Boualong Laos and Thai Cuisine
       
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Boualong Laos and Thai Cuisine

Neighborhood: DowntownPrice Range: Average
7.5
Based on 42 reviews


10569 97 Street
Edmonton

Tel: (780) 423-4207

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M. Simon
2011-Apr-10
14:20:28


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Less Bang for your Buck
We used to go more often to Boualouang before the owners moved to their new location and although their "new digs" are really nice compared to their previous restaurant, the increase in price is a big deterrent in returning too often. The food is good but does not have the same kick to the Thai cuisine that it once had. We saw no evidence of the jalapeno peppers that were used in their previous menu selections. The food is still tasty but not at all worth the value given the steep increase in price. For $12 - $17 per dish it has now become a luxury that only an occasional visit will permit. There are other restaurants that may not have the same ambiance but we don't want to go out to eat to look at the decor, just get decent food that is reasonably affordable. Sigh.
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Chantelle47
2010-Oct-07
08:00:10


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Soooooo yummy!
We went on a double-date to this place, probably waited about 35 minutes to get in, which was certainly fine by me! (There was a very large bachelorette party taking up half the restaurant). I've been searching for amazing Thai food for awhile, since visiting Thailand..and nothing had yet to compare..however this place blew my mind and taste buds.

Food was quick to come out, and it came out HOT, right when it was done cooking. All 4 of us shared 4 dishes and we were stuffed. I wanted to eat more cause it was do delicious.

It seems like more and more people are becoming familiar with this place, so it'd be best to make a reservation.

Try the Thai Beer too, I LOVE IT.
-- Chantelle47
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impulsively
2010-Sep-18
07:39:36


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Good (53.71)

Visited on 2010-Sep-11
Great as usual.
My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate our anniversary. One small gripe - they only take reservations for parties 3 and up, and are very firm about this policy. I was worried that we would have to wait for a table, since they are always busy, but she assured me that they always fit two people in quickly. When we got there around 7:30, it was pretty busy, but we were seated immediately so that was great. The bottle of wine that we ordered right away took a little bit of time to get to us, but that was fine. They brought us a complimentary appetizer (can't remember what it was already) so that was a nice touch. Had a great tom-something soup to start (the one without coconut milk), and my pork pad thai was excellent. My favorite thing about it was that the noodles were perfectly resilient, not mushy at all as it can sometimes be. It was a huge portion and I had leftovers to take home. My boyfriend had the green chicken curry, which was also delicious. They only accept cash, but there is an atm right by the doorway. Overall, would definitely go there again.
-- impulsively
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chocolatee
2010-May-20
22:51:30


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Visited on 2010-May-8
Not so great experience
My friends and I went to Boualong to celebrate a birthday and we forgot to make reservations. This was our mistake for not making a reservation for a party of seven plus because my friends and I waited for more than an hour for one of the two large tables that were available at the restaurant. Each large tables were having a celebration of some sort as well therefore the wait time would have been even longer. Our position of being "next in line" was overpowered by a party of 6 or more that has booked a reservation. We never expected that this place could be so busy at 7pm since it was our first time to this restaurant. My friends and I were getting tired of waiting therefore we told the workers that we have been waiting for over an hour. They promised us that they would combined two small tables. However, that took an extra 30 mins to wait for a table to be available and to decide how/where they should combine the tables.

When my friends and I were finally seated, we were all relieved that we were now able to order. Our server was charming and brighten our moods after waiting for over an hour for our seats. However, the individual dishes that my friends and I ordered took forever to come to our table. We waited an extra ONE HOUR for our food. Some of us ordered appetizers and they came out pretty quick unlike our individual dishes. Only one of my friends ordered the curry rice dish and he finished it before the other dishes arrived. It was ridiculous. By the time all the other dishes were served, my friends and I were not hungry anymore. We barely finished our dish and majority of us had to pack the food to take it home. I noticed that other tables in the restaurant were still waiting for their dishes as well and they were seated before my friends and I. Boualong should definitely hire some more chefs to speed the cooking time of their dishes. One of my friends was at another dinner in a different restaurant, finished his meal and came to Boualong when our dishes arrived! How absurd is that! In addition, the pad thai that I've ordered was not so great either. They put too much sauce and it overpowered the taste of the dish.

