Gourmet Thai Food
Great food, really enjoyed the presentation. You can taste a variety of fresh ingredients well integrated in every dish. It was a fun food adventure.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food really is excellent. Unique and tasty. We had the banana flower blossom salad - loved it. My usual is always papaya salad but this one is very good and different. Their soup is always full of flavor. The menu changes ever so often so we come in quite frequently to try them out.
While the food is good, the space is crammed. I wish they hadn't added those extra tables. The exhaust system in the space also was not strong enough. We smelled like fried food when we walked out. Place is very happening and bustling so not a great spot for conversations cus you would have to shout on top of your lungs even with person right across.
With food so good they really should have a bigger space. Other than that food and service are topnotc
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sublime and impeccable
Probably my favourite restaurant at the moment. The chef's menu is sublime, service impeccable.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Creative and Delicious!
The food at Maenam is exceptional, lots of wonderful flavours. Our drinks were extremely good as well, don't skip the cocktails! The Thai Sausage Salad was a real highlight and the 8 Spice Fish was our favourite plate of the meal. Our server was very good and made some helpful suggestions. Can't wait to go back to sample even more of the menu.
5/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great flavours, good service, excellent experience. Will be back. Order the fried oysters, ribs and Mango ginger drink! all is good!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic as always!!!
We eat here at least once a month and love it. The service is fantastic and chef Angus' menu delights each time! The lovely, gracious Kate always ensures that things are as they should be. Our favs are the Pad Thai and the 8 spice fish. Love, love, LOVE!!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Such wonderful flavors at Maenam
My lunch companion commented "such wonderful flavors" at some point during our lunch this week. I have been to Maenam a dozen or so times and one of the pleasures of taking others here is the always positive reaction - the nice room, the good service but the subtle tastes mostly. There is a reason this place consistently tops the Best Restaurants for Thai in Vancouver Magazine.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic, inventive Thai cuisine
The food at Maenam is outstanding. The premiere choice for inventive Thai cuisine in Vancouver. Delicious, fresh ingredients and excellent, attentive service. Opt for the Chef's Menu to enjoy a wider variety of dishes. Highly recommended.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
our first visit to Vancouver
Our dinner at Maenam was the best we had in Vancouver.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Maenam can't be beat for high-quality, fresh and thoughtfully prepared ingredients. Everything we ordered was very well done with the Thai Sausage Salad and the 8 Spice Fish being the real standouts. We started with some Thai Chicken wings which had a nice spicy dipping sauce. The service was great, the food was memorable and we left looking forward to our next visit. Thanks!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mains, cocktails and desserts were all outstanding. Tastebuds were extremely happy.
Drinks were amazing and could not be made at home without exteme effort.
Desserts were works of art. I have been searching and searching for a great panna cotta and did not expect to find it in a Thai restaurant. Great end to a fabulous meal.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Serene and tasty
With an calm and understated decor this small restaurant creates a serene atmosphere. Our server was just right. She was knowledgeable about the food and the wine. The banana flower salad was a standout, as, I'm told, were the oysters. The pad thai was overly sweet and sticky. There were not enough vegetarian options on the menu. And when will restaurants learn that a vegetarian option is not just the same dish with the fish or meat excluded (at the same price)?
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday at Maenam
Wanted a special place to go for my birthday dinner and found a great spot. Had a very memorable evening - the food was outstanding, the cocktails were amazing and the on-line reservation process was painless. Excellent all round!
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really good again. Always consistent. $18 a bit steep for a big bowl of soup though.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice Thai, very good food, great service by Curtis, great personality for the restaurant.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thai High !
What a great little place among many Asian eateries on 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC!! A friend of our son recommended Maenam and
we were not disappointed. To get a better idea of the variety available, my wife and I ordered the 5 course meals---soup, mussels,
bream and a wonderful mix of fresh herbs, curried fish, and beef with more amazing herbs. Lemon grass, garlic, cilantro, mint and
Thai bassil were just some of the many wonderful tastes we experienced. The amount of food was just right and the preparation
allowed individual tastes come through--wonderful. The wine parings were just right as well.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food and great atmosphere
The food at Maenam is the best of it's class in the city. The curries are very unique in flavour and the Banana Blossom Salad is nothing like I have ever had in an extremely good way! I highly recommend.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thai at the Next Level
We love Thai Food and Maenam takes it to the next level! Everything is prepared to perfection with such wonderful flavors. They were most accommodating to a Vegan in our group who also raved about the food. Their BC wine list pairs perfectly with the food. A wonderful adventure in dining for sure!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
lovely food, beautifully presented
Servers are very good and clearly happy to work in this restaurant. The chef's menu is the way to go and takes away the pain of editing your selections because it all sounds so good...and it is! Third time here and can't wait til the next!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not your average Thai
This was one of the best meals we have had here in Vancouver. This is not your average Thai restaurant with an extensive menu and lots of dishes where you just add chicken, shrimp, etc. We chose the fried oysters, mussels, 8 spice fish, and pad thai. Everything was prepared with care and the melding of spices was just wonderful.
