The Best Thai Restaurants in Toronto
The best Thai restaurants in Toronto have come a long way over the past decade. This shift towards trusting that Torontonian palates can appreciate true Thai flavours means it’s no longer necessary to fly halfway around the world in order to experience the vivid, delightful combinations of sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy as they’re meant to be, with nothing held back or watered down.
Here are the best Thai restaurants in Toronto.
Named after the small town in Northern Thailand, this bustling Entertainment District eatery serves up dishes like laap (a ground pork salad) and gaeng hunglay (a Northern Thai curry). There's even a weekday quick-service lunch counter and Thai market tucked away in the back for those who can't stand to wait for their food.
What started as a hole in the wall in Regent Park has since expanded to a number of locations around the city including one on Dundas West. Comforting khao soi combines both noodles and curry while pla taud (a fried fish platter with a mango salad and rice) is another crowd-pleaser.
From the same owner of the much-loved Khao San Road, this West Queen West joint has recreated the feeling of eating at Thai street food stalls (complete with uncomfortable red plastic stools to make it truly authentic). Southern fried chicken laab and boat noodle soup with beef blood are winners here, with spot-on flavours.
An old standby for broke students, this affordable favourite on Yonge near Ryerson continues to pack 'em in. Pick a dish and choose the level of spiciness you can endure; those in the know love to order the "secret" off-menu Thai Islamic noodles, which come covered in a creamy coconut Panang curry sauce.
This Mimico spot on Lakeshore Blvd. W. makes a tasty choo chee shrimp and three different kinds of pad thai that are beautifully presented. One of the chefs comes from the fourth generation of a family line that prepared food for the Thai royal family, so you know you're in good hands.
Devoted to Bangkok-style street food, this North York Thai joint offers some unconventional fusion dishes, like khao soi poutine and spaghetti curry. Sticklers for tradition will be happy to know that there are still staples like tom yum, chicken satay and pad thai to fall back on here as well.
This Beaches restaurant is aptly named after a resort city on the Gulf of Thailand. Serving up classic Thai fare from squash fritters to pad thai (choose from house-made tamarind sauce or curry sauce), there are also plenty of vegan and gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions.
Jesse Milns at Sabai Sabai
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