-- chocolatee
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KimO (KimberlyO)
2010-Feb-09
14:52:40


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Still good, but...
This place used to be a 10 in my heart, but since moving to the new location and upping the price it's hard to love it as much as before. The charm of having a intimate restaurant with authentic food, amazing prices, and great service has been lost a bit at this new location.

However, that being said - the food is still fantastic and the price is still probably on par with other Thai/Laos restaurants. It's fresher and just as delicious as authentic Thai/Laos food. The green curry is to die for, the drunken noodles are amazing, and the mango sticky rice dessert has always been surprisingly delicious (the mangoes are imported from Thailand). I will still go for the food, but less frequently than before.
-- KimO (KimberlyO)
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Bruce Macdonald
2009-Dec-23
11:53:34


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Novice (2.10)

The best Thai/Lao food in Edmonton
The service is excellent despite some of the reviews. It is attentive without being intrusive. The food is devine. We regularily bring guests from the coast who are seasoned SE Asia travellers and they are inevitably impressed. The food really deserved an upgrade from the former intimate little cafe to its beautiful new venue. I have not had a bad dish here in half a dozen visits. One of my families favorite dining experiences. Keep in mind that it is cash only which can catch one off guard these days.
-- Bruce Macdonald
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edmmom
2009-Jun-04
13:26:14


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Frequent (20.20)

Visited on 2009-May-30
Huge price jump, poor service, I could cry
After three years of being a very faithful regular to Boualong, loving their small intimate little thai place with just 6 tables, excellent service, outstanding food and very reasonable prices, I could cry since they've moved to their new location.

They have lost what made them amazing. The owners, a husband and wife team, knew how to cook when it was just six tables. They could get away with cooking each tables food, one table at a time.

Now they have more like 20 tables, and they are still cooking each table's food one at a time. So, that means if three tables order pad thai, instead of making a triple batch of it, they are making one pad thai, and all the food for the first table, then making all the food for the second table.

You can't cook like this after making such a jump in size.

Price increase details. Pad Thai chicken / Pad Cashew Chicken / Glass Noodles / Drunken Noodles, first half of 2008 = $9.95 each dish. Great value. Summer 2008 = price jump to $12.95 per dish. Still tolerable. NOW May 2009, new location = $15 OUCH. Drunken noodles $17.

Glass noodles were $9.95 last year. Now - $17

Pad Cashew Shrimp, a whopping $17 for 10 shrimp
Pad Cashew Chicken now $15

Two shrimp with avocado spring rolls cut in four small pieces: $12. That's $6 per spring roll.

Salad Rolls - $10 for four. Used to be $6.95

Bottom line: new restaurant, with furnishings from Shangri La, an expensive antique store = HUGE jump in food prices.

Sorry, they should have gone cheaper on the decorations and kept the food costs within the reasonable range.

Boualong has now moved their cost from affordable to regulars and long standing loyal customers, to costly fine dining without the corresponding fine service.

Lunch for two ladies which included two dishes - pad thai chicken, shrimp pad cashew,and two appetizers - one order of salad rolls, and one order of spring rolls (two spring rolls cut in four pieces) and no drinks = $65 !

Last year, at this time, that meal would have cost $37.

Visited them one week after their grand opening, and waited over 1 hour and a half for the food to start arriving.

Watched as four tables got up and left, tired of waiting.

The food on this night was very inconsistent, average, and tasted like food court thai food. It really was awful. Two dishes ordered never showed up at all, and when the bill arrived and asked about them, the server said, Oh, we don't have that. She didn't even bother apologizing. We didn't get enough food and had to take the kids to McDonalds after leaving the restaurant!

Second visit, hoping after a month at their new location, the kinks had been worked out. Whopping new menu, Huge price jumps, slightly larger portions, and really crappy service.

Ask for hot sauce. Ask for water. Ask for tea. Ask for more napkins, wave when you want something or they won't notice you. Bring lots of cash. We barely had enough for our bill and tip because of the unexpected price jump.

The owner (husband) was cooking, the food was excellent, but the price really wasn't.

It is so sad. I went from being a regular who loves eating at Boulang, taking friends and family, and eating there all the time .... to wondering if I will ever go back.

