Mali Thai Restaurant offers authentic Thai food for a reasonable price and with generous portions. Enjoy their delectable dishes in the restaurant, for take-out, or for free delivery with the minimum order of $20.00 within 5 km.
I have ordered from Mali Thai a couple times for delivery and it is a good choice, at least for delivery. I generally go with sure hit Thai staples like the curries or stir fries, pretty hard to mess those up. The chicken red curry tasted good but could have had more chicken and less pineapple. If you like your food spicy, make sure you request it hotter than you think because none of the dishes I had were spicy at all even though we requested medium spiciness. When you are feeling lazy and don't want to cook, try ordering delivery from Mali Thai but keep your expectations tempered.
When I think of Mali Thai, "fresh and clean" comes to mind. I've driven and walked by many times, but since it's so close to home and because the restaurant is quite small, I've actually never eated in before. Plus, they deliver!
We always order our usuals, pad see iw and green curry chicken. And since we've tried these 2 dishes at many places, I can say that they're better than average here at Mali Thai. And like the reviewer before said, the portion sizes are also great.
A great bonus is the fantastic service.
We found this gem on yummyweb and it has since become our favourite place to get some incredible Thai food. We've ordered:
- green curry and red curry - both with fresh and vibrant flavours (the red curry comes with pineapple along with the usual veg; something we haven't seen in other restaurants)
- Mali Pad Thai (their twist on the Pad Thai) - best Pad Thai aside from Montri's
- Pineapple Fried Rice - fluffy, vibrant, refreshing
- Drunken Noodles- tasty, with a hint of spice, not over-sauced and not greasy like a lot of fried noodles
(we ordered always order these items with chicken; but the nice thing here is that you can choose which type of meat you want and they don't charge extra [aside from prawns of course]),
- Spring Rolls - solid
-Coconut Tapioca, an Mango with Sweet Sticky Rice - refreshing and delicious
Their food is so so good, we cannot say enough good things about it! Everything we've ordered has always been so fresh and flavourful. The portions are also something to rave about; most items are less than $9 yet the portions are always so generous. One delivery from here will last us 2-3 days!
The only negative thing I would have to say about Mali Thai, is that they really push the rice on you! haha "Do you need rice?" "No it's okay, we have rice at home" "So you don't need any steamed rice?" "No, we're good" "Okay, so you have rice at home?" etc. lol
If not for this little annoyance, we would have given this place a perfect score.
Last week my girlfriend and I were looking for a Thai dinner. Rather than going to our usual place on Cambie, we decided to try this one out on Main & 12th since we were always passing by it. The restaurant itself wasn't much to look at, small but cozy with basic decor. I have to say though the server, I think he is the owner, was extremely courteous. We ordered the crispy wonton, and like the previous reviewer said, was surprisingly light, and stuffed with some kind of sweet orange stuff, which made it very tasty. We also ordered the Thai iced tea, drunken noodle and a green curry with beef combo with rice and salad. The drunken noodles was good but the green curry combo was excellent, better than a lot of other 'authentic' places I have been to. Excellent value. Overall I'd say they were a nice little surprise and I would be going back.
My 15 minute order turned out to be an over 30 minute wait and on top of that, when I got home and opened my bag, I received someone else's order. After calling the restaurant, they confirmed that they mixed up my order with someone else's and that I can take the food back and exchange it. That is a lot of work for a take out order. Management said delivery would take over an hour and I was unable to obtain a credit and nothing was done. The guy on the phone explained that shrimp pad thai is similar to chicken pad thai, and red curry is similar to yellow curry. Too bad it's not similar when one has a seafood allergy. Will not be returning.
Suprizingly this place had some really great, authentic Thai food and we order from here quite often. However the last couple times we have been really disappointed. The Penang curry has been getting smaller and smaller and comes with half of the ingredients of the Cashew Chicken, not enough for a decent meal.
This last time the Cashew chicken had NO flavour (tasting like bland Chinese, not Thai) despite asking for it HOT, it was like they forgot the chili all together. It was so bad that my starving partner, left half of his plate. I'm not sure if they have a new chef, but it's lacking the authenticity it once had.
While the place is basically a take out we had lunch there (3 or 4 tables) and once did a pick up order, so I can't say anything about delivery time etc
I have to say the food, while not as subtle as some might expect from really good thai, is solid. Not as interesting as Hawkers but way better than Pad Thai down the street on around the corner on Broadway. In that neighbourhood and in that price range.
Pineapple rice- a bit oily.
