Talay Thai serves up authentic Thai cuisine.
Food: Curries are a must here. I havent tried one that I havent like yet, it just depends on which ingredients you prefer. I found some of the stir fried dishes are a bit heavy in flavor, but I do prefer a lighter taste in general. It's not as bad if you eat it with rice sans sauce. Overall the dishes are pretty good. My b/f enjoys the larb which is not always available at many Thai restaurants.
Service: Very friendly, soft spoken girls that work here. They are attentive and accommodating. Sometimes the food can take a bit longer as the kitchen is not very large and they can be busy with lots of take out orders, but we dont mind the wait for good food.
Value: Dishes are a bit smaller but the pricing is bit less than some of the chain Thai restaurants so I feel the pricing is appropriate.
Ambiance: Looks like it use to be a Japanese restaurant at some point and a few Thai injections have been made. Overall it's a very homey and relaxed atmosphere.
Overall: Food and service is fairly consistent. I would give my hard earned money to these guys for some good cooking.
We've eaten here once and did takeout recently. I'd have to say having travelled to different parts of Thailand and loving their cuisine there, Talay Thai is as authentic as it gets here in Vancouver. If you are craving Thai, forget about the chain restaurants here in Vancouver as they sweetened their dishes and it lacks the correct spices to make a true Thai dish. Talay Thai makes a mean pad thai with the correct spices and sauce and their basil and lime fried rice with pork was worth the 20 minute drive to this place just for takeout. The service is down to earth, its almost like eating a friends, a very casual environment. The restaurant had a comfortable decor and we hope to return again soon. If you able to handle the heat, tell the staff and they will make it Thai style for you. This has become my favourite Thai place to go in Vancouver! Oh, also try their pork satay, its tender, flavourful, seriously to die for!!
Food: Ordered a variety of dishes and everything was very good but the standouts were the Pad Thai, fried rice and vegetables in black bean sauce. We ordered two curries and they were both fantastic - great balance of lemongrass, basil and curry, probably some of the best I've ever had.
Service: We were greeted on the way in, seated quickly and when we needed to switch tables, they were happy to oblige. The servers were attentive throughout the entire evening without being too intrusive and genuinely kind. We had brought cake and they were more than accommodating to serve it. At the end of the night, although they were closing, they didn't hurry us out. Excellent service.
Value: Small portions but the prices are also low so it's quite good for couples but also for larger groups who want to try a little bit of everything. Great food so it warrants the price.
Ambiance: Small but cozy. Not chic but homey.
This is the most authentic Thai food I've had in the Lower Mainland. I will definitely be back and recommend others to try this place as well. Bon Appetite!
From recomendedations from our friends who live in the area we tried Talay for the first time. We ordered # 23 with chicken, #25 with prawns, #43-B with no Chinese sausage and a prawn salad roll. 23 was flavorful and had the most amount of chicken in a like dish at other Thai restaurants. # 25 was delisous. The dish included 6 lg. tiger prawns and plentiful green beans. # 43 was good and a great to soak-up the sauces from the other dishes. The salad roll was the best roll I have ever had. The roll included Thai basil that enhanced the flavours. We will be adding this yummy restaurant to our collection of go to places.
Okay. So my regular Thai place went so downhill over the last year that I just stopped going. (hint: kerrisdale) and I sort of compensated by just going to Maenam more often. 2 weeks ago I noticed this place by fluke - it's on a stretch of Granville that I tend to avoid and consider a restaurant Dead-Zone. I checked it out on this site and saw good reviews so I decided to give it a go. I've now been 4 times. It's awesome. The food is authentic, the waitresses are adorable. The kitchen is clean and I just love the place. The pad thai, beef salad, larb and satays are outstanding. The Nam Pla is hot and exactly how I like it. The spring rolls are fresh and the tom yum is perfect. So this is now my Thai Place. Don't tell too many people..... Cheers.
Read the reviews here and thought I'd give this a try given I have been thoroughly been disappointed with the Thai food in Vancouver and having to get my fix in Seattle. Only tried lunch so far, so I'll provide a more updated review when I go again and try more dishes. However, just tasting the pad thai and Tom Yum..I can say it does taste very authentic, just like I remember when I was a kid visiting Thailand. I've had similar or better in U.S., but for Vancouver..this is probably one of the better ones. They also have some other authentic dishes rarely found in other Thailand restaurants which I am dying to try such as the stuffed chicken wings...and of course fish cakes which is a common Thai fair but not often featured item in Vancouver. The only draw back for the place....the somewhat unreliable hours. I tried to go there at 9pm one time and it was already closed even though it supposed to be open till 10pm.
