On a weekend evening we opted to visit Sen Pad Thai in the Netloft on Granville Island, where the coffee shop used to be.
This small place is part of Angus An’s restaurant group that includes Maenam, Longtail Kitchen, Freebird Chicken Shack and Fat Mao Noodles.
The menu is focused menu on popular thai dishes like rice dishes, curries, with a special focus on noodle dishes, including variations of pad thai that use pork, beef, shrimp, or chicken.
We started with Green Papaya Salad
This is long slivers of young unripe green papaya, combined with basil, cherry tomatoes, dried shrimp, southeast asian long beans, slivered carrots, and crushed roasted peanuts. The unripe papaya is crisp and lightly sweet, and the dried shrimp provides some crunchy saltiness. The asian long beans were pretty sparse though. The dressing was tart and salty.
We went with the classic Pad Thai with prawns
This fresh rice noodles stir fried in a tamarind sauce, with tofu, scrambled eggs, prawns, bean sprouts, lime and chives, and garnished with crushed roasted peanuts. This was very good thai noodles. It has a good blend of sweet, sour and salty, but it wasn’t particularly spicy. There were chili sauces and chili peppers available as condiments though. The noodles were tender and al dente., and the bean sprouts were fresh and crisp.
Crispy Wings with Garlic
These are deep-fried chicken wings seasoned with a spicy mix of served with a tamarind dipping sauce, garnished with garlic and scallions. It’s served with a small side cup of tamarind sauce. These were very good chicken wings, very much like the offering from the sister restaurant, Longtail Kitchen, which is good for me, since Granville Island is much closer to me than the New Westminster Public Market.
Since this is really a takeout operation, I won’t comment on the service or the dining space.