Sala Thai is a family run Thai Restaurant operating in Downtown Vancouver for over 22 years.
I went to Sala Thai recently and found the meals I tried (red curry and pad thai with shrimp) to be very mediocre compared to other Thai restaurants in the city. I was extremely disappointed by the lack of vegetables in vegetarian red curry, and found the added tofu to be quite bland. The service was also extremely slow and inattentive on the Friday night that I went to the restaurant.
Affordable prices since we went for lunch (they have lunch specials that range from 6-10 a dish)
The restaurant is large, spacious and comfortably seats a large group. The decor is beautiful and the music fits the tone of the restaurant nicely.
Was expecting a little more out of the food. My impression of Thai food is strong, bold, colourful flavours. Some of the dishes were rather bland in the context of that expectation.
We ordered a red curry dish that came with a layer of oil pooling on top. Our chicken dish was "surface seasoned" haha does that make sense? Basically, the taste sits on the surface of the meat and is tasteless once you bite into it. BLeh! The pad thai.... tasted like ketchup on noodles. Tom Yum soup was good though - a good start to the meal.
Probably won't be back soon, there are too many other lunch options in the downtown area.
Even though I was happy with the food I had, I didn't feel good that I had to pay 15% tip autmatically. It was lunch time so 10% would be reasonable, and I would add more if the service was noticably good. Our server was not friendly at all and kind of suggesting to leave asap. My friend and were looking at a desert menu, but the waiter brought us the bill. We asked him if it was ok to order one desert each and he sighed out loud and ripped the bill. As soon as he took our order, he brought an another bill and slamed it on the table.
I can't find any good reasons I want to return there.
We went to sala thai for lunch on a saturday. We ordered the set lunch for 2 which consists appetizer, soup, 3 small main courses and dessert. overall it was pretty good. Loved there coconut curry chicken and pad thai. However, the service was not that great. IT lacks waiters and waitresses hence always busy. We had a hard time requesting the waiters to give us more water cuz they were all so busy.
I have visited Sala Thai for a total of three times now for the last three years, all equally comparable experience.
Traditional Thai design but in a "touristy" kind of way with over emphasized ethnic artifacts. Lighting was just right and although the restaurant was crowded and busy, my date and I still were seated comfortably
We ordered the $25 set menu which included an appetizer, three main courses and dessert. The tom yum gum soup was my favorite out of the three. The soup was rich in flavor with an ample serving of shrimp. For the main course, we ordered a stir fry vegetable with shrimp, pad thai, and chicken curry. Nothing special with the three and I've had better curry and pad thai at other establishments like Simply Thai in Yaletown. The dessert was a huge disappointment. We were expecting a serving of fried banana and ice cream, but instead we just received two very small scoops (about 2 full tablespoon round) of coconut ice cream that had a freezer burn taste and feel.
Decent service. Servers were proper and attentive even during busy hours.
Not a great value for what you get. If you want a quick Thai food fix , you pay for it. Kind of like an overpriced late night convenience store.
Pros: location, service
Cons: mediocre thai food compared to the price
I would recommend Simply Thai in Yaletown instead.
My partner and I went to Sala Thai at the suggestion of our hotel concierge service. Although our concierge had not been to Sala Thai herself, she did say that it had high accolades. We found the restaurant and walked in. It took a good two minutes before we were even acknowledged. The fellow who seated us seemed to have just woken up. It took forever for our waiter (a bald headed man) to even ackowledge us... (okay so in case you're wondering we were both well dressed and groomed). I would suggest that you stay away from the Spring Rolls, they are cooked in oil and our plates were dripping with it. We each had satays with peanut sauce, it had to be the weakest peanut sauce I ever had. Overall, the cuisine lacked flavour and the portions were small. I would suggest you keep looking for a better Thai experience.
