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The Best Pad Thai in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / June 13, 2014

best pad thai torontoThe best pad thai in Toronto has redeemed its ketchup-stained reputation in recent years. The sickly sweet, neon orange version that was once the norm is no longer. Many of the city's Thai restaurants - including the standout spots on this list - have embraced regional styles and authentic recipes for deliciously varied results.

Here is the best pad thai in Toronto.

See also: The Best Thai Restaurants in Toronto

Khao San Road

Khao San Road

On Adelaide, this restaurant has long been a go-to for authentic Thai foods in Toronto. Pad thai ($15) sprinkled with roasted peanuts is available Bangkok-style, flavoured with tamarind, dried shrimp and fish sauce, or try the tangy, chili-spiced three-flavours pad thai with pickled radish. More »

Sukhothai

Sukhothai

The menu at this Regent Park restaurant (there's also a location on Wellington) does a traditional pad thai ($12) with lustrous noodles tossed in house-made tamarind sauce, eggs, chives, tofu, shallots, and bean sprouts. Chef Nuit Regular also shares a taste of home with a beloved Northern Thai recipe ($13) made with extra peanuts and handfuls of fresh herbs. More »

Mengrai Thai

Mengrai Thai

On the east side, this restaurant does pad thai ($10-$15) in three distinct styles. Choose from the house version with sweet red sauce, a street food version inspired by the vendors of Bangkok, or Sasi’s seafood-rich variation with sun-dried baby shrimp, tiger shrimp, chicken, tofu egg, green onion and crushed peanuts. More »

Jatujak

Jatujak

Named after the largest outdoor market in Thailand, this Scarborough restaurant specializes in a street-style noodle stir fry ($9.95) cooked up one order at a time with scrambled eggs, scallions, peanuts and a choice of tofu and veggies, chicken, beef or shrimp tossed in a tangy tamarind sauce. More »

Thai to Go

Thai to Go

Situated on Gerrard at the DVP, this take-out counter offers a slightly sweet, tamarind-sauced Royal Pad Thai mixed with egg, tofu, bean sprouts and onions. Available with a choice of chicken ($11), shrimp ($12) or vegetables ($10), the classic dish is finished with roasted peanuts. More »

Linda Modern Thai

Linda Modern Thai

The Royal Pad Thai ($17) is among the most popular dishes on the menu of this Salad King sister restaurant at the Shops at Don Mills. Tossed in a classic blend of tamarind and fish sauce, the noodle dish is topped with a choice of chicken or shrimp. Try the Islamic noodles ($19) for a variation laced with panang curry. More »

Thai Noodle

Thai Noodle

The pad thai ($10-$14) at this Vaughan and St. Clair restaurant is available in classic, homestyle or curried styles customizable with a choice of tofu, vegetables, pork, beef, shrimp or seafood. You can even substitute rice vermicelli for glass noodles if you choose. More »

Nimman Thai Cuisine

Nimman Thai Cuisine

Skip the "traditional" pad thai at this Etobicoke restaurant and opt for the Pad Thai Hor Kai ($12.95), an authentic stir-fry of rice vermicelli with sliced chicken, jumbo prawns, eggs, bean sprouts, and sour turnip, all tossed in a mixture of tamarind sauce, crab oil, and coconut milk. More »

Flip Toss and Thai Kitchen

Flip Toss and Thai Kitchen

Made without a tomato base, the Pad Thai ($8.29) at this Harbord Village mainstay might look a little pale, but it's loaded with bold flavours. Made with tofu, eggs, bean sprouts, crunchy carrots, peanuts and fresh green onions, you can have it prepared to personal preference with chicken or shrimp. More »

Discussion

38 Comments

John / June 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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I would consider a new place called Pai Toronto located at Adelaide/Duncan. Original owners of Khao San Road. Bigger place and great atmosphere!
James / June 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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I'm surprised SALAD KING (340 Yonge St) didn't even get a mention on this list. I remember them being extremely good! Did they even get a look in?
Brian / June 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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Thai Chef on Roncesvalles!!
Janejira / June 13, 2014 at 01:38 pm
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"PAI" newest edition Thai restaurant to the entertainment district (duncan & king) Chef Nuit's authentic dishes are satisfaction guaranteed
Alex / June 13, 2014 at 01:39 pm
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Just had Pai for the first time today. They just opened at Duncan & Adelaide. Best pad thai I've had yet.
Kim / June 13, 2014 at 02:05 pm
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Bamboo legend is a must try in the west end of the gta!
KJM / June 13, 2014 at 02:13 pm
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Mengrai Thai all the way. Sassi is AMAZING.
Meg / June 13, 2014 at 02:18 pm
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Tibetan Cafe bar in Kensignton- hands down! They also do an amazing gluten-free option too. I'm a Celiac and haven't been glutened yet!
cathie / June 13, 2014 at 02:36 pm
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Longo's has a make-it-yourself-at-home pad Thai kit for $7.99. Quite tasty and big enough to feed 2 adults. Good enough for me.
canuckone / June 13, 2014 at 02:40 pm
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Although not listed here... Young Thailand... first Thai restaurant in Canada gets my vote.
TJ / June 13, 2014 at 02:42 pm
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Who pays $15-19 for a plate of pad thai?
Hayley replying to a comment from canuckone / June 13, 2014 at 02:57 pm
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I second that!
Hayley replying to a comment from canuckone / June 13, 2014 at 02:58 pm
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In reply to the Young Thailand mention; thanks for displaying the reply part, internet :|
gwanstarr replying to a comment from James / June 13, 2014 at 03:04 pm
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Last I was at Salad King, the quality is suspect IMHO. It's edible, but not among the best places. My go to place is Na Siam at 730 Yonge which is pretty damn good Pad Thai wrapped in egg style. The Street style is also very tasty.
Rick / June 13, 2014 at 03:09 pm
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Best Thai place for pad thai and other tasty dishes is in brampton.... look it up; Pho Phuc Yu

