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  • Food3.5
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  • Value3.5
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  • Reviews36

O Thai Cuisine Restaurant

1626 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J1X6
Tel: (604) 731-4888
Neighbourhood: Broadway
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • House Specialties: Grilled Rare Flank Steak Salad, Green Papaya Salad, Seared Rack of Lamb with Massaman Curry, Trin's Pad Thai and Chili and Chocolate Mousse.

    Closed on statutory holidays. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Lunch: Tuesday - Friday from 11 - 3 Dinner: 5 - 10 (Tues - Thurs and Sunday) 5 - 11 (Fri and Sat)

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Satisfying Thai Food
By bozlee of Tsawwassen (102 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

Been meaning to try O Thai for a while so went their for lunch and was very impressed. A varied menu with the usual Thai offerings plus some innovative items. There was soup or salad to start with every entree, the salad was fresh with a lovely satay dressing. We had Pad Thai and a spicy chicken curry both of which were beautifully presented and very tasty. The dining room could do with livening up but the food makes this restaurant well worth a visit.

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a bit dissapointing
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

Okay, so we had gone to O Thai like 2 years ago and remembered it fondly. Then we went back again recently, the menu was much smaller and had gone a bit more fusion/european style, presenting mains such as seared duck breast/flank steak carefully plated and drizzled with massaman curry sauce or a curry sauce. It looks great but the taste is not that good, the meat was overcooked and one dish included FROZEN CARROTS which to me are disgusting to eat on a $15 main dish. There is no need to serve rubbery frozen carrots in this day and age when fresh carrots are cheap and available all year round. Inexcusable. Anyway I was disappointed, everything was barely OK and the price was pretty high for what we got.

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Beautiful Food
By millar of New Westminster, Vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 9, 2007 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

I love O Thai. The food is wonderful and beautifully presented.
They've vastly improved the ambiance with the addition of table cloths.
Some of the dishes are very spicy so if you don't like it spicy quiz your server before ordering.

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crappy
By pickyjerk of kitsilano vancouver (67 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 4:03am [Dine in]

This place has reduced its menu and executes the few dishes it now cooks rather poorly.

chicken curry- fine, but for 16 bucks, you are gonna need more than a chicken leg and sauce.

duck - an absolute piece of __________. Total crap; do not get it; gringo-out and go for the pad thai. You could kill a pigeon and deep fry it and it would taste better than that ________.

chicken stir fry- whatever.

salmon - salty rip-off.

in short, the service is good, as well it should be with only 2 tables in the whole place with customers. Food is crap, so if you go, go for a special if the have one or go for the pad thai.

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Solid rating - neither outstanding nor poor
By 148jules of Quebec & 18th (33 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

Yes overpriced like other reviewers had already mentioned but the quality of the food is very good.
The food is more fusion Thai than authentic.
I had planned to order the duck entree but was suggested by the server to try the duck/ribs combo which would be a better value considering that I would be getting 2 entrees for $5.00 extra. However was mildly disappointed as the portions were really small and I wondered if the original entrees would have been the same size! My partner and I ordered a few dishes to share and it was not outstanding.
Made an online reservation and showed up at 5pm the opening time but the restaurant did not open until 5:30pm! Will not rush back anytime soon.

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pretty good Thai food
By tango of van (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 8:37pm [Dine in]

I've never really had BAD Thai food...and at this place the food was tasty. I tried that Bak Mawk which was good but a small portion. The other dishes were typical medium-small Thai dishes (like most other Thai restaurants). Ambience is quite nice there, kind of upscale looking and trendy. I noticed that some of the menu prices were quite high for Thai ($25+) but there were also several $10ish ones which we ordered. Food could have been hotter but I liked the fact that it wasn't just a bit of meat floating in tons of curry sauce. It was better than Thai House.

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Best Thai Food I've Had
By lori-o of Point Grey (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 28, 2006 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

Excellent Thai food, friendly helpful service, and tasteful decor.

The Pad Thai (stir fried noodles) was the best I've had anywhere, with just the right amount of peanut sauce. The Tom ka Kung (coconut milk soup with prawns) was light and flavourful. The dumplings (can't remember what they are called ) were great, too.

There are lots of items on the menu, with plenty of choices for appetizers, soups, salads and entrees. There are also several good wine choices, and wine is available by the glass. The only thing I can find fault with is the limited beer selection. But that's of no consequence when the food is so good!

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Delicious Dessert Sampler
By kattyc of Vancouver/Victoria (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 2:03am [Dine in]

I'm not a huge fan of Thai food, so I found the dinner food to be just good, but I can't say how much I loved the Dessert! My two friends and I shared a desert sampler, and I wish I'd gotten one all for myself. They were the perfect end to a good meal.
The prices for O Thai are fairly decent, nothing obscene. A nice restaurant with solid decor and waitstaff.

