1938 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Price: Fair +
For R's 2010 birthday, his friends actually got him a $50 gift certificate to Maenam, and for some reason we never thought to use it. It's a good thing there was no expiry date and I am so glad they did not close down. Maenam was not hard to find, but parking on the other hand was a little hard to come by. If you are lucky you can get free parking once you turn onto Maple street. The restaurant was a decent size with fairly dim lighting, I guess they are trying to give you that relaxed ambiance.
I can never say no to Pad Thai 9$15), so that is the first thing we ordered. The portion was smaller than I am use to, but at least they used tamarind instead of ketchup which was a good sign for authenticity. The al dente noodles were springy and flavourful. The prawns were very fresh and tender. I love how they put the chili powders on the side, so you have total control over the spiciness.
Both R and I enjoyed our meal here, as the majority of it was pretty good. The price was not exactly expensive, nor was it cheap, but given the location, decor and the food presentation, I say the price is fair. Therefore, if you want cheap Thai food, then skip it, but if you need a impressive place for Thai food, then give Maenam a try.