Montri: The King of Thai Returns
This week I spent some time with Montri Rattanaraj. Not only is he one of the most charming people, he’s one of those few I consider a Vancouver ‘original.’ Montri didn’t just ride the wave of Thai cuisine in the 1980s, he was a key player in bringing it into the mainstream.
Also, as far as I can recall—his was the first Asian room to really get serious about wine. And the first to employ a full time sommelier. In fact much of Montri’s appeal lay in the fact that, not only was his food and hospitality superb, but you could also get a decent bottle, well matched and properly poured into decent stemware. That in itself was a rarity at the time. And it’s a lesson from which more than a few Asian rooms could still learn today.