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Urban Thai Bistro

1119 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC V6B5P6
Tel: (604) 408-7788
Neighbourhood: Central

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Great AYCE weekend lunch deal.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

They don't serve everything in huge portions for the AYCE so it wouldn't result in wasted food and lets you try a bit of everything. The chicken in the tom kha gai is a little overcooked probably as it's left simmering the entire day but since it's in soup, it doesn't get intolerably dry to eat. The calamari and wings are indeed tastily deep fried with a sweet dip on the side. The pad thai's alright but it wasn't worth ordering again when I went back to try their regular dinner menu.

The steamed tilapia for dinner was tasty enough only if you pour or dip into the citrusy little bowl of sauce/soup and add the chilli's to get what you normally get pre-added/done during the preparation process in other Thai restaurants. Since we had too much food & had to pack to go & neglected to mix in the citrus sauce/soup, we ended up with a somewhat boring leftover steamed fish to eat the next day (tasted of a light veggie broth). The red curry duck typically served in a coconut was tasty enough except for the excessive fat. More fatty parts than there was meat. But that was alright just to have tasty curry sauce to go with rice. The satay is okay. The prices are good and not especially high for Yaletown. But overall, I think I'd be going to Chilli House by the water (their sister restaurant that's part of the Samba group?) over returning to this place as it wasn't anything special though not bad either.

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weekend lunch
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 10:23am [Dine in]

Went to Urban Thai for lunch on a saturday and decided that the ayce special was the way to go if we wanted to sample a little of everything.

Ordered an appetizer of beef salad, chicken wings, spring rolls and calamari. I like the beef salad and the chicken wings. The springs rolls were okay, but I'm not a fan of the bean thread noodles in them (I prefer just vegetables) and the deep fried calamari was good (even if I don't find deep fried squid to be very "thai" :p )

For the main course, we ordered a little of the pad thai, pad see iw, and the pork and spinach in garlic sauce. The pork and spinach were very tasty. The pad see iw and pad thai were.... just okay. Both were a little more "sauce heavy" than I like.

Overall the weekend ayce is a very good value, and a great way to sample the menu.

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AYCE lunch on the weekend
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

Food: had the all you can eat menu which is only available during the weekends. Everything was quite tasty but some items were disappointing - like the black rice dessert, the curry was not as good as I thought and the pad thai was odd, ok the first time around and little better the second time. Calamari and wings were tasty. It's nice that they do cook the items to order but at the same time, there isn't any consistency either.

Service: I thought our waitress was little surly but other than, it was ok. She did get a little better by the end and the other servers seemed nice. They were quite accomodating when our party was cut down by 2, so they were able to move us to a smaller booth which was nice.

Ambiance: Really quite nice and relaxed, and not at all tacky like some places. I love the comfy booths - hard to get in and out and but cushy.

I would probably return again if it wasn't so out of the way for myself. Worth the drive from Delta? No, not really but if I'm already in the area, then I wouldn't mind going back. For $12 AYCE, it's worth it but I really wish there was more on the menu.

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Delicious
By nelliebobellie of Downtown (69 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

This was probably my tenth visit to Urban Thai Bistro and will definitely not be my last. The food is delicious and such a good value - especially if you have an Entertainment book!

My friend and I shared the appetizer thai spring rolls and then a couple of entrées - the House Seafood Combination, which consisted of grilled tiger prawns, clams, mussels, fish filet and squid served with green curry sauce in a foil wrap, as well as Gai Pad Ma - a boneless chicken dish with cashews and roasted chillis. They both had just the right amount of spice for those of us who like spicy food! The biggest 'test' for me is whether or not the squid is cooked properly, as it can get quite rubbery if overcooked. The squid here was perfect and the portions of seafood are very generous.

The coconut rice was cooked nicely and there was plenty of it. Even though we ate quite a lot, there was still enough left over for lunch the next day. I will keep coming back.

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solid lunch specials
By alpha_dog of richmond (61 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 10:33am [Dine in]

picked this place to go have lunch with some family and came across their lunch specials which were reasonably priced ($8 gives you a choice of chicken, beef or pork with a spring roll and rice)... ordered this spicy chicken with cashews which i thought was very tasty but the other green curry chicken was just normal, nothing that wowed my taste buds, the same went with the pad thai noodles that were bland.
their service was good, came by often to refill water and brought the food in a timely fashion (mainly because the place was not busy at all) but thats about it, no complaints there.
overall, worthwhile to check out because of the cheap lunch specials... especially in this part of vancouver where most of the restaurants are much more expensive so if you are a fan of thai food, definitely give it a go.

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Must Visit Lunch Spot in Yaletown
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

Unbelievable that you can get a $8 or $9 dine-in lunch in Yaletown without sacrificing food quality. This place does just that. They have a bunch of set meals in the 8 and 9$ ranges. You get a spring roll, some chopped up lettuce (salad), rice, and the main. It's quite filling and the curry is extremely rich. I always dine at this place whenever I'm in the area.

