Vancouver: Longtail Kitchen
Ethnic South Asian food always has a special place in my ... heart and tummy! Thai food especially; being it's one of the easiest to find from where I live. I love their abundant uses of coconut milk, homey curries and exotic play on flavours I don't usually have!
After my birthday shoot with Thai, we headed into New West market where I stumbled into this authentic decorated Thai restaurant.
This was one of those places where you'd first place your order, pay then sit down. With an open kitchen filling the place with delicious aromas ... I was super excited to eat! (6 hrs of shooting without food translates to a very hungry me + photographer!)
I felt like a kid in a mini thai kitchen, looking at all the spices, coconut cans, huge spoon decor and abundant amount of rice noodles all around the restaurant!
I wanted to try their grilled chicken salad that was on their special menu (because I LOVE lychee), unfortunately it was sold out. So I asked them what their specialties were, and they have recommended, the pad thai and tamarind chicken wings.
After a couple more minutes of debating on what to get, Thai ordered the pad sew (beef), tamarind chicken wings and I got a seafood clam coconut curry soup with a side of rice noodles! (What's soup without noodles!?) + THAI ICED TEA! A must whenever I eat thai cuisine!
The soup was delicious, and I loved all the flavours that danced around my palette along with the mild heat from the chillies! The chicken wings were also very good! Crisp, flavourful and I loved the tamarind dipping sauce. The pad sew was ... Okay. Actually, well no; neither Thai or I really liked the pad sew. Maybe the pad thai would have been better, the pad sew taste a bit bland with a touch of almost burnt taste and the portion for the price wasn't really there for us. The beef was also very dry.
Overall I can say, I'd definitely come back! The place was super cute, I loved the cozy, colourful ambiance and the simple thai menu! The price was reasonable and I had wonderful company!
Do you have any favourite thai places in BC? I'd love to try the next time I go!