Khunnai Chang offers authentic Thai food. Eat in or take out.
My boyfriend and I were downtown on a weekend and haven't been to Schnitzels in a while, so we headed there to fill our cravings. Sad to say the least when we got there to find a permanently closed Schnitzels. But lucky for us, we were on Denman where food is not hard to come by.
We walked up the street a bit and found ourselves at Khunnai Chang. I've walked by before looking for some Pad See Iw, and when I didn't see it on the menu, I passed it by. Not in a picky mood this time, we went in and were seated. Much to my surprise, the lunch specials menu featured the Pad See Iw! We also ordered the Green Curry Chicken.
These were lunch specials so they came with a spring roll and soup! I don't remember exactly how much it was, but each was under $10 - which to me, is an amazing deal, especially for the location and for the amount of food.
The soup that accompanied the meal was so fresh tasting. You can taste the lemongrass, the cilantro, etc. It really was delicious.
The rest of the meal was equally as good.
The best part was the great service we received from the previously mentioned owner. He brought us over some condiments to try with our meal. These sauces really heightened up the taste of the food and was something I've never had offered to me at a Thai restaurant in the city before. Bonus points!!
Overall, great food, great value and excellent service. I also loved the wooden chairs and tables too.
Based on the promising reviews, I made my way there for a late Monday lunch.
The stuffed chicken wings had a nice chicken juiciness to it. The lunch specials are decently portioned for just under $10. They packed more than twice the original eat-in portion of fresh rice w/ my leftovers! The green curry was so good, I ended up slurping it up w/ the help of the extra rice that same night! They even threw in an extra cup of soup since we were sharing a lunch special that should really just come w/ the 1 cup. Pretty standard salted clear veggie/chicken soup, but a nice gesture all the same.
Now, Wed rolls along & it's pretty obvious where we ended up for dinner! Had the Pad Thai which was nicely sweet tho, I'm don't think adding shrimp ($11.50+2) is worth it since those pieces were few--chicken would have sufficed. The noodles were perfectly springy & tasty. The Tom Yam Gai has me looking forward to trying their Tom Kha Gai. Very citrusy, tasty w/fresh mushrooms. The massaman curry is good, too, tho I find myself preferring the green curry. The chicken in everything was nicely tender. Definitely request for more kick in the food.
The deep fried banana w/ ice cream is prepped fairly quickly but tasted decent enough. I'll definitely be trying out the other dessert offerings. The Thai Iced Coffee is okay. I wish they had Thai Iced Tea on the menu, but it wasn't listed so I didn't ask.
This time around, a different server, also voluntarily gave us extra rice w/ our leftovers! We weren't told of it the 1st visit, but this woman let us know there's extra rice. So sweet of her. We weren't expecting the same kind of consideration when we saw that the other server wasn't anywhere to be seen. I really didn't mind that both times though, we were the only table there, but then again, we've been going off-meal hrs, so... I hope their business keeps up so that they'll always be there for me!
After a craving for Thai food,we called go waiters to have Kunnai Chang delivered.
What a HUGE dissapointment!!The pad thai was dry and tasteless,the stir fried tofu was deep fried,the chu ch kung was made with breaded prawns,and the pha lam longh songh was greasy,made with onions and broccoli,and had no peanut sauce whatsoever on it.
We were discusted by what arrived and extremely dissapointed.
I would not reccomend this place for anything to anyone.You would be better off going to a chinese restaurant and ordering thai food.At least it would have some flavour and pizazz.
This place would make a great automotive lube shop with all the grease that comes with the food.
I have been coming to this little restaurant pretty much since the day it opened, and the Quality of the food has never wavered in its flavors and freshness.The food is always served hot and quick, even when the place is packed.... and amazing feat in any restaurant.
The owner is the also the chef, a charming and friendly Thai lady, who always comes out to say hello and ask about the food, which invariably is scrumptious ! Her serving people are also all Thai which I love, as it just adds to the experience in my view. I have watched her interact with many obvious regular customers, so I know it is popular in the neighbourhood.
I have had everything on the menu many times, and there are no bad choices.... I do however love the Thai basil with Pork, the Curries ( yes... all of them !) and her Pad Thai is Delicious, and very Authentic, made with tamarind sauce, not ketchup like what so many of the other "Thai" places serve. I have seen some reviews say its pricey, But for the Freshness and quality of the food , and the portions are generous, it is GREAT valus for your dollar.
