by Lauren Mote
Maenam Thai Restaurant
1938 w 4th Ave Vancouver
Open Tue-Sat 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-1am
Who’s got one of the most brilliant ideas in Vancouver?
Chef Angus An.
If is doesn’t work, close, regroup, rebrand, reopen. Do what you do best – Thai. After all Chef Angus An did learn until world-renowned Chef David Thompson of Nahm in London – and Nahm’s got a Michelin Star tied around its neck.
All things considered, there was little to no presence in this city for super Thai food – creating a fine dining experience with servers that knew exactly what they were talking about, or even pairing wine to a seemingly unmatchable cuisine because of the high amounts of tastebud burning chilies… Maenam did it.
The doors closed at Gastropod. They reinvented themselves. Maenam has now been open for almost 6 weeks, and they’re busy. I know I’m not the only one that was excited, just being there having a couple of Bar Manager Ben de Champlain’s signature refreshing cocktails before dinner, I scanned the room – industry hot shot Stephen Bonner and his wife, La Quercia Chef Lucais Syme and his wife – I love this!
The room was bouncing. GM Tara Thom runs this room well – between her personality and wine knowledge she’s a great fit.
The food was delicious, but the main course portions were a little on the small side.
Muslim Oxtail Soup $14
sup hang wua for 2 people
braised oxtail, orange zest, asian celery, vietnamese mint
Pad Thai $13
pad thai fresh rice noodles, tamarind, peanuts, tofu, prawns
Green Curry Halibut $16
warm bamboo, grachai, holy basil, spicy and aromatic – paired with Kabinett Riesling for the spice
Duck Red Curry $18
geng pet bpet yang
fraser valley duck, glazed and smoked, sweet and sour
Wine: Belle Glos “Meomie” Pinot Noir (California)
Maenam also does take out – menus on their website.
Maenam also serves food until 1:00am, including pad thai, oysters, satays, salads and sausages.
Maenam tastes great, and doesn’t break the bank.