Taste of Yaletown is back for its 10th year full of bites, treats, sips and sights of Yaletown. Every year, Taste of Yaletown brings together the talents of chefs with culinary treasures in the best dining district in Vancouver.
From October 16th-30th, Yaletown kitchens will offer featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings to tempt the most adventurous foodie. With a fresh approach to fixed price menus of $25, $35 and $45 restaurants will offer combinations of food and drink or even special in-house events.
Urban Thai Bistro is participating this year showcasing their Thai dishes. They have been around since 2000 in Yaletown and is owned by the Thai House group.
(Thai Style marinated BBQ Chicken served with sweet chili plum sauce)
(Green papaya strips, carrots mixed with tomatoes, green beans, fresh chilies, roasted peanuts, diced garlic, fish sauce and lime juice )
(Marinated shrimp paste wrapped with spring roll wrap served with sweet chili plum sauce)
(Fresh Jalapeno stuffed with shrimp paste served with house sauce)
(Sliced New York beef w/ lime dressing, red onion, tomatoes & Thai chili)
(Deep-fried with mixed vegetables and glass noodles served with homemade sweet chili plum sauce topped with ground peanuts)
Tom Kah Prawns or Mussels – Coconut milk broth with galanga, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and mushrooms
Green curry prawns & scallop – eggplant, Peas, Bell Peppers & Fresh Basil
Pra Lunm Long Shong Lamb – Thai Peanut sauce topped with Lamb
Kra Pau Duck – Sautéed with Thai Chili, bell peppers, green beans & fresh hot basil
All entrée are served with stir-fried green vegetables
Choice of Rice or noodles
You can choose from 2 different sets of appetizers. The first one contains:
- BBQ chicken has a Thai-style marinated BBQ Chicken served with sweet chili plum sauce.
- Shrimp Balls has marinated shrimp paste wrapped with spring roll wrapping served with a sweet chili plum sauce.
- Papaya Salad has green papaya strips, carrots mixed with tomatoes, green beans, fresh chilies, roasted peanuts, diced garlic, fish sauce and lime juice.
The BBQ chicken was tender and had a nice flavour. The shrimp balls were crispy and it was great to have it to add a crunchy bite. Papaya Salad was surprisingly quite spicy.
The second appetizer option has the following:
- Jalapeno Shrimp has Jalapeno stuffed with shrimp paste served with house sauce.
- Spring Roll is deep-fried with mixed vegetables and glass noodles served with homemade sweet chili plum sauce topped with ground peanuts.
- Beef Salad has sliced New York beef with lime dressing, red onion, tomatoes & Thai chili.
The alternative dish is quite similar, but it depends on personal preferences.
Soup is the next item to come and you can choose Tom Kah with Prawns or Mussels. It has a coconut milk broth with galanga, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and mushrooms. It is quite spicy, so some people may need a big cup of ice water to quench the heat.
Green Curry Prawns and Scallops has eggplant, peas, bell peppers and basil. It is also served with vegetables and your choice or rice or noodles. I’ve never seen a Thai dish displayed like this. Quite fancy.
The sauce was good and well balanced. I did like the noodles over the rice.
Kra Pau Duck is sautéed with Thai chili, bell peppers, green beans and fresh hot basil. There is also veggies and your choice or rice or noodles.
Pra Lunm Long Shong Lamb has Thai Peanut sauce on top. You also get the same veggies and choice of rice or noodles.
Lychee Jelly has layered jello with different colours and embedded inside are two small lychees. It was quite a basic dessert and I didn’t feel like it represented Thai dessert very well.
Overall, you get quite a large appetizer and yummy entree. The dessert falls a bit short, but you get a well rounded taste of what Urban Thai Bistro has to offer.
We Rate Urban Thai Bistro:
1119 Hamilton St