Do I recommend this place ??? Yes. This is Hands down the Best Thai food I have had outside Thailand, and better than a lot of places I ate at there !
I stopped into this quaint little place on Denman Street yesterday in search of some Thai food that I have been craving since I have been back to Canada. Now I must admit I am a good chef in my own rights and spending 4 weeks in Thailand travelling as a Thai would travel has enlightened my taste buds considerably.
I thought what the Hey,,,lets try it out. At first glance, its a bit stark, the walls I mean,,,it could use a little more Thai ambience I think. The staff appeared to be all Thai's except the gentleman behind the bar who I think was the owner.
The menu was very good,,,extensive,,you'd have to come here a few times to do a just and right review I think. I had the lunch special,,Red chicken with Currey, spring rolls and soup.
The soup,,,well was a bit too oily but tasty none the less,,the spring roll was very good,,,the Red Currey,,although a bit too mild for my liking,,,was very nice indeed, with white Jasmine rice on the side.
The service was excellent and business began to pick up around 12 30 PM,,,it looks like it might be a haunt for quite a few people who enjoy Thai food.
The Restaurant itself was very clean as were the washrooms..the server wore her yellow Kings shirt ( which is the Monday color by the way) and could converse in English very well.
I would definatly go back and try the selection of items on their menu and I would recommend this place as a definate must try.
Oh Boy the food is tasty here! I had my first Thai green Curry ( I don't particularly like curries) here and man sooooo good! I read the reviews on dinehere and took a few friends of mine for a Thai dinner. All of my friends loved it! Especially my friend's pregnant wife. We had the curry, spring rolls, pad thai ( too sweet for us ) spicy squid with vegetables etc. I think this is close to Authentic Thai cuisine you can try in Vancouver. The service was great, the staff were nice. I think the owner is Caucasian? He went around asking if the food was good. The atmosphere is cozy in this small restaurant. I will definitely be back here again.
I headed to this restuarant last week with a friend who had been there several times for lunch. I had the Pad Thai which was quite good; not your ketchupy sauce. I'm a vegetarian and they made me a pad thai without the fish sauce. The place could be spruced up a bit but I had the impression that it was quite clean. Portions are good and so is the service. I'm surely going there for lunch again.
We were told to try this spot by a lady at the suites we were staying in. We both had the lunch special which was a main course, soup and a spring roll. It was excellent thai food and we were both quite pleased with our meal. The server was pleasant and food was good :)
Best secret in the West End. Have taken friends, family and even out of town guests. The food is true Thai, excellent with good portion size. Yes, the ambience could change a bit, but the owners and staff are great, the food is to die for. Also, the price is very reasonable. Have been going there for 4 years and never had anything but excellent food.
I usually have the lunch specials, which are a good value at $8. I have never been dissapointed with the food here -- it's consistently fantastic. Their regular evening menu is more pricey and jumps considerably higher. The shrimp soup served with the lunch combos is very flavourful. The servers are always ready with more water.
Food 4 Thought.
By Terry Halliday
As a self professed food geek, whose hobby is eating as well as cooking it, I feel confident that I can pass on some hidden gems of restaurants and places to eat that won’t break the bank or aren’t so stuffy or pretentious that the only thing you get is attitude.
My passion is finding those Mom and Pop operations that believe in their food and not the formula operations that seem to pervade our communities and choke out the wonderful experiences of finding a hidden gem.
I am known to drive to different places for a craving in town or out, as I believe that food is one of our last sacred rituals that we still can all share.
One of my favorite in town restaurants is a small place called Kunnai Chang. Located at 835 Denman Street close to Robson and Denman, it is an unassuming front with a chalk board sign that greets the passersby.
If you are looking for a Planet Hollywood eatery, you won’t even notice that it is there. This is what makes it a hidden gem.
The owners, Loong and Bob, are kind, friendly and believe in their product. Having eaten there often, I have gotten to know them personally. Their staff is always gracious and attentive.
I have never had a bad meal there or have been disappointed in the quality. I do have some particular favorites such as the Chicken Satay skewers, the Prawn Panang and Pad Thai are usually on my list of must haves. Their peanut sauce is divine. I have watched with awe as they hand carve chrysanthemum flowers and leaves out of carrots. Try to get that from Earls.
Madame Elephant (It’s English name) is simple in its décor. Its plain walls are only meant to be the backdrop of a good time shared with friends eating good food. When you are enjoying yourself, who cares what a place looks like. It is clean, simply decorated and filled with the love of Thai cooking.
