About two years ago I have went to this place for dinner, and this year I went back for Dine Out Vancouver. Maenam located on West 4th. And once again it didn’t disappoint me. 🙂 Their dine out menu is a little different from everyone else, dishes are being shared instead of your own portion (Which I loved because I can try everything!! 🙂 )
Creamy hot and sour soup of chicken thighs, salted chicken thighs braised in coconut cream, with oyster mushroom, lemongrass, and galangal. If you are into hot and sour soup, this is definitely a must try along with coconut cream made the spice pops out.
Unlike most mussels that you will taste at other bistros, these mussels were cooked in a very light broth (almost like soup) with cherry tomatoes and celery. It was a little sour and spicy with a a hint of lemon grass and basil. I couldn’t make out of what is in the soup itself. Comes along with a special sauce – nahm jim, for dipping mussels which was also very tasty. :9
This is one interesting salad, I never had anything like this. Fresh basil leaves with grilled chicken and pieces of crispy garlic? It was very yummy, if you are into basil leaves you will definitely like this salad.
(Sorry for the blurry image, it was very dark in there!) Here’s the Sloping Hills Pork Salad – slow roasted then grilled, young lotus, fried shallots, lemongrass, chilli jam. This is a very filling salad because of the pork and it is a spicy dish. I generally like this salad as well, very interesting flavours going on.
8 spice fish, I generally is not into cooked fish (I enjoy sashimi, the fish has to be relatively good for me to tell others it’s a good cooked fish.) And this was a good cooked fish, very rich in flavours and crispy!! 😀 Served in a caramelized tamarind and palm sugar sauce, topped with eight different fried herbs and spices. It was an enriching experience. 😛
Aromatic curry of oven roasted maple hill farm chicken and southern style dry curry with grilled sirloin. I couldn’t decide which one is better, both very good curry that is great with the jasmine rice provided. Beef curry has peanut and coconut (which is a great match). The chicken curry served with cucumber relish to help cut through the thickness of curry. Oh both so yummy. 😀
Stir-fry beef and squid. The squid was quite normal (much like something I can easily whip up last minute at home) but the beef was good with peppercorn and baby corns. But compared to rest of the dishes, this seems lacking excitement.
The donuts were really good and soft. The coconut ice was very refreshing after all the curry and heavy flavoured food. The chocolate however was a little too sweet with an extra flavouring that I wasn’t sure what it was (but has the best presentation).
Overall I liked the restaurant, I knew it was a little rushed as for all dine outs. But the food were good and service was decent. I would totally revisit as this would make a great place for small parties. 🙂