If we had to critique anything, it would be to add more prawns and tofu to the pad thai, but the flavor and texture was perfection!
7/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
I brought two of my girlfriends to experience what Ive experienced and they loved it! We had a fantastic meal as usual. We ordered the mussels to start with and it was amazing, we also ordered the Pad thai, the Halibut and the squid salad. Everything we ordered was good. We plan to go back soon to try the others.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice to rediscover this place
My last visit to Maenam was a couple of years ago. I had forgotten how good the food was. Went with a couple of friends and shared a bunch of dishes. They were all hits, although we all especially loved the ling cod. So good.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous menu and mix of spices - different from the average Thai taste, very refreshing. Great atmosphere and service.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time, but not the last!
I had heard about this place from a family member who said it was his favourite restaurant so I had to try it! I brought my girlfriend for her birthday, we had both never really eaten that much Thai food before but Maenam was amazing! The flavour combinations that they achieve are outstanding and impressive. We shared a North East style hot and sour chicken soup and the Thai sausage and crispy rice salad which were both amazing and then we moved on to Stir fried pork ribs and Pad Thai for dinner which were both incredible! We also had something called Thai Iced Tea off of the non-alcoholic list, they were incredibly tasty! We finished off with a dark chocolate pot de creme! The service was warm and inviting and we will definitely be back!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely wonderful Thai
Absolutely wonderful Thai food that is not overly spicey.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed our dinner.
Really enjoyed our dinner. Will be back and will recommend to friends.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Tasting Menu
Our party of 4 really enjoyed the tasting menu, all the dishes were delicious and nicely presented.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic through and through
Enjoyed the best meal we've had in a very long time at Maenam, I highly recommend it. The drinks are expertly crafted and offer unique flavours. The service was outstanding and even though they were extremely busy, the service was attentive and we never felt rushed. We started off with a unique Thai soup full of chicken and mushrooms, and the enjoyed a great Thai Sausage salad. We had curried halibut, ribs and pad thai for our main course and we couldn't have been happier with the dishes. The portions were generous, plenty to share for the entire table. A home run!
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding Thai food!
Try the sausage rice and the banana blossom dishes and you're off to a great start.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little restaurant on 4th Ave at Cypress. Food was excellent - we had the Chef's Menu where they bring 5 dishes of their choosing. Service was fantastic. Only slight drawback is that the restaurant is quite loud - not too surprising for a very popular restaurant that is always full!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting Take on Thai Food
This was rated the #2 Thai restaurant in Vancouver in 2013. While the menu is limited for a Thai place, the food we ended up with was very tasty and different from the Thai restaurants I have been to in the states. The Green Papaya Salad was an excellent start. Not too sweet with a nice spice to it. The chicken curry dish was lick the bowl good and the Halibut Cheek green curry offered some very different flavors than I am used to. I loved the baby, pea-sized eggplant. The Kitsilano neighborhood is fun and funky, and lwhile the atmosphere was a little stark/modern, it was welcoming. Kind of felt Iike a Thai sushi bar. I would recommend this place. I am not a huge Thai afficionado, so if you are, you may not agree with me.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved our chefs tasting dinner! Fabulous dishes. I can still taste them. Wonderful service with answers to all our questions.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a Chef's Royal Thai Dinner, which consisted of 9 different plates over three courses. It was fun, packed lots of different flavours and textures, we never knew what was coming next! Great, attentive service, good atmosphere... I look forward to our next visit!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We did the chefs tasting. All of the courses were amazing except one which was the beef which was a little flavourless. But the other plates were definetly worth coming back for!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you're looking for an ethnic
If you're looking for an ethnic food gem then this the spot. An all around fantastic restaurant with dishes for everyone.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Mea, great service!
We dined on a very busy night at Maenam but the food or service didn't suffer at all. We started with interesting cocktails, some of the best we've tried for a long time. The meal was well paced and every course was a delight. The standouts of the evening were the Thai Sausage Salad, the fried oysters and the five spice fish, we left full and happy and wanting to go back again soon!