At $65 for a two person lunch, I think they've outpriced their clientele.
-- edmmom
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foodgod
2009-Jun-01
11:08:10


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Price Hike
In a recent visit to our favorite Thai restaurant, they have moved to a larger location making more room and tables.On the downside this has increased the business to a point where the more tables the longer the wait, we have always waited as the food is the best, however on this night due to grand opening and too many servers it was much slower than normal (3 hours). The food portions were smaller but since then my wife has gone back and the portions were much bigger, prices though have jumped to close to $18.00 per dish. This is still and will remain a favorite as the owners remain the same and they just need to adjust a little more. Be prepared for the wait and the bill, we will go back but not as frequent as I will have to save up even more to go as this will break the bank.
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Edmonton_Restaurant_Reviewer_Melissa
2009-Apr-18
23:10:20


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Novice (4.10)

The food is great!
My husband and I visited this restaurant after a friend suggested it. He did tell us that it was a "hole in the wall," but it was the best Thai in town.

The restaurant is very small. We went in the middle of winter, and whenever another guest would walk in or out, we'd feel the gust of cold air. (And we were at the table farthest from the door!) However, the good food made this annoyance more tolerable.

We were very impressed with the menu and food. I don't remember what we ordered, but we both were as pleased as possible. The food was authentic, tasty, and full of flavour.

I really love going to restaurants that know how to take good food to the next level. The ingredients were fresh and they knew how to add fresh spices and herbs to bring the dish to it's peak. I just love when you know that the dish was made fresh for you.

I highly recommend Boualong Laos & Thai Cuisine.
-- Edmonton_Restaurant_Reviewer_Melissa
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amyd
2009-Apr-10
12:41:03


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Best Pad Thai in Edmonton
It has the most authentic and best tasting pad thai that I have tried in Edmonton. I have been to Thailand more than once and the food at Boualong tasted very similar. Too bad there aren't more tables and Chang beer.
-- amyd
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carlrjensen@gmail.com
2009-Apr-04
12:16:14


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Favorite resturant in edmonton
Everything on the menu is delicious except one item (very traditional) and I can't remember the name, except the owner warned me.
-- carlrjensen@gmail.com
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emptystomach
2008-Sep-03
14:55:01


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Occasional (9.00)

Best thai ever
Never had such a great experience at any thai restaurant in western canada. Portions were larger than expected since most thai restaurants are really cheap with the portions. The curry was so flavourful, thai eggplant, AMAZING. Service was attentative, waitress did not speak much english. Food came out slow, but with such a small kitchen and everything being made from scratch, it was expected. Great...great experience. I compare it to like eating in someones home. Very inviting and cozy. My new fave.
-- emptystomach
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Ursus
2008-Aug-29
23:40:35


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Regular (43.40)

Simply wonderful - but be ready to wait
This is a hole in the wall restaurant with pretty simple decor. The wait will be worth it. Don't come here with more than 4 people or the wait will be long. The food is simply fantastic - fresh and flavourful. Everything I've eaten here has been tasty and memorable. I like Thai food but I love the food here. I'm almost sorry to recommend the place because with so few tables, more patrons will mean I'll have to wait longer. You come here for the food. Lingering won't be popular with the line up. Don't bother phoning for a reservation - I've tried and nobody answered and once you've been there, you'll understand why...
-- Ursus
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K.C.
2008-Aug-16
20:50:50
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Occasional (8.50)

Visited on 2008-Aug-16
Tiny restaurant, giant flavor
We enjoyed amazingly delicious Thai food at Boulong this evening - the best I've ever had (and I thought the Thai food in the San Francisco Bay Area was good).

The Pad Thai was outstanding - delicious, complex and satisfying. Unfortunately I don't know the name of the other dish - we chose the pork version, and it came with mushrooms, sliced long beans and basil. It too was superb, if a little hot for my palate. (Don't get me wrong - I'm glad they haven't made their dishes bland to satisfy the northern European palate that I inherited from my ancestors!)

The restaurant itself is tiny - only six tables - and the poor people by the door kept getting hit by it when new patrons would enter. But frankly we barely noticed the size or the decor once the delicious food arrived. It was just that good.

