One late afternoon on a Saturday in December, I was in the Broadway/Main Street area in Vancouver, and stopped by Mali Thai Restaurant on Main and East 11th Avenue.
It was 4:30 at the time and the restaurant was open, but nobody was at the counter and the dining area was completely empty.
A few moments later, a man – whom I presume was the owner – came out and greeted me. He muttered something about dinner hours starting at 5 pm but it was okay for me to order. He was friendly.
He was also kind enough to bring a glass of water without my asking.
I ordered their Pork Satay (C$9.95), which was four sticks of marinated pork pieces in a mixture of Thai spices and coconut milk – served with Thai peanut sauce. There was actually two options for satay – chicken or pork – and I opted for the latter.
I also had the Mali Pad Thai with Beef (C$13.95), a Thai noodle dish with tofu, egg, bean sprouts, and ground peanuts with Tamarind sauce.
The noodle dish actually came out before the satay, so I munched on that first. To be honest, the Mali Pad Thai was just average; even though it was advertised on the menu as an “authentic Thai dish,” I didn’t think it was that great. The best way to describe the noodles is that… they were a bit oily?
The beef in the noodles, on the other hand, was tender, which was exactly how I wanted it to be.
Overall, the staff was friendly. Another diner came in shortly after I had ordered, and I assume he was a regular because the owner dude kept talking to him. There was another lady who dropped by afterward and went into the kitchen; she came out to clean the tables and kept thanking me and also that customer for being there.
I didn’t need to use the washroom… but I didn’t notice one in the restaurant at all. The place is pretty tiny.
As for wifi, well, as I recall, I was connected onto the free Telus wifi – so that was good.
But if you’re looking for “authentic” Thai food… I will have to say it’s not a place that I would recommend based on the taste of the Mali Pad Thai. If you want kind service, polite service… then you would like Mali Thai…
Where: Mali Thai Restaurant, 2710 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5T 3E8