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I am forever searching for good Phad Thai. And why wouldn’t I when the tastes of Thai cuisine are so flavoursome that I crave them all the time? Chilli, lime, peanuts, tamarind. They always forget the tamarind.
Le Bangkok has been opened for several months but had escaped my radar. Easily miss-able amongst the plethora of Greek spots on Lonsdale Street, Le Bangkok has a pleasant interior and a traditional menu. For a weekday lunch it is casual and more relaxed than some of the other Thai restaurants in the area.
The Phad Thai can be ordered as vegetarian and will be cooked as such too. Mine arrived in an impressive display of noodles, egg, vegetables and bean shoots. The noodles were fresh and well cooked. The vegetables included cauliflower, broccoli and carrot. The tamarind was mixed throughout. A wedge of lemon and crushed peanuts were on the side. The flavours could have been improved with more chilli. Still, it was the best Phad Thai I had eaten for a while.
There are not many vegetarian dishes on the menu but all are freshly cooked with changes no problem.