Try this restaurant, as I believe you will come to appreciate it as I believe in the honesty and integrity of the people who own Kunnai Chang and who make really good food.
I tried this place with my husband when his friend visited. We've traveled around South East Asian and were craving some good Thai food. Khunnai was the closest thing to authentic Thai I have had in Vancouver so far.
Love their fish curries and spicy beef salad. The seasoning and the tenderness of the beef meshed perfectly. The service was solid and warm. This will become one of my regular places for Thai food.
I only came in for Singhas and Nibles. But definately would come back! Amazing how the best spots in Vancouver are the smallest, hardest to find ones.
The food was really close to authentic. I really enjoyed their beef salad and papaya salad.
The owners are the sweetest couple. I love Thai people.
We live only a couple few blocks away and Khunnai Chang has become our favorite place for a casual bite to eat. There is always courteous service, and the food is fantastic!
I'm a vegetarian and they'll always make me a curry with tofu instead and that gives me sooo many choices! The tofu and vegetables is always a staple on our table. Try the Massaman curry, and the coconut rice is fantastic!
The only downside is the lackluster decor, not a big deal. That being said, I would never bring out of town friends here for dinner, it's more like our little weekday secret. We'll continue to eat here on a regular basis :)
We started going to Khunnai Chang shortly after they first open just before we moved out of the neighbourhood. We still go back down to the West End at least once a month to eat there and the food is always excellent and the owners extremely friendly and welcoming. We have recommended this place to multiple friends and they always return telling us how good it was. We walked in New Year's Eve without a reservation about 7.00pm with a group of six people and they quickly and happily accommodated us. Very good, reasonably priced food every time.
Having read through the reviews, I'm confused. This place was not the best thai food we've ever had, nor was it super greasy and terrible. It was solid. Worth the money paid.
The service is attentive and good. The food is solid. I've had better Swimming Rama (the chicken with spinach and peanut sauce that has a Thai name here that I always forget) elsewhere, and it was spicier here (which was sad, 'cause I ordered it mild), but the sauce that came with the deep-fried tofu appetizer was yummy! And my beloved, a notoriously picky eater, had no complaints about his mild pad thai.
Having spent a long time in Thailand I was very pleased to find the Khunnai Chang restaurant. The food is the most authentic I have had in Vancouver. I ordered the Som Tam Thai 'hot' and it was! They double checked that I wanted it Thai style so you might need to ask them when ordering not to dumb down the flavours. If you like authentic Thai food try here and you should not be dissapointed.
Had lunch here in the past a number of times and had excellent fresh food. The last two times it's been a complete change. We went one night for dinner and ordered a couple of dishes. Within less than 5 minutes our meals were served. Both tasted as though they were warmed up, pre cooked food. What the... Went again some months later for lunch and again unimpressed. Starter soup is now too sweet and my pad thai quite soggy and tasteless. Don't think I'll be back again. SAD because I know they have cooked properly in the past. It used to be my go to place when I needed some good comfort food.
I <3 Khunnai Chang. We went here with a Thai friend who knows the owners. We started off with a small bowl of lovely hot soup-plenty of straw mushrooms, nice and spicy. I ordered one of the lunch plates including a generous portion of Pad Thai, a spring roll and rice. The Pad thai is great, and the serve it with lime, which was nice since I find a I have to ask for it a lot of the time. The spring roll was, I believe, possibly the best spring roll I've had in my life. It wasn't too greasy and was full of veggies. Our server, a Caucasian man, spoke fluent Thai and was a great waiter--didn't hang around, just worked on some paperwork behind the counter, yet always seemed to know when to appear. The decor is quaint and minimalistic, but totally not in your face. Our bill was fine, not cheap, but definitely not expensive.
Highly recommended--not to be missed. Extensive menu and great service.
Among the several (not so stunning) restaurants on Denman sits this little gem.
The dishes we've had have been great! They have all been great, very subtle flavors that combine perfectly. We went for the standards: Red Chicken Curry, Phad Thai, Spring Rolls etc, but, look forward to finding new favourites from the menu.
The service is good too. We never had to wait for a thing and the water glass was always full. The proprietors and friendly, and I would not hesitate to take any of there recommendations.
Nothing was overly expensive although portions could be just a little bigger. I would not worry too much about that, I'm a big eater and love leftovers!
Room is small, and clean and has the various things that one would associate with Thailand.