Arawan Thai Cuisine

2.5 stars 2.5 out of 5 2 ratings
$$Vegetarian Friendly, Thai, Asian + 3 more

700 SE 160th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98687 Directions

(360) 882-8118
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    1 rating
    1 year ago

    The food is good but nothing is gluten free. Even the pad Thai has soy sauces

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    4 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    This place is located in the parking lot, just west of the one you enter for Game Stop, Cold Stone, or Target. They are the first building in the complex, on that side. They have plenty of bench seating, one long table for large parties, and a bar. The tables were all clean. The red chairs at the long table are torn up, and have seen better days. They seat you here, and the restaurant is full service. They sat us in a bench seat, close to the kitchen, as we came at an oddball time, so they didn't have to go far to serve us. They brought menus, water and forks with napkins out right away. The menu was sticky and had some sweet scented orange sauce on it. The cocktail/ mixed drink menu was lose in the menu; the prices between seven and ten dollars per drink. They also have a tea selection, they claim is unique to them. The one in the menu is outdated (we were informed after trying to order the organic oolong) and they brought us an updated one. The new one claims they teas are in-house as well. They are not. They are lose leaf however...and I appreciate that. Most restaurants have the powder versions. Our choices, being limited to gluten free only, were down to about three menu items. So, as typical as it is for Americans, we both ordered chicken pad Thai. We ended up ordering the jasmine green tea, as it's described as having just a hint of jasmine. We both agreed the flower taste is too strong. I would order the black if we returned. The pad Thai was good and mild spicy (great for a wimp like myself), and covered a plate. There was easily two cups, if not three cups of food on the plate. It wasn't a very complex flavor: just peanut sauce, bamboo shoots, chicken and rice noodles. It is a simple dish though, and every ingredient was good quality. I had no cartilage or fat in my chicken, and everything was well blended, with a sprig or two of cilantro on top, which I tore up and mixed in. There is a spice jar at the wall end of the table. We sniffed it while waiting for our food, and agreed it reminded us of sawdust with spice in it. Despite that, we both tested it out on a bit of our plate, and loved the kick and hint of smoke flavor it added...sprinkling it over the whole meal. We just used a sprinkle, as we are both somewhat wimpy and it did build quickly. I like that you can add a little or a lot, depending on how much you can handle. I couldn't eat more than a third of the meal, but I have a smaller appetite. Our bill came to just shy of twenty-five, with eighteen of that being our food, and five the tea. Of course, we have to pay tax. All said, I would go back for the Pad Thai, or perhaps try a curry and the black tea.

Categories

  • Asian
  • Lunch
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Thai
  • Vegetarian Friendly
Monday
11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday
11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday
11 am - 9 pm
Thursday
11 am - 9 pm
Friday
11 am - 9:15 pm
Saturday
12 pm - 9:15 pm
Sunday
12 pm - 9 pm

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