Thai restaurant recently moved to Cambie. Lunch special menu for 6.95 with over 30 items to choose from.
They used to be so good! The best citrus-filled spicy steamed fish (tilapia) I've had anywhere. The crab was tasty & absolutely loved the stuffed chicken wings & superb desserts & excellent drinks. This was all in the past when they were still located at the entrance of Granville Island.
Since they've relocated, I have always planned on, but never got around to, revisiting since there are usually so many other new/old places to try & retry. Maybe I should have gone back sooner, but either way, I don't see myself returning.
Currently, though it's supposed to be under the same ownership & chef, or so I was told, the food no longer shouts of the quality it used to be. The tom yum & tom kah soups are lacking in flavour (Chada Thai in Coquitlam makes a really good one), and the Pad Thai is actually suspect of being made purely with ketchup--from the tomato pasty sauce to the colouring, to the lack of tomato slices, and well, seeds are easily explained with prepackaged crushed/bottled/canned sauces. The waterfall beef, though nicely spiced, the cuts of beef used are cheap, rough, tough & dry well-done flank type.
Though the menu appears identical to the one they've always had as it doesn't seem like anything was reprinted nor repriced, a lot of the menu items are no longer available--possibly due to the lack of traffic going through the establishment. In either event, there's no indication on the menu itself that the item is no longer offered until you place the order for it.
The drinks are a little pricy for flavoured soda pop (perhaps try ordering without ice or drink a little then wait for the ice to melt to fill your glass) and the Thai iced tea is made a little too sweet.
The service is great, friendly, and warm, run by the Chinese speaking woman/owner.
I remember the first time I ever had my first taste of Thai food was at their Granville Island location. Their Tom Yum Gong Soup was the most insanely spicy thing I'd ever tasted and it basically numbed my tastebuds for the rest of the meal. But I remember the place being very fancy and food delicious. We even had a birthday party there a few years back and it was also very good. Fast forward about 10 years and we found out that they are now located on Cambie Street near Broadway, so we wanted to try it out. I think we used an ebook coupon. The food was not very good, service was bleh and the place was empty on a Thursday night or something. So sad - they weren't able to keep up the same level of food, service, value and ambiance as they did in Granville Island. Guess that's expected when they aren't authentically Thai. I heard most of the staff speaking Cantonese on my way to their dark and dingy bathroom, which was pretty gross. Will not go back for sure.
We tried this restaurant after being advised that it was one of the better Thai restaurants in town. The dishes we tried were unexceptional and a bit greasy. Prarham is one of our favorite dishes. This is usually made with meat or tofu, with peanut sauce, spinach, and sometimes cashews and cucumbers. The tofu prahram we ordered here came up substituting iceberg lettuce for the spinach. Iceberg lettuce! Come on guys, you can do better.
Should have checked this site before I went to this restaurant!!! We were a group of 3 visiting Thais and 3 North Americans who have lived in Thailand. All of us love and are very familiar with Thai food. Chao Phraya Thai is a far cry from how Thai food should taste. Perhaps the explanation lies in the fact that the owners are Chinese. The host spoke a little Thai but I'm not sure if she's ever been to Thailand otherwise, she could advise the Chinese cook how the food should taste. The appetizers were the best part of the meal, but for the most part, not Thai. Service and presentation were good. I'll never return until I see consistently good reviews.
We ordered the curry duck, and was alarmed that we were given a bowl of very liquidy curry, with three small pieces of duck.... the really scary bit was that there were quite a few pieces of fat skins from the duck, which led us to believe that the meat went to another dish, and we were given just the skins. Either that or this was sourced from leftovers. When asked about this, the waitress/owner simply said that it wasn't the right season for duck?!? What the heck?! Overall, a poor excuse for a restaurant.
I tried this restaurant 3 times. Since it is close to my work, I thought i could go there out of convenience.
First time: Went with a friend that worked close by. There was hair in my curry. I told them about it and they took it into the kitchen and got me a "NEW" one. I am not sure if it was new or they just took out the hair and re-serve it to me again. Either or, i didn't eat the remainder.
Second time: Ok. I know, why did I go back there again if I had bad experiences? Well, I ate street food in asia... I am kinda expected hair or some sort of stuff in my food.
So, the second time... I ordered something other dish with a springroll on the side. I took a bite out of my spring roll and it was COLD in the middle. I told the waitress and she took the spring rolll to the kitchen and microwaved it. She didn't even bother to get me a new one.
So, i said, that's it. I will not go back there again.
Several months later... I bought myself an enteraintment booklet. There was a coupon for this restaurant. It was noted "BUY 1 GET 1 FREE up to $15. For lunch and dinner".
Okay, I thought, maybe I should give it another try. Since I ate from many other restaurants around the area. Maybe I should go back there again and give it one last try. (especially that I have a buy 1 get 1 free)
I took a co worker there. We got this lunch menu. We ordered. The food was lousy. It looked like something from the buffet menu. I thought, okay, it doesn't matter. I am getting 50% off this meal anyway.
