The Sweet Tooth Cafe is a neighbourhood favorite that serves everything from pies, baked goods, made-to-order sandwiches and even some Thai favorites.
I know it sounds strange... But they do have great Thai food and their Pat Thai was the best Pat Thai I've ever had!
It was not ketchupy at all, which is real Thai style pad thai, I believe. I come here for good organic coffee and bagle sandwiches (they bake all the bread and pastries in house). I was always interested in their Thai food and finaly tried one yesterday. OMG I did not expect I would have such a good satisfing Thai food at a small ordinaly looking cafe!
My husband and I were on our usual Saturday foray for amazing food along East Hasting street and I happened to be wandering by the Sweet Tooth Cafe and noticed that they made Thai food. I went in and ordered a Pad Thai and Tom Yom Goong Soup. I watched as the woman behind the counter threw the ingredients into pans and pots and chopped, sauteed, seasoned..... as she went. It was really need to see her literally throw together a dish.....this is the way cooking should be done in my opinion (if the person knows how to cook that is!). When she was done, I told her I had fun watching her prepare the food and was surprised nothing was pre-made. She responded by saying she doesn't know how to cook any other way but fresh and made to order.
We took our food home with us since we had to get our other goodies home and in the fridge form our other stops.
The last reviewer was correct and saying that the food is amazing..... at least the Pad Thai and the soup (which had huge fresh prawns) .... good fresh ingredients and prepared by a very very nice woman.
I can't wait to come back and do some more sampling of their (limited) Thai menu. I love being surprised like this. This is basically a coffee shop, so not too much in the way of ambience, but it is clean and they look to have some nice bakery items available as well as more typical lunch items such as soups and sandwiches.
I'm finding that East Hastings keeps surprising us with it's variety and quality in culinary destinations.
Don't know what some of the other reviewers are talking about. The Thai food is NOT bland! If it comes out bland then you only have yourself to blame, as they specifically ask you what level of heat you want. I am a spicy food addict and always order the Thai food "hot" and it does not disappoint; it will make you sweat. Of course, Thai food is about much more than mere heat and this Thai food does not disappoint, with the flavours all coming together very nicely, hitting all the notes of sweet, sour, salty, and hot. We have tried the pad thai (delicious, not bland at all!), chicken in basil sauce, various curries, papaya salad, salad rolls. All delicious.
The cook is a Thai women and she actually catered an informal wedding at our house where two of our Thai friends got married. Our Thai friends (yes, actually from Thailand and now in Vancouver) chose this Thai cook to cater their wedding; that says something right there in terms of authenticity and quality of food.
Service at Sweet Tooth has always been friendly and yes it does take a bit of time for the Thai food but that is because they are making everything fresh for you! Definitely worth the wait, just allow yourself 15 or 20 minutes for them to prep the food. You could always phone ahead and pick up the Thai food for takeout, as well.
The value on the Thai food falters somewhat since the portions are on the small side and after ordering a few dishes the bill gets up there; accordingly my wife and I consider this Thai food to be a bit of a "treat" since it does not come cheap.
THEN, the amazing thing about this place is that it is ALSO an awesome little cafe with high quality Thai fair trade coffee and the BEST cinnamon buns in the city. Seriously, I challenge anyone to find better cinnamon buns anywhere. I've tried them all and these are the winner. No joke. They are moist and have a generous amount of all the gooey cinnamony sweet stuff. Come just after 10am to get the cinnamon buns when they are fresh and hot out of the oven. Take home a warm bag of these cinnamon buns for a weekend brunch and your family and friends will love you for it. The coffee is also delicious.
Atmosphere is very nice. The space inside is large and funky. A place where you can sit and chill with your coffee; you can linger and no-one will bother you while you watch the action outside at the intersection of Nanimo and Hastings.
This place really is a "hidden" gem with its unique menu and funky east van vibe. Try it -- you won't be disappointed!!
I can handle slow service if the food that is finally served is tasty and good value. Sweet Tooth's Thai food was very slow to arrive and quite disappointing in both value and flavor. The place is predominantly a hole in the wall to grab a coffee and muffin but they do prominently advertise Thai specialties on a board out front. I believe the owner is Thai so I was expecting quite a lot better food than what my gf and I received here last week. The pad thai was ghostly bland and rather skimpy for $8. The basil chicken was poor value at $13 (again small portion) and though better executed than the noodles, was still much less tasty than I have had many times in Vancouver. The server was friendly but the kitchen seemed poorly organised taking near 30 mins to get the food out during a quiet week day lunch. Wanted to like it but it failed to charm. Wont be back.