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Disappointing experience
By rylsiem of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 5, 2007 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

After reading so many good reviews, I decided to give it a try.
I started out with the sate as the appetizer. In my opinion there are 2 things that can go wrong with sate. The meat is not tender and has no flavour from itself and the accompanying sauce is not interesting enough to be served with it. In this case both went wrong. From the 3 skewers that I got, none worked for me. The meat was not precut and so tough that I almost pulled a muscle trying to cut the meat in smaller pieces (lol, but true...). The peanut sauce was not anything special and seemed to me that they just blended some peanut butter with water. My overall conclusion on the sate was that it needed some serious reengineering.

Up to the main dish, I decided to take the duck with tamarind sauce. I am not a big fan of sweet and sour sauces, but ordered it anyway because of the good reviews. As I expected, I didn't like the sauce, but could understand why some people would value it. The duck however was a bit of a different story. I have had duck in many restaurants, both in Chinese and other Thai restaurants, and found that in those restaurants the pieces of duck were richer of meat. My pieces of duck contained too much bone, it was crispy, but dried out in too many places. Also the accompanying presentation of the lettuce was a bit too primitive for me in the sense that they just cut this huge lettuce into two and just put it like that on my plate.

Despite of all this negativity, I want to mention that the service was attentive and that the waiters were friendly. I also found the interior modern and different enough to differentiate itself from the tradional interiors for this type of restaurant. I do concur with some of the other reviewers about the noise level created by the acoustics of the wall.

Will I ever return to this restaurant? You may have guessed it, not in the foreseeable future.

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Hard to find another place for Thai food like O Thai
By fungtional of Richmond (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

I have to say it is hard to find another restaurant for good Thai food like O Thai. There are alot of established businesses such as Thai House and what not, but I find most of their food to be too salty too sweet. I came with two other friends and we had some of the best thai food O thai had to offer. We tried the spicey roast duck on mango salad which was a perfect blend of spice sweet and savoury. We also had the pad thai which was done well as any "good" thai restaurant should (hard to find a decent pad thai nowadays ). The green curry was ok, a touch too many bamboo shoots for my taste but the flavours of the base was good. The best dish we had was the grilled seafood platter. This was something else! Came with lobster tail, mussels, scallops, Salmon, etc etc. All of the seafood was perfectly grilled, not too tough and overcooked and not undercooked. The spice level for the dishes was a little tame, but I can't blame them as theyre situated in an area where most patrons would probably not be used to the heat. The owners told us to order it "authentic thai spicy" next time. The desert here are also very good. Simple desert but done to perfection. The ambience is good but nothing too spectacular. Heard theyre opening a lounge soon, excited to see how that pans out. Only thing I think they can improve on would be beer/cocktail selection.

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Awesome Thai Food
By casualdiner of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 25, 2008 - 4:39am [Dine in]

Been searching for great Thai food in the city, and my search is finally over. By far, the best Thai food i've had other than my trip to Bangkok 2 years ago. The food is absolutely mouth watering. Unlike most Thai restaurants in the city, the menu is smaller, reason for it, is that they keep things really fresh all the time.
I had the green curry chicken, the curry was bold and spicy, yet very clean, and the chicken, was perfectly cooked, juice and tender. My friend had the house favorite, duck tamarind. He said, it was the best duck he's ever had. Nice and lightly fried, with a spicy and tangy tamarind sauce. Definitely going to try that for my next visit. And of course, we shared the Pad Thai. It brought be back to my trip to Thailand, might be even better!
We shared a bottle of wine, a couple of beers, and had a feast, without going broke. hard to find restaurants like that in Vancouver. So we were very happy!
Try their home made Thai tea ice cream, it was the perfect way to end our dinner. One of the best meals i've had in Vancouver. Nice and cool place to bring your friends. Really friendly staff, who really knows what great service means. Had an amazing time. It'll definitely be in your top 10 list for best restaurant in the city once you've tried it.

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satisfying, but...
By rowriness of East Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

The service was fairly efficient for a party of 15, but it was really the portion size of the food that I surprised me. For paying roughly $10 for the kee maow, I was expecting a lot more pasta than what I got.. the pumpkin creme brulee was decent, though I thought that creme brulee was supposed to be fairly warm (the dish was hot but the food was somewhat lukewarm)! It was all right, but I don't think that I would be rushing to come back, as it was kind of pricey for how little food I got..

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Vancouver's Best Pad Thai
By top100 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

I work at the Thai Embassy here in Vancouver & I can honestly say this is the city's best Thai restaurant. I am basing this on three things:
1. Food - Highest quality,most authentic flavors,most consistant.

2.Service - I have been to mot of the popular Thai restaurants & most have catered for our events but I have never dined at any place where the wine actually pairs with the food & the staff actually knows what they are talking about. From the owner who runs the floor down to the hostess. Great non stuck up atmosphere for a upscale Thai place.

3.Atmosphere - GREAT MUSIC ! Very warm decor with smiles from every table while they're eating. Pay attention to tables as your waiting online. Everyone looks blown away.

I Love this place. I've been there 4 times & each time gets better. I also here there is a great Thai rest. in P.Q. anyone know which one ?

