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.
Sushi Oyama isn’t your average sushi joint. Rather than being housed in yet another bland strip-mall slot, this funky little restaurant occupies an ornate two-story building that used to a funeral home. Sushi Oyama can get quite busy, but the venue is large and the staff professional so parties are usually seated very quickly. Sushi can be expensive, but not here. You won’t find better prices anywhere in Bunburry. Remarkably, the drop in price doesn’t seem to have resulted in a drop in quality, as the sushi and rolls and other Japanese cuisine options have received high marks from former patrons. The value at Sushi Oyama is excellent.