Do yourself a favor and go there now. :-)
-- K.C.
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sg1307
2008-Aug-08
09:50:11


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price increase :(
My boyfriend and I have gone to Boualong several times (pretty much everytime we felt like Thai food). The food has always been consistant and yes, the cheap bill was always a bonus. However, on our last visit, we were surprised to find that their prices had increased. Curries that were once $9.95 were now $12.95+. I understand that it was probably time to increase prices, but it was still dissapointing to see our bill more expensive.
Luckily, their food is still worth the price!
-- sg1307
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Kimberly O
2008-May-28
21:31:09


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Worth the wait
All the previous reviews of Boualong are bang-on...this place is one of the best in Edmonton. We were almost hoping that it wouldn't be on this site because it's so good we didn't want to share our secret! The owners of this place are amazing and lovely people.
-- Kimberly O
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TasteBuds
2008-Jan-29
19:13:52


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Frequent (15.70)

Worth waiting on the sidewalk
This restaurant is a hidden gem. I went there about 5-6 times and each times the food was superb. Especially the glass noodle salad with chicken. Plus, the bill is always small, which is nice once in a while.
-- TasteBuds
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gourmeteats
2008-Jan-08
15:52:44


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Occasional (7.50)

my favourite restaurant
so why do they keep such erratic hours!

The food is heaven......... the prices are cheap.

My only complaint is that they keep changing their hours, I never know when they are open, and there's only six tables, so getting in is so hit and miss.
-- gourmeteats
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v4grant669
2007-Dec-15
15:33:39


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Amazing Thai.. if you can get in!
There's only 6 tables. Plan on going early if you don't want to wait outside for 30 minutes to get in!

Favorite dishes: Yaw-Dip with Peanut Sauce, Masamun and Green Curries. Make sure you get the coconut rice!

The restaurant is small, but the price is excellent. I always enjoy coming here whenever I can.
-- v4grant669
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felixf
2007-Oct-19
15:40:59


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Frequent (12.00)

probably as authentic as it gets
A six table Mom and Pop Thai restaurant, good food, probably as authentic as it gets.
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SM
2007-Apr-13
22:00:00


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Novice (2.00)

Best Thai food in Edmonton! Small and cozy and the prices are very reasonable. The owners are very friendly and the service was great.
-- SM
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AAB
2007-Mar-21
22:00:00


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Most amazing thai restaurant in Edmonton.
-- AAB
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alison (alison2)
2007-Jan-17
22:00:00


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we refer to this place as the "teeny tiny thai place" and it is one of our favorite places to go! Its a best kept secret and the spring rolls are the best I've had in the whole world. Can't say enough about the authenticity and yumminess of this place!
-- alison (alison2)
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Bahumat
2006-Dec-31
22:00:00


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Frequent (22.70)

Boualouang is a tiny gem of a restaurant right in the heart of Chinatown. It seats only six tables, 4 per table, and during busy times it's not at all unusual to see people lined up outside for a seat. Boualouang specializes in Laotian and Thai cuisine, and it is both astoundingly authentic and delicious. The expense is laughable few things on the menu come over 9$. The menu is short, but each and every item is flavorful and delicious. I particularly recommend the Yaw Dip an order of 3 rice paper wraps of minced chicken, carrot, and mint leaves, accompanied by a sauce that is somewhere between "Peanut butter and spicy plum sauce, but subtracting all the bad and leaving just the good of the combination." according to my dining partner. Also particularly recommended is the Yellow Matsamun Curry, with chicken or beef. Hearty curry with potatoes, peanuts, and your meat of choice. The food at Boualouang is refreshingly authentic as far as the spice level the food is mostly spicy, but doesn't succumb to the temptations of other ethnic restaurants that try to overload the palate with spice. Service is slow, and occasionally a bit curt, but the food will keep you smiling, as will the small amount of the bill. Dining for 2 can come out to less than 20$ if you forgo appetizers and drinks. With appetizers and drinks, it's still a very reasonable 25$ to 30$.
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Jaher Long
2006-Nov-09
22:00:00


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All I can say is WOW! Try this place you won't be disappointed
-- Jaher Long
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Katie (katie1)
2006-Oct-24
22:00:00