There is not much I can add to all the great reviews below, other than I agree 100%. The food at this place is fantastic, definitely some of the best Thai I've had in Vancouver (or ever, but I've never been to Thailand), and the service was great. LOVE the outfits ladies! The space is small and compact and the last time we were there it was full of people, but it wasn't uncomfortable and had a really positive vibe.
On Friday, some of the gals I work with at the nearby bank and I decided to go to have lunch at the Talay Thai Restaurant after I noticed they have lunch specials for only $8.50. Been working in Marpole a couple of months and somehow never noticed this little, cute resto. I was glad we went. The service is virtually impeccable, the food awesome and really good value and the ambience is bright and airy yet really cosy. We ordered the usual pad Thai and a nice chicken fried rice from the lunch special menu and from the a la carte menu we ordered Khai yat sai, which is a kind of Thai-style omlette stuffed with a great stir-fry and massaman curry. The food was great value. The orders were huge, even the lunch specials, so we thought that $8.50 was really great value because you also get rice on the side plus a spring roll. Personally, I think it might be great if the spring roll also had some ground prawn or beef or something, but that is my personal taste as I am not much of a vegetarian. The pad Thai was the real pad Thai like it should be, too... That is, they don't use ketchup like in the other Thai restaurants around Vancouver, but real tamarind sauce like in Thailand. Anyway, there was too much for the four of us, so we had the leftover pat Thai and khai yat sai packed to take out and we snacked on it later in the afternoon--all for $8.50 per dish, except the pad Thai was $8.95. We were so impressed we decided to have a dinner party with our husbands the following evening. Obviously Talay Thai is well known and people like to eat there because the place was packed all evening and really rocking. We had to wait about 15 minutes for seats, but it was well worth it. Next time we will make reservations. We again ordered pad Thai, and also deep-fried prawns, mixed sate, pineapple-cashew nut chicken stir-fry, green curry and a deep-fried whole tilapia fish. The prawns came with this really nice sweet and spicy Thai sauce, which I saw one of the girls make up from stewed plums, paprika or chillies, genuine palm sugar and some other spices, just like in Thailand. The pineapple-cashew nut chicken stir-fry put me in gastronomic heaven and the fish also went well with the Thai-style sauce. Again, it was really good value because the prices are a little cheaper than the other Thai restaurants around town and the portions so large we had to ask for doggie bags again, but we did polish off the whole fish before leaving. What I really liked was the attention we were given even though it was extremely busy (a good sign) and the fact that you can customize your dishes to your own taste. In fact, you can even order dishes that are not on the menu, but I guess you need to know Thai cuisine really well. Having lived in Thailand for 4 months, I can say this is truly genuine Thai food and not like the usual Chinese dishes made up with Thai spices served in the other Thai retaurants around metro Vancouver. For instance, my husband wanted more peanuts on the pad Thai, which they provided liberally. I know we will be going there regularly on either Friday or Saturday evenings, especially on paycheque nights.
My husband and I always love Thai food. We live in Richmond, where we hardly find any good restaurant of Thai cuisine. We tried once the Thai House several years ago and promised to each other that we would not go again. Today my husband suddenly craved for Thai food and urged me to find a good one in Vancouver. I checked the dinehere and found out that the 25 reviews of TALAY THAI are all positive, so we decide to give a try. The result is sooooooooooooo satisfactory! I am so happy that we find this one, we have another favorite weekend dine out point from now on!
We ordered fried rice with chicken for my 4 years old daughter,which she liked and ate the half portion. My husband ordered Satay of Chicken and Pork, the sauce tasted wonderful according to him. Than a Tom Yum Soup with prawn: quite good, fresh, more than OK. But the best are the Fried Ong Choi (a fried vegetable with garlic and fish sauce) and the green curry with eggplant, bell pepper and prawn. I studied the Ong Choi quite a while , trying to figure out how they make it so tasty and delicious. I am not a vegetable fan generally, but this dish is fascinating! You really should try it! The green curry is one of the best I have ever tried, I finished all of the content and my husband used the sauce for his rice and that was really yummy.
In a word, we are very happy about the dinner here tonight. We highly recommend it and definitely will come again.