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Awsome!!! =D
By darkangel of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

there food is so good! especially tom yum soup though it's a bit spicy but still great. i've been there 6 times. i keep ordering it eveytime i cum. the service is fairly good and the background music is nice. overall the restaurant is AWSOME!!!!!!!!

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Thai with a Kick
By vanguy79 of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2007 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

I had the pleasure of going to O Thai twice and both times i was impressed with the food and the ambience of the place.
So far i had the cashew chicken for lunch and the famous tamarind crispy duck and the cashew nut chicken again for dinner. The cashew chicken dish was very average i have to say, the chicken pieces while big is not the best chicken i had. The sauce is hardly there. The crispy duck on the other hand was really good. The duck was sufficiently crispy and the tamarind sauce was very flavourful. I had not tried any of the chef's creation dishes though, not sure if they are good but it will be slightly costly to try out the chef's creations since they are expensive. My advice, stick with the fundamentals, the stir fry and the duck. Overall, i had a great experience, the decor was great, service was good and the food is not bad too.

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Great place
By taninvan of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

Nice atmosphere, excellent value and the food is really very good. Lunch came with a soup, spring roll and I had a prawn cashew plate all for $8
and it was excellent. Will be back for sure. The service was nothing to write home about but it was fine....friendly and fast.

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hidden gem...for now
By deeriosnj of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 23, 2007 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

We came out to go to Earls on broadway for my friend's birthday and of couse, they were packed. i don't think the hostest even said hi, she just looked at us and gave a"...sorry...there's no way your getting in here" look. So we came out and across we saw this Thai restaurant. We love thai and we thought why not. Luckily we got to the restaurant before they got packed, so we only waited about 5 minutes for our table.
The place was really cool and modern with nice music. its a nice escape from the traditional ethnic restaurants.Very serene and sleek. A cool place to enjoy a meal. The waiters knew the menu inside out. I was surprised that the server spoke Thai even though he was caucasian.
I had the best lychee martini ever, there was even a fresh lychee in the bottom. My girlfriends ordered the bottle of Viognier that matched perfectly with our amazing mains.
Now on to the best part of the night. The food was mouth watering and unforgettable. We already thinking about what we were going to order the next time we come. The server sold us on their fresh lobster with green curry, and their staff favorite, crispy duck with tamarind sauce . The flavours were amazing. the lobster was fresh and the curry was as if i was back in Thailand. A little hot for my taste, but delicious. The crispy duck was so tender and the tamarind sauce is to die for. i had to order an extra side of sauce with my rice.
And to end this most amazing night, already so full. The manager brought a dessert platter for my firends birthday! The must have is the apple fritter with vanilla creme. The sticky rice with cocunut milk was still warm when it got to the table that it melted in my mouth.
We surely will come back, we can't believe we never heard of this place! its a hidden gem, at least for now. Hands down my favorite Thai restaurant.

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Ok but the portions are getting smaller!
By Aud of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

I've been here several times now - the first time, I though this restaurant was AMAZING. Food was incredible, service was good, and we both had food to take home! Not that I expect that, but... the next two times, the portions were considerably smaller. As in, they didn't even fill us up. Last time I went, the service was SO SLOW it was unbelievable, and my prawns were overcooked. So it seems this restaurant can be good, but isn't very consistent.

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Disappointed
By Leon of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

I went to O'Thai the other night with 2 of my friends. One of them said there parent went there. I read bad review on them in the Georgia Straight, but though I would give a go at it.

Went there and was greeted by young cacausian guy. He sat us at the table. This restaurant has cold feeling. I think they should put some bench seating give it more comfortable feeling. We orderd some drinks that were on the list, but they kept saying we are out of this and that. Anyway I orderd the Passionfruit martini, I and my guests thought it was not Passionfruit as it was orange as orange juice. We ordered spring rolls & chicken satay. The spring rolls were greasy and the satay had no flavour. We orderd the Coconut soup, and the server did not know how to serve, spilling it all over the table. We ordered the Penang beef, and chicken strir fry and Laoation Steak. No flavour, and the steak was brutal. The person that came with me has many years experience as chef and said the steak was under salamander for 2 long. Very dry. The glass was chipped on my friends drink. Taken off the bill, but still terrible service. No wonder this restauant has had bad reviews by critics.

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understaffed, mediocre food
By vinns of marpole, vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

The service was very slow, and had only 2 servers for the entire restaurant on a Saturday evening (around 6-7pm). We waited a long time for...everything.

The decor was nice, better than most thai places. Modern and somewhere you could take your date to.

The food was only all right. I had the red curry chicken, and the flavours were not strong enough. I've had better red curry from the Thai House. My bf's pad thai was very good, but the portions were ridiculously small for a 24 year old male. We also tried the dessert sampler, which was cute and delicious.

I probably would not come back. For what we paid for, we could have gotten a much more delicious and satisfying meal at the Thai House or Baan Wasana in Kerrisdale.

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