I visited Sukhothai two weeks ago because it was on so many people's "to-do" list on this board. And I have to say thank you to each and every one of you because it's my new favourite restaurant. I've eaten my share of Thai food in Toronto (Mengrai, Linda, Real Thailand, Young Thailand, Sorn Thai, Thai Princess, Bangkok Garden, Mai Thai) and in my mind, Sukhothai trumps them all.
It's located slightly out of the downtown core (on Parliament, south of Dundas) which may explain why it wasn't on my radar. (Or perhaps people were keeping quiet about this hidden gem, which is understandable and justified.) The space is tiny, I counted only 24 seats.
The one recommendation I'd make is to definitely make a reservation. I arrived on a Wednesday at 8pm without one, and it took about 45 minutes to get a table. I noticed a large party that arrived at about the same time with a reservation and still had to wait about 10 minutes. So it may still be a wait, but at least it'll be shorter with a reso.
I started my meal with the Garlic Chicken ($7.25). I’d read rave reviews about this dish and it's everything I yearn for in a piece of chicken, and more. There’s a crispy outside that’s countered by the most tender, juicy meat inside. There’s hit of garlic in the initial crunch, and a slightly spicy yet sweet dipping sauce.
The knockout dish for me is one of the their specialties, Khao Soi ($8.35). It pairs soft yellow noodles and crispy fried ones with curry gravy and the most succulent and soft slow-cooked beef. It’s the kind of meat you bite into and you’re literally shocked by how it melts in your mouth. I've got photos and a more detailed review on our blog, feel free to check it out.
The chef and one of the co-owners previously ran a restaurant in Pai, Thailand, before opening up Sukhothai. So in terms of authenticity, it feels really good.
The best part is the price. The most expensive dish on the menu clocks in at $9.39. It's a family run restaurant and the vibe is definitely casual. The ambience is certainly not upscale and the decor makes it feel like the hidden gem that it is.
Now, after all that gushing, please tell me if I'm overlooking any other hidden gems in terms of Thai food in Toronto. Is there some place out there that's better than Sukhothai?
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