Thursday, May 31, 2012

SalaThai (Burrard) - VANEATS Oh My SalaThai


The "Oh My SalaThai" package from VANEATS was once again a very enjoyable experience just like Verace Amore and Palki Passion. The restaurant was much larger than I had expected with several separate seating areas and a spacious reception area. The ambiance was nice and the waitresses all wore semi-traditional costumes.


The $18 dining pass included 6 different food items: 3 appetizers, 2 mains and a dessert. I was very pleased with the presentation of the appetizer sampler. I started with the som tom, a spicy and zesty green papaya salad with cherry tomatoes, green beans, peanuts, fresh chili and a dash of lime juice. It was a refreshing start to the meal, and I much preferred it to the Thai crispy squid which was just a tad too bland for my tastes.


I was particularly impressed with the gai hor bai toey, a piece of delectably tender marinated chicken wrapped and roasted in pandan leaves. The meat was incredibly well marinated with a super smooth and soft texture. It was my favourite part of the meal.


The first main to arrive was the gaeng keaw whan, sliced chicken in Thai green curry served with rice and a small clump of noodles. Again I liked the fact that there was some sort of presentation, even though it was relatively simple. The noodles looked cold and dry, but they were actually quite warm and moist. They stuck together in a clump though, so I just assumed that I was supposed to throw them into the sauce. The result was very tasty :) By the way, the curry wasn't the creamy kind but the watery kind (not in a bad way). It was still very fragrant and flavourful though.


I was already quite full by the time I finished the curry and was just thinking about what a great deal this dining package was when the royal pad thai chao wang arrived at the table. More food! The portion size was quite big too. I actually liked this more than the curry because the sweetness and sourness was just right and I enjoyed the prawn, tofu and egg toppings.


I was glad that the dessert wasn't very big because I wouldn't have been able to finish it otherwise. The klauy tod, or fried banana, was pretty similar to what I had expected. What really surprised me was the coconut ice cream. There were actual chunks of coconut meat inside! Or at least that was what I thought it was. Since the chunks were super cold, the texture was kind of crunchy like nuts.


Anyhow I had another happy VANEATS experience, and as always am looking forward to the next delicious dining package.

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