Thai Bangkok Restaurant in Toronto's Chinatown

Thai Bangkok Restaurant

Walking home on a bitterly cold January evening is hardly my idea of a good time, but one positive side-effect is friends' willingness to try out any restaurant I pick - just so long as it has some form of central heating.

We'd only been walking a few minutes when I suggested the cozy and inviting Thai Bangkok Restaurant on Spadina. Between dim lights, Thai-inspired decor and photos of spicy noodles in the window, it was an easy sell. We walk in and are quickly greeted by a friendly waitress, already carrying a pot of hot tea for everyone.

Home-made Spring Rolls

Browsing the shiny laminated pages of the menu, there are plenty of entree choices (mostly $6.95-$8.95). For variety, we choose from four different sections and then kick back to wait while enjoying an order of crispy home-made Spring Rolls ($3.95).

Tom Ka Kai Soup

Tom Ka Kai Soup arrives first and fills the room with the sweet smell of its feature ingredient: coconut milk. Close your eyes now and imagine tender chicken, mushrooms and lemongrass along with a side of fresh jasmine rice ($1) all mixed into a light, yet rich, milky broth, and you can begin to see this simple soup could quite well be the ultimate winter meal.

Spicy Tofu & Vegetables

Spicy Tofu & Vegetables along with Cashew Nut Chicken arrive next. Both are pretty standard finds at most Thai and Asian-fusion restos, so Thai Bangkok shows a little extra care in preparation to make sure we remember theirs.

Cashew Nut Chicken

Our sides of rice are star-shaped (how cute) and the dishes are both packed with a wealth of freshly chopped veggies and tangy sauce. The tofu dish could have been spicier, but the cashew nut chicken is indeed super-nutty (that's right). When they say 'cashew' here, they really mean it.

Glass Noodles

Watermelon slices!

An order of Glass Noodles doesn't disappoint either. The delicate soy-infused noodles are stir-fried with egg, tofu, broccoli, shredded carrots, bok choy, and Asian mushrooms - delicious as a standalone dinner or for sharing.

Just as we were ready to ask for the bill, the waitress appears with complimentary sliced watermelon to end the meal off on a sweet note... just one more reminder of all the special touches Thai Bangkok Restaurant brings to the table.

I've definitely found my new favourite Thai hideaway in the city.

Thai Bangkok Restaurant on Spadina

Thai Bangkok Restaurant

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