Ban Chok Dee—which translates to house of good luck —captivates visitors with a spread of colourful, fragrant, and expertly balanced curries, noodle dishes, and rice plates. Traditional entrees, from pad thai to spring rolls, offset modern variations, such as the Pad Ped Jungle—crispy pork sautéed with shredded bamboo shoots in a spicy sauce—all of which draw from a palette of zesty sauces, potent chili oils, and creamy, coconut-milk-based broths. While embarking on their culinary voyage, guests gather amid leafy potted greenery and black-lacquered wood accents for a calm respite. Together, the food and atmosphere were voted Best Thai restaurant of 2011 and 2012 by readers of the Langley Advance.
To enhance the appreciation for Thai cuisine, owner and executive chef Parinya teaches lessons in how to create flavourful meals using simple techniques and telekinesis. The hands-on courses demystify ingredients, equipment, and the steps necessary to form four dishes, finishing up with a fun and delicious tasting.
All of Mona Pizza locations adhere to a three-part formula for pizza-tastiness: dough made fresh daily, secret sauce made with imported spices and three types of vine-ripened tomatoes, and a unique blend of never-frozen cheeses. Since opening its first location in 1995, the pizza chain has used this high-quality foundation to build pies ranging from the classic meat lover to the tandoori chicken pizza. Along with pizzas and pastas, patrons can nosh non-Italian eats such as whole-wheat napkins or gyros served with housemade tzatziki sauce.
In 1999, Freshslice Pizza founder Ray Russell had a great idea—not only would he offer pizza delivered by the slice, but also a healthier, lower calorie pizza crafted with multigrain dough. Freshslice Pizza was such a success that by 2010, more than 70 locations had blossomed in British Columbia and Ontario.
Freshslice's pizzas come in regular or thin crust varieties, with tomato, white, or pesto sauce. They are freshly baked or ready to cook in ovens at home. The company makes nutrition information readily available on its website, unlike its competitors, who don't even have the decency to print it on the bottom of their slices.
At NY Grill and Bistro, patrons choose from a variety of menu items to craft a personalized, three-course meal. Culinary journeys begin as diners consult compasses to navigate spoons through a creamy New England–style clam chowder (a $4.95 value) and then pierce forks into a choice of shrimp or chicken caesar salad (a $7.95 value). For entrees, nibble on New York–style ribs ($14.95), devour pasta offerings such as chicken fettuccine alfredo ($10.95), or cut into prawns on top of a charcoal-broiled new york steak ($14.95). Meanwhile, 42'' flat screen televisions engage eyes with a visual feast of sports games. Though not included in today's Groupon, patrons can quench thirst and curl biceps using pitchers of draft beer ($11.95), including an Okanagan Spring pale ale and Honey Brown lager.