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Authentic Thai food in downtown Toronto?


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Authentic Thai food in downtown Toronto?

pravit | Apr 24, 2009 02:51 PM

I moved to Toronto in July and found that the city does Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese food well, but I have been consistently disappointed by the Thai food I have tried, despite its seeming popularity among Torontonians. From reading this board, I've tried Bua Thai, Real Thailand, Thai Basil, Flip Toss N' Thai, and Thai Angels, none of which I would eat at again. The pad thai always seems to be too sweet and intensely red, even in places which claim that they don't use ketchup. In general, I expect pad thai to be a brownish color and a good mix of salty, sour, sweet, and spicy flavors. The curries and soups I've tried are OK, but nothing I would go to a restaurant to eat.

My parents are from Thailand and I've been there several times, so I grew up eating Thai food. But I have eaten at good Thai restaurants outside of Thailand - for example, Cambodiana in Kingston, ON (despite the name, I remember them serving mainly Thai food). Is there any place in Toronto that compares?

In general, it's difficult to say what makes Thai food here seem so inauthentic, although I have a feeling it suffers from "early adopter" syndrome, much like Chinese food in many N. American cities. It's generally too sweet, has Western vegetables like broccoli or carrots added, etc.

I don't have a car, so I would appreciate recommendations for places reachable by the TTC and walking, or places that deliver to the Bloor/Spadina area. Thanks!

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