We sure have missed the experience of dining-in at a restaurant.
While take-out has proved to be a worthy alternative for those nights when you’re craving a restaurant-quality meal, or when you don’t have the energy to cook, many Vancouverites looking forward to the day when we can sit in a booth, eat a delicious meal, and take in the ambient chatter of those around us.
Fortunately, we’re inching closer and closer to this being a reality. In mid-March, many restaurants were forced to close temporarily and shift to takeout. As of May 19, Phase 2 has seen select spots around the city gradually reopen their dine-in service alongside new distancing measures.
Vancouver’s beloved Pink Elephant Thai is among them, and is gearing up to re-open the doors of its Alberni location to the public again on June 3. The reopening will feature an exciting new all-day menu (featuring dishes by their new award-winning kitchen team) and a slew of new COVID-safe practices.
The restaurant is known for its signature cocktails and imported Thai beers that pair perfectly with their new menu, which is inspired by the flavours and influence of all of the regions of Thailand.
Dishes include long-time fan favourites like the Keang Dang red curry, Pad See Iw, and signature traditional Pad Thai, as well as daily combination platters, which are available until sold out.
The new all-day offerings are also worth getting excited about. Highlights include a vast array of mild to spicy choices with vegetarian options. Think of their garden greens like Som Tum Malagor (gree papaya strips seasoned with fresh lime juice, nam-pla, and Thai spices), Matsaman Curry favourite (simmered-rich coconut curry with potatoes, onions, and cashew nuts), as well as noodle-based dishes like the Kra Pau.
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While many of the menu items have been available for pickup or takeout, as of June 3, locals will once again be able to enjoy the restaurant’s unique ambiance. Pink Elephant Thai’s atmosphere is a mixture of fun and vibrant (known in Thai as sanook) in combination with relaxation and chill (called sabai sabai in Thai).
The restaurant will also be undertaking an array of social distancing–safe practices in order to accommodate safety concerns so people can enjoy their meals with peace of mind. Safety measures include plexiglass in place between tables and sanitization stations. Restaurant staff will also be required to wear masks for extra precaution.
The restaurant will be opening its doors to guests on June 3 for lunch and dinner service starting at 11:30 am and will also remain available for pick-up and delivery for those who prefer to enjoy Thai food in the comfort of their homes.
Address: 1152 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Address: Marine Gateway, 434 SW Marine Drive
Address: Thai House North Vancouver, 116 West Esplanade