Vancouver's oldest Thai Restaurant
First of all, the lunch specials here are quite pricey for what you get...like $8.95 for a little bit of stir-fried starch (really greasy), a chicken satay and a spring roll. I ordered the pad thai, and it was really sweet and oily...I had to fling the noodles around prior to eating it and the portion was quite small. Also, the spring roll is big, but it wasnt that appetizing b/c it was filled w/ tons of vermicelli noodles, which had no flavour whatsoever, and yes, it did come w/ dipping sauce (2 kinds)..but it was WAY too sweet. It was difficult to decifer whether I was eating lunch or dessert. The chicken satay was pan-fried in some yellow powder, kinda oily and not that tasty.
I would not come here again, I can't stand savoury dishes that are sweet. Also, the dishes that claim to be authentic Thai, which is totallly not, it tastes like a bad rendition of Chinese-canadian food. I would rather go to any HK style cafe for a more tastier meal, less sweet, less oily and cheaper, so I can still have money left over for real dessert.
By the way, the number of good reviews for this place is suspicious, probably the owner was writing reviews for this place...lol.
I was invited to lunch by a friend and we decided to come here. It was a pretty cold day in December and unfortunately their heaters didn't seem to be working too well because we kept our jackets on. The servers were attentive and the restaurant was clean. We each tried something different from the lunch menu. The portions were good and the food was tasty (not outstanding) but good. I thought it was pretty good considering most of the menu items were about $9. Definitely a nice place for a relaxing lunch without having to worry about other customers waiting for your table.
My boyfriend and I were prowling around Main street quite late looking for a place to eat when we ran across this little restaurant. They were just closing and understandably empty. The owner told us he would keep the restaurant open just for us, which made us fall in love with the place immediately.
The food was good and the service was excellent.
The food here is amazing, and the value is great; much better value than Maenam (which is still awesome). They have a solid papaya salad (though not the best I've ever had), and their stuffed boneless chicken wings are amazing, also, try the deep fried tofu with green beans and red curry. Sounds weird, but damn is it tasty.
My girlfriend and I decided to go for Thai food and decided on Sawasdee, because it had some solid reviews. We called in at 7:00 pm for a 7:30 reservation for 2 people and got it! I was really glad I called in, because the place was pretty packed. All of the servers were very nice and we were promptly seated even though it was so busy. I think it's authentically run by Thai people, which is always a plus.
We ordered the fried prawn cakes for our appetizer. They were deep fried to a golden brown with tangy cucumber sauce on the side. I liked it.
For our main course we ordered the tamarind pad thai and roast duck curry (hot spicy) with rice. The pad thai was better than others, but not the best that I've had - still enjoyable nevertheless. The roast duck curry really did come out spicy as we ordered it. I loved it. It's always a good sign when the restaurant lets you choose how spicy you want your curry.
For dessert we ordered the deep fried banana with one scoop of mango ice cream. It was okay.
Our water glasses were filled regularly and there were many servers walking around to help us out.
With 15% tip the bill ended up being $50.
I would come here again.
We ordered the pad thai and a seafood combo red curry with rice. The pad thai was very good as usual, just enough sweetness and spicyness to it. The seafood curry was a bit disappointing because the seafood came from a frozen package but the curry sauce had the right mix of spices.
My husband and I LOVE Thai food and area always searching for good Thai. After trying out many thai restaurants we always keep coming back to Swasadee. I'm surprised to read some of the bad reviews on this site, perhaps it was just one bad experience they had.
We like our thai food spicy, and they definitely don't compromise on the spice here. The food is full of amazing thai flavors with lots of basil and chili. Our favorite dishes are the chili stir-fry beef with basil, the cashew chicken and the kang panang.
The service is great. It's a family run place and everyone is very welcoming and always accommodating. What I like about this place versus the other chain thai restaurants is that the food here is fresh. At other thai places it tastes like the curry has been sitting around for a while and the vegetables are limp and over cooked. Not here. Also, it's not overly greasy like other thai places. I love Swasadee and it's one of those few restaurants I will keep going back to.
We visited Sawasdee Thai because of these reviews.
To be honest, I didn't think this restaurant is anything special.
Pad Thai and pork skewers were good, but Tom Yam Soup lacks in fragrance, and my boyfriend can make a better red curry.
Not worth a traveling.
Our main server was nice, but the younger waiter gave me kinda mean look. May be he was just having a bad day. Well, never see you again!
I was visiting from the US,and my pal said let's try this Thai place he knows.
We went there 4 times in 2 weeks, we had the yellow,red,and green curry,(yellow is my fav) the coconut rice is yummy,and the pad thai was yummy too.
The stuffed chicken wings,were interesting,I bet time consuming to prepare,with the dipping sauce they were nice too.
If I visit again I'll definatly go back!
I really wonder why are there so many people raving about this restaurant as if they know what they are talking about?
We went there for dinner after reading the reviews and ordered a satay, pad thai, and cashew chicken. Someone forgot to put the dressing on the salad that came with the satay, and we had to contend with tasteless cucumbers with our satay chicken. The satay sauce was a slightly thinned palm sugar syrup, which was kind of difficult to swallow.
Then came the cashew chicken. It appeared that they could only scrape bits and pieces of chicken from a stock pot and threw it into a vegetable stir fry. The pieces of vegs and onions were cut so big and sloppy, finding and meat became a treasure hunt. The whole dish looked and tasted like watered-down soy sauce.
