I fist experienced Thai food in the back in the 1970’s. I waited for this wonderful explosion of tastes to arrive in Vancouver and finally Sawasdee arrived.
Other Thai restaurants have opened since, and many offer comparable food, but for consistent long-time value Sawasdee gets my vote and I vote with my wallet.
It is gratifying to be welcomed as a friend of the house. It is not a presumptuous welcome. A discrete check if we are having a beer and would we like the chicken in pandan leaves to start gets the proceedings under way. The answer is always yes. This is one of the “must have” appetisers for our family.
The service is special. The staff are courteous and friendly but yet impart that air of foreignness with adds to the experience.
If you know Thai food you will not be disappointed. If you are new to Thai, let the knowledgeable staff assist you. Be aware that Thai spices can set off a 5-alarm fire on the palate. Venture beyond medium if you dare, but remember you can always add spice but taking it out presents a problem.
The room is pleasant if a little sterile but the warmth of the welcome overcomes a multitude.
Worth multiple visits to fully explore the menu.