I just got food poisoning at Pai / June 13, 2014 at 03:11 pm
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...and I'd been looking forward to it all week.

Spent frickin' 8hrs. at St Mike's so far, totally evil here!
Ryan / June 13, 2014 at 03:25 pm
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For people in North York or near Yonge/Sheppard....Thai Bistro right on Yonge St is very authentic and always top notch. So consistent for years now and outstanding Pad Thai! Worth checking out.
dani / June 13, 2014 at 03:53 pm
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Lemongrass in Rexdale. Huge portions, delicious food! Completely worth every penny!
brian / June 13, 2014 at 04:18 pm
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ummm...restaurant Malaysia? hands down the best......it not being on this list discredits the whole thing.
Larissa / June 13, 2014 at 04:56 pm
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The BEST vegan/vegetarian pad thai is at Cafe 668 at dundas and bathurst!! It is a huge portion for $10-15 dollars and its SO yummy and made from fresh ingredients!!
Zuni / June 13, 2014 at 06:33 pm
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Hands down Chef Nuit has the best Pad Thai! Noodles are cooked to perfection (not sticking together), and the balance of sweet, sour, savoury and spicy is an amazing skill to be done consistently every time! PAI just opened and I've been there three times already.....I can't get enough!
Pants Go Brown / June 14, 2014 at 12:17 am
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Any place that doesn't have a Dine Safe yellow.
Dan / June 14, 2014 at 01:17 am
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NIRVANA HAS THE BEST PAD THAI IN THE CITY YOU GUYS ARE ALL CRAZY
King Del La Salada replying to a comment from James / June 14, 2014 at 01:22 am
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Salad King sucks, it isn't even in the top 20, even though it is conveniently located. Salad King really sucks ;(
June / June 14, 2014 at 08:53 am
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Awful, just AWFUL service. I have never been disappointed when dining in at #SukhoThaiToronto but tonight's experience was extremely unpleasant.

1. Rude and confrontational server. My friend was feeling nauseated and decided not to order. But I did tell him I am ordering for the both of us. Yet he purposely asked her 3 times to order and gave her the dirtiest look each time she said "no thank you". Each time we asked for extra water or hot sauce, he acted like I just asked him to do the most difficult task on earth. Then I was paying my bill and punched in the wrong pin because I was in a rush to go home. He refused to take my card for the second time and said something is wrong with my cards pin, even though I told him I entered the wrong pin. What a fucking douche.

2. I always thought SukhoThai used fresh ingredients. But all 3 of us that ordered curry based dishes felt queasy right after. And by the end of the night my tummy sure did not react well to the food. Food poisoning within 30 mins of eating and I am sure that was not a coincidence.

I can understand that mistakes like this happen with ingredients but that server and the way he behaved is completely uncalled for. If you are working in customer service, then please do a proper job. Rude, judgemental and confrontational servers should be held more accountable. Yeah, sure everyone has bad days but ruining a party's experience is unfair. It wouldn't be tolerated in other professions so you are no exception either.

Normally I am not the type to complain but if I wasn't in such a rush to get home, I would have stayed back to speak to the manager, who btw was a really nice lady. Despite being one of my favorite restaurants, I am never coming back here again. What a disappointment.
serena / June 14, 2014 at 10:19 am
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No Thai Princess on the list?
Curry in a Hurry / June 14, 2014 at 10:44 am
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I don't "get" Salad K, anymore. I remember it fondly when it was a little mom and pop place just off Yonge Street, but now it is sort of like a fast food factory. You get hustled in, plunked down at a table with others. Orders are taken brusquely with little or no attempt to make pleasantries, and your food is banged on the table in front of you. Your silent waitron has disappeared before you get a chance to say "Thanks". The cheque is in front of you before you know, and the assembly line deposits you back outside. I got turned off the new location when they refused to let me sit at the completely empty section near the windows overlooking Yonge Street in the middle of the afternoon, because it was "reserved" for bigger parties. I promised I was not going to linger four hours until the dinner crowd arrived, to no avail. No Can Do.
I will say one thing, I'm amazed that so far in this entire discussion there hasn't been one pompous blowhard pronounce that there is no REAL Thai food in Toronto, because he went there once on vacation for a week. A step in the right direction! :)
May / June 14, 2014 at 01:22 pm
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Evergreen Thai Restaurant on Dundas St W should be in top 5 as one of my favourite Thai Restaurant, additionally, Thai Curry is good TOO!
mm / June 14, 2014 at 01:42 pm
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The best pad thai is the one you get at a crappy mall food court for $9.



