Back in June we were trying to decide where to celebrate Father’s Day with both of our families – which is not an easy feat. You see, our parents aren’t really into trying new cuisines and venturing out from their comfort zone of Chinese food. I didn’t feel like having the same old Chinese meal either since that always seems to be the default. So Thai cuisine came to mind and it wasn’t too far off from Chinese food either so I knew they’d be agreeable to it. Juree’s Thai seemed like they could accommodate a large group so reservations were made. For those who don’t know, the building that houses Juree’s Thai used to be a Burger King. The outside of the building was not renovated in any way so it does seem kind of odd on the outside. The inside however has been transformed into a Thai sanction. If dining in a well decorated Thai restaurant is important to you then this is the place to visit. The restaurant is quite large and roomy and I was surprised to find it that it was only about a quarter full throughout the night.
The menu is quite large so it was a bit difficult trying to decide what to order. We settled for a few appetizers, curries and stirfrys.
The first to arrive was the Pink Lady ($12). I didn’t have a chance to try these but according to everyone else, they were decent although a bit on the small size given the price point.
The Chicken Satay ($12) was pretty average. The chicken was tender and not overcooked but it wasn’t nearly as flavorful as the one I had at White Elephant Thai Cuisine. The portion was quite small and we all found it strange that toast was served alongside this appetizer.
The Papaya Salad ($12) was refreshing and I liked that it was on the spicier side.
I was really interested in trying the Thai Dumplings ($12) since they look so pretty and dainty. But I couldn’t help but feel disappointed with them. I was expecting them to be a bit bigger and to have more filling. The skin of the dumplings is made with taro and the taste was quite subtle. There was only a small amount of the ground pork and peanut filling so I could barely get a true taste of it with the thick dumpling skin surrounding it. I would pass on these – they are pretty to look at but the taste will leave you disappointed.
The Hot & Sour Seafood Soup ($9) was by far the most disappointing dish of the night. It was the smallest portion of soup I’ve ever come across for $9 and the the quality was just poor. The description of this soup calls for mixed seafood and unfortunately mixed seafood to them means various types of seafood balls and imitation crab meat. That’s just completely unacceptable in my books. Honestly, I could’ve made a better quality soup at home.
When the first curry dish arrived, I was shocked at how small the portion was. The Red Curry with Beef ($13) barely came up three-quarters of a way up the small bowl. The flavor was good and the beef was not overcooked, however the curry itself was very mild. We had asked for it to be made at a medium level of spiciness but there was virtually no heat at all.
The Coconut Rice ($6 for Large) was also quite a small portion given that it was labeled a large size. I’d hate to see what the small size looks like. It was fragrant but a bit sweeter than others I’ve had.
The Yellow Curry with Squid ($15) was the best curry dish we ordered that night. The squid was cooked perfectly and was tender. Although the curry base was mild, it was still flavorful and we really enjoyed the additional of the basil.
The Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables with Chicken ($13) was decent but nothing particularly stood out.
The Stir-Fried Prawns with Snow Peas ($15) was typical of any other stirfry and wasn’t memorable.
I definitely recommend ordering the Gailan with Crispy Pork ($13). The gailan still retained a nice crunch and the crispy pork belly pieces was a nice fatty umami addition.
None of us except for my toddler enjoyed the Pad Thai ($13) because it was just too sweet for our palate. Generally, Pad Thai should have a good balance of sweet, salty, spicy and sour flavors but this version just tasted sweet. What a shame.
I didn’t have a chance to try the Spicy Noodles with Prawn ($13) so can’t make any comments on the taste of it. However, the portion was tiny for the given price point and I expected more than 4-5 pieces of prawn in it.
Overall, I’d say we were left disappointed with the quality of the food and the portion sizes. The service was only average, they were slow in removing the empty dishes when we had finished and failed to ask us how the food was. The servers also behaved awkwardly when they brought us our food as though they didn’t know how to set the food down or where to put them on the table. We also waited around for a good half a hour after our meal before the bill was brought to us even though we had asked for it. Unfortunately for us, that’s one less Thai restaurant for us to cure the craving when it strikes.
2055 16 Ave. NW
Calgary, AB T2M