Thai Plate ,
3434 Bathurst St,
The cooking here is delightful. My co-favourites had been Thai Shan Inn and Vanipha Lanna, each according to its own style. I think that Thai Plate tops them
and I don't think that the pleasure is just from novelty.
The flavours in the cooking are all there (as far as I know) but gently and in perfect harmony and balance. Nothing attacks. I can taste every ingredient alone and more importantly together as an integral whole. So for example the soups are analogous to good sauce with nice complimentary bits in it instead of some OK ingredients thrown together that don't meld into a dish.
Of course the owners at home cook with more robust flavouring and they will intensify the dish on request; for me the level of flavour is just right.
The ingredients are excellent quality; use of oil and sugar is so restrained as to be not noticeable. Portions are generous. Prices are reasonable, and given the quality represent a huge bargain. The room is quite nice. The cooking is very veggy friendly. The menu is set up so that most dishes can be had vegetarian. You can take almost anyone to Thai Plate; the cooking is good enough that even for $5-7.95 you can take some one important on a business lunch without risk of embarassment.
We have been there three times this week. We were attracted by the advertised Monday buffet ($8.95) (experimental for the owners, now available every Monday only from April 26 on). On the table were mango salad, lemon grass chicken soup, stir fry vegetables, veg pad thai, green curry chicken, peanut sauce beef, seafood in a sauce, spring rolls, rice, sauces to jazz up your plate, orange and pineapple slices.
Everything was delicious (burp! many trips) and brought out to the table in small quantities. A huge bargain.
Supper on Wednesday for two was hot and sour soup, jasmine rice, coconut rice, jungle (sic, a red)curry chicken and pineapple salad.
Thursday was a business lunch. We had the prix fixee specials (which change daily) The special are veg for $5.95, meat $6.95, seafood, $7.95. We had the peanut sauce beef and spicy (not really, but they can do it if you ask) seafood. The prix fixee is two spring rolls with a dipping sauce, one hot cooked item , very good rice, and a very good soup which I left for last so that it would cool and release its flavours. The food comes nicely presented; not just some stuff slung onto a plate.
The owners are Thai. They are new at this location, taking over the former Me Thai (resurfacing as Sasi Gourmet on Jarvis) They are honouring the Me Thai coupon in the Entertainment book to the extent of allowing a 20% discount.
My final gush. Susur Lee should work in the kitchen here for a few weeks to get re-oriented.