I’ve been eying Chada Thai ever since the chef was featured on Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag. My husband and I love Thai food so we were really excited to use a Groupon Deal here. I made a reservation a few days in advance for a Sunday seating at 5:30pm and the restaurant manager, Janewit was very friendly, reminding me to bring the voucher when I arrived. Located in Pinetree Village across from Coquitlam Centre, it’s very easy to get to, has tons of parking, but it’s a very tiny restaurant.
Great decor, cozy, warm and a cute little Thai place. Because of the Groupon (I think) the restaurant was packed (on a Sunday!) when we arrived with 2 or 3 tables empty. Being able to hear and almost touch the surrounding tables at times felt a bit too cozy and cramped, but nothing new to us, having eaten at tighter quarters in restaurants in New York. The place could probably seat around 25 people or so, but anymore than that would feel like a fire hazard. The kitchen is basically in the centre corner of the room (covered by walls,phew!), but it’s lovely to be able to smell all the Thai aromas as soon as you enter the restaurant.
We ordered a few dishes to share: the Pad Thai - Pan-fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce, with chicken and prawns, egg, tofu, green onions, and bean sprouts, topped with ground peanuts, the Beef Mus-sa-Mun Curry - Pan-seared with potatoes, onions, carrots and peanuts, served with sautéed vegetables, and the Pork Garlic Pepper Sauce - sautéed with cauliflower, carrots, onions, and steamed broccoli with black sweet sauce. Everything was brought out quite fast, so that was a bit of a surprise, but thankfully it was “smoking” hot. I think we would be safe to order medium spice next time because the mild was too mild for our tastes and the dishes we tried needed more of a spice kick.
The Pad Thai was really good, very saucy and had large prawns, which I really enjoyed. The Pork Garlic Pepper Sauce was quite yummy and smelled really good. Great flavours. The only downside was the pork was slightly overcooked and dry. The Beef Curry was quite delicious and was an okay sized portion. My hubby also tried their Chada Thai Tea - A special blend of flavourful cinnamon, clove, star anise, fresh lemon, with a touch of honey. It was a tad bit bitter for my tastes, but he enjoyed it.
Overall a yummy Thai place, BUT I think a bit too pricey for Coquitlam. I understand the exotic flavours and quality of really good Thai food, but I can’t really justify $22 for a beef curry entree. And the tables for 2 are pretty small, so the waitress really should have better technique of “plopping” down the plates before walking away. One of our long rectangular dishes barely fit on the table; when she first set it down, it nearly fell off the edge. My husband and I had to rearrange the other dishes on the table so everything would fit. Crazy. But I really liked it that rice wasn’t an extra charge and came standard with their curry dishes.
Service was pretty nonexistent on this particular Sunday night, but Janewit was quick to apologize and was only able to refill our water glasses at the end of the meal. =(
I think we’d come back to try the lunch special, but a regular dinner might be a bit too much for our wallets. =(