Best Thai, Best Asian, Best Overall: Maenam just keeps racking up the awards, often displacing fancier restaurants. Chef/owner Angus An has helped moved the needle at this Kitsilano spot, mixing a sexy, upscale vibe with accessible food. His menu balances heat with Thailand’s sour, sweet, bitter, and salty flavors, resulting in dishes like fermented pork sausage with lemongrass, fried shallots, and curried rice puffs, and eight-spice lingcod with tamarind sauce. The same creativity pervades the drinks menu, which ranges from white cardamom kombucha to turmeric-and-ginger-infused añejo rum. In addition to Maenam, Chef An owns Sen Pad Thai, a more casual spot on Granville Island that opened in 2017.