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
I came here in the evening around 930pm. I ordered the muscles, pad Thai, and free curry. I enjoyed all the delicious and fresh. The server was friendly and service was fast. No complaints. :)
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely eclectic. The mushroon-coconut soap was extraordinary (dont eat the red peppers). Phad Thai was excellent with many subtle flavors. Braised beef dish was good with a little too much curry.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
My party had a very good meal at Maenam. We had the tasting menu and the restaurant allowed us to choose some of the dishes, which was very courteous. The good was tasty and the service was professional.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Maenam, the flavors were a spectacular blend and well balanced! We can't stop talking about the delicious food. Our server however seemed to be inconvenienced at simple requests once our order was placed and it took 4 or more times for them to clean our table after a sauce spilled all over it - could have been a bad day for him, but it did distract a bit from the dining experience.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent luncheon experience.
We enjoyed the wonderfully authentic Thai cuisine at this Vancouver restaurant. Excellent dishes to choose from. Wine list features many B.C. wines, too. Service was perfect: super friendly and professional at the same time. Can't go wrong dining here.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the new additions to the menu!
There are some amazing new dishes on the Maenam menu and we sampled several. They have changed the soup and the beef soup we had was fantastic. Our favourite new dish was the Duck Curry, amazing flavour and so tender. The new main course chicken salad was a nice fresh dish and we enjoyed it along with the eight spice fish. Thank goodness the Thai Sausage Salad is still in the menu because it is our group's favourite. The desserts are fantastic and not to be missed, try the pot de creme and the cheesecake even if you are full because they are light and so delicious.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Still dreaming of the mussels
My friend from Copenhagen wanted a local 'exotic' dinner experience so we went for the 5 course chef's special menu. The food was outstanding! Each dish unique and bursting with flavour but our favourites were the coconut curried muscles and the lightly smoked salmon on a salad of mint with spinach fritter. The pork belly with brown sugar provided us with a totally different contrast of taste and chewiness. I'm not too knowledgeable about wines but my glass of red was a very good match to the food. The menu cost $30.50 a person, we thought it great value and an excellent way to be introduced to Thai food. Our servers were friendly, efficient and happy to answer the questions we had. Make reservations though, this is a busy place.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at Maenam October 23, 2013
Tried the sausage salad, very good but a bit salty due to the sausage. Shrimp pad thai was very good but the shrimp was a bit overcooked. Crispy Ling Cod in Tamarind sauce was outstanding! Service was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed our 2nd visit to Maenam, our first visit was with Dine Out Vancouver this year.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a pleasant surprise!
I had heard a lot about this Thai restaurant and finally, a few days ago, we went there for lunch. I was very much surprised at how good the food was! And simple too! I like that they have a very simple menu, and that they even had a set lunch which was what we had. Everything from the Starter to our final dish was incredible! One dish we ordered was a Salad called Banana Blossom or Yam Hua Blii. It looked good but then some parts looked a bit suspect... then we tried it and were completely blown away!!! I HAVE to recommend you try this dish. I'm a full on carnivore but I would go back in a heartbeat for this delicious vegetarian salad.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great, though
The food was great, though the flavours could have been more intense. Great menu items of Thai foods not normally found in 'regular' Thai restaurants - the deep fried banana flowers, larb, and papaya salad were exciting to see on the menu!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was exceptional.
The food was exceptional. So flavourful. The waitress made some excellent suggestions. The service was very good. We didn't feel rushed. Our questions were answered to outr satisfaction.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent, as usual!
Enjoyed another great dinner at Maenam, the flavours never disappoint. The standout dishes on this visit were the duck and the lingcod. The salads were fantastic and added a nice contrast to the spicier main course plates.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful, unique Thai food
We did the Chef's tasting with wine pairing - it was amazing!
Very authentic Thai with original, fresh ingredients that were perfectly balanced. Dishes were a mix of daily creations and menu favorites. They were able to accomodate an all vegetarian tasting while keeping the dishes creative and different. Highly recommend.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
taste buds' heaven
upon a recommendation by a friend we ordered the "chef's menu" - and were delighted!
all 8 dishes that arrived at our table of four were distinct and a surprising and impressive taste experience, rich with aromatic components and leaving us with an impression of journeying to new flavour horizons. next to pokpok in Portland, this came definitely closest to actual eating in Thailand. would go again any night, very impressive!
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM