Vancouver's oldest Thai Restaurant
Okay, seriously people! This is not "authentic" Thai! Sweet and sour tofu? not actually a Thai dish, the only thing authentically Thai was our server! It's a shame however that the food she was serving was modified Chinese cuisine. Tom Yum is in no way hot and sour soup with canned mushrooms! Bell peppers and onions do not go with every dish! I am actually more annoyed at the fact that the people reviewing this place have the nerve to talk like they know what they're talking about! I'm not trying to be a food snob but I've been on a search for some so called authentic Thai food with a bunch of friends and we've all been to Thailand in the past year or so and we all are chefs and the food at a mall kiosk there has more character than this place will ever have! I was hoping that I could trust the reviews of the masses but apparently the Vancouver diner isn't as educated as I had believed. All in all the service was great, it's just a shame that I can get fresh chilies and fish sauce in any grocery store and this entire restaurant can't. Peace out!
Sawasdee is probably by far the BEST thai food i've tried in the city, Came here with two other couples for Valentines day.Very authentic,we loved the curry dishes.Spring Rolls were excellent and gotta try the thai iced tea (sweet) but very good!!
Value- It's well worth every penny, not expensive at all.
Ambience- Not the most fantastic ambience but the place is very welcoming..
Service- Excellent, Our server was very accomadating, super nice and made us feel comfortable.
Sawasdee is a MUST, and will be returning very soon.
I acutally braved crossing Cambie for the for the ginger beef and it was worth the traffic madness. Awesome red and green curries and the warm beef salad is an adventerous winner. Forget all the pretentious 'cafe-artsy' type places and try it out. These people care about the food and care about the guest. Not all that common anymore....
The prices are 'downtown' high, but not unreasonable. Take out is also fast and friendly.
It seems like Sawasdee has had its ups and downs over the years and I have been hesitant to go back but things seem to be on track again. Yes, it's true, the portions are not huge. However an appetizer and 2 mains for $40 incl. tax and tip (no drinks) is reasonable and we left full. The place is noisy so maybe not the best place for an intimate date but good for a casual night out. Service is good and friendly. We had the fried chicken wonton appetizer, not your usual deep fried over-doughy thing, rather a lighter alternative with more filling. Pad thai, yes I know maybe a slightly dull choice, and seafood combo curry. Solid stuff. Not big portions, but I mentioned that! Tasty and filling, yum! Going to again to try other things, this time with enthusiasm!
If you're looking for an inexpensive good quality Thai meal then Sawasdee is a safe bet. The 911 sauce is great and you won't be disappointed with any of their recommendations for a fish dish. Prawns with red curry is great and so is the papaya salad. Service is great - depending on who serves you it can be totally hilarious.
We live in Mexico, but we have few memories of Vancouver restaurants as special as the Sawasdee. We have eaten there only about a half dozen times in the past 20 years but each time was memorable! When my Irish mother first met my wife's Mexican parents, it was in Sawasdee, we all still remember that, almost 13 years ago. When my wife talks about the great cuisine of Vancouver, she gets tears in her eyes to this day when she even mentions Sawasdee!
I would give my left arm right now to be able to transport myself from Mexico City to Vancouver for a meal on Main Street at Sawasdee....
Sawasdee is always excellent. The food is wonderful- we like the the cashew chicken, garlic pork, garlic spinach, tofu tord, and fried rice. The service is ALWAYS GREAT. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Vancouver and we go there once or twice a month.