PMC / June 14, 2014 at 03:04 pm
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Old Salad King (on Gould) had great quality food, better prices, and better atmosphere. New Salad King (on Yonge) is mediocre quality, more expensive and the atmosphere is not too appealing.
Salad King / June 15, 2014 at 04:23 pm
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Hi Folks,

Thank you for the feedback from Salad King. We just wanted to assure our fans that even though it may feel that there's been changes there really hasn't. It's still the same people keeping things running at Salad King.

In response to your comments:

- It's still the Liu family (Linda, Ernie, and Alan) behind the Salad King business. With Linda & Ernie retiring, and Alan running both restaurants, it's hard to maintain the same personal touch as the old Salad King but we do try. We do monitor all the feedback on social media, blogs, through chats with our guests, etc. to make sure the standards are kept up. It's also still the same staff running the day-to-day. In fact, a large number of staff have been with us for over 10 years, some starting with us as busers/cashiers/cooks, and then promoted to servers or managers as they learned the business. We believe heavily in taking care of our staff which is one of the reasons so many of them have stuck around for so long.

- Recipes have not changed from the old location to the new. There are time-to-time differences mainly due to the variability in the ingredients we use. For example, we get comments about curry thickness a lot, but this is heavily dependent on the coconut milk which varies from batch to batch due to things such as storage temperature, whether they were transported in below zero temperature and left to freeze, source product, etc. In this case, we deliberately chose not to use a thickener to maintain the thickness since we didn't think that's the right thing to do for our food. We also solicit constant feedback from our regular customers to make sure we haven't changed anything by mistake. When you've been doing the same thing day-in/day-out, you may not notice the small incremental changes, so this feedback is very important to us. And some of our customers have the same dish every single week, so who better to let us know if we're still doing things right!

- We loved our old location, but didn't really have much of a choice when we moved. We chose the new location so we could keep serving our community. There really wasn't many options in the area back in 2010, but we're really happy with the relationship we've built with our landlord and are quite excited with the work they're doing to revitalise the historic building we're in. Both our landlord and us grew, live, work in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood, so we're quite fond of this place.

- Our seating policy may seem a bit awkward, but it's intended to balance the needs of our customers as well as the needs of our staff. It makes sense once you spend a bit more time in the restaurant. We've tried all sorts of different options and the current approach seems to work best for most people, most of the time.

- As to prices, we've done as much as we can to keep prices down but the fact is costs have gone up quite dramatically especially in the past year. Just shrimp prices along have gone up by 100% in the past 12 months! While we try to work with our suppliers to get the best prices possible so we can keep our prices low for our guests, a lot of these impacts are beyond anyones' control. One thing we won't do is compromise the intrinsic quality of our dishes. One other reason our prices are a bit higher than some other restaurants is because we insist on good corporate citizenship, and that itself has a cost. It's a choice we've made as a business, so we try not to pass on the cost of this choice to our customers or our staff. But it does mean less profit for us and part of the reason why it took us almost 20 years before we were ready to open up our second restaurant.

Hope this addresses most of our fans comments, and if you have any questions, we're always reachable at info@saladking.com. We try to address every inquiry, whether on Twitter, Facebook, email, or by phone.

- Salad King
Gregory / June 16, 2014 at 09:52 pm
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SALAD KING RULES.
fuck salad king / June 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm
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Salad king is shit. save your money and eat dim sum or street meat or a beef patty.
elana / June 23, 2014 at 05:35 pm
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The link for Thai Noodle sends you to a different Thai Noodle than the one mentioned in the article!
Jenna / July 6, 2014 at 09:27 pm
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@elana, it's the same Thai Noodle but it moved or just closed the Kensington location UNFORTUNATELY :(.
Salad King is not good, don't get why people love it. Even Thai Express has better Pad Thai!
So far my favourite Pad Thai is at The Dogs Bollocks on Queen West. It's not even a Thai restaurant but for some reason I just love it.
Megan / July 8, 2014 at 11:25 am
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Pho Metro in Scarborough at Warden and Lawrence has the best Pad Thai and other Thai and Vietnamese fare, all for incredibly reasonable prices. The Pad Thai is around $8.95 and is amazing. Definitely worth a stop if ever in the area!
kelly replying to a comment from June / July 18, 2014 at 01:12 pm
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"Food poisoning within 30 mins of eating and I am sure that was not a coincidence."

Food poisoning takes hours to days to set it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foodborne_illness
Ra replying to a comment from James / July 22, 2014 at 01:45 pm
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Any list without Salad King goes in the trash

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