My parents visited Vancouver almost 20 years ago and they've always raved about this little Thai place owned by a nice Thai couple which they found downtown that served the best Pad Thai in the world. Of course when my mum finally came to visit recently, we went in search of the little Thai place. All we had to go on was that it was near the Vancouver Hotel and that it was uphill once you came out of the hotel - ok so D searched Urbanspoon and came up with Sala Thai.
Tom Yam Soup with Prawns
Sala Thai isn't that small but of course over the years they may have expanded. We headed there for lunch and ordered a couple of lunch specials and dishes to share. I have to say it is the best Thai I've had in Vancouver and was quite authentic. The food was a tad greasy but super tasty. They do lunch sets for lunch which come with either a salad or soup. If I have a craving for Thai and am down town, I'll definitely head here.
Basil Fried Rice
Chicken and Cashews
Sala Thai 102-888 Burrard Vancouver,BCV6Z1X9 (604) 683 7999