Urban Thai serves traditional Thai fare in an eccentric Yaletown setting.
I have been back over and over again for their dinner for two. Love the red chicken coconut curry (served in a coconut to boot) and spicy green beans and shrimp. The food has been consistent even after having the same dishes at least a dozen times
Usually quick to top up your drinks, and the food is out to the table quick. Other than that, standard stuff.
A bit on the dark and old-school side. I like the booth style seating, but the place feels like it needs a facelift. Also, not too sure why they have big screen TVs showing sports games...seems out of place. The music is nice...though one time the cd was skipping for about 10 minutes straight...it wasn't in your face obvious, but more that you were being tortured mentally;)
A friend of mine and I decided to try this place with the dine out van menu. At the cost of 15$, I had a tiny portion of shrimp cake as a starter, tiger prawns which only had 5 pieces of tiny prawns with a bowl of rice as the main course and a 1/3 of deep friend banana with tiny scoop of mango ice cream for desert. Which wasn't too bad until the waitress charged us $3.50 for two very tiny pots of hot tea. I liked their drink special though, 'Woman on Top', which had a nice blend of coconut milk and malibu along with some canned fruits. $51 for two after tip wasn't too bad considering it WAS a three course meal after all. But again, i can go to any other asian restaurant and get so much more for the same price.
We wondered into the Urban Thai Bistro on a damp and cold Sunday night and were greeted warmly and promptly by the staff. I was immediately struck by the wonderful interior that blends the Yaletown warehouse look, with a hip, Thai art-influenced decor. I really liked the layout of this restaurant. The menu lists a plethora of different dishes, but is quite hard to read with the distracting Thai flags splashed on every page.
One beef I have with Thai restaurants in Vancouver is the overall poor quality of the Pad Thai. I've traveled a fair bit in Thailand and never did I sample a tomato-based, over sweetened Pad Thai which seems to be all the rage here. Unfortunately, Urban Thai serves up the same old thing and it was a disappointment - ample serving size though. Our beef in green currey was excellent and was enough for two people (as was the rice order). The last dish was chicken with green beans and it was outstanding as well - this portion size was also more than enough.
The service was extremely friendly, attentive and prompt. Everything came piping hot and was well prepared and presented. I would definitely recommend the Urban Thai to anyone.
Having already eaten at the other THAI Houses restaurant locations we decdied to THAI one on at this location. The server greeted us cheerfully and sat us at a booth inside as the sun was already down and getting too chilly to sit outside. The ambeince of this location was appealingly pleasent with high ceilings and exposed wooden beams and many trinkets of Thai origin deocrating every nook and cranny. Our waitress was a very cheery young Thai lady who spoke perfect english and willingly helped us with our Thai for an upcoming trip in December. She was full of information of What to see, Where to go, What to buy etc., etc. which bolstered our confidence for the trip ahead.The menu is very extensive and it was hard to decide what to order so we opted for the dinner for two instead of the regular 3 items off the menu. The spring rolls and chicken satay were very tasty as were the dipping sauces that came with them . The chicken curry( medium) was also very yummy served with fragrant white Thai rice. The Green beans and Prawns, which I am sure if served in Bangkok would be an entirely different taste, was suprisingly tasty,,,,the whole mixture combined on your plate made for some interestingly spicy and tangy cusine.
The Tom Yum Gai soup was VERY spicy, too much for me although Precious thought it was awesome,,she always has a palate for heated food. The dessert ,pretty typical for any asian cusine,,,is not extensive as we Sugar loving Canadians would like it but the Deep fried Banana's and Mango ice cream was enough to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.
All in all I would say this Thai House is a pretty solid bet, the prices might be a bit steeper than one or two of the other locations and the amount and quality of the food is very good. Not outstanding enough to make you stand up and yell to the rest of the patrons " This food is Awesome", but good enough to "ummmmmmm" yummy ! by .
This place is definatly worth a try for Thai food lovers.
Restaurant was really quiet on a Monday night, only 1-2 other tables occupied, wasn't sure what to expect, but it was girls night out and we just wanted a nearby place to chat comfortably so had no expectations as food wasn't the priority. Ambiance was decent, comfy booth seats give you privacy within your own party, bathroom clean. But we were really pleasantly surprised as the 3 dishes plus rice that we ordered to share was really packed with authentic solid flavour.
We had the boneless chicken in Thai peanut sauce on a bed of spinach, wasn't my favourite dish but it was a different twist to pair peanuts with chicken and the sauce was really good with rice so I enjoyed it. We were impressed with the beef with red curry paste because the beef was really tender and not dry or chewy sinews at all so I guess they used better cuts of beef for this, and the curry had a nice subtle spicy kick that caught you off guard like 5 bites later, but in a good way. We're not big rice eaters but it had us wanting to order more rice just so we could scoop that sauce all over more rice. You could really taste the curry spices and coconut milk in the sauce plus it wasnt the consistency of thin curry soup which ive had at some other places which is really irritating. And of course we had to order the traditional pad Thai (not the tomato sauce one), and that was one of the better pad Thais I've had in the lower mainland. Really flavourful without being MSGish, noodles were right consistency, lots of shrimp, much better than some of the other bland pad Thais out there that look like a pad Thai and has all the ingredients but just has no flavour, or the ones that use so much msg it leaves your mouth dry all night. Overall I would come back for sure, even without the entertainment coupon that we used :). Service was polite, water was refilled before empty.
