If you’ve ever driven through Downtown Transcona then it’s a sure bet that you’ve passed it by.
Maybe you’ve visited already. Maybe you’ve glanced at it curiously but have never been in or, quite possibly, you’ve never even noticed it.
I’m talking about the Thaitations restaurant.
Located at 3-233 Regent Ave., Thaitations offers just that —Thai food. It’s something that, to my memory, is a first for Transcona.
My foodie friends recommended the place but to be honest, my partner and I had procrastinated on going because we’d heard mixed reviews from others.
That said, all preconceived notions were squashed after the first few bites of everything we ordered. All we could think was, "Why hadn’t we eaten here sooner?"
The tom kah kai soup was surprisingly delicate in flavour with its chicken, coconut milk, lemongrass, chilis, lime leaves and lime juice. It’s a generous serving able to serve up to a group of four easily.
The kaeng kiew waan was my favourite. It’s a green curry dish with chicken and eggplant in coconut milk. It wasn’t overwhelming with heat (which is something I prefer) and there were plenty of leftovers to spare for my Dad.
As for my partner, her favourite was the pad mixed vegetables in a creamy peanut sauce — and the leftovers were a win for my Mum.
The service was friendly and quick. The food was generously portioned for the price with the majority of dishes offered not exceeding $8.95. Needless to say, we left thrilled with the experience.
Which brings me back to my initial hesitation in the first place.
In writing this I realized I shouldn’t be making any dining decisions based on other people’s opinions because they’re just as different as other people’s palates. My sister is a meat-and-potatoes-kind-of-gal. I’m not. But that doesn’t mean either of us is wrong.
Having a place like Thaitations in Transcona is a wonderful thing because it helps to diversify and enrich our community with different cultures and tastes.
It used to be that you’d have to leave Transcona to experience food like this. Now you don’t.
We want people coming to this community, not avoiding it, and I feel Thaitations will tempt any Winnipeg foodie. I bet my palate on it.
Thaitations is open Monday through Saturday for lunch between 11 a.m.. and 2 p.m. and for dinner between 5 and 10 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.
Adam Petrash is a community correspondent for Transcona. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.