Thai by Thai – Basil Chicken Lunch Special, Pad Thai Lunch Special

The Food

Thai by Thai - Soup

Thai by Thai - Pad Thai

Pad Thai – with soup, salad and a spring roll
Price $7.50

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Thai by Thai - Basil Chicken

Basil Chicken– with rice, soup, salad and a spring roll
Price $7.50

Rating: ★★★★½ 

 

The Review

** As a disclaimer this review is about the lunch specials that Thai by Thai has, we have been there on numerous occasions for their regular dinner menu as well, but trying to keep with the cheaper eats theme of our blog,  we decided to only review the lunch specials.

Many years ago we used to frequent a Thai restaurant on the corner of 108th and King George. It wasn’t that clean, it wasn’t in the best part of town but the food was amazing! It was the place where we first tried many of the classic Thai dishes. We were young and foolish, so we would get the dishes as hot as they could be. Tears would run down our red faces as we ate our Tom Yum soup.  Since that place shut down we’ve searched for the next best Thai food place. We’ve had Thai food all over the lower mainland and in many parts of the U.S. as well. Some were good, some were great, but many were simply a let down from our first Thai food love. The only one coming close was Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas, which many consider to not only be the best Thai restaurant in North America, but the best restaurant in North America period!

We found out that there was a new Thai food place on Scott Road. The location where Thai by Thai is has been many different incarnations of South Asian restaurants since the building was first built. However, this is the first Thai restaurant that has been at this location and we were excited to try it out!

During our first visit, which was not during lunch, we ordered our regular Thai staples, Tom Yum soup, Pad Thai, Lard na, etc… I mentioned to the waiter that the Pad Thai we ordered was very similar to one that we used to have at the original Thai restaurant we loved so much. It turns out the reason for the similarity is because it is the same Thai chef! After many years of working for others, and over 10 years later, he decided to open up his own restaurant. We were in love again!

On the first visit to Thai by Thai we noticed the large banner hanging outside the building that mentioned the lunch specials  so we knew we would have to come back and try them out.

As the lunch special includes only one main entree with a side of soup, salad, rice, and spring roll, we decided to order two dishes and share them between the two of us. We ordered the Pad Thai and the Basil Chicken.

The Pad Thai was, as usual, the best Pad Thai that I’ve had anywhere. It is a deep rich sauce that is spicy, tangy, sweet, and salty all at the same time. Of course everybody has their own interpretations as to what makes a great Pad Thai, but for me this is it. It has the usual accompaniments of chopped nuts, sprouts, and sliced green onion, but the winner is their sauce and the way the noodles are prepared.

The Basil Chicken was also very good with just the right mix of fresh veggies and chicken. Our opinion is it could use a little more basil, but we love fresh basil and could always use more! Along with the chicken are onions, red and green peppers, green onions, and of course fresh basil all mixed with a spicy sauce.

Did I mention the sauce was spicy? Well, something was definitely up the day we had their lunch specials. The spice level was off the charts. In fact, we were not the only table asking and mentioning the level of spice. The table directly behind us couldn’t even eat their meal it was so spicy. I think it must have been a new brand or a new jar of hot sauce or peppers as it was insanely hot. However, I believe this was a one time issue as all other times we have been, both before and after, we have never had that level of spice.

The sides were surprisingly good as well. Usually with this type of lunch special one is to expect half decent entrées, but lack luster sides. This was not the case. The soup was a very flavourful, rich broth with spinach and other veggies within. The spring roll was very good as well, not greasy as many places tend to be and came with a small dipping sauce. The only issue with the spring roll was that it was a tad on the cold side. I suspect they are prepared prior to lunch and just plated when lunch is ordered. However, this didn’t deter from the fact that the spring roll was better than many others. The rice was fresh, hot, and perfectly al-dente as rice should be…not hard and not mushy. And finally the salad was a fresh, simple salad consisting of iceberg lettuce with a little  cabbage and carrot thrown in for good measure. However, the house dressing was very good and left me wanting more.

We have taken several people to Thai by Thai, and ourselves have been numerous times for dinner, lunch, and delivery and it continues to be consistently prepared (other this one very spicy lunch!), have fresh ingredients, is reasonably priced compared to the quality, has great service, and is enjoyed by all who have gone.

Reviewers

M – Pad Thai
B – Basil Chicken

Thai by Thai
9164 120 St, Surrey, BC
Tel: 206.621.1090
http://www.thaibythaibc.com/

 

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La Charcuterie Delicatessen – Salam’wich

The Food

Salam’wich Over 35 layers of meat and cheese on a sourdough roll with lettuce, tomato, mayo and mustard. (Can in picture for scale)
Price: $7.00

Rating: ★★★★★ 

The Review

If we said there was a place where the sandwiches were amazing yet cheap and while you were there the owner would tell you entertaining stories of a slightly inappropriate nature while he made your food and it was actually in the lower mainland of BC, you’d probably think we made it up. Well, we have been going to La Charcuterie Deli for many years now and finally decided to share it with the world.  La Charcuterie Deli, or for those in the know, The Sandwich Nazi, has been serving up the “World’s Best Sandwiches” for many years. He often sells out of his sandwich bread early and there is quite frequently a line-up out the door. I guess there’s no need to keep it a secret anymore! Originally with a location in Burnaby, he has since moved on to the Port Kells Industrial region of Surrey.

This location/clientele suits his business well as his sandwiches are extremely large and very reasonably priced. He offers up several different choices of  foot long rolls, such as Sourdough, Italian, Poppy-seed, and Focaccia. Many of the sandwiches that are on his menu are also named after his regular customers, such as:

  • The B.C. Ambulance (Smoked Turkey, Roast Beef, and Cheese)
  • B.C. Hydro (Roast Beef, Black Forest Ham, and Cheese)
  • Telus’wich (Ham, Turkey, and Cheese)

However there are several other sandwiches that you will have to ask the owner himself (Salam) how he came about the names:

  • The Horny Cow’wich (Mortadella, Hunter Sausage, and Cheese)
  • The Manwhore’wich (Roast Beef, Beer Sausage, and Cheese)
  • 911’wich (Capicollo, Salami, and Cheese)
  • Technicut’wich (Turkey and Smoke Beef)
  • Brokeback Mountain’wich (Garlic Ham, Montreal Smoked Meat, and Pepper Cheese)
  • and the famous Salam’wich (whatever he wants to put in your buns).

Entering into his place of establishment is not for the faint at heart, he actually has warning signs on his door that warns of  “Course Language and Nudity”.  This is not an exaggeration, as I have personally seen both, many times. It may or may not be a place to bring the family, depending on age and humour levels.  That being said, we have seen little old ladies there that don’t mind the fun.  Salam is there to entertain and have a good time.

One thing to be prepared for however, is you don’t always get what you order. He does usually ask what kind of bread you want and if you want lettuce, tomato, mustard, mayo, and even hot sauce. But sometimes while he is telling one of his stories, he just keeps slicing and slicing and slicing and slicing and in the end puts whatever he is slicing onto your sandwich. If this is not for you, if you politely ask, he will make what you want.  Most people don’t mind as the sandwiches are delicious anyway he slices it.

Besides the price,  the size, and the entertainment he provides while making the sandwiches, one of the best reasons to go is how he prepares the sandwiches. Every slice of meat, cheese, tomato are freshly sliced while he is making your sandwich. There is no trough of pre-sliced meat here. If you don’t think it makes any difference, then you haven’t tried one of his sandwiches. As both he and I will tell you, it takes the sandwich to a whole new level.

Salam is truly a nice person. He absolutely loves what he does and he loves his customers.  This shows in the quality of his product and the time he spends with his customers. This also means it is not a place to get a “fast” sandwich. During the lunch rush, the place can be lined up out the door though once you can get inside, you could probably get in and out within 10 or so minutes.

There are many other great things to read and purchase for while you are at La Charcuterie Deli, including a huge amount of other deli related foods. The only thing to remember is to bring cash as he doesn’t accept other forms of payment, and at the prices he is charging, remember to put a little in his tip jar! So if you would like to hear lots of interesting stories and have one of the best sandwiches you will ever have, then this is the place for you. If you are the type to be easily offended, I would pass on this place.

Reviewers

B –  Salam’wich

La Charcuterie Delicatessen
19080 96 Ave, Surrey, BC
Tel: (604) 882-0881
http://www.thebestdeli.com

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Grab n Go Convenience – Screamers

The Food

** Update – We have heard rumors of the store that sells the Screamers to be now closed. We drove by recently, and it was in fact closed with a “for lease” sign on the door. The pizza place right beside it was owned by the same person, and it is still open for business, so we are not sure if there is a possibility for these to show back up again. We know they were very popular. We will keep an eye out to see if our favorite Screamers return, but for now we are on the lookout for a new favorite!

Screamer
Ice cream and slushy. Good quality soft serve with well made “slurpee”.
Price $3.59 (large)

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

Late last year we went on a hunt for the best “Screamers” we could find. Screamers are essentially 2 ingredients, slushy and soft serve ice cream. So you would think that they would all be very similar, yet we found quite the opposite. We found that most places seemed to use what could possibly be an oil based product for their soft serve. It simply just didn’t taste right and from what we gathered they chose this for sake of price, as most places that used this type of soft serve had much larger sizes and lower prices. However, most places had similar slushy flavors and consistency.

However, one place stood out. Grab n Go Convenience pride themselves on using the highest quality of soft serve available…and with talking to the owner, he proudly told us was the same as Dairy Queen soft serve. They offer a range of slushy flavors and similar to most other places and a few of them are on constant rotation.

When purchasing your Screamer, they dispense the soft serve and you dispense your flavor (or multiples!) of slushy. They also ask where you would like your soft serve, on the bottom, middle or top and then you pour your slushy accordingly. We prefer our soft serve to be in the middle, so that it mixes in a little more with each sip and stir of your straw.

With the high quality of soft serve and mixing it in with your favorite flavor of slushy, you have the best possible “creamsicle” you could imagine!

Reviewers

B –  Rootbeer Screamer
M –  Orange Screamer

Grab n Go Convenience
102-14377 64 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3W 1T1
Tel: (604) 591-6525

Kwality Sweets & Restaurant – Samosas

The Food


Veggie Samosas
Possibly the best samosas we’ve ever had. Freshly fried, fresh ingredients. Evenly spiced.
Price: 2 for $1.00

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

Surrey, B.C. is known for it’s many Indian restaurants and sweet shops. Depending where you are in the city, you may have many options in the same city block. So it becomes important to have referrals on who has the best food as you couldn’t possibly try them all. A coworker insisted that this little sweet shop tucked in the corner of 152nd St. and Fraser Hwy had THE best samosas, so we had to go and try them.

The storefront is small and somewhat hard to distinguish where the actual entrance is, but we eventually found it. Upon entering the store, it looks and smells pretty much like any other Indian sweet shop with mounts of sweets piled up behind a glass display case and mountains of boxes all over the place.

The samosas are fried to order so it takes about 10 minutes for your order but it is worth the wait. While waiting for my order the owner of the store walked in the main entrance with a big tray of fresh veggies, including fresh cilantro. I knew these samosas were going to be good!

The samosas came in a little brown bag, which was helping soak up the excess oil from the frying (although they were by no means greasy at all). I tore open the bag, opened up the dipping sauce and tore a samosa in half to help it cool down. The samosas were a cripsy golden brown and the insides were fluffy and evenly spiced. Fresh cilantro complemented the indian spices nicely. The dipping sauce (most likely tamarind based) was your typical variety for samosas, however, it may have been a little bit on the sweeter side of most.

Reviewers

B –  Veggie samosa
M –  Veggie samosa


Kwality Sweets & Restaurant
15166 Fraser Hwy, Surrey, BC, V3R3P1
Tel: (604) 583-0220

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