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Awesome food! The chicken & shrimp yum is amazing! And the peanut sauce is perfection. If you like Thai food, this is the place to eat.
-- Katie (katie1)
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Rasa
2006-Jul-31
22:00:00


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I absolutely adore this restaurant. It's tiny, so it's best not to come during peak hours, but the food is so amazing, and super-cheap. Also, while there aren't really vegetarian options listed on the menu, most of the dishes can be made veggie, so there's plenty of selection. I'd recommend the Tom Yum soup. Spicy and excellent!
-- Rasa
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Cynthia
2006-Jul-19
22:00:00


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Novice (3.00)

Good food. My fave was the yellow curry and rice. Small place and was quite busy during weekday visit. Service was a bit slow because the place was full. I suggest showing up earlier during dinner. Dinner prices are a bit more. Around $10 a dish.
-- Cynthia
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Jenin
2006-Jul-12
22:00:00


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The food absolutely ROCKS! Salad rolls (yaw dip) are a must try!
-- Jenin
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Peggy
2006-Jun-28
22:00:00


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This tiny place has the best salad rolls with the absolute best peanut sauce BAR NONE that I have ever tasted.
-- Peggy
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Ray
2006-May-22
22:00:00


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I can't beleive I lived in Edmonton for soo long and didn't eat at this place. This has to be the best Thai restuarant I have ever ate in. Whoever recommended the lettuce wraps (yaw dip) was right on the money. This place is a must try.
-- Ray
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Hannah
2006-May-10
22:00:00


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This was the best Thai food I have ever had in Edmonton. The place is very small and nothing like the fine dining Thai restaurants in the city. Make sure you have cash because they don't have services set up for debit or credit. I definitely recommend this place for all Thai food lovers. The meals are delicious and the prices super low.
-- Hannah
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haight
2006-May-09
22:00:00


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Very good food for a great price. The only negative thing is that they only take cash. The food is great!
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Bisan
2006-Apr-06
22:00:00


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This place is awesome! For all you Thai food lovers you have to try this place! I love the lettuce wraps and their salads.
-- Bisan
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Ortuna
2006-Mar-17
22:00:00


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I was a bit skeptical when I saw how small this place was. I must admit this place blew me away. The food was absolutely delicious. I can't believe how cheap the prices were. Two of us ate for $35 including tip and we had leftovers to take home!!!!! . We had the Tom Yum Soup and lettuce wraps to start with. The soup was great. The peanut sauce that they served with the lettuce wraps was the best peanut sauce I have ever had. We then had the chicken in red curry with sticky rice. All in all I would say this place is a must try. Don't let the size or the area of the restaurant fool you.
-- Ortuna
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Willa
2006-Mar-14
22:00:00


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I stopped in on a whim last night and decided on the chicken & shrimp yum. It was, indeed, yum! It looked, smelled and tasted fantastic, nice and spicy but not overpowering so you could still taste the subtle flavours. The portion was so large that I brought the leftovers home and I'm having them for lunch. The service was friendly, quick and attentive without being cloying. I'll definitely go here again and again.
-- Willa
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Suk Kun
2005-Dec-26
22:00:00


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This place is a real gem. Mouth watering meals. I love the low prices. The menu is a bit limited. I have tried everything on the menu and everything is EXCELLENT. I eat here at least once a week for the past 3 years.
-- Suk Kun
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Mark (mark1)
2005-Dec-25
22:00:00


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Occasional (7.00)

I have been meaning to add this awesome little place to this database. I am glad someone else did. If you like good authentic Thai food then this is a must try place. The food is superb. The service is outstanding. The prices are VERY reasonable. Their lettuce wraps and Pad Ka Pow is to die for!
-- Mark (mark1)
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shazia (shazia1)
2005-Dec-23
22:00:00


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This is a very small cozy restaurant located on 97th Street near Lucky 97. The food is amazingly great. Its family owned and the owners are super nice. The servings are generous and the price is very reasonable. I found this place to be better than King and I and Bua Thai. This is the best Thai food I have ever had in Canada. Only downside is that its a very small place and its usually packed and sometimes you have to wait upto 45 minutes for a table.
-- shazia (shazia1)
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