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Grandpa Thai

Grandpa Thai is a fusion restaurant that offers an innovative crossover of Thai food and Hong Kong-style cafe (or Cha Chaan Teng) dishes, all with a modern kick.

Their interior features a modern cafe design, with nostalgic and playful neon signs that capture the old days in Hong Kong and rickshaw "Tuk Tuks" in Thailand.

grandpa thai torontoThe use of botanical wall art and tropical greenery in the dining area further highlights their Thai elements. 

grandpa thai torontoThai Iced Milk Black Tea with Coffee ($5.99) has the rich orange colour of Thai milk tea, with a taste similar to the Yuenyeung beverage in Hong Kong. The silky mouthfeel and robust black tea aftertaste made it an ideal drink during my afternoon break.

grandpa thai torontoThe Pineapple Freeze ($5.99) brings to mind an old-school Hong Kong snack — iced pineapple slices. The combination of frozen pineapple chunks and Sprite made for a refreshing and sweet palate cleanser between savoury and spicy bites.grandpa thai torontoChicken Pad Thai ($17.99) is always a good idea when it comes to stir-fry noodle dishes. Made with thin rice noodles, this popular entrée is a medley of complex and contrasting textures, thanks to plentiful toppings like puffy fried bean curds and crushed peanuts. grandpa thai toronto

Their mini Tom Yum Seafood Hotpot ($19.99), a spicy and tangy broth with fragrant Thai herbs and spices, is a fun and unique version of the Thai menu staple.

Grandpa Thai's version is on the milder side, using whole shrimp, mussels, and crab in a rich shrimp-based soup.

grandpa thai torontoAn absolute must-try is their Lemongrass Grilled Fish ($20.99). The tender and succulent fish fully absorbs all the savours from the top layer of onion, garlic and chili pepper, leaving a delicate lemongrass aroma lingering on your palate.grandpa thai toronto

Laksa Style Seafood Noodle Soup ($16.99) delivers a creative fusion of flavours. Packed with a variety of seafood, I'd suggest trying this rich and slightly spicy coconut-based broth with springy instant noodles.

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For meat lovers, there's a Fried Chicken Cutlet and Sausages ($20.99). This signature café dish is made by placing the cutlet on an iron hotplate, all served with your choice of sauce and side dishes.

Gently pour in the sauce to get a nice sizzling sound and irresistible smoky smell!

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Their classic Thai Mango Sticky Rice ($10.99) is served on a bed of creamy coconut milk and sago and comes with coconut ice cream and toasted shredded coconut. Make sure to scoop all components together in a spoon to get the delightful contrast of textures.

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Wrap up your meal with the Ovaltine Condensed Milk French Toast ($11.99). Reminiscent of my childhood drink, it's fully covered with Ovaltine powder with condensed milk cream seeping out like lava when you cut it open.

grandpa thai torontoGrandpa Thai is located at 5457 Yonge St.

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