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Thai Lime

Posted by Rebecca Fleming / Reviewed on November 23, 2011 / review policy

Thai Lime TorontoThai Lime, now open in the Junction Triangle, is serving up something new to a neighbourhood dominated by sports cafes and churrasquieras. Located in a strip mall, and according to nearby customers, a reincarnation of a fish & chip shop, Thai Lime has done a great job renovating the place. There are no signs of its former life, and more ambiance than I was expecting.

Thai Lime TorontoWe took a seat by the door as it afforded me the best lighting for pictures (thanks to the fluorescent kind coming from outside) but it also afforded us a nice blast of cold air every time a customer came or went, but I can only fault winter for that. Nicole, the sole server for the night presented us with our extensive menus and gave us time to make our selections. They have applied for their liquor license but as the application is still in the works, there would be no Singha with our meal that night.

Thai Lime TorontoWe went with some of the basics; Veggie Pad Thai ($8.99), Green Curry Chicken ($10.49), Thai Eggplant ($8.99) and of course a side order of rice ($1.29).

Now I hardly consider myself an expert on Pad Thai, but I do love the stuff. One time, on a lengthy layover in Bangkok, I left the airport and took a cab downtown so I could buy some from a street vendor. I forgot that leaving the airport meant I would have to pay the departure tax I could have avoided had I stayed put and bought my lunch from a vending machine. Figuring this in, plus the cab fare, that Styrofoam container of Pad Thai ended up costing me almost 1000 baht...100 times more than its street value. I have no regrets.

Thai Lime TorontoNow although I wouldn't pay the equivalent of over thirty Canadian dollars for the same dish at Thai Lime (but that goes without saying), it was decent. The huge portion was loaded with tiny squares of tofu and it wasn't tomato-y as Pad Thai sometimes disappointingly is.

Thai Lime TorontoThe green curry was my friend's favourite dish of the night. It had just the right amount of lemongrass, but I would have preferred it to be a bit on the spicier side. I'm sure the chefs play it safe in this department however, and I probably could have asked for them to increase the heat had I given it some thought.

Thai Lime TorontoMy favourite dish of the night turned out to be the eggplant. It was both sweet and spicy with more of a kick to it than the curry, and although eggplant was indeed the predominant vegetable, it wasn't the only one.

Being a Monday night, it was quiet but we were never the lone diners, and Nicole was continuously packing up take-out and delivery orders behind the bar. It seems the neighbourhood residents are liking the change from barbecued chicken.

Thai Lime TorontoA family with small children came in as we were leaving. Now, Thai Lime doesn't have a kids menu, but I overheard Nicole working with the parents to find something on the menu their youngest wouldn't make a face at. I'm guessing it involved a lot of noodles, and very little, if any, spices.

Overall we enjoyed our time at Thai Lime. The one suggestion I would make involves the condiments on the table. Right now salt and pepper are the only occupants, but a little caddy offering up others (chilis, peppers, sauces etc.) would be a nice touch.

The evening was capped off by a very pleasant surprise. Upon delivering the bill, Nicole informed us that by the simple act of dining in, we saved 25%! Our total bill came to a few cents over $25 - what a deal. We were stuffed and still had enough left over to have generously portioned lunches the next day that would induce jealousy in sandwich and frozen meal eating co-workers.

Thai Lime TorontoFootnote: As we had eaten all of our rice with dinner, they threw in an order with our leftovers for free. It's the little things folks.

