one double Sapphire Tonic and a Chang, no dessert,( went to Hamilton Street Grill for the pudding ), and dropped 120.00 with tip, for two that is a little steep for Thai even in Vancouver.
Was there any thing that will bring me back? I don't really know, I know I should try it again but with so many other good places around for less money I don't really think so but I might just give them another shot, I may have got them on a bad night and everyone has those.