Best Thai 2015

Best Thai winners of Vancouver Magazine's 26th Annual Restaurant Awards

April 21, 2015

  • Gold: Maenam
  • Silver: Longtail Kitchen
  • Bronze: Bob Likes Thai Food
  • Honourable Mentions: Thai Cuisine by Montri, Sawasdee Thai

 

Chef Angus An once again dominates this category. His Maenam (Gold) has single-handedly elevated diners’ knowledge and appreciation of Thai cuisine, as well as its relationship to wine: “For those weaned on pad Thai bastardized with ketchup, the mouth-popping sensation of bitterly brittle pea eggplants”—his devotion to sourcing ingredients is part of his success—“and the uncompromising heat of green curry halibut, effectively tamed with semi-sweet Alsatian riesling, will be revelatory.” Longtail Kitchen (Silver) is another An masterstroke, making humble Thai street food—chicken wings and satays, fried rice with sausage—deserving of a special commute to the River Market. The two locations of Bob Likes Thai Food (Bronze) offer a more conventionally Western take on Thai standards, but their kitchens show uncommon attention to preparation and presentation, and a few tradition-defying dishes (Thai-style “poutine” with deep-fried taro root, lime leaf, lemongrass, and green-curry sauce) are just crazy enough to work. Honourable Mentions: Thai Cuisine by Montri, Sawasdee Thai

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