Koh Thai: Solid Sapperton Thai
On the corner of Columbia and Braid in New Westminster, an unassuming restaurant serves up Thai dishes to the locals in the Sapperton neighbourhood. Formerly known as Go Thai, the restaurant has changed owners as well as names (now known as the phonetically similar Koh Thai).
Aside from the name and owner changes, very little else seems different here as the interior still appears to have the partially open kitchen which allows diners to both hear and smell their food being prepared.
Seeing the new name on the sign, I wanted to give them a try as I’m always looking to find a good Thai restaurant. My first meal was the Green Curry Chicken lunch special ($11.95) with Thai Iced Tea ($3.50).
Served with rice and salad, the green curry included thick-cut but tender eggplant, peppers, basil, and peas. The curry itself had a pleasing heat that lingered in my mouth while the salad dressing was citrusy.
This first dish was prepared well enough that I made a point to come back and revisit to try some of their other menu items. The following week I decided to try something from their regular menu… mainly because I spotted the Roasted Duck in Red Curry ($15.95) when I was here the prior week.
Since it’s not served with rice, I wound up ordering the Koh Thai Fried Rice ($11.95) which included chicken, bbq pork, egg, tomato, onions, and peas. The fluffy fried rice was the perfect accompaniment to the red curry sauce.
I found the curry sauce to be a bit on the salty side but it had a nice heat to it and contained bamboo, grapes, tomato, pineapple, bell peppers, and fresh basil. If they could lower the saltiness of this dish and maybe add some lychees… this would be truly awesome.
While a bit more expensive than their lunch specials, the portion size was good and there was enough for leftovers. This visit spurred my third visit in as many weeks where I ordered the Kra Prao ($11.95) from the lunch special menu.
The dish was served with a freshly fried spring roll packed with veggies and glass noodles and served with a sweet chili dipping sauce. Personally, I would have preferred if the stir-fried pork was ground pork instead of served in slices but, overall, the dish was well prepared and came with sautéed bell peppers, onions, green beans, mushrooms and Thai basil. I’m still looking for a Holy Basil stir-fry as good as the one that I’ve had at Longtail Kitchen but this was a better than average version.
Overall, the food here is actually fairly good and better than what you might expect based on the exterior of the restaurant.
502 East Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC
Posted on July 19, 2017, in Restaurant Review, Thai and tagged Food, Fried Rice, Green Curry Chicken, Kra Prao, New Westminster, Red Curry Duck, restaurant review, Thai. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.