After complaining about the last horrible delivery services we asked them if they would care to have us as a customer or not, and if yes they would have to show us some gesture. So the gentleman on the phone said he would give us one free entree and all desserts (for as many people as we would be for the desserts) for free. We gladly accepted. I used to be a manager at a restaurant and in the food and hospitality industry for over 10 years and our policy was always you do ANYTHING to keep your customers happy, we comped anything that was not done to satisfaction. We have been going to Urban Thai for the past 4 years or even more and some times twice a week. All our family and friends from out of town go there due to our recommendation. But after tonight we will NEVER go back there again. I made a reservation telling them it was us, that we were coming in giving them a second chance, they acknowledged me and it was 3 of us. After a very rushed and rude service and absolutely over salted and soggy food (like NEVER before) we got the bill and it was all full price. We asked the "manager" to please come talk to us. He told me he knew nothing. I told him, he was the one who told me he knew me, after all the talk he said he did not know me, I asked him to go check his records for a note in his system. He came back and said he will comp us the desserts 10 dollars on a 80 dollar bill??? He told us to pay and than come back to complain to someone else. I told him this was unacceptable and that we will never come back, and he didn't seem to care.
Worst service I have experienced in a very long time in Yaletown, food quality has extremely gone down at Urban Thai and the customer service and complaint handling is horrible.
We do have expectations in restaurants and are not people to really ever complain, but this has gone too far. 3 strikes, you are OUT!! There is enough competition in Vancouver, we will not except this rudeness!
Just had my third visit to urban thai. We live in the neighborhood. I was craving thai so my bf took me here again. Just like our previous experience, the food was awesome. This time we tried something different instead of the dinner combo. We tried a few new dishes and loved all of them. We had ostrich lettuce wrap and appy platter to start. The wrap was very tasty and the appy platter had everything we wanted: shrimp and fish cakes, spring rolls, and satay. My bf tried prawn tom yum soup with coconut milk and liked it. For main course we had ostrich green curry, seafood combo stirfry, and mix veg with peanut sauce. They were all yummy but I just love the ostrich curry in the coconut. It was a nice surprise. For desert we shared sticky rice pudding. The service was awesome and staffs were very friendly. I actually wonder how could they smile all the time like that lol. Will check out their lunch combos the next time and write another review soon. Keep it up Urban Thai!
I've come here many times. The food is always done right and they have an excellent Tom Yum Gai soup which is grrreat if you have a cold.
Asking for "hot" instead of "medium" is for the seasoned. Just a heads up, but it can vary.
They usually prepare food very quickly if you live in Yaletown and want to just grab something to pick up.
I totally recommend:
Chicken Pad Thai, beef skewers, red chicken curry (in cocunut), and the lettuce wraps - usually at the top of my list, but then again I haven't tried too many other things on the menu!
Food & service were great. Have been to Urban Thai Bistro several times now for both dine in and take out. The food is fresh and always hot. The Pad Thai is great and Chau Maung dumplings are tasty and original. There is only a handful of authentic Thai places that make this Red Curry served in a coconut is excellent. The staff are very friendly, always smiling and very polite and accomodating. One of the Best Thai in Vancouver!
I live in Yaletown and this is one of my favourite local restaurants. Since I moved to Vancouver from Montreal I have dined here many times and have always been impressed by the quality of the food and the service. I usually eat alone and as a retired single person I really appreciate the attentiveness of the servers and the fact that they come and talk with me before the meal or between courses. Their friendly approach is always welcome and never intrusive. The ambiance is particularly positive.
I have enjoyed various items on the menu but I am particularly fond of the cashew chicken (with the very long name in Thai) and the lamb chops with green curry and vegetables.
The meals are all very reasonably priced so the restaurant consistently provides good value. I intend to continue to be one of the regular patrons.
Okay, my bf and I aren't the types to gush about a restaurant and be compelled to write about it but we had to share this place with everyone. as it was really that good. We heard that the Urban Thai had an All-You-Eat weekend lunch special so we went with a couple friends to try it out in Yaletown. The brunch was amazing value as we can all eat, especially if the food is good. The dishes were impressive for an All-You-Can-Eat. Had everything from spring rolls, wings, calamari to start and then had chicken yellow curry with veggies and green curry with eggplant. We couldn't get enough of their spicy beans and special sauce. We like a good balance of veggies to offset the meat, and there were plenty to choose from. The dessert was pretty good and new to us - creamy dark rice pudding with coconut milk. Yum! Could go on and on but can't remember all the dishes we tried but these stood out. We love variety and this place rocked it. Best of all it only cost each of us $12.95 before tax & tips. Good service even when it was busy, great food and a amazing value overall. Cheap eats are plenty around town but the difference is that this was really good food with lots of variety, and you will want to go back again for more, and not just for their specials.
