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“Not too bad.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Pad Thai

Pad Thai
110 Banff Ave., Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #51 of 132 Restaurants in Banff
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Banff, Canada
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Not too bad.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

I've eaten here a number of times and the food is pretty good. Not amazing, but not terrible either. Pad Thai dish is not the best. But the Tom Kha soup was delicious and I loved the Mango sticky rice too. Good service when I've been. Always greeted with a smile and very prompt food delivery.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We ate here based on recommendations in the Moon guidebook as well as decent reviews from other websites that rate restaurants. I've eaten at a lot of Thai restaurants all over the world, including in Thailand, and love nothing more than a well prepared spicy dish of chicken pad thai.

This was, hands down, the worst Thai food I've ever eaten in my life. Have you ever tried those pad thai microwavable box meals that taste like cardboard once prepared? The pad thai I ordered here tasted exactly like that. The noodles had a strange consistency, were nearly clear in color when served, had no taste other than cardboard, and there was no real peanut sauce mixed in. I am absolutely convinced that this restaurant buys the boxed instant pad thai meals from a grocery store and simply adds a few bean sprouts and vegetables to what's in the box.

The restaurant is run by Chinese people; not Thai. That may be the root problem with the food. My girlfriend ordered a mixed vegetable stir fry dish that actually tasted pretty decent; but it tasted decent because it was something you would typically find in a Chinese restaurant. In fact, half the items on the menu are Chinese in origin and look completely out of place. These people obviously do not know Thai food and it is an abomination that they should be able to advertise themselves as a Thai restaurant.

The decor and service was good. It's a small place with about 8 tables, and very clean. The prices are not too bad compared to other sit-down places in Banff that typically end up being at least $20 per person. Our server was prompt and friendly. It's a shame that the impression I got from the food so overshadowed everything else about this place.

If you have no knowledge of authentic Asian foods (if you like Doc Chey's then this is you), then go ahead and give this place a shot. If you've ever once in your life eaten a well-prepared dish of real pad thai, then stay far, far, far away from this travesty of a restaurant.

I say without hyperbole that this is the worst meal I have eaten in the last ten years.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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