Eat the Strip

Baan Thai

261 Centrepointe Dr, Nepean, ON K2G 6E8

August 4, 2023 11:56 AM

By: Ameya Charnalia


A journey west can often lead you east.

We took Baseline Road west from our Carlington apartment to Baan Thai, described on Google as a “snug spot with a cheery vibe offering standard Thai fare, including noodles, seafood and curries.”

Tucked away in a strip mall in the heart of Centrepointe, Baan Thai has been a neighbourhood staple for well over a decade. A framed Ottawa Citizen article singing the restaurant’s praises greets you as walk in. Families from the neighbourhood—and further afield—chat away at dinnertime, as the smell of lemongrass wafts from the kitchen.

We were greeted by a polite server who recommended the spicy green curry, known in Thai as kaeng khiao wan.

It was decided—we’d get the curry and the shrimp pad thai.

Both arrived within 10 minutes. We dug into the noodles first. The portions of shrimp were generous, the vegetables fresh and the egg bits were a welcome addition. The noodles had a hint of spice, which was tempered by the sweet peanut sauce.

Pad thai is a rice noodle dish with stir-fried chicken, egg, bean sprouts, green onions and peanuts
Pad thai is a rice noodle dish with stir-fried chicken, egg, bean sprouts, green onions and peanuts

Being a little too sweet for my liking, I moved to the green curry.

It quickly became the standout dish. The thin strips of chicken were perfectly cooked and imbued with lemongrass and a hint of spice from thai chillies. The coconut milk-based gravy was rich and imparted a delicious flavour to the crunchy bamboo shoots and bell peppers. It was perfectly cooked. What’s more is that had leftovers to take home for lunch the next day.

We ordered the green curry with chicken, eggplant, bamboo slices, basil leaves and bell pepper in spicy curry with coconut milk.
We ordered the green curry with chicken, eggplant, bamboo slices, basil leaves and bell pepper in spicy curry with coconut milk.

Word to the wise: most curries tend to taste even better when heated up the day after. This was true of the green curry.

The generous portions—and reasonable prices, with our bill coming to just over $40—meant we had enough for both the next day. With its enticing menu and cozy ambiance, we’ll certainly be back to Baan Thai soon.