I recently read a review by a blogger about Thailiscious on East Hastings at Nanaimo. Sharing a website and menu somehow Thailiscious is part of the Thai Away Home group as is the Granville Street location which we visited. What jumped out at me from the review was a photo of the front counter with a handwritten sign that said "vegan menu." I was disappointed that the vegan menu was never mentioned in said review. As BC burns again this summer, a more plant-based diet is one of the things that can help mitigate climate change in general. I feel like food bloggers and restaurant review bloggers can bring some meaning beyond eating to their posts by drawing attention to it. That is our goal anyway.
Thai Away Home - Vegan Options
So, we arrived one Saturday afternoon after a disappointing attempt to listen to free jazz on Granville Island. Can anyone tell me what happened to jazz in David Lam Park this year? It has been our Jazz Festival go-to event for years and all of a sudden, nothing!
It turns out that each of the Thai Away Home/ Thailiscious locations have some menu independence and so this location did not have a specific vegan menu but they do have some marked vegan-friendly menu items starting with the Crispy Tofu. This was reliably tasty and came with a Thai sweet dipping sauce with peanuts. Nice!
We're partial to Crispy Wontons and these came with a plum sauce. They could have come with a little more filling but the veggie filling that was there was not bad, maybe sweet potato or squash based.
Next up was the Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry with Thai Sweet Basil. It either came with rice or we ordered rice, I can't remember which. There was a little bit of a spicy sauce with this and the veggies were nicely cooked and had some crispiness to them. There was a nice variety as well although, the broccoli was past its prime.
Our favourite dish was the Pad Si Ew. Make sure they substitute non egg noodles and you are good to go with this. The noodles had some nice texture and the veggies were again good except for the broccoli. I'm not in favour of throwing away vegetables and I would eat these at home (or make sure they are used in time), but I'm not sure that I would feed them to customers. Maybe they had a supplier issue. Still overall a tasty dish again.
There are a few other vegan-friendly dishes on the menu. We left satisfied and even had a few left overs to go. Our server was very nice and just attentive enough. I would call this branch of Thai Away Home a reliable spot for vegan eats on Grenville Street.
Food 3 out of 5
Vegan Options 3 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 3 1/2 out of 5
Service 4 out of 5
Value 3 out of 5
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