May 28th, 2010. Dinner at Chada Thai
I don’t know how many times I’ve just driven past this place wondering if I should go in and try it but always ending up dismissing it. Boy, have I been missing out! Not only is the place just cozy, the service is beyond great! The server was so friendly, helpful and sweet and even though the end of our meal coincided with the end of their night the staff never rushed us and were so completely sweet~!
We walked in to the place expecting to find a hole-in-the-wall. What we didn’t expect to find was a very well decorated and almost sumptious place! Given a bigger space I can see that they’d be able to really make the whole experience even more authentic. I felt like we’d been transported into a different world from little Coquitlam! The gold and stone artifacts accentuate the restaurant giving it an even richer atmosphere.
The place was packed when we arrived but luckily we got a table by the window right away. At Chada Thai you’re practically sitting in each others’ lap! Rubbing elbows with the next table and inadvertantly listening in on conversations seems to be the norm here. While this may be a draw back at many places, at Chada Thai it adds to the charm 😉
An appetizer that really caught my eye was the Stuffed Chicken Wings with shredded vegetables, vermicelli and sweet sauce. As soon as I saw it on the menu I was like, I gotta try that! How on earth does one stuff a chicken wing?? Wow, these “wings” were sooo juicy and flavorful and I liked the crispy wrapping it was in…! Not to mention the portion was huge…. Total winner!
Another appetizer we ordered was the Beef Salad, which was basically beef cooked in Thai spicy sauce with a mix of tomato, onion, mint, cucumber, and mixed greens served with sticky rice. This is the dish we were having some trouble deciding on the spiciness scale of. I wanted to go for really spicy, but the kind server advised that we go for just a little more than the medium point and he’d bring out extra sauce for us in case we wanted to kick it up a notch. Turned out he was so right! This was just the right amount of spicy. The rice was kinda..hard…but that could be due to the stickiness..and I think the beef could have been cooked a bit less…but the flavors were good!
As a main dish to share we had the Pad Thai: Pan fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce with chicken and prawns, egg, tofu, green onions, bean sprout topped with ground peanuts. Mmmm~ sooooo yummy! The noodles were a good texture and the sauce was just right. Plenty of ingredients in the dish and it was overall great!
Dinner at Chada Thai Fine Cuisine was such a pleasant surprise! 🙂