Not sure of the authenticity of this place but the western staples (curry, pad thai, etc) are all good.

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AYCE Weekend Lunch
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

Food: The menu contains about 20 items. There's a good variety. At our table some of the favourites were the beef salad, calamari, green chicken currie, blk rice dessert. The food is made to order and is not buffet style so it's hot and freshly cooked.

Service: We went w/ a group of ppl that couldnt read the menu and the waiter was really patient and just bought us a little of everything. Everyone was really attentive and polite.

Ambiance: Nice decor and cleanly maintained. Nice mix of music from english to chinese to thai.

Overall: I would recommend anyone to give this a try. For around $11/person for AYCE lunch it's pretty good deal.

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Incredible Weekend Deal !!!
By chefdave of Downtown (58 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Our friends told us about this deal at the Urban Thai in yaletown so we went for lunch there last weekend. They have this incredible deal for only $11.95 for an all you can eat lunch with I think 20 choices ranging from appetizers to dishes to dessert. Overall amazing value that is probably the best in the city! This is our new weekend lunch spot ! By the way, make reservations or be prepared to wait.

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Great lunch specials, not so great for dinner
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

After really enjoying the lunch there (spring roll, simple salad, main dish and rice for under $10), I had to take my boyfriend back for dinner one night. Unfortunately, the food wasn't nearly as good (even though I ordered the same exact dish I had enjoyed so much for lunch during my previous dining experience there!). There were only 2 other tables dining, service was not very good for dinner. I thought the vegetarian dishes my boyfriend ordered for dinner were especially bad tasting. I was dissapointed and a little embarassed I had praised this restaurant so much to him. I would go back for the(meat) lunch special but not for dinner.

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Best Weekend Buffet So Far
By milou of East Van (46 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 5:48pm [Dine in]

We just went to Urban Thai with a group of friends last Sunday for their All You Can Eat Buffet. Actually, we've been here at least 2 times before, other times we went mostly to Thai House in Lonsdale Quay (same franchise). This location in Yale Town is one of the nicer Thai House. The food came pretty quick and they taste just right, it's like ordering a gourmet food but not the price. My friends were very impressed with the quality and taste.

So if you're up for a good Thai Food...go to Urban Thai...which I think is better than the Thai House in Lonsdale Quay. I love spices so I like it strong, pungent and spicy, but if you like Thai Food on the mellow side, then go to Thai House. If you decide to go to Urban Thai don't forget to eat their dessert, black rice with coconut milk (last time we went the rice was undercook but other than that everything else were great).

Last weekend was perfect and definitely will try again. Great atmosphere inside and it's closer to where we live. Guys, their weekend deal is a great bargain at merely $11 per person and all the meals are cooked to order. It's cheaper than ordering a la carte.

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Everything good except the fried bananas
By 54321 of Richmond (26 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 10:55am [Dine in]

Three of us went our for dinner last night. It wasn't very busy but we all agreed we should come back here. Spring rolls great, lettuce wrap tasty, chicken satay well done. Traditional Pad Thai was delicious and panang beef (I think) was very, very good. Fried bananas were greasy so skip those, but everything else was really good. Service was a tad apathetic but not suprised given it is an asian restaurant.

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Food was Yummy, but not so much the service...
By bubblejumm of Richmond , BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 19, 2010 - 1:37am [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I wanted to have some dinner after watching the opening ceremonies of the Paralympics (so this was a Friday night).

We decided to choose this restaurant as we wanted to have some exotic food such as Thai food, and the price did not seem too much to handle.

Upon arrival, the hostess did not necessarily have a pleasant first impression on us. She seemed irritated. Although my boyfriend told me that he hopes that we won't have to deal with her for the rest of the night, I said that she might be tired. But that should not always be the excuse to not treat your customers right.

The server came, and they were in such a rush!

Our food came promptly after we ordered it, but again, the server seemed to want to rush us. However, it was nice that they gave us the 15-minute warning until the kitchen closes.

Dining here made me feel unwelcomed, and that I have to leave ASAP because they are closing way too early for a Friday night. I have been to other restaurants before, and it is up to great hospitality that restaurants should never rush their customers (by turning off the lights, taking unfinished dish, and constantly asking if you should take the bill yet).

The food was great, but I wish I was able to enjoy it more.

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Good stuff
By dragondrea of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 11:50am [Dine in]

When I'm in Yaletown and hungry, this is where I go to eat. The staff are super friendly and very social, when time permits, and the food is fresh, delicious and plentiful.

My partner and I usually the dinner specials for 2, which are decent value and let us try a variety of dishes. We usually end up taking some home, and the leftovers are always excellent the next day for lunch!

The interior is clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated.

