|Visited On:||January 4, 2014|
|Gluten Free Menu:||All options on regular menu can be made gluten-free|
|Variety of Gluten-Free Options:||1/2|
|Overall Gluten-Friendly Rating:|
|Price Range:||$10-$15 per person, plus drinks, tax, and tip|
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the most adventurous of eaters. (For evidence of this, count the number of reviews where I order steak frites.) However, I am trying to broaden my horizons, so when friends suggested Cha Baa Thai in Bedford for supper last weekend, I was excited to give it a try. Our friends had called in advance to check out the gluten-free options, and were told that anything on the menu (excluding desserts) can be made gluten-free on request. (The same menu is also available at their Halifax and Burnside locations.)
We arrived at the restaurant at about 6:30 on a Saturday night and were seated right away. We ordered a bottle of wine to share ($35) and I double-checked gluten-free options with the waitress. Although there was a bit of a language barrier (preventing me from asking detailed questions about preparation and cooking methods) she confirmed that all menu items can be made gluten-free. (From the descriptions on the menu, it sounds like almost everything is naturally gluten-free anyways, and that only minor modifications would be needed for some dishes.) With this in mind, we ordered six gluten-free dishes to share: sweet and sour chicken ($11.95), stir fried masaman curry beef ($11.95), spicy seafood curry ($15.00), prawn Pad Thai ($12.75), ginger pork ($11.95), and steamed jasmine rice ($6.00).
Our dishes didn’t take long to arrive, and we all quickly dug in. I have to say that sharing a meal with others is one thing that I now appreciate more than ever. Having Celiac disease can be very isolating, particularly in social situations involving food. It was very nice to be able to share a number of dishes and enjoy them as a group. I tried everything that we ordered, and it was all perfectly cooked and wonderfully seasoned. My favourites were the sweet and sour chicken, the masaman beef, and the ginger pork (pretty safe options for someone new to Thai food). The curry was presented in a foil package, which was pretty interesting to dig into. The Pad Thai received rave reviews from everyone at the table, too. There was plenty to go around for the four of us, and we each took home enough food for an additional meal. Unfortunately, we were far too full for dessert, but that just gives us a reason to go back!
Cha Baa Thai
1511 Bedford Highway (Bedford)
Web Site: http://www.chabaathairestaurant.ca