Didn't know where to go for an early dinner in South Surrey and was about to head to Cactus Club when Sticky Rice Thai & Asian Cuisine caught my eye. Love to try asian fare in Surrey as good quality ethnic food, much less good quality food of value is seriously missing from this area. But I digress.
The restaurant is obviously new. The ambiance is solid, I'll give it that. Dark woods, with asian fabrics and flowers. I hoped they put as much into the food as they put into the decor.
We ordered Tom Ka Gai (Spicy Coconut Soup), Beef Satays (but it comes as a lettuce wrap - more later), papaya salad, green curry and pad thai.
The soup was sugary sweet. I've heard that to avoid using MSG some restaurants use sugar to bring out the sweetness that MSG does, but this was dessert sweet. It had the requisite lemon grass pieces, and some other herbs (I didn't see all of the necessary herbs), but it was definitely lacking a bit of sour, bit of heat, more simmer time and huge reduction in sugar. Fail
Beef Satays. You know who makes a good Satay? Tropika. And it's a pretty basic satay. First, it's on a stick. Second, it's bite sized. Finally, it's seasoned relatively well. And to finish it off, it's got a basic peanut sauce. The satays here are not on a stick... which pretty much tells me it's not a satay! And the portion of meat is huge. I mean, it's flat and large, so unweildy to share. Finally, it was tasteless and tasted as if it had been tenderized chemically. Bland and boring and came with lettuce to make lettuce wraps. It should be renamed "lettuce wraps". Fail
Papaya salad. Wilty, soft and too fishy. Needed to have lots of lime, the extra sugar that went into the soup and not arrive looking brown. Double fail. But I didn't have the heart to tell her that it tasted disgusting so I said it was too spicy and she took it off the bill.
Green curry - although it said that it is a mild curry, be forewarned that green curry is marked as a medium curry almost everywhere else. However, I found that if you eat the meat or the egg plant alone, the heat is low, but the sauce eaten with rice, the heat is much higher. The green curry was good, but the meat was tenderized (but most asian places do this). Good, but a bit pricey at $18 dollars.
Pad Thai - if you get it with the prawns, you pay extra, but the prawns are big, good and you get a fair amount. Peanuts are on the side. My kids really liked this dish, and so did the adults. Great!
Service - they seemed short staffed but we had dinner around 5:15, and when we left another waitress arrived. Our hostess was also our waitress and she was quite busy, and forgot our drinks.
Value - poor. Just can't justify paying $18 for curry when the rest of the stuff is so blah.
Was hoping we found a good Thai restaurant close to home... but sadly, we cannot return.