Pink Elephant Thai is operated under Thai House Group which also owns Thai Urban Bistro in Yaletown. The place is sleek and modern comprised of oversized booths, coveted tables, and a huge bar with a feminine touch of pink and white. The menu offers popular dishes from all regions of Thailand so expect more than just your regular curries and pad thai as the menu is quite extensive. Walking in at 6pm for an early dinner, the place was quite dead with only a few tables being occupied. Every now and then, the restaurant will offer promotions to draw patrons in to sample their menu.
Bob, Barb, and I came here for their “5 for $55” menu which allows us to choose two appetizers and three entrées from select 10 appetizers and 10 entrées. It’s no longer advertised on their website but you could ask them about it if you ever decide to pop in for a meal 🙂 For lunch, their feature combo is a stellar $10!
Pink Elephant Thai is open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner, cocktails, plus everything in between.
We ended up choosing the following dishes: Thai Shrimp Cake, Thai Style Pork Cheek, Green Curry, Pad Thai Noodles, and Pad Kee Mao. Two bowls of steamed rice are included.
Thai Shrimp Cake : Came with two patties served with sweet chili sauce. Also known as Tod Mun Goong, shrimp cakes are probably the equivalent of chips and dip or fries for you to snack on before your entrée comes. They were crispy on the outside from the panko breading but what really gave this dish great depth of flavour was the pork fat incorporated.
Thai-Style Pork Cheek: grilled-marinate with thai herbs and spices. I grew up eating pork cheek so I’m a huge fan of this cut! The execution of this dish came out nice and tender. The marinade had a the perfect amount of sweetness as well.
Pad Thai: Stir-fried rice noodles with tamarind sauce, chicken, egg, tofu, green onions and bean sprouts topped with ground peanuts. Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of this one as you could taste a heavy amount of ketchup that was used which is a big no-no to me as it took away from the authenticity of this staple thai dish. The balance of sweet, tangy, and savoury was a bit off but it had the perfect amount of heat. Chicken was on the dry side.
Pad Kee Moa: Stir fried rice noodles with Thai chili, bell peppers, onions, green beans and fresh basil. This is Barb’s go to noodle dish. More on the sweet side, but I thought this one was not bad! Portion size was huge.
Green Curry: Coconut milk, bell peppers, snap peas, eggplants, and fresh basil with choice of chicken, beef, or pork. We opted for chicken with our curry. Compared to other Thai establishments I’ve been to, this place had the biggest portion size! I would say more than double the amount you get anywhere else for a curry dish. The curry was probably my favourite entrée. Loved the generous amount of vegetables and meat. Just a tad too spicy! One thing I’ve noticed here is that the server will not ask you about the amount of heat you want for their dishes, so make sure to take initiative if you can’t handle the heat!
Complimentary rice bowl (x2)!
Thai Iced Tea ($3.75) The drink itself was refreshing, could have had a stronger tea base in my opinon! For the price, it was pretty decent.
For the amount of food we received between four people, it was quite cheap considering Thai food is often on the more expensive side!
1152 Alberni St