Went to Urban Thai Bistro last night and once again enjoyed a fabulous meal. Food was delicious. Recommendations by the waitress were ever so tasty too. Yellow Curry with chicken is delicious as was the beef and beans just to name a few. A nice touch to end the meal is the black sticky rice. We always find the service great. Worth a try. PS if you don't like it too spicy you just have to let them know. We ordered several dishes that had three chili peppers beside them on the menu but we asked for extra mild and that is how it was served. Not to worry, removing the spicyness (spelling???) does not remove the flavour.
I realy appreciated my last order to go at this restaurant. The food was great (chow muang) and the look splendid. Although this special order request a while to do, the waiting absolutly worth the result!
As a fan of thai cuisine, I also appreciate the friendly and understanding service of the staff. Each time I go there alone or with friends, the disappointment never occur.
Tried this place with a few friends. We found the food to be fairly bland, really lacking something. The service was so so. We had to make a considerable effort to flag our waitress down even though the place was not that busy. The ambiance was good. Lots of exposed fir beams. A nice heritage building. As for the food and service, not recommended.
With so many options and restaurants to dine in this years Taste of Yaletown we decided to try the Urban Thai’s taste of Yaletown menu. Kind of a Dine Out Vancouver specially for Yaletown restaurants which has great value.
Décor is traditional with lots of wood but love the overall warmth of this place from the booths to the servers. Although we went with the Taste of Yaletown combo menu we were also unsure if the portions were going to be small based on $25 per person in Yaletown so we decided to order another appetizer. Ordered the Floating Market which was Tempura style prawns and crispy fried spinach with apple spicy sauce which was delicious.
On with the taste of Yaletown menu. We decided to try something we never tried before and opted for the Thai style short ribs and homemade thai tarts for our entrees went with the regular thai favourites a creamy red curry in a coconut and a prawns with cashew nuts. With the desserts, wow, by this time, we were stuffed and amazed by the overall value however were so tempted to try the coconut jello and the sticky rice, both of which were amazing. Overall a great dining experience and we’ll definitely be back !
We were delighted to have discovered this place when we moved to the Yaletown area. Urban Bistro Thai has always been reliable for their service and amazing thai food which is probably the best in the city. Its also one of the few asian joints where you can enjoy watching the canucks game while eating pad thai and curry and enjoying a singha beer.
Having been a regular here the past couple of years this place keeps on getting better. They have added some very unique menu items which my fiancee and I can't get enough of . Try the Thai Tuna Fry and Jungle Curry. They're both amazing. The tuna fry melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more. Its kind of like tempura but with spicy thai tempura sauce with apple slices. The jungle curry is prepared without the coconut milk and if you love curry you 'll love the way Urban Thai makes this dish. Solid service all around.
For under $10 you can get a salad, Thai roll and a large tasty lunch. The place is absolutely packed at noon. They have a wide assortment of selection for $8 to $9. Overall food quality is great for lunch and dinner.
Went here with a group of friends and was greeted as soon as we walked in the door. There was 7 of us for Dine Out.
My appetizer was the Green Papaya salad. It had a bit of kick to it, but not so much that heat was all you could taste. It was good. The only thing is that the papaya didn't have a lot of flavor because they're not in season right now. Not really much the restaurant can do about growing seasons of the papaya....
The others in my group had the chicken satay (I was told it was really good) and the spicy & sour seafood soup (was quite lemon grassy, but good).
For dinner one of the other girls and I each ordered a dish and then split them. I had the prawns which were done up with a spicy sauce with veggies and cashews. It was pretty good. My friend ordered the pad thai, which was also quite good. Plenty of bits and pieces and not all noodles, which was good. We got our money's worth there. One of the other girls ordered the lamb and she said it was ok. They didn't have any steak knives and the bread knife they had given her didn't really do the job.
For dessert we all ordered the deep fried banana with mango ice cream. I had to go out and plug my parking meter so I asked them to hold onto my dessert because I didn't want my ice cream to melt before I got back. When I got back in, they gave me my dessert. The mango ice cream was good, but the deep fried banana "balls" were meh....they had fried mine at the same time as everyone elses and then left them sitting on a counter somewhere so they were just lukewarm. I didn't like the bananas at all.
The neighborhood of this place would influence me to go back again. The service was good (aside from the banana issue) and it looks like they're pricing is pretty good.
Went there for dinner on a Saturday night. I find their Thai food to be quite average. They sell their Thai curry sauces for home use in gift packages as well as individually. I purchased one to try out and found it to be laced with an MSG type additive. After eating it at home, I was really dehyrdrated and it had an unpleasant after effect. I would never eat the take out sauce again.