This is a really great restaurant! I’ve been going to Talay Thai since it opened. Lucky for me that it is in my neighborhood and I love Thai food so much. The thing about Talay Thai is that it is AUTHENTIC Thai food. As a frequent traveler to Thailand I know the difference between authentic and fake Thai food. This restaurant is owned owned and operated by Thai people so you won’t get Chinese food pretending to be Thai cuisine! If you want to try the real thing do your taste buds a favour and pop over to Talay Thai.
Before tonight's trip to Talay Thai Restaurant I had Thai food twice in my life and neither left me longing for a trip to an exclusively Thai restaurant. Despite that, I was willing to give this location a try based on the reviews on this site. I attended with my boyfriend and was quickly impressed with the service, ambiance (think very clean and well decorated for such a small space), and quality of food. The food was on our table moments after we placed our order and massively exceeded the expectations of even my BF, who was already a fan of Thai food. Overall, it was a very good experience and neither the food nor the service left anything wanting.... I have only fond memories of this establishment.
I strongly recommend the Pad Thai, spring roles and all of their fried rice dishes. Don't forget the fried banana/mango ice cream combo before you leave! :)
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Food: The pad thai and curries are to die for. Overall the dishes are very good that we ordered another dish of pad thai to go. The cook is Thai lady, they showed us some of the ingredients they use...definitely not ketchup..lol like other "Thai" restaurant in town.
Service: friendly, the girls who work here are Thai as well, they know their food very well and attentive. They asked how hot, mild or spicy you want your dishes. They are very busy most weekends so if you don't mind waiting, they so be it.
Value: The portion is a bit smaller, pricing is somewhat average. To me, it seems it is meant for 2 people only,
Ambiance: If you're looking for 10 people or more, forget it, Try and go to the Chinese Restaurant across the street, I can definitely say, they do need a bigger place to accommodated group of 8 or more.
Overall: Food IS OUTSTANDING! Best Thai food in the city. Definitely a MUST go!
Went with hubby to Talay Thai the other day. Ambiance and service were nice, though not quite at the outstanding level. The food tasted so good... unfortunately the portion sizes were quite small. We ordered a chicken pad thai, some sort of stirfry with bamboo shoots, and an iced tea. The pad thai was the most delicious one I've ever had, and I'm glad they don't use ketchup - so seems more authentic. Makes me wish they had a larger portion, considering we were paying almost $10 for it. The stirfry was quite tasty, though I liked the pad thai more. Again, for $10 I was expecting a bigger portion size. The iced tea was aromatic and was quite smooth with the evaporated milk and what must have been at least half a dozen of spoonfuls worth of sugar. At $2.50 it wasn't too bad, though again I wouldn't have minded a slightly larger glass.
While the taste is worth a return visit, I'm not so sure if we want to go back so soon because of the price. Maybe we'll go there for lunch since they seem to have $7.95 specials.
Spicy and Delicious! This was a wonderful surprise for me. A friend here in town asked if I wanted to go for supper. She suggested the Talay Thai restaurant from all the rave reviews that she had read and thought I would like it since I am from Thailand. I have to admit I have yet to find a Thai restaurant in Vancouver that makes truly authentic Thai food. Almost all of it tastes like Chinese food with some Thai spices in it.
We arrived and it was busy, apparently it is usual, but we did not have to wait too long for a table. In fact, they made a couple of places for us right away. The ambience is so nice, so cozy and it reminds me of home in Lamphun.
Upon seating by a pleasant staff member, we reviewed the menu. The menu is so beautiful with so much nice artwork. And the baby elephant in the front is so cute; I think he wants to go for a swim at the beach. I guess that is why it is called "Thai Seaside" restaurant.
There is a lot to choose from this restaurant. Being pure Thai, I personally like spicy, so we went for a curry dish and pad thai and some chicken cashew nut stirfry. Also had tom yam soup for starters... it is so creamy and thick; it feels good in the mouth and going down. Thai House makes theirs so watery and it tastes like they put too much corn starch or something in it, maybe to make it thicker. This was thick with "kathi" coconut milk, just like it should be.
The menu provides an abundance of options; from sea-creatures to bamboo, piquant to creamy, there is a lot of taste of Thai to suit just about every appetite and palate. When the "double" portion of our group arrived we chatted and within moments our server arrived, pen poised for order taking. Our two friends opted to share the veggie green curry and basil meat stirfry with eggplant.
The meals didn't take long to arrive and were presented at perfectly palatable temperatures with crisp vegetables and zippy spice enough to make my taste buds swoon. It made me homesick, the first time a Thai restaurant in Canada has done that to me. The portions were ample and reasonably priced, while the service remained attentive throughout our stay.