You have a delightful young waitress Achara. After an afternoon concert at the Orpheum on March 5, my wife and I had an early dinner at Sala Thai, where Achara not only remembered us from a previous visit many weeks ago, but even remembered what we had for dinner that night ! She is so pleasant and informative of dinner menu selections. Also waitress Onn stopped at our table to recall a nice chat she had with my wife long ago. What an enjoyable day !
Stumbled into Sala Thai one evening by accident...loved it so much that I've been back on several occasions! I almost always get a noodle dish so I can't really judge what the quality of their other menu items are like, but I've always thoroughly enjoyed my Pad Thai or Spicy Drunken Noodles and always come away STUFFED - most times I can't finish my plate and have some to take home for the next day. I've brought a lot of different people here and it seems like they're all enjoyed their meals as well, and they have branched out further into the menu than I have. Nobody I've dined with at Sala Thai has been really disappointed in their meal.
My biggest gripe here is with service, which can be a bit surly at times, and it's also easy to be ignored when it's really busy.
I would say that the value is pretty good, my boyfriend and I are usually surprised when both of us come away stuffed and the bill came to less than $30..maybe it's just our selections.
I would recommend this restaurant, especially for their Pad Thai. Also, their Long Island Iced Teas are quite strong haha.
I used to go to SalaThai all the time! At least once a week, it was one of my favorites. I have been away for a year and just started going back and I have to say - I wasn't that impressed. The ambience is still great as is the service for the most part. The food hasn't really evolved. The prices on the other hand have gone up considerably. I still like it, but I used to love it ;-(
How does an establishment like that remains open is beyond comprehension. Perhaps a lot of one-time customers from the hotel accross the street. It took forever for the food to arrive though there were only five to six tables being served. Desert menu itself took more than ten minutes to be delivered to the table. The waitress was bordering rude, and the coconut ice cream was definitely freezer burnt.
Vancouver is famous for its ethinic foods. Lots of very decent Thai eateries, so make an alternative choice when it comes to this one. Do NOT even try Sala Thai.
I put in an hour of coins thinking that would be plenty of time on the meter, but the waitress screwed us over. We should have walked out after sitting there waiting for our food for what was certainly more than half an hour. We were very hungry, driving back home from Whistler. She said there was a 'miscommunication' with the kitchen, meaning she forgot to submit our order. It took an hour and twenty minutes for a simple meal and I had no watch on and didn't realize it was so late the meter had run out. I've asked for this restaurant to pay for the parking ticket but they have not responded.
this is a great thai restaurant.
i usually go to the one on cambie and thought i would try the one in downtown van.
food is quite good, one of the better thai houses in the city . the owner is a succesful retauranteur .
the only problem i found when i went is that the service is quite slow. not sure if this is due to cooking prep or because it was so busy.
I have been there on a regular basis (at least once every 2 weeks or so). Nice ambience and nice display of melon art near the main entrance. Male staff seems friendlier and more approachable than female staff. The restaurant looks clean, tidy and could accommodate a lot of people (unlike the one on Cambie Street).
Dinner dishes are generally good, but the portions are VERY small for the price. I don't normally eat a lot at dinner time, but the last few times I've been there, I was still hungry after ordering 2 dishes and a bowl of rice. Good thing that if you're not into too much spice, you have the option to choose "mild" or "non-spicy."
So, one area of improvement is to increase the portions of the dinner dishes. Thanks!
The service is the worst I have ever experienced. My friends meals were served 50 minutes before mine, when mine did arrive (after asking 3 times and having to send it back because it was the wrong order) there was hair in my food. I complained to the waiter and he treated me with the utmost contempt. Called me a liar and he demanded I pay for it. One friend got up from the table as she was so appalled and so uncomfortable with this waiters reaction. The other friend tried to calmly explain, not only was the food late, was the wrong order but there was hair in it. He called him a liar also; we showed him the hair that I pulled from my throat, long and silvery. I have Brown, one friend has red and the other has short coarse black hair. He demanded we pay and continued to berate us in front of the other patronage. I will never set foot into this place again and nor will any of the people I know.