Went to the Vancouver Arawan tonight and they're expanding. Anyone who has waited too long at the best all-around Thai in Vancouver will be quite thankful.
I also had a dish I hadn't tried there before and usually don't like: yum nua (beef salad). So many Thai restaurants have the same failings as most other Asian restaurants. They just have boiled or mediocrely stir-fried meats. There's no crust and they're overcooked, often chewy.
Not at Arawan. There's a wonderful crust and the meats are cooked medium and are still juicy. Plus, they have a very nice dressing for the salad, similar to many other Thai salads, with a wonderful balance of sour, salty, spicy, and sweet. The emphasis is on sour first with this one. Very nice salad.