The Best Thai Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Thai restaurants in Toronto all conjure memories of backpacks and reclining Buddhas, beaches and the banana pancake trail. Some pull of the trick with ambience. Cribbed signifiers are borrowed from the wats and night markets that litter the land of smiles from Koh Lanta to Chiang Mai, elephants and old gods hanging from exposed brick walls suffuse rooms with shorthand orientalism or opium den shadows evoking a more sultry landscape than our own.
More importantly, all of the best Thai restaurants pull off a much more immediate bit of alchemy transporting patrons through the food they serve. Combining spices, rice sticks, curries and chilli heat, the best Thai restaurants in Toronto thaw local taste buds with authentic flavour and, keeping the ketchup to a minimum, pull off some everyday magic on their menus.
Here are the best Thai restaurants in Toronto.
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A “Regular” contributor to Best Thai lists, Jeff & Nuit’s Khao San Road eschews tourist kitsch for authentic flavour. The food is definitely worth the sometimes excruciating wait. Classic Khao Soi with chicken, complex and deeply flavourful curries, 2 versions of text book pad thai, insanely great squash fritters and now Singha too! I’d say get there early to avoid the line but 9 am is a little early for Thai (though rumour has it they’re launching a brunch menu soon). More »
Dean Moriarty to Khao San Road’s Sal Paradise, Sukhothai is a little less polished than its Club District companion, and located in a little more rough-and-tumble `hood, but this place is definitely no sidekick. Nuit Regular’s recipes now dished out by Jeff’s family, this place still delivers the goods - to your front door even, provided you don`t mind the occasionally long wait. More »
Mengrai Thai is a cooking school, a catering outfit and an excellent restaurant, tucked away at Richmond & Ontario streets. The modern brick room offers Chef Sasi’s take on “haute Thai cuisine” which combines Thai flavours and western techniques. Beef tenderloin with pomegranate tamarind infusion? Red curry with lychee? Braised lamb with peach? Don’t call it fusion, just call it delicious. More »
The dog days are over for this downtown stalwart forced relocated after a fire destroyed their original digs. Their much delayed relaunch had Ryerson students smilin’ like buddhas at the chance to once again gorge on favourites like golden curry and the house pad thai at OSAP-friendly prices. More »
Golden Thai has been dishing out a solid selection of curries and stir-frying noodles longer than most other Thai restaurants in the city. In-laws coming from outta town will be impressed by the ambiance of this well-lit elegantly appointed space, as you regale them with travel stories from your month in Koh Samui. Better leave the full moon party pictures til dessert. More »
Not exactly far east, this Cabbagetown outpost offer solid takes on snacks from the smiling kingdom. Thai To Go gives a 10% discount on pick up orders and ups it 3% if you bring your own containers. Don't expect to eat in though. The Thai here is strictly a take-out affair. More »
Roncesvalles represents with Thai Chef. Large portions of Thai standards with fresh, bright flavours abound on the extensive menu and they even do 'cue too! I'd definitely cross town for a roasted duck curry or some spicy asparagus with shrimp if I didn`t have to pass both 1 and 2 on this best-of list to get here. More »
No PC sauce, the memories of Thailand nonetheless come fast and furious in the Junction at Baan Thai. The som tum, and spicy green papaya salad on offer are reportedly some of the best versions had outside of Thailand though the pad thai somewhat disappoints though for such large portions at such reasonable prices, I can`t see how your meal would have anything but a happy ending. More »