The Best Thai Restaurants in Toronto
The best Thai restaurants in Toronto are a contentious topic - with rivalries between restaurants and rapid expansions turning up the heat on Thai dining options citywide. Worth noting is the influence of Chef Nuit Regular (widely regarded as putting Khao San Road on the map) who, since parting ways with KSR, has opened a number of popular family-run eateries that embrace regional styles and street food specialties.
Even those not directly caught in the crossfire of competition between these downtown restaurants have been prompted to step up their game, resulting in destination-worthy Thai restaurants where status-quo pad thai is hardly the main attraction.
Here are the best Thai restaurants in Toronto.
See also: The Best Pad Thai in Toronto
Now with three locations, this branch of Nuit and Jeff Regular's empire of Thai restaurants has earned a reputation for authentic flavours not tempered for Canadian palates. Crowd-pleasers on the menu include soups like guaytiaw, as well as house favourites like pla tais, a fried fish dish served with tangy mango salad and fluffy rice.
Named for a bohemian village in Northern Thailand, Nuit Regular's latest eatery on Duncan is located within spitting distance from Khao San Road and poised to go head to head for the same clientele. Nuit's signature pad thai is among the menu favourites but also expect to find rare and interesting selections featuring plenty of pork and even some offal.
The stunning red curry chicken with lychee presented in a cored pineapple is among the most popular picks at this upmarket Thai restaurant located off the beaten path in Corktown. Other noteworthy menu features include the addictive crispy fried morning glory and beef tenderloin doused in a pomegranate and tamarind reduction.
Positioned near Ryerson campus, this cheap and cheerful Thai eatery attracts students with vibrant housemade curries and stir fry noodles customized to varying degrees of spiciness per personal preference. Be sure to inquire about the off-menu pad thai alternative, the infamous Thai Islamic noodles in a peanut coconut curry sauce.
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