Thursday, 23 May 2013

Yum Yum Thai...

When it comes to Asian food, the one city that comes up absolute trumps is Vancouver - surpassing, in my humble opinion, even major centres like London and New York. There are a plethora of restaurants specialising in Pacific Rim cuisine, and Thai eateries like the Sawasdee on Main Street and the SalaThai.on Cambie have long been on my list of all time favourite eating spots.

I love eating, and restaurants, and Thai food has to be one of the yummiest categories known to mankind.  I also love great design - interior and otherwise. So imagine my delight in discovering Kelowna's newest downtown Thai restaurant, Mon Thong on Ellis, which just may become my new lunch-time favourite.

If the name sounds a tiny bit familiar, you wouldn't be wrong.  They have two other locations, the first at Orchard Plaza and the second in the Landmark 5 building. But their newest location really ticks all the boxes when it comes to a delicious and stylish eating experience. The white interior is fresh and contemporary, and provides the most urban of dining opportunities. The restaurant looks fantastic, and - happily - the food is also up to par.

Beautifully presented dishes cover all the usual favourites: crispy spring rolls and satay appetisers; spicy soups like Tom Yum Gai (spicy and sour chicken soup with lime leaves and fresh mushrooms) and Tom Ka Gai (a rich and spicy broth of lemon grass, coconut milk, galanga - that's Thai ginger to you and me - and tender chunks of chicken); mains like Pa-Nang curries (nutty flavoured red Thai Curry with coconut milk and your choice of meat), Pad King stir fries (your choice of meat stir-fried with baby corn, mushrooms, onions, pepper and ginger sauce); and noodle dishes like Pad Thai (a typical Thai lunch consisting of stir-fried noodles, shrimp (or your choice of meat), egg, tofu and green onions topped with bean sprouts and crushed peanuts).

There are also some choices that are new to my radar - I'm going back just to try the Pad Kee Mau - wonderfully described as 'stir-fried drunken meat (marinated in whiskey) in a ginger and chilli sauce'. Thai food and whiskey - now, that's one fusion I can get behind.

A small selection of traditional desserts are also on offer, including Sticky Rice with Mango, Thai Coconut Custard, and Jackfruit (which looks like slices of Mango but tastes more like Lychee) with either vanilla or green tea ice cream. For chocoholics, they also offer a Chocolate Lava Cake - which comes with vanilla ice cream, jackfruit, and raspberry sauce.

The dinner menu is even more extensive, and prices for both lunch and evening menus are reasonably prices with appetisers under $10, mains between $12 and $17, and deserts at $6.95.  The lunch menu also offers spring rolls and satay by the piece, and soups by the half order, which is a great option.

Mon Thong is located at:

1573 Ellis Street,
Kelowna, BC
Phone: 250.868.8009
Open from 11:30am to 9:30pm daily