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This might just be the best Thai culinary experience in Kitsilano

Hanna McLean Mar 10, 2017 3:00 am 2,409

If you’re craving a taste of beautiful Thai flavour, Maenam in Kistilano is the place to be.

The 4th Avenue restaurant specializes in serving authentic Thai cuisine with a twist – and man, it is one delicious twist if you ask us.

Mahor on fresh pineapple. (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Chef Angus An’s dinner tasting menu incorporates a wonderful variety of six or more family-style dishes ranging from small bites, to soups, to full entrees.

Starting with appetizers such as Mahor – a Thai meatball made from chicken and prawn – served on fresh pineapple and Salmon Nam Prik topped with spicy fish relish, the menu takes patrons on a journey full of uncommon gastronomic delights.

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The bulk of the Chef’s Tasting Menu here includes hearty dishes like Steamed Clams served with lemon grass and Thai basil and a Northern Thai-style free range chicken soup with basil and tomatoes.

Next up is the Sockeye Salmon salad which is served with shredded young coconut and roasted peanuts on a bed of mint and coriander, along with a crispy 8-spice Ling cod with caramelized palm sugar and tamarind sauce.

Ling cod (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Other dishes on the menu include an Eggplant and Pork Stir Fry with fermented spy bean and a Green Curry with Braised Beef Short Rib.

Thai Tea Panna cotta (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Dessert is a traditional Thai tea panna cotta, a light and refreshing finish to a stellar menu of traditional Thai eats. The Chef’s Menu at Maenam is $47 per person, and it is also available as a vegetarian meal for $40. Wine pairings can be made for 3 oz or 5 oz pours for an additional charge as well.

Overall this menu is a fantastic way to get a taste of authentic Thai food right in the heart of Kitsilano, just make sure you’re prepared to go into a full-on food coma after your meal.

Also, if Kate Winslet likes the food here, chances are you will too.

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Maenam is open for dinner service daily from 5 to 10 pm (the Chef’s Menu is available for order until 9:30 pm).

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Address: 1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Instagram: @maenamrestaurant

Hanna McLean
Hanna is a Staff Food Writer at Daily Hive. She's lived on both coasts and has concluded that pizza tastes great no matter where you're eating it. She loves rap music, craft beer, and she probably has crumbs on her keyboard right now.

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