Pad thai - very pedestrian
Crispy wontons- surprisingly light (and filled with yam?)
Chicken satay- Plump and generous only lightly "seasoned", biggest satay I've seen especially at that price 4 pieces for 4.95 - sauce a bit oily...
While it looks as if this quick food review is not complimentary, I have to say that I would order the rice and the pad again.
Haven't had the curries yet but I will!
The portions are big and the price is great. This is a place for getting chow not ambiance. However, the place is very clean and pleasant on the counter/restaurant side.
I look forward to seeing other reviews...
We recently stayed in Vancouver and ordered what we thought would be decent thai food~the prices were pretty reasonable and it was nearby. When the food was delivered to our hotel room, there were no condiments (soy sauce, chili paste) or even cutlery~then as we dove into the food we realized there was also no FLAVOUR! Soup tasted like coconut water, fried rice tasted bland, there was none of the rich beautiful flavours that make Thai cuisine so delectable.
I don't like noodles so whenever I order Thai I usually get a curry or something with a peanut sauce. I've eaten here many times, and the only experience that wasn't stellar was when the potatoes were slightly undercooked. You get great portions for an amazing price. They deliver, and that includes Bubble Tea, though sometimes they don't have pearls. No long waits for the food either. Great place to order delivery and takeout, sitting in the restaurant is so-so.
I've read the previous reviews and thought I would give it a try.
I was amaze that they actually deliver to my place (around Granville and 70th) considering they are located on Main and 12th! No extra charge, no complain. They did inform that it will take 45 minute and they were not late. The delivery man is very friendly.
Ambiance- I didn't eat there so I'm not sure.
This is what I order,
Crispy wonton- It was greasy and you'd never find this in Thailand (yam stuffing). It usually stuff with ground pork. I like it, but it's an adaptation. $3.95 for 10 pieces is rather cheap.
Tom Kah Gai- Nice and light, not oily. The chicken is very tender. This dish come with lot of chicken and some mushroom. $5.95, good portion.
Green curry- Nice clean taste. The chicken is tender. Only come with eggplant. Usually there would be more variety of veg. While it is quite good, it doesn't have the taste of the authentic green curry. $6.95, worth the money.
Lad Na- They don't use fresh rice noodle. It was most likely a dried package one. With "Lad Na", fresh rice noodle is a must. The noodle was hard, oily, and have a weird oil aftertaste. The gravy also have a weird aftertaste and is tasteless. They use broccoli and carrot instead of chinese broccoli (Kai Lan) The pork was unpleasent as well. $8.95, Not expensive compare to other place. But taste need improvement.
Tastewise, The curry and the soup is very good. But not authentic. I would guess that the chef is not Thai. I'm not sure, it's just my opinion. I'm Thai and it doesn't taste much like Thai food.
This is my first time trying this restuarant out, I think it's the best but some dishes worth trying.
Normally I don't write bad reviews after just one expereince to give the restaurant the benefit of the doubt. However, after three VERY BAD EXPERIENCES here's my review. Mali Thai used to be the food around the corner for us but lately the experience has been filled with angst. The biggest issue nowadays is customer service and wait time among other quality issues.
When you order for pick up, their standard line for wait time is 20 minutes. Unfortunately, the first two times I went to pick up my food (20mins later), I was forced to wait around another 40mins . The third time I learned my lesson and despite the standard line of "20mins" I went in an hour later to allow for plenty of time. But I show up to be told by the owner that I "should wait another 10mins". Seeing me upset by that statement, he asks me "why I order when they are busy" and "since I live around the corner I should go back home and come later". That was it! No apology for bad service and no food either. Meanwhile customers around the restaurant were being ignored. One of the customers commented that he was munching on his grocery store bought nacho chips because the food hadn't arrived. Another customer who was waiting to leave waited at the counter for 20mins for their take out container. They are going to have to pay attention to the fact that they're short-staffed pretty quickly before they lose all their customers. I willl not be going back and anyone interested in eating here "BEWARE".
This restaurant is one of the smallest restaurants I've been to. We ordered the pad thai and the red curry. The pad thai was a larger portion but very average. The red curry stood out with real tasting pineapples and basil on top. I would say the spice flavor to be way better than Thai house. Also I've had odd/off tasting pineapples at Tropika on Cambie that tasted worst than canned pineapples. That made me not want to go back to Tropika. The server was very cordial at Mali. We had parked at the back and walked thru the kitchen. The kitchen was clean and less greasy looking than a chinese restaurant's kitchen if you know what I mean. For $6 I would go back to try other dishes again.