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Joy AitkensFraserview, VancouverSince September 2, 20121 Review
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Talay Thai Restaurant8369 Granville Street, Vancouver
Genuine Thai food in handsome portions
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

On Friday, some of the gals I work with at the nearby bank and I decided to go to have lunch at the Talay Thai Restaurant after I noticed they have lunch specials for only $8.50. Been working in Marpole a couple of months and somehow never noticed this little, cute resto. I was glad we went. The service is virtually impeccable, the food awesome and really good value and the ambience is bright and airy yet really cosy. We ordered the usual pad Thai and a nice chicken fried rice from the lunch special menu and from the a la carte menu we ordered Khai yat sai, which is a kind of Thai-style omlette stuffed with a great stir-fry and massaman curry. The food was great value. The orders were huge, even the lunch specials, so we thought that $8.50 was really great value because you also get rice on the side plus a spring roll. Personally, I think it might be great if the spring roll also had some ground prawn or beef or something, but that is my personal taste as I am not much of a vegetarian. The pad Thai was the real pad Thai like it should be, too... That is, they don't use ketchup like in the other Thai restaurants around Vancouver, but real tamarind sauce like in Thailand. Anyway, there was too much for the four of us, so we had the leftover pat Thai and khai yat sai packed to take out and we snacked on it later in the afternoon--all for $8.50 per dish, except the pad Thai was $8.95. We were so impressed we decided to have a dinner party with our husbands the following evening. Obviously Talay Thai is well known and people like to eat there because the place was packed all evening and really rocking. We had to wait about 15 minutes for seats, but it was well worth it. Next time we will make reservations. We again ordered pad Thai, and also deep-fried prawns, mixed sate, pineapple-cashew nut chicken stir-fry, green curry and a deep-fried whole tilapia fish. The prawns came with this really nice sweet and spicy Thai sauce, which I saw one of the girls make up from stewed plums, paprika or chillies, genuine palm sugar and some other spices, just like in Thailand. The pineapple-cashew nut chicken stir-fry put me in gastronomic heaven and the fish also went well with the Thai-style sauce. Again, it was really good value because the prices are a little cheaper than the other Thai restaurants around town and the portions so large we had to ask for doggie bags again, but we did polish off the whole fish before leaving. What I really liked was the attention we were given even though it was extremely busy (a good sign) and the fact that you can customize your dishes to your own taste. In fact, you can even order dishes that are not on the menu, but I guess you need to know Thai cuisine really well. Having lived in Thailand for 4 months, I can say this is truly genuine Thai food and not like the usual Chinese dishes made up with Thai spices served in the other Thai retaurants around metro Vancouver. For instance, my husband wanted more peanuts on the pad Thai, which they provided liberally. I know we will be going there regularly on either Friday or Saturday evenings, especially on paycheque nights.

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