Like a Barry Manilow concert, expertly executed Thai cuisine is full of spice, rich with enticing aromas, and desired by middle-aged women everywhere. Satisfy show-stopping cravings with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of food and drink at Charm Modern Thai in Yaletown.
Cut from the same restauranteur-cloth that created Thai House Restaurant Group, Charm Modern Thai infuses the culture's classic fare with modern twists to give Vancouver diners an authentic Thai eating experience without having to hitchhike to Bangkok again. Dig into dinner with the duck spring rolls ($9), acclaimed by Vancouver magazine as one of the "Best Things to Eat" in 2009, or opt for the mildly spicy lemongrass mussels ($11). Super-soupers can slide spoons into the tom kha lobster bisque ($9), while the larb organic gai salad ($12) tumbles organic chicken in a mix of herbs, spices, chilies, and fish sauce. Entreewise, Charm sticks to staples such as the pad thai ($14, available with chicken or prawns), the tamarind duck ($20), and the pineapple-braised short ribs ($17), which bring together meat and fruit in harmonious fashion.
Pair plates with a concoction from Charm Modern Thai's cocktail menu—the Bang Na Colada ($7) blends Malibu, Soho, fresh lychee juice, and coconut milk into an island-evoking elixir, and the Soi Cowboy ($7) ups the fruity flavour with Absolut vodka, melon liqueur, and pineapple juice. Guests can enjoy their dinner from Charm Modern Thai's outside patio, or they can opt to enjoy their meal in the restaurant's interiors of ruby reds and high-rising bamboo stalks.
- That menu—carefully executed by Chef Tipnari Kulriwanich—favours classic Thai fare, but with some nice local twists. – Anya Levykh, Metro Vancouver
- Prawn lovers shouldn’t miss the luscious drunken tiger prawns delicately battered and quick fried with cracked pepper and garlic, served with a refreshing green mango salad. Snack-sized spring rolls are an ideal accompaniment for the fruity cocktail list including deliciously perplexing drinks like Phuket Caiprioshka and Soi Cowboy. – Vancouver
- Want more zing? Something different than your run-of-the-mill fixing? I suggest the Hoy Malang Phou which has mussels steamed in a swirled spice-infused in a medley of chili, galangal, basil, lemongrass, white wine and lime broth (talk about a lot of tang!). – Kathryn Kyte, Martini Boys