When i gave my voucher to the waitress, she said we cannot use this voucher on the lunch menu. I said, this is the only menu you gave us. What other menu do you have?
She went to the back and grab the dinner menu. She said you have to order it from this menu. I told her that I didn't know there are two set of menus. Why didn't she give me this menu when i walked in. She said you didn't tell me that you have the coupon and that she didn't want to honor it.
Wow, bad business.
Anyway, I just want to let people aware of this restaurant and definitely, i will not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Yesterday night my girl friend & I decided to go and have Thai cuisine for dinner. This is only my second time experiencing Thai cuisine, the first being at Metrotown's Thai House.
The location of this restaurant is extremely easy to find as it is located where all the bustle is on Cambie street. Parking can be found in the back, free of charge, which is hard to find on open streets. If it is too busy you might have to park at Canadian tire or street parking which can range up to $5 for 2hr period.
When you walk in, you are greeted with an authentic ambiance of Thai culture. The space is beautifully decorated with art decor and good quality furniture. The space is large so you don't feel claustrophobic, I'd say it easily fit 100 people with options of tables and booths.
Service was quick and speedy with our friendly waitress. The menu had over 100 dishes so it took us quite awhile to decide what we wanted to have. We aren't familiar with Thai food so we went safe. We had an appy platter that consisted of Shrimp Cakes, Spring Rolls, Fried Fish Batter, Sour Carrots & Mini Deep Fried Chicken Pockets accompanied by array of sauces. We were quite pleased with dish as it was beautifull presented. We shared the Fried Pineapple Rice & Chicken with peanut sauce on a bed of a vegetables. The rice was served in a pineapple, which we were impressed about and it tasted quite fresh. The Chicken on the other hand was not a favourite. The bed of vegetables is really just brocolli and the peanut sauce was very mild tasting. We finished off with the Fried Banana with Vanilla/Mango ice cream which was very delicious.
In the end we spent about $50, which I thought was excellent value for 3 dishes, dessert, drink and tip. Will defenitley return, and I discovered they deliver as well, free of charge.
The food is definitely good, but if you order dishes that are not as common quality goes downhill. Pineapple rice, different kinds of curry, vegetable dishes are the specialty. Everyone likes a solid Pad Thai and this one is not bad.
Because the place is so empty, the service is good but then it takes away from the ambiance. Sometimes a busling place just adds that much more. I have never seen it packed.
A little on the pricy side, but it is Thai food which means it will be slightly higher priced then East Asian restaurants but slightly better value than Western night time dining.
I stopped in there last night for the first time, and decided to try the chicken with peanut sauce and vegetables that I tend to like at other places. Service was good and so on, but the dish was so boring and flavorless that I nearly stopped eating out of boredom. But hey, at least chicken and vegetables have nutritional value and the portion size was good, so I kept eating. One easy way to judge a restaurant is "could I have done better at home?" and in this case, the answer is most definitely yes.
I went there some time ago so I can't remember what I ordered. I can say that out of the 2 thai restaurants that I have been to in Vancouver, I definitely preferred this one (check my reviews to see the other one, it is the one on Burrard)
The meal didn't leave me feeling grossed out and overwhelmed by the various peculiar tastes and if there weren't so many restaurants in Vancouver, I would probably go back. But seems a shame not to try other places!
This is a fairly solid Thai restaurant, food is pretty good, service is really good and its definately better than some Thai places we have been to. Its good but it also isn't the 'best'.
It is in our neighbourhood and also along Cambie (at 7th) where the construction has blocked their view for most of the year but they are still in business.
It is a good place to check out and support during the construction because they are worth keeping around.
Our favourite dishes:
Cashew Chicken & Pinapple Fried Rice
It has a nice ambiance but we usually prefer take out.
First of all Chao Phraya is not in South Vancouver - it is on the edge of False Creek/Fairview Slopes, just the False Creek side of the Cambie bridge across from Best Buy/Canadian Tire. It used to be located under the Granville Bridge at the gateway to Granville Island, but they moved to their new location a few years ago. The decor is pleasing, not quite as upscale as the old location, but very Thai and the staff are charming and hospitable. The food is verging on great - one of the very best Thai restaurants in Vancouver. It compares well to Montri's and Thai House, but without the crowds. For some reason it hasn't had the hype that the above two have had and there is usually no problem getting a table. The usual menu items - good pad thai, various colours of curry, etc. Some nice prawn dishes. We've always been too stuffed to order dessert, so I can't comment on dessert.
Sure, it feels a bit like fancy cafeteria when inside. Sure, the menu is basic. But the service is quick and efficient. Tables are always clean when I'm seated. And the basics (cashew chicken, green curry, etc) are solid. Fabulous pricing, too. Just right for a quick lunch when running errands in the area.