Discussion

16 Comments

Adam / November 23, 2011 at 11:40 am
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Looking forward to trying the place out. It's great to have so much more food diversity in the neighbourhood.
triangledweller / November 23, 2011 at 11:55 am
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love this place. great food and superb, nice, friendly service. a much appreciated addition to the neighbourhood which i now find myself visiting weekly.
Vic / November 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm
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Though I've only ever had takeout here, it has quickly become one of my favourite places in the neighbourhood. Food is delicious, quantities are very generous, and prices are reasonable. Staff always super-friendly too. Oh, and incredibly fast with takeout orders.
danielle / November 23, 2011 at 08:32 pm
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Thanks to this review I ordered delivery from Thai Lime tonight. Thanks so much for the tip - the food was really tasty and the portions generous! The curry pad thai was a nice change from the usual version, and the bounty of veggies in the yellow curry was really impressive. We live at St. Clair and Lansdowne, which is a bit of a culinary wasteland if you're not in the mood for Italian food. There used to be a Young Thailand down the street, but it was ahead of its time for the neighbourhood and sadly closed a couple of years ago. Thai Lime will be definitely be one of our go-to's when we're not in the mood to cook!
Tim / November 24, 2011 at 03:45 am
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Do they have many vegetarian options?
Rebecca replying to a comment from Tim / November 24, 2011 at 08:20 am
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They have a couple vegetarian curry options (a red & a green) as well as veggie pad thai, and a whole slew of vegetable based side dishes.
fisty delicious / November 24, 2011 at 08:44 am
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Ordered a massive take out order for several people from this place a couple weeks ago. All the food was really good, big portions, not super expensive either. They even threw in some extra stuff because we ordered so much. Good stuff
dan replying to a comment from Tim / November 24, 2011 at 09:41 am
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From what I can remember, there was a veg option for most of the dishes on the menu. The veggies in our yellow curry included bok choy, green pepper, snow peas, broccoli, napa cabbage, potatoes and cucumber (sounds weird but it worked). All cooked to perfection. With most Thai takeout I find you get a few strips of green pepper and some broccoli and that's about it. These guys really seem to care about what they're doing.
jey / November 24, 2011 at 06:41 pm
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Good value for money, excellent portions and good quantity and quality of vegetables and ingredients overall (vs. most places that give you mainly sauce and the cheapest possible vegetables in veggie curry dishes). Have enjoyed the veggie red curry, veggie pad thai, spring rolls and mango tofu. As with most places-spicier dishes and more flavours of lemongrass, thai basil and lime leaf would be appreciated
Lina / November 25, 2011 at 08:22 pm
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Yes! Quite a few veggie options. I work at thai lime and I'm a vegetarian myself :) you can get curries, pad that, a few tofu dishes and a few veggie based dishes. Thank you for the good reviews ppl!!!
Joanna / November 26, 2011 at 10:50 am
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The food is just yummy! They have lots of sweet and savoury dishes and quite a few veg options. Also, the presentation of the dishes is nice - even if you order takeout, the food comes with garnishes. Best of all, a meal for two seems to feed three in my house.
Nicholas / November 26, 2011 at 09:59 pm
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After reading this review I decided to order delivery from Thai Lime yesterday. Their delivery was incredibly fast. I ordered the Chicken Fried Rice, and unlike the majority of fried rice you get that are bland, and have no taste, this fried rice was amazing. The fried rice had this unique taste i haven't tasted before which amazed me. I normally wouldn't be able to finish that much food but, after having a little bit of the fried rice i couldn't stop. My sister has the vegetarian Pad Thai and had loved it. This restaurant has great food , i would recommend it!
Tom / December 7, 2011 at 10:24 am
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This place has excellent Pad Thai and veggie dishes. The Thai spring rolls are fantastic too. One order of Pad Thai is enough food for two large meals, making the value excellent.
Thai-lover / June 18, 2012 at 05:17 pm
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Hubs & I checked out Thai Lime for dinner last night. It was everything the reviewer and the commenter have said: Tasty, large portions, great service, reasonable price...etc. However, one BLARING observation I made was that the menu was pretty much an import from Friendly Thai's on Ronces where we happen to frequent nearly once a week. Everything down to the green chopsticks, the presentation, the little bonuses for ordering take-out (free spring rolls for orders over $20) and the paper bags they were packaged in seem to scream Friendly Thai. So I asked the server and sure enough, the owner owns several other Thai restaurants, one of which is Friendly Thai on Queen. So, if you're a fan of FT, then Thai Lime is a safe bet. We love FT but Thai Lime is right around the corner from where we live, so now that we know it's pretty much the exact same menu, we're happy to move our patronage a little closer to home.
kelly / January 10, 2013 at 09:53 pm
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Eat a lot of Thai. This is hands down the best Thai food for delivery in the west end.
kelly / January 10, 2013 at 09:56 pm
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Read the last comment just now. Way better then friendly Thai on ronces, and my good friend use to work there!..might be a similar menu ( as you can assume most Thai food restaurants are) Thai line just does it much better.

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