Thai Food to go in the Pacific Centre food court
I've tried Thai Express twice so far, and although I can't say it's the best Thai food I've had, it's more than passable considering that it's from a Food Court.
The price does seem a bit high, ranging from $6.98-$8.98, but they really cram a lot of food into the seemingly small Take Out container. Both the Pad Thai and the Pad Sew that I have tried tasted good and were very filling. The only disappointment was that both could use more meat and vegetables, so the value drops a bit for this. However, the meal overall is as good as any Take-Out noodle place that I've tried, and it's a nice change from the usual Chinese and Japanese places.
The service as mentioned by a previous reviewer is slightly rude, although they aren't openly hostile in any way. They are obviously geared for speed and efficiency so it isn't anything personal, they just want to serve as many customers as possible during the busy lunch time. A major positive is I've received my food within 5-10 minutes both times that I've ordered there even with a huge lineup, so I don't have any complaints at all.
Overall, I will keep coming back to Thai Express. The quality is good, and it's rare to find a cheaper Thai takeout place, especially in Downtown Vancouver.
I saw a line and like a sheep I thought this must be the place to eat. Was I wrong or what?
I ordered the spicy PAD SEW with beef cheap Chinese broccoli stems and got RUBBER BANDS AND SOUR MEAT AND LESS CHEAP GREENS THAN CAN BE FOUND BETWEEN MY TOES. Sorry didn't mean to yell. But for almost 9 bucks with out a drink with much better food with in the 20 minutes it took to get my food it's just bad. And the 20 minutes to just order.
But the line-up What about the line-up? I don't know what to tell you. There must be something there worth eating but it's sure the hell is not the PAD SEW.
The only one smiling was one of the cooks as he was thinking to himself "suckers" The girl who takes your order is more military than hospitality. I was about to walk away as it took a fair amount of time just to order and it took so long to get my bands that I have to changed my order to go. She was not very happy about having to break with the order of things.
And for what they call spicy is what I call dish water with grease scum floating on top.
And when I called them to ask for a refund if I bring in this glop they said no. Ok no it is. And I"m telling all my friends on dinehere.ca about your place.
Not to be mean but as a warning that just because there is a long line-up does not mean that it's worth the wait. If you order for yourself don't expect Thai food as you would like to think it is.
Food- I ordered 2 items, a Pad Sew stir fried noodles and a beef skewer. Firstly, the noodles were hard (they're suppose to be soft) and tasted kind of like plastic to me. There were pieces of scrambled eggs that has absorbed with lots of the sauce. The sauce was overly sweet. There was also broccoli and shrimp in the noodles. The shrimp was not fresh at all (yes this is a food court place, what do I expect? But the standard of the shrimp was bad), it was wet like it has been dunked in water for a long time. Isn't it suppose to be somewhat dry after it was been stir fried?
Service- Poor because I wanted to order a beef skewer and I had to repeat myself many, many, many times before the cashier understood what I was trying to order. That required a lot of shouting on my part because the kitchen was very loud and she kept shouting back at me "What?! What?!"
THEN I had to wait for 15 minutes to get my skewer (my noodles were already done by this point). This is probably the longest I've ever had to wait for my food at a food court! The service was very slow. So the person FINALLY got me my skewer. But guess what? It wasn't even beef! She gave me a CHICKEN skewer when I specifically ordered beef. She said that I would have to wait another 10 minutes for a beef skewer. I was too fed up at that point to argue so I just took the chicken skewer.
Value- I paid about $9 for the noodles and $2 for the skewer. The noodles were definitely not worth the price because it did not taste good at all (as I already mentioned in Food). The skewer was alright if you aren't expecting too much but I've had better skewers.
Ambiance- Poor again because the people saw me there standing for 15 minutes for my skewer and I had to repetitively ask for my skewer until they gave it to me. The chef was shouting in his LOUD voice across half of the food court for the woman to come get her plate of noodles. It was a very loud bellowing voice and I thought it was rude to be yelled at for your food. People were staring.
It may sound very objective that I'm giving 1's for all the ratings but this is truly the worst food court experience I've ever had and I was very upset with it.
Grabbed a quick bite while doing some shopping. I ordered the vegetable yellow curry and is was quit nice. The vegetables (about 6 varieties) were cooked to order, so had to wait a few minutes, which was just fine with me. While I was eating, I read the menu board again and noticed it was supposed to have pineapple in it, and it clearly didn't, which I was actually pleased with, I hate pineapple. Fortunate for me. It was a good portion for the $6 and change. Service was quick and friendly for a food court location. The ambience is a tough one for a mall, so I'll rate it solid based on the fact the tables were kept very clean. I wasn't impressed with the pan handler coming table to table while I was eating, but I guess that's Vancouver.
I'd return if I was in the mall again.
I've tried this place several times since in downtown Vancouver take out Thai is non existent in the financial district. Each time I hoped, by some miracle, the food would get better. Well, now I'm done. This is by far THE worst food you will ever have, Thai or otherwise.
The mee ka tee soup has absolutely no flavour, which is a feat in itself.
The pad thai was made with the wrong type of noodle and the noodles were brown. (Most pad thai that I've experienced are pale, delicate noodles). The taste was a muddy, stale soy sauce flavour. Thank goodness I store "flavour" at my desk in the form of either soy sauce or garlic sauce.
The tom yum soup was hot vinegar water with a miser's portion of tom yum paste.
How anyone can take a beautiful cuisine, such as Thai food, and drag it down to a level that even McDonald's would be ashamed to serve and still have people eating there is beyound me. The Thai government should step in and force them to remove the word "Thai" from the name.
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