Maenam in Vancouver

photo copy 5Ugh.  Not more Vancouver!  If you’ve been playing along at home you know what a huge disappointment Vancouver was (wink wink).  If you missed it, just click here——>Whatever, Vancouver.

Then if you really want to read more about some spicy, dreamy Thai food, head on over to EatDressGo to read about Maenam in Vancouver —

Maenam in Vancouver – EatDressGo

By Elizabeth ODonnell

Vancouver, British Columbia is a perfect storm of a town if you like to eat.  In every pocket of this modestly booming metropolis there is a place, someone will tell you, you must try.  While it’s practically impossible to hit all the places you should, if you visit anytime soon there are some very good reasons to hit all the places you can. For one, the cold waters along the Pacific coast provide some of the most delectable seafood on the planet.  Secondly, Vancouver has an amazing convergence of cultures offering up some of the most authentic food you can find this side of the Pacific.

One of the jewels nestled into the crown of Vancouver’s Kitsalano neighborhood is the Thai restaurant, Maenam. Holy moly. This understated, elegant, food Mecca is tucked into the chic stretch of 4th Avenue.  It has everything you need to be happy, including a knowledgeable waitstaff who will describe what you need to know about each dish, including its spice level.

Listen to them, because while the 8 Spice Fish (which has become as well known as Nobu’s Blackened Cod) is more sweet than spicy, the Siamese Water (torture) Spinach has the kind of cumulative spice that can only creep out of tiny, red Thai chili peppers. Noses will run, eyes will water, and you might just go back for it twice before you leave town.

Now, because a traditional Thai dinner has its imbibers experience several different dishes and spice levels, they do have a tasting menu, but if you aren’t ready to commit right away, go with friends and order one dish per person with the intent to share.  The prices are not exorbitant and the portions might leave everyone in your party with something for lunch the next day.

When you are finished with your dinner, please have the Chocolate Pot. Just have it. Even if you don’t want it, have it anyway.  It’s bitter and sweet, crunchy and creamy, frozen and not frozen all at the same time.  How is that possible?  I don’t know, but it will not disappoint you.

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