Thai Food by Salil S
One of the many advantages of cities with rich cultural diversity like Toronto is that there are many great and authentic restaurants with foreign cuisines. Thai restaurants in Toronto are no exception. It doesn’t matter in which part of Toronto you are; there is always a place where you can enjoy a delicious Pad Thai.
105 Church St.
Golden Thai is one of the oldest and most popular Thai restaurants in Toronto. Their menu offers more than 90 authentic Thai dishes. The interior of Golden Thai is very nicely decorated with Thai antiques and artwork, creating a genuine Thai atmosphere. Golden Thai has a great reputation with the local press. For example, Toronto.com said that this restaurant is “Thai’d and true“. You should definitely try their Mussaman lamb curry spiced with cardamon and cinnamon.
335 Yonge St.
Salad King is the best place to go if you’re in the busy downtown core and have an appetite for traditional Thai fare. This restaurant was once a hidden gem visited mostly by Ryerson university students. However, it didn’t take long for the word about their tasty cuisine to spread, and Salad King has become one of the most popular Thai restaurants in Toronto. Their bright dining room with stainless steel communal tables is almost always fully crowded. The food here is cheap and offered a various spice levels. Be careful and don’t overestimate yourself because the 20th spice level is a pretty hard nut to crack. Their fried rice, homemade curry, spring rolls, and mushroom soups will never disappoint you.
Khao San Road
326 Adelaide West
Khao San Road serves authentic Thai food in a homey atmosphere. The first bites will carry you thousands of miles away and you’ll feel like a traveller in the centre of Bangkok. Service here is exceptionally thoughtful and charming. The staff will always ask you about your spice preferences and are glad to help and give you advice. Khao San Road offers some dishes that cannot be found anywhere else in the city. A good example is their Gra Bong squash fritters, which are definitely worth trying.
82 Ontario Street
Mengrai Thais is an excellent restaurant with a pleasurable atmosphere and stunning decorations. Chef Sasi’s combination of traditional Thai flavours and Western techniques opens a completely new world of flavours. However, the service here is not as good as in Khao San Road or other Thai restaurants. Their diverse menu offers many delicious dishes such as beef tenderloin with pomegranate tamarind, red curry chicken with lychee, and braised lamb with peach.
2961 Dundas St. West
Baan Thai is a cozy restaurant run by a Thai family that serve traditional and authentic Thai dishes. If you have been to Thailand, this place will bring back your memories. The service here is friendly, the food is very good, and the portions are quite generous for reasonable prices. They offer one of the best som tum and green papaya salads outside of Thailand.
274 Parliament St.
Sukhothai is a small but very stylish and elegant take-away restaurant located in Cork Town. It’s extremely popular among locals so it’s a good idea to make a reservation. Even though the menu here is small, they offer one of the best Pad Thais in Toronto for a very reasonable price. Sukhothai has its own five-point system that indicates how hot its meals are. Be careful, “Thai spicy“ really means Thai spicy!