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Sen Pad Thai – a noodle shop by celebrated Vancouver chef, Angus An, is slated to open in the Net Loft building on Granville Island at the end of April 2017.
With a finite number of retail and restaurant spaces on Granville Island, a new restaurant opening is somewhat rare occurrence.
Sen Pad Thai in Net Loft will Chef Angus’s fifth restaurant in the Greater Vancouver area. This is an unprecedented record for a food business entering Granville Island, as most concepts are first ventures or second locations.
“I’m very excited to be a part of Granville Island. I think it’s definitely one of the must-do locations when anyone visits…so I’m very happy to be a part of the community here on Granville Island.”
Chef Angus’s most famous establishment, Maenam (food pictured below), is just 5-minutes from Granville Island on West 4th Avenue, and has consistently won the title of Vancouver’s Best Thai Restaurant.
Chef Angus lives by doing a limited number of things very well; the Freebird Chicken Shack in New Westminister is centred around Asian-style rotisserie chicken, Fat Mao Noodles in Chinatown is 100% soup noodle dishes, and Longtail Kitchen is Thai street fare.
Sen Pad Thai will focus on stir fried noodles. “Sen” refers to the they dry noodle concept, while “Pad Thai” literally means “fried Thai noodles.”
“People know Pad Thai is Thailand’s #1 dish, but we’ll have 4-5 different variations from different regions of Thailand.”
What foodies see most often when they think of pad thai comes from the central region of Thailand. Chef Angus will highlight a Southern-style (thinner noodles + chilli paste + crab), a Northern-style with crispy pork, and a Vermicelli version.
Also mentioned were two classic Thai comfort foods, Pad See Yew and Pad Kee Mah, which use wide, flat rice noodles. Our mouths started to water.
THE COOLEST THING WE LEARNED:
Shortly after our Live Facebook interview, Chef Angus mentioned that he would be able to host “evening pop-ups” in the Net Loft space. In front of Sen Pad Thai is a small atrium with tables and seating for approximately 30 diners. We’re wriggling with excitement!
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CHEF ANGUS:
We asked, “What is your favourite dish at Maenam?”
Chef Angus: Stir Fry Eggplant with Crispy Pork Jowl (and yes, this is on the menu!)
We asked, “What do you think defines Vancouver’s culinary scene?”
Chef Angus: There is a lot more focus in Vancouver on fresh and local. A lot of places are doing smaller scale, which is great. I really think the Chinese food in Vancouver is the best in the world. Our Japanese food…it’s not necessarily overly upscale, but we have amazing sushi, izakaya, ramen. The dining scene here is quite casual, which probably suits the lifestyle of the city.
Sen Pad Thai is predicted to open in the last week of April. Stay tuned on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; we’ll give an update as soon as we can!
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