The pad thai was not pad thai. It was soggy, and the sauce was made from the same palm sugar syrup as the satay, and a little tomato sauce to make it look authentic. We only found three (3) tiny shrimps, when they proudly advertised prawns in their rendition.
On the service, the waitress kept taking our food away when we were obviously still working on them. Maybe she was ashamed of what was being served, in which case she might have done the right thing.
The chap taking our order was, however, very friendly.
It was not even a case of us setting too high an expectation. With our dining experience, we could only conclude that the cook just didn't have any clue what to do. How this place received so many glowing reviews was beyond my understanding.
I just wanted to comment on our meal tonight. We had the Tom Yum Soup, green curry chicken, prawns with cashews and pad thai. The food was delicious! It was our first time there and we will defintely go back. We spent one month in Thailand and we were longing for good Thai food. This sure did the trick. Thanks.
Absolute sweetheart people work at this place. If you go twice then they'll have your take-out order memorized - that impressed me. Here's what I love and recommend people order: Tom Kha Gai soup, Beef salad (best in city - Sawasdee grills the beef so that it has the most delicious grilled, slightly smokey flavour....it's sort of a tie with "O-Thai which also makes an awesome version of this dish), all the curries, chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce, green papaya/mango salad, and my best friend swears by the cashew chicken dish. Decor is very Thai and feels really authentic. It doesn't hurt that all the people who work at Sawasdee are Thai AND really good at their jobs - hardworking and totally efficient, charming and hospitable. Clean washrooms too. Also the wait time for food is fast.
sawasdee no matter how you say it is one of the best thai places i have ever gotten food from
i love the crying tiger beef
but i have really enjoyed the phad thai 4 spice with beef
their curry dishes rock
for a snack i have gotten just the spring rolls and some coconut rice
i really enjoy the staff and the food is really excellent!
Food-wise: Food portions were not very big, but were still reasonably sized. Food was flavourful and nicely served.
Service-wise: Water was always filled up without anyone asking. Food was served fast and hot. Waiters/waitresses were very nice and accommodating to our large group.
Ambiance-wise: Simply put, outside looks are deceiving. The place isn't chic but is nicely decorated. Small room so it gets noisy. Great for a casual meal.
Recommendations: Green papaya salad
My favourite Thai place. The lunch specials are very reasonable. I like the place because it has that mom & pop feeling to it. Since I go about once or twice a month. The waiter now knows me and knows my order and how I like it. One time that we were there with a group two of our dishes had way too much black pepper and we told our waiter. To make up for it he brought everyone in my party free mango ice cream. Now whenever we go back and if anyone orders it he always remembers and says light on the black pepper!! Great service, great price, great food!!!
We have been going to the Sawasdee since 1990 or so and are completely in love with the staff and the food. Their Crying Tiger Beef is delicious, as is their Pad Thai. Everything we've ever had has been wonderful. And the lovely couple who take charge of the tables are funny, friendly and delightful.
Too bad we've moved so far away - our visits now are rare.
Sorry to hear of one person's bad experience but I've been to this place many many times and never had a problem. Best Thai food in town. Great staff - casual, funny and fast. Food is fresh and delicious. I highly recommend it.
I fist experienced Thai food in the back in the 1970’s. I waited for this wonderful explosion of tastes to arrive in Vancouver and finally Sawasdee arrived.
Other Thai restaurants have opened since, and many offer comparable food, but for consistent long-time value Sawasdee gets my vote and I vote with my wallet.
It is gratifying to be welcomed as a friend of the house. It is not a presumptuous welcome. A discrete check if we are having a beer and would we like the chicken in pandan leaves to start gets the proceedings under way. The answer is always yes. This is one of the “must have” appetisers for our family.
The service is special. The staff are courteous and friendly but yet impart that air of foreignness with adds to the experience.
If you know Thai food you will not be disappointed. If you are new to Thai, let the knowledgeable staff assist you. Be aware that Thai spices can set off a 5-alarm fire on the palate. Venture beyond medium if you dare, but remember you can always add spice but taking it out presents a problem.
The room is pleasant if a little sterile but the warmth of the welcome overcomes a multitude.
Worth multiple visits to fully explore the menu.
I've been going here for 10 years. Its tasty food and I get cravings for the thai iced tea with cream.
The coconut curries are wonderful.
They have a mushroom and bamboo shoot dish that I also like a lot.
The service is always prompt and polite.
They have a nice desert menu as well. Delicious sweet rice and mango when in season!
My Aunt and Uncle from Thailand have eaten at quite a few Thai restaurants here in Vancouver and confirmed that this place was the most authentic and tastes like "home"!
We had the lunch specials which were amazing! They come with rice, a spring roll and satay, and a main dish of your choice. We had tried the Phad Prig Khing (chicken and green beans stir-fried in red curry paste), the Beef Red Curry and Mixed Seasonal Vegetables - all delicious! We also ordered from the regular menu - Pad Thai (tamarind), Nuea Pad Ma Khua (beef and eggplant) and Cho Muang (purple dumplings - OMG!! So tasty)
Everything was absolutely delicious!! We ate until we were about to explode and yet we wanted to keep on eating. So many flavours and all amazing!
Service was great - from the time we called, and when we went to pick up. There was a couple of minutes wait when picking up as they were busy in the restaurant but one of the servers acknowledged me with a nod and came over as soon as she could. Once she came over, it ran like clockwork - got my name, got my food, I paid and was on my way.
Pricing was reasonable. For lunch specials $8.75 plus taxes each, and even the stuff on the regular menu were about $11.50 + taxes was the highest price item. The Pad Thai on the regular menu is enough for at least 2 meals.