Sawasdee Thai Restaurant

Been twice to Sawasdee Thai Restaurant when we’ve wanted Thai food. It’s a few doors down from Trafiq.

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It’s been packed during both visits. The dining area is huge so it’s ideal for large groups.

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Service was friendly. They asked for spice levels, but mild and medium requests both resulted in zero spice whatsoever. Seems they cater spiceness to their main clientele.

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The menu is split into appetizers, salads, soups, curries, meat (chicken, beef, pork and seafood), vegetables, noodle & rice and chef’s suggestions.

Trip #1
We dropped in on a Friday evening (7:00pm with reservations).

2x Thai iced tea ($4.95)
DSC09039Not too sweet.

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Thai satay (#2) ($13.00 for 4)
DSC09050Chicken marinated in spices, broiled and served with peanut sauce. Skewers were passable.

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Pricey for what you get.

Pineapple fried rice (#61) ($17.00)
DSC09042Pineapple, egg, onion, tomato and chicken. Stingy with the pineapple but good flavour.

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Pad see ew (#76) ($18.00)
DSC09045Stir fried flat rice noodle with egg, broccoli and beef.

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Enjoyed how there was plenty of broccoli. Noodles had a nice bite.

Coconut rice (#62B) ($4.50 regular)
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Yellow curry (#18C) ($18.00)
DSC09047Coconut milk with potato and pork. Curry was flavourful but it needed a kick in the spice department.

Crying tiger beef (#63) ($19.00)
DSC09052Sliced marinated grilled beef with herb vinaigrette.

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The sauce was tasty but the grilled beef didn’t wow us.

Kang pak with tofu (#68) ($18.00)
DSC09049Red coconut milk curry with mixed vegetables. Cousin ordered a vegetable curry.

Trip #2
We dropped in on a Wednesday evening (7:45pm) and waited 15 minutes for a table.

Thai satay (#2) ($13.00 for 4)
UntitledTried the pork this time around. Meat was dry. Wouldn’t get this again.

2x Coconut rice (#62B) ($4.50 regular)
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Pad thai woon sen with soy sauce (#59A) ($16.50)
UntitledStir fried bean thread noodle with tofu, prawns, egg, green onion and bean sprouts. Loved the bite from the thin bean noodles. Try this instead of the usual pad thai.

Pad eggplant (#55C) ($13.50)
UntitledStir fried eggplant, bell pepper and basil leaves with black bean and oyster sauce. Eggplant was tasty and the sauce was flavourful (but a touch salty).

Green curry (#18B) ($18.00)
UntitledCoconut milk with bell pepper, basil leaves and bamboo shoots. An endless amount of bamboo shoots. Green curry was adequate but standard fare.

Kang panang (#20A) ($18.00)
UntitledThick red coconut milk curry with bell pepper and basil leaves. Liked the slightly thicker sauce. Good flavour and paired excellently with the beef. Better than the green curry.

Nothing out of the ordinary at Sawasdee.

Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
http://www.sawasdeethairestaurant.com/
4250 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
(604) 876-4030

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