Namwan Thai Cafe
Namwan is open for takeout and delivery. There's a limit of four people inside the store, masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer is provided.
Namwan Thai Cafe refuses to be just another spot in Toronto that cooks up your usual pad thai and curries. Instead, they offer Thai flavours with a bit of a Toronto twist.
Namwan, which simply means sweet drinks in Thai, started at summer festivals across the city and quickly became known for their colourful drinks in a bag to-go style as they're commonly seen in Thailand.
These popular Thai teas, as well as a variety of Thai snacks and meals, are now sold at their permanent location in Riverdale, which is owned and operated by four family members and friends who are from Thailand.
All made fresh in-house, the Sips in a Bag come in a variety of flavours including Lychee Butterfly ($7), which combines Lychee juice, butterfly pea (with the flower sourced right from Thailand) and milk for a mix of sweet and earthy flavours.
There’s also the more traditional Thai Green Tea ($7), not to be confused with Japanese matcha. This one comes with Thai green tea, sweet syrup and milk.
They use ingredients that are native to Thailand whenever they can, which includes extracting their own pandan juice for a variety of drinks and desserts. There's a Pandan Cookie ($3.50), as well as Pandan Latte ($5.50) and Cupcake available.
The Mango and Sticky Rice ($10) is another traditional dessert with sticky rice coloured naturally by butterfly pea and fresh mangoes in a jar.
They focus on recreating western dishes with Thai flavours when it comes to their hot foods. Rather than serving a traditional Tom Yum Soup, the same flavours can be found on the Tom Yum Shrimp Pinza ($16.50).
Another Pinza on their menu (which comes with a thin crust and a unique rectangular shape) is the Pad Ka-Prao Pinza ($16.50) with minced Thai pork, basil and chili pepper. You can also get this as a Rice Bowl ($16).
Another favourite is the Massaman Bowl ($16) that has tender braised beef, potatoes and a poached egg in a sweet and tangy tamarind curry sauce.
Unlike most other Thai restaurants, they also serve their teas hot. The Thai Tea Latte ($5.50) that contains condensed milk and evaporated milk is a great option for a warm beverage.
Next time you're in the mood for something a little different from typical Thai cuisine, swing by Namwan Thai Cafe.