Jenkins and I were trying to figure out where to go for dinner one evening. We were pretty hungry so we decided we wouldn’t mind going for all-you-can-eat. I remembered receiving a flyer in the mail featuring an all-you-can-eat dinner at Chili House Thai Bistro so we decided to give that a try. Chilli House is located down by the water at Beach Avenue under the Burrard Street Bridge and although I’ve gone past it several times, I’ve never actually checked it out.
All-you-can-eat at Chilli House has some pretty specific rules so Jenkins and I read the menu carefully to make sure we planned our dishes carefully. For example, you cannot order more than 5 different types of dishes at a time so we had to take this into account when deciding on our dishes.
First came the chicken satay skewers. The chicken was actually quite juicybut was a bit on the salty side. The peanut sauce was also a bit sweet and I would have liked for it to have some chunks of peanuts in it.
The tom yum soup was very sour and lemongrassy. It was also quite spicy and if you like this combination of flavours, this is the soup for you. I was surprised to see that there were actually quite a few pieces of shrimp in the soup and there was a nice distribution of vegetables as well.
The calamari was actually quite crispy and went well with the slightly sweet chilli dipping sauce. We were told that the beef short ribs were a popular item so we decided to order that as well. The ribs were pretty juicy and although fatty, they were quite flavourful with a standard Korean bbq-like marinade.
Although not the wisest choice from an AYCE perspective, Jenkins and I ordered a couple of curries because we really like Thai curries. First was the yellow curry with chicken, which also came with some onions and carrots. The chicken was breast meat but still quite juicy and picked up the mild yellow curry flavours nicely.
I always like the green curry and the offering at Chilli House came with beef. The beef was a bit chewy and probably had too much baking soda in it as a tenderizer. However, the eggplant was very tasty and the curry itself was on par with any other Thai House group curry offering.
The pad katiem was pork marinated with garlic and white pepper. It was actually quite garlicky but one dimensional. I did enjoy the abundance of veggies this dish came with though and it went quite well with rice.
The pad thai was actually done quite well and Jenkins suspected it was because they made each batch individually. The noodles had a nice bounce to it and even though they probably used ketchup in the sauce, it had a nice tangy sweetness to it.
The pad see iw was also well made and the noodles exhibited a nice bounciness as well. There was also quite a lot of chicken in this dish and the broccoli and bean sprouts provided a nice crunch.
By now, we were quite full so it was on to dessert. We ordered a couple of items to share and luckily for us, there were only two dessert items in the AYCE menu.
I really like tapioca so the kanum sakoo was my cup of tea. It was only slightly sweet and the taro, corn, and yam provided some flavour to the flavourless tapioca. The drizzle of coconut milk tied everything together so I quite enjoyed this dessert.
I thought the black glutinous rice pudding was going to be soupy, similar to what my mom makes at home. However, the version at Chilli House is thicker and more pudding-like.
Jenkins and I liked the variety of dishes we got to try out at Chilli House. Usually, it is just the two of us and we can’t order more than a a couple of dishes to try at a time. If you are in the mood for variety, this may be something that you would be interested in checking out. At $16 per person, we thought this was a pretty reasonable offering.
1018 Beach Ave, Vancouver (entrance facing the water)