So imagine my curiousity when I found out about a new Thai bistro on 102nd and Whalley Ring Road. Not since the closure of Full Moon Laos-Thai has there been Thai food in this area. Luckily for me, Toolman was interested in joining me which would mean only one thing - more food! Well, and good company as well I suppose (this is just in case he is reading this!). Upon our arrival, we were pleasantly surprised that they had lunch specials. Initially, by the looks of their website, there didn't appear to be any. We ended up ordering 3 items to share starting with the Pad Thai with prawns. It arrived with lots of properly cooked prawns, pressed tofu, turnip, egg, ground peanuts and sprouts. So in terms of ingredients, it was legit. However, much like many Thai restaurants in the lower mainland, the sauce was ketchupy. Despite this, we still enjoyed it since the noodles were al dente and there wasn't an overabundance of sauce. We also had a couple of curries starting with the Chicken Green Curry. We found it to be very mild and somewhat creamy from the coconut milk. There was plenty of chicken meat and basil which made it pleasant, if not unexciting, to eat. As for the Beef Red Curry, it had much more impact. It was significantly spicier (but still mild for us) and thicker with much more coconut milk. There was plenty of tender slices of beef with crunchy slivers of bamboo shoots and green peppers. We thought this curry was quite good.
Lastly, each lunch special included rice (except for the Pad Thai) and a Spring Roll. I mean, what can I say about it... The spring roll was packed with cabbage and carrots while being fried up perfectly crisp. It wasn't too oily either. Pretty decent, much like the rest of the food. I'm sure some purists will do the "it's not authentic thing" again; but frankly I think that is unfair. Much like what Grayelf believes, I think that these Thai restaurants are only offering up what will appeal to the locals and what will keep them in business. If we look at Nahm Bistro from this point-of-view, it is a pretty solid place for Thai food in Surrey at a reasonable price in a pleasing environment complete with great service.
- Solid eats
- Pleasing and modern decor
- Friendly service
- If you insist to be the authenticity police, yes, there is ketchup in the Pad Thai
- Modest portions