Eat BKK is a Thai restaurant devoted to Bangkok-style street food. It's from Phanom (Patrick) Suksaen, who also runs Kub Khao .
Suksaen has owned and operated numerous Toronto Thai restaurants over the years. He remembers when ketchup-stained pad Thai first proliferated menus across the city, but has watched as Torontonians discovered and embraced more authentic, regional styles of Thai cuisine.
Now at Eat BKK, traditional dishes like chicken satay ($6.95), tom yum ($5.95) and khao soi ($12.95) are on the menu along with fusion foods that incorporate western flavours and ingredients.
From the lineup of starters, there's Chicken Wing Zaab ($8.95), which is like the larb-style chicken found at KFC Thailand. These tasty wings are fried until crispy and are then coated with crushed peanuts, chilis, onions and herbs.
Khao soi poutine ($7.95) is among the most intriguing dishes on offer. The fries comes topped with cheese curds and chunks of beef and everything's smothered in coconut curry.
Fried morning glory ($8.95) is another snack-able dish. It features a tangle of tempura-battered pak boong with papaya, carrots and a sweet and tangy dipping sauce.
Spaghetti curry ($11.95) is an unexpected winner. The simple combination of Italian-style pasta, chicken and green Thai curry is much tastier than the sum of its parts. The curry isn't saucy, instead it clings to the noodles like pesto - it's like the ultimate comfort food.
Fans of Suksaen's other restaurant have come to expect well-priced lunch combos - Eat BKK doesn't disappoint. There are seven options offered daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and these include pad thai and masaman beef. Each special is $9.95 and includes a soup and spring roll.
The dining room is decorated with a hand drawn Bangkok transit map and an illustrated glossary Thai ingredients. It's a comfortable and casual spot for lunch and dinner, though takeout is sure to be popular too.