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okay place for thai
By bumblebee7 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:15am [Dine in]

Had lunch there recently.. didn't go for the lunch combo but went for their regular dishes off the menu. Had the Pad Thai, Ma Maung Zong Krong (with Chicken, mango and cashew nuts), and spring rolls. The spring rolls were very good... not oily compared to some other places. Pad Thai was not the best I had but still very good.. didn't have the heavy Ketchup taste that some othe restaurants have. Overall I was happy with the food and would return.

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great restaurant - what's with those aprons?
By igottaeat of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

we are regulars at Urban Thai bistro and always find the staff friendly and welcoming. the food is great, particularly the papaya salad. we go often enough that we don't even use a menu and the staff knows exactly what to order. The only question I have is "what is with those new aprons?" The staff looked so much more professional and approachable just wearing black shirts and pants. We found amusement during the whole meal commenting on the entirely unflattering and unappealing revision in uniform. We couldn't decide whether they would be better described as maternity gowns (the aprons make even the men look pregnant) or x-ray lab technicians lead aprons. Somebody please get rid of these monstrosities. Aside from that, great service, atmosphere, and food.

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Great Brunch Combo
By bevj of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I had an amazing Thai brunch. It was a great value but best of all, the food was really good. It came with soup, salad, calamari and coconut rice along with the entree. Definitely very filling. I had the platter with their creamy curry with lots of fresh veggies like eggplant and green peppers which I love in curry. The curry was spicy the way I like it and very creamy which is what good Thai curry should taste like. It came with Roti which we love and is great for dipping. My boyfriend had a stir fry noodle dish with egg which was tasty too. There were also some other specials worth trying as well but overall, we were very happy with our selections, and the price was very decent for what you got. Best of all, each meal was only $11.50 before drinks. It was a great way to unwind for the weekend.

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Authentic Som Tom Malagor
By harwindersethi of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

I was there for lunch when I was downtown tow weeks ago Friday. I must say that I rarely dare to order Green Papaya Salad in Canada. Most Thai restaurants in Vancouver don't make it right (a lot substitute vinegar for the Lime to save money). These guys assured me it has home made Thai style and I was pleasantly surprised.

It tasted authentic much like what they make right on the beach in Ko Samui. Paired with a Tiger Beer from Thailand this was a great light lunch with come serious kick. If you're brave ask for it "Thai HOT."

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Sub-par food
By trenzy of Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

We have gone to Urban Thai Bistro twice, once for a regular meal and once for All you can eat at lunch on the weekend. Both times we were pretty disappointed. The food feels like a westernized take at Thai rather than the real thing.

In addition they stray considerably from Thai on the menu at points as well. For Yaletown, this is way below the average restaurant. For vancouver, this is not a very good Thai restaurant... i would suggest walking down two blocks to Simply Thai.

The AYCE was not worth it either, we left pretty unsatisfied.

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Decent Thai at a good price
By jamesb of Downtown, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 9:41am [Dine in]

The menu is comprehensive and includes plenty of pictures, which I like. We chose fish cakes, and steamed tapioca dumplings to start, followed by a green chicken curry and a traditional pad thai.

The fish cakes arrived first. They were a little larger than I expected, and had a pleasant soft texture, without being too chewy as some can be. The sauce accompanying them was particularly good - a sweet chilli sauce with crushed peanuts which was very tasty. The steamed tapioca dumplings were slightly scary on first encounter. They looked like a giant lump of frogspawn. The texture was a little weird too -I didn't find it unpleasant, but the combination of appearance and texture put off my girlfriend. The filling of minced chicken and other ingredients was sweet and peanuty. Overall they were pretty good.

Main courses arrived in reasonable time. The portions were very generous, especially the pad thai which could easily have fed two people! The balance of flavours was certainly not perfect in this dish, and could have done with a little more chilli and a little less peanut. However it was enjoyable, and did not skimp on the shrimp or tofu (although the shrimp were a little chewy - perhaps overcooked). My girlfriend's green curry was good - perhaps a little too creamy, but spiced just right. There was plenty of chicken, and the quality was good. With an ample serving of rice, this dish defeated my girlfriend. Neither of us finished all our food.

Service throughout was minimal, but decent. No real problems though, and no long waits. The bill came to $42 which we thought was good value for the quality of the food (and the quantity).

Overall then, decent Thai food to enjoy at a very reasonable price. Not going to blow your socks off, but probably not going to disappoint if you go with reasonable expectations for the money. We'd go back.

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Cheap for Yaletown and quantity
By sonatina of Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

This is one of the best deals in Yaletown. $8 lunch including spring roll, salad, and a curry dish with rice of your choice. The portions are generous for the price. The first time I went I ordered the Thai platter and hated it (way too sweet). The second time I ordered the $8 curry lunch and it was decent. The curry was very rich and filling (don't eat there if you're on a diet).
The restaurant is clean enough for my liking, and the service is okay even when they're busy.

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