The dishes at Talay That are flush with flavor and exceptionally balanced between sweet and salty. The space was clean and easy, and the service was attentive and professional. And of course, the company was spot on. A lovely dining experience indeed. This is definitely a place I will certainly return to this Marpole resto.
I have lived in Marpole for about a year, and probably would have never found this place except that a friend of mine wanted to go for Thai food for lunch one day. Having found it on Google maps, we went in, and rekindled my love affair with Thai food.
Talay Thai is the little restaurant that packs a giant punch. I've eaten at a few other Thai restaurants, but they unfortunately skimp on the authentic ingredients in many of their dishes. Not so at Talay. Each dish is lovingly and simply prepared using fresh ingredients and local(for Thailand anyways) flavors. I would Highly recommend the Pad Thai or the #43 fried rice dish(it includes dried shrimp, pineapple, Chinese sausage, and your choice of chicken, beef, pork, or seafood). All the portions are just about perfect for eating yourself, or passing around the table and sharing with friends. I would highly recommend the lunch specials. You have a choice of about ten different dishes that include a spring roll to start. You can't beat it for about $8-$11 each. If you are having seafood ask for their special chili sauce. Have it with fish or shrimp, it's a match made in heaven.
The servers at this restaurant are all very helpful and accommodating. They have a great knowledge of the menu and go so far as to make suggestions based on your taste and preferences. I think I have yet to finish a glass of water, as they come by and fill it before I even make it half way. Everyone is very friendly, so it almost feels like your going over to a friends house to eat, rather than to a restaurant.
All in all, if you want a genuine and friendly dining experience, paired with some truly dynamite food, look no further than 8369 Granville. Tell them Chris sent you.
I lived and worked in central Thailand on a CUSO project for 2.5 years about 10 years ago. I came back to Vancouver to find a plethora of Thai restaurants and I think I have gone to all of them at one time or another. But this is the first Thai restaurant I have gone to in Canada where the food really tastes like the real thing... like I remembered it in Thailand. This food is really authentic. And the feel in the restaurant... the warm, cosy and friendly feel is just the same as in Thailand. Which I have never experienced elsewhere in Vancouver. Truly an awesome place to spend an evening with the guys or friends, sipping on a cool one and nipping at the appetizers, watch the hockey game or the football game, talking and having a great time. Great gals, too. Don't know which one I'd choose ;-)
Who doesn't love Thai food when it's authentic and cooked right? I've enjoyed Thai restaurants in many countries and I will say this is among the best I've come across! The food is authentic (the owners are Thai), the ingredients are fresh and tasty and always filling. It's difficult to suggest the "best" dish because every time I try something new it becomes my favorite! (I can never miss out on the Phad Thai though)
The service is as equally outstanding as the food! Quality service always matters and the Talay staff have never disappointed - they obviously truly care about your dining experience, and I think this attitude is too rare in the restaurant industry.
Quality Thai food is often very expensive but Talay Tahi offers excellent value.
Visit Talay you will not be disappointed...all other Thai restaurants will pale in comparison. Happy dining!
I always walk out of this restaurant with a smile on my face. Delicious authentic thai food at good prices and excellent service make this my favorite Thai restaurant in Vancouver. It's a small place with it's largest 2 tables seating approximately 6 people. I was surprised to see that they are open all day on Saturdays and Sundays. My favorites dishes are the stir-fried chicken with roasted cashew nuts, Tom Yum, and the Pad Thai (which is not made using ketchup in the sauce like many of the other Thai restaurants in town). It is obvious that a lot of care and experience goes into making the meals. Highly recommended!
Unlike most of the Thai(sic) restaurants in the region this one uses authentic ingredients. Value was good for what was paid (cheap) and just be careful when you ask for "Hot" because it's Thai Hot.
My favorite dish there for me was Pad Thai and of course the Tom Yum Goong. My friend ordered the Bamboo Chicken curry and also enjoyed it. They close early (10:00pm) so that's something to note if you're a late night eater.
They do a pretty good job here, but it's not worth the #1 spot. I'm sorry to be blunt to the owners.... perhaps it was just the dishes we bought.... it doesn't seem genuine.
Let me explain further.... we ordered the Pad Thai. It was good from my point of view... it was quite a bit sweeter and tasted different than other Pad Thai's. I liked it.
But it was not genuine. My gf enjoys food that is genuine, and not too sweet. This was more like their version of the dishes. Nothing wrong with that - but in my humble opinion to be a #1, you should make a genuine version perfectly - not your own version, even though it is decent.
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