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Mengrai Thai

Posted by Staff / Listed on March 23, 2010 / review policy

Mengrai ThaiMengrai Thai has been open since 2007, hidden on Ontario in the former Regal Brewery. This place does phad thai two ways - the more sweet and tomato-y kind favoured by many Torontonians and a more traditional version with tamarind and shrimp paste. If you don't like sweet then Chef Sasi's phad thai is definitely where it's at.

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ghighi / March 25, 2010 at 12:04 am
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As usual....where is the Website or the Map to this place?!
Tim replying to a comment from ghighi / March 24, 2010 at 08:20 am
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Do you not see it on the right hand side of the page under Location and Contact Details?
Maria / March 24, 2010 at 02:23 pm
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I can see it, but agree that the address should be written down under the title or something. The map thing is confusing, it's a different size, it's on the sidebar which is not the "main" body.
Mari / March 24, 2010 at 02:32 pm
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LMGTFY http://www.mengraithai.com/

This place is right by my office. They used to do a buffet on Thursdays but they stopped. That didn't stop us from going there. The food, the atmosphere, the picture of Sasi with Jessica Alba, everything is awesome.
LuG / March 29, 2010 at 01:43 pm
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I don't like Thai food bit I like their food. It's excellent.
leebert / December 12, 2010 at 08:33 pm
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Terrible Pad Thai (tastes like old socks). Mango Salad is excellent though.
Sarah / April 8, 2011 at 06:53 pm
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Very disappointing. I ordered delivery. The food did not reach us on time and yet I tipped the driver. I was really shocked to receive a call from the owner Alan a couple of days later, that I did not tip enough. I couldn't believe it. He went on to say that on food delivery he expects us to tip about 15 percent. My bill was about 67 dollars, so he expect me to tip the delivery guy about 10 dollars? I couldn't believe it.
Please be careful when you order.
๋Jo / May 5, 2011 at 07:38 pm
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Highly reccommend The $39 dollars prix fixed, They are so good. We can try so many dish for 4 courses. All awesome. I like The bass with tammarind coconut sauce and red snapper in red curry sauce also #54 curry lychee pineapple dish. Presentation is perfect. This is the best Thai food and service very good ever.
Ethan / May 23, 2011 at 05:24 pm
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Myself and several friends visiting from Montreal went to this restaurant and experienced absolutely terrible service. The staff, including the owner, was very rude to my group and I. He said if we are going to ask for our table again (a second time in 30 minutes) we would not be served. This after waiting over 30 minutes when we had a table reserved days earlier. Do yourself a favour and skip this restaurant if you're in Toronto.
Cherry / August 28, 2011 at 09:50 pm
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I went there because my friend had mentioned something about Sasi winning the title of Iron Chef - false advertising!! It was some contest held by harbourfront centre, with a couple other local restaurant, such a joke! Made a reservation days ago before I went and confirmed it, but still had to wait about a half hour even though it wasn't that busy, they were just understaff and they won't seat guests in the booth near the back. Allan was really rude about those booth being reserved, but no one sat there the entire time we dined, also he takes his time saying the simplest thing. Washroom was icky behind the elephant, the water tap splashes water on you and then you later see a sign saying "please turn on the water tap slowly" way to go! Their food was mediocre at best...
umo / October 29, 2011 at 10:29 am
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It's a sad state of affairs that you have to pay $35+ a head to get anything approaching authentic Thai in this city (Golden Thai, Bangkok Garden, this place). My wife, born and raised in Thailand, tells me that the non-ketchupy phad thai was pretty close to the real deal. I'd say this place is on par with the quality of Golden Thai, but still below Bangkok Garden. But the dinner for two with tax and tip came to $90 (1/2 litre of wine, no apps, 3 entrees). Why is it like this in Toronto? It's Salad King prices (and quality) or this. Just weird. Probably the best intermediates are Thai Shan Inn or Vanipha Thai.
che / July 15, 2012 at 10:33 pm
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The BEST and MOST AUTHENTIC Thai food in Toronto. Period.
Other "better" Thai restaurants have started to really slip in the quality department. Not Mengrai. I went tonight and I was completely impressed with the incredible flavour of their authentic dishes, and how they make sure you are completely happy with your experience.

9/10 ... only because the men's washroom was temporarily broken (happened that night)

Sasi is the best Thai chef in Canada
Phil L-D / February 8, 2013 at 11:29 am
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Took my wife there for her Birthday adored the food and the service highly recommend this place
Jp / June 22, 2013 at 07:51 am
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Dishes are very small. Ordered the lychee chicken and got more curry that pieces of chicken. For 13.95 really!!!!
Same thing with pannang guy beef all sauce no beef and the few pieces were tough.
Food OK. much better Thai options like golden Thai or khao. Portions need to increase or lower price for sure. Would not recommend. 5 out of 10
Sasha / June 23, 2013 at 08:24 pm
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We just had a very disappointing dinner experience. For an establishment touted as authentic and voted among the "Best Thai “on BlogTo this was a total miss. Authentic Thai food is fragrant and flavourful but what we got to eat was extremely bland, no character whatsoever. The only kick came from store bought sweet chili sauce. The pumpkin soup was nice but the portion is a joke - 2 spoonful’s. The Pad Thai was as if somebody rinsed it in oily water before serving. The Crispy Beef with Cashew sauce had a strong ketchup and vinegar base, the cashews were sorely missing. The mango snowball was, well the snowball reference was lost on us as this was 2 spoonful’s of something that was supposed to be sticky rice but was in fact bland jasmine rice doused with coconut sauce and a couple of mango bits served with a scoop of ice cream of choice. The coconut ice cream we chose was sadly the best part of the entire meal. When we asked for the bill, we were presented with 2 bills, one for $93, another for $99, then when they passed us the machine to pay by credit card the amount was $101 – needless to say these kind of shenanigans are not worth any kind of tip. I would not recommend this place to anybody for any reason whatsoever.

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