Never judge a book by its cover? Would you judge a restaurant by its facade? Of course you would. Who would go to a restaurant that doesn’t look appealing from the outside for the first time? Restaurants invest in experience, so you’ll leave telling your friends how good the food was. In reality, it was the décor that attracted you to explore, and bravely step inside Tip Thai Port Coquitlam.
Tip Thai, a restaurant that I would so easily pass by on a daily basis. The truth of the matter is, I do pass by Shaughnessy Street every. single. day. That is on route to where Nancy lives. So I have passed by this restaurant at least 200 times, and not one time was I enticed to go in.
So how did I end up at this restaurant? Out of the blue my friend mentioned that this restaurant is extremely good, and we should go try it. Being the adventurous person that I am, I drove to where the address was. To my surprise, I missed it until Nancy has pointed it out….
Tip Thai is located downtown Port Coquitlam on 2606 Shaughnessy St cross McAllister Ave; it is kiddie corner to the city hall. This Thai restaurant opened about 6 months ago. It is a hidden gem! Seating max of about 15 people it offers exceptional food and would put up a tough competition to some of Vancouver’s finest such as Maenam in Kits, Simply Thai in Yaletown, and even the Tropika, Pink Thai and Thai House in Downtown Vancouver.
This cozy restaurant is opened by husband and wife duo Alex and Penny. Chef Ning (came from Thailand 2 years) and her sous chef cooks up a mean curry! There is a wide variety of items on the menu and daily lunch / dinner specials are reasonably priced. Eat in, Take out, Catering are all available choices.
4 pieces of finely minced shrimp is blended with Thai curry paste, green beans kaffir lime and served with plum sauce. The generous portion of delicious seasoned and sharp tasting shrimp cakes is not to be missed. Breaded and fried just right.
Red Curry with Chicken (dinner special $9.99)
This red curry in coconut milk with pumpkin is delicious. The fiery spice blends well with hearty pumpkins. Such a warming dish that I couldn’t resist drinking the remaining sauces.
Tom Kha Kai Sm $4.95 | Lg $7.95
Think Tom Yum Kung with coconut milk! Sliced chicken in coconut milk soup with mushroom, cilantro flavoured with galangal kaffir-lime and lemongrass leafs. For 2 person get a large, its good for about 2 small bowls each. Anything less and you’d be trying to steal your neighbours!
Stir fried eggplants with Thai basil. Sweet and spicy, fiery and fragrant with Thai basil. The eggplants and the beef completely absorb the sauce. I like how the eggplants are still dense and not completely mushed.
**Your choice of chicken, beef or tofu for all curry and entrees dishes.
Next time I really want to try:
- Seafood Salad with steamed prawn and Basa filet with green tomatoes cilantro in a chilli lime dressing and green lettuce
- Tilapia 3 spice sauce
- Panang curry
- Pad Kra-Pao – stir fired spicy garlic sauce with onion bell peppers and basil leaf
- Fried Banana for dessert
Most people would have to think twice before venturing into PoCo (unless you are local). But it would be a shame if there isn’t more buzz or somehow doesn’t draw in more traffic. It deserves attention and I could eat here for lunch and dinner. Almost every day. Being so close to home, I can’t believe I hadn’t discovered this sooner.
Tip Thai Port Coquitlam
Sunday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
2606 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 3G5