The Papaya Hut is a small little Thai eatery with about 6 tables. Very casual; takeout is usually busy.
First of all, i am a huge Thai food fan but this turned me off and little joints for quite some time. I dont know how many times I have driven past this little tucked away place on Burrad but I thought one day I would give a go with a friend. We went with an entertainment coupon (dont we all like deals) and we ordered some standard Thai items thinking you can't go wrong; well shocking apparently you can. We didn't order anything too crazy, a simple curry, a pad thai ...etc but it was not good at all. No flavours, not fresh ingredients, food was warm, atmosphere was poor and loud with Burrad traffic, ...etc, Even with the entertainment coupon it was not worth it.
Overall, not worth the visit if you are a Thai fan.
Went here this week for dinner with my sister. We were catching a movie at 5th Ave. Cinemas and we thought since the restaurant was small, we'd be in and out pretty quickly in time for our movie. We ordered the calamari to start. It was good, crispy and chewy. The sauce it came with was nice too, but I was hoping it was going to be spicy because I like spicy food. For our entrees, we had the shrimp with cashews. The portion size of the dish was good for 4! The flavour was good but again, I was hoping for the dish to be spicy but it really wasn't at all. I think the menu rated the spiciness as two chilli peppers. It would be nice if there were more shrimp in the dish. The second entree was crispy noodles with beef (with oyster sauce). This was my favourite! The noodles were thin, crispy and not greasy. They reminded me of dry chow mein noodles except the noodles were quite a bit thinner. I suggest, if you want your order to be spicy, mention it to the waitress and I'm sure they could make it spicy for you. I think they tone down the spiciness to cater to people who are sensitive to it. This is a family run business, so the decor was very minimal. For those who complain about it not having "nice" decor, you get what you pay for and no dishes that I could see were over $12.95. If you want a fancy looking restaurant, expect to pay more. Also, for those who are picky about whether the chef is from the country the food represents, it doesn't really matter but the authenticity of the taste of the food does. Overall, our experience was pretty good and I think I'll be back.
We were recommended this place by a dude in the pizza place beside where O Thai is/was (they have been mysteriously closed for weeks for a series of dodgy reasons).
We walked a couple of blocks to this place and ordered our regular masaman curry (spelling varies) and were blown away. We also got "corn soup" which is more like "incredibly delicious coconut milk shrimp soup, and by the way there is some corn".
The service was prompt and fine, though the atmosphere was just of a generic low end cafe. The prices on the dishes were also well below average for Thai restaurants.
While, I'm not going to comment on the food, as we haven't had it yet (one of us had it, and says it's very good), let me just say that we did 3 phonecalls trying to negotiate a delivery.
Why is anything on UBC grounds excluded? We were forced to go to Sasamat to pick up the "delivery".
My friend comments that if you do wish to have Papaya Hut, you might prefer to go there directly, rather than ordering in.
Fun times, kids, fun times.
This restaurant surpassed my expectations. While the ambiance was lacking, the little room brought back memories of similar eateries in Banglamphu, the backpackers' area of Bangkok, minus the 40-degree humidity and dirty motorbikes. The food was tasty and chock full of meat; the ample portions rendered our 2-for-1 coupon unnecessary. True, the restaurant was run by Chinese, but the same goes for many in Thailand. We came back and brought the family within a week of our first dinner at Papaya Hut.
My husband and I ordered delivery from this restaurant... honestly it was terrible. We couldn't even eat most of the food we ordered. We had Thai green curry, Pad thai and lettuce wraps. The lettuce wrap was the only thing edible but did not have any spice. The green curry was sugary sweet and tasted as if it was made with cream instead of coconut milk. It had no spice so if you are looking for a dessert with red peppers and chicken then you might like it. The Pad thai was totally tasteless. Picture ketchup on top of egg noodles with a few pieces of tofu and about 5 little shrimp....just dont bother wasting your time or your money this place will not deliver any satisfaction.
This place is great. My fiancee and I live in the neighbourhood and order from here regularly. Of course it is not somewhere you want to take your parents, or a first date. But the food is fantastic and it's a great value. Try the green curry, it really is amazing. I am shocked that anyone would even say that the ethnicity of the people preparing the food is relevant. Who cares what country the cooks come from if the food is good? For my money, this is the best Thai food in town, and even if I move, I will still be ordering from here.