Bob Likes Thai Food is a restaurant in the Mount Pleasant area serving up Thai classics. They accept cash only and are open for lunch and dinner.
Always wanted to try this place ever since We walked by on car free day.
If you are looking for authentic Thai food, don't eat here.
We ordered 4 items, chicken satay, papaya salad, pad Thai and beef panama.
Aside from small portions, the chicken satay was dry and over cooked. Beef in the panang curry was tough, tasted almost reheated in a microwave. Pad Thai was the only decent dish.
Bob is a disappointment, cOmpared to What you will pay for a meal at Maenam.
Had dinner with four other ladies on a Sunday night. The place was very clean and roomy. Service was good. But I found for the amount of food that we ordered, it was tooooo expensive. Not really worth it all.
Pad Thai was the only plate that had lots but even then, for the price, it wasn't worth it.
Also ordered Green Curry Chicken - may be a 3/4 cup of vegetables and very few pieces of chicken.
There wasn't enough fish to go around and everyone didn't take large portions of it.
Green beans aren't expensive are they?? Just a scant may be 1/8 cup with even fewer pieces of chicken.
Food was good but I don't think I will be going back.
Not much on decor so the focus is the food and value or lack thereof.
Service was standard for a casual restaurant serving ethnic food.
The food was certainly tasty but oh my!! were the portions small. We had to order 3 bowls of rice for 2 of us to pad the meal.
We ordered two curry dishes: roast duck and fish. Both came in 6" bowls that were just under half full.
The roast duck curry had a few slivers of duck, probably 1/3 of a duck breast, if that, about 3 lychees split in half, 3 grape tomatoes, a few tidbits of pineapple, a small pile of noodle thick bamboo shoot slivers and lots of sauce; it was really more like a soup dish.
The fish curry had about 5-6 chunks of breaded fish shaped a little wider than a chicken McNugget but half as thick, a few small pieces of potato and, according to the menu, some shallots and of course, lots of sauce.
Not likely to return. Menu prices were not sky high by any means but the value was not there. I would rather pay slightly higher prices for generous portions than $13-14 for miser portions.
I have been here several times for lunch and have had good food and good service each time. They have some nice lunch specials with Pad Thai being one of my favourites, it is the authentic Tamarind based type and looks great on the plate and tastes even better. The Pad Pik King Chicken is also very good and I have a tough time deciding between these two. The price is right for the food you get, but don't expect much in the way of ambiance, the food/flavour is what keeps me coming back.
My dining companion and I stopped in here Sunday night. Once we entered we noticed a small waiting area immediately to your right, interestingly what looks like a bathroom sink is just in front of the waiting area. The sink works! I've never seen a restaurant that lets its guests wash their hands literally in the dining room. There's about 10 small tables, the off-white walls are sparsely adorned with matching fork portraits on opposite walls, a wood cabinet(?) and large light are at the back area just in front of the kitchen, write-ups about the restaurant are plastered on the front window. All tables except one were taken around 6:30 p.m. and three tables had kids, nice to see young families dining on Thai. Everyone was dressed very casually, this isn't a place where you have to put on the formal attire at all.
The two girls servicing us were constantly filling our, and others, water glasses constantly. Plates were quickly taken away, and smiles were aplenty. There was no friendly banter exchange whatsoever, but that's fine as you get what you want expeditiously within the servers' pleasant nonverbal demeanour.
The sauces for three dishes that we ordered were phenomenal! We ordered Penang Beef, an eggplant dish, and a chicken green bean dish. The Penang Beef had a very nice smooth texture, a slight spicy bite to it, excellent eaten over rice. The chicken and green bean was slightly sweet within a very mild ( we asked for mild spicy for all dishes ) spicy flavour, quite discernible and unique taste from the Penang Beef. The eggplant was the mildest of the dishes, a sweeter dish with a little black-bean aftertaste. The final dish was a salad, tomato cucumber & beef. A sprinkle of a wheat-like substance was mixed in. I didn't try this dish but my dining partner hardily ate it all.
My only small complaint in eating here might be that the meat in both the Penang Beef and the chicken on the green bean dish were not as moist and succulent as I expected. The meats were too chewy and tough, a shame as the dishes would have really excelled if the meats were more tender and moist. Still the food was very good.
We paid $48 before tipping and while it wasn't dirt cheap for the size and quality of food received, we did feel stuffed with good food and we felt we got good value for money spent.
Really recommend that you try Bob's!
Finally an authentic thai place without the price. The usual lower mainland competitor chain (Thxx Hxxxe) doesnt even come close to Bobs. Try the pad thai and you'll be suprised and saying yum. Service is genuine , maybe a bit sparse but its the owner and Bob actually chats with you. The decor is a bit sparse but also genuine and overloaded with weird Buddhas and sticky red chairs. Our previous top thai hangout was on south granville near marine drive called Txlxy thai and its really good as well but bobs takes it just that much further. You wont be disappointed.
Its nothing special. Same Thai dishes cooked the same way. It didn't taste any better than most Thai restaurants I have tried. Don't expect much, then you won't be let down. There is a few Thai places down Main. I woulnd't recomend this one, but I won't say "Don't go there"
NEVER try the soup - IT'S PRACTICALLY LIME JUICE. it's SOUR and small portions for everything.
Thai fried rice was tasteless, pretty much rice and dark soy sauce.
Pad thai was good except the price should be $6.00 for the portion size instead of $11.50 - i only had 4 shrimps in the LARGE portion enough for only ONE person to eat!
not impressed. won't be back.
Very nice Thai food served piping hot, juicy and tasty! Prices are entry level so the attraction here is authenticity and value for money.
The owner is Tai, not Bob, and is a server. We have been there 4 times and my wife and I have enjoyed everything we have tried. Tai says he uses his grandmother's recipes and does things like marinating the Tamarinds in 3 separate jars before using them in the cooking. Decor is minimalist and service is intermittently attentive. Great casual lunch or dinner spot!
Sawasdee is just up the street and is very tasty but I find they use more sugar than Bob Loves Thai. If you want Thai food as we have been conditioned to expect, Sawasdee is very tasty, a little more pricey, but still an excellent choice.