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Nice Thai in East York... Thai Fusion on Coxwell

JennZ Jan 20, 2005 08:27 PM

Any 'Eastern Blockers' out there?!

There's a great new Thai restaurant... in a very unlikely spot. Unlicenced, Coxwell just south of O'Connor (east side, south of LCBO) called Thai Fusion. The food quality is great and it is a family friendly spot. Very fresh veggies and generous portions. The pad thai is well done with perfectly cooked noodles. I really have to recommend the basil chicken too. And they deliver!

Thai Fusion 969 Coxwell Ave. 416-429-1287

11am - 9:30pm 7 days.

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    Pincus Oct 22, 2007 09:14 AM

    Went there Friday with a friend. We shared the appetizer plate, he had the Vegetarian Delight and I tried the Drunken Noodles with chicken.

    Everything was very well presented, cooked, and seasoned. Nothing was overly sweet, and for a veggie dish, it was very tasty.

    They have a "Street Style" pad thai which is NOT made with tamarind sauce (which is one of the major culprits in the "too sweet" that Thai restos are often guilty of). This is the next dish I am ordering from this place, and will definitely be returning multiple times.

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    1. re: Pincus
      redcoconut Oct 22, 2007 03:41 PM

      Used to pop-in after a nice workout at Fight Club across the street, and I have to second that the Hot & Sour soup is great, and so are the spring rolls! The Pad Thai is delicious, so is the Basil chicken. I can't remember what else as it has been awhile (2005, I think), but didn't have anything I disliked.

      I also second that the owners are super friendly, and give you good service.

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      cat Oct 15, 2007 01:09 PM

      yea we just discovered this place a couple weeks ago and have been back a few times already. food is good, we have had the pad thai, chicken green curry, mango salad. The dinner specials are great, comes with either spring roll and soup or mango salad. The hot and sour soup is too sweet in my opinion, but the tom yum is much better. BTW, It is now licensed and service is great.

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        Pincus Oct 15, 2007 11:12 AM

        Somewhat odd comment about the choice of address. Violence isn't restricted to one part of the city, and this tragedy happened in this neighbourhood, but it's not like this neighbourhood is particularly bad out of all the places in Toronto.

        Having said that, thanks for the recommendation. Will try it out this week.

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          rkb Jan 24, 2005 09:54 AM

          We have had take out from here and everything we ordered was very tasty.

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            mzmcgee Oct 14, 2007 02:25 AM

            This place is a favorite of mine as well. I'm totally addicted to their Thai Spicy Noodle, and Mango Salad. I've become a bit of a Phad Thai snob since I found an authentic recipie, but do like theirs as well. They have great specials and it's a nice place to sit as well. I'm loving the fishing boat pictures they have on the walls right now.

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            Kerr Jan 21, 2005 01:57 PM

            I've about had enough of these asian "fusion restaurants." They seem to think that if they can't do one type Asian cooking well, mixing them together covers the mistakes. They have become a gustatory plague on our collective palette.

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            1. re: Kerr
              JennZ Jan 21, 2005 04:40 PM

              I agree with your asessment of asian fusion restos in principle - but this particular place is just Thai with an unfortunate name. :/

              But what about Korean sushi places with Korean/Japanese menu items? Perhaps they are too prevalent to be considered 'fusion' perse. Or is that the clearest example? Fusion food has become 'muddy' food IMHO. I think the problem is that every cook seems to think they can pull it off. Just throw some lemongrass in there and call it a day.

              Some places border on the ridiculous though... like the ceasar salad at Banzai Sushi. What's up with that?! And fresh cut fries??

              Link: http://www.banzaisushi.ca

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              JennZ Jan 21, 2005 09:26 AM

              Deco, is that a tone of sarcasm I hear?!

              It was a tragedy that the teenager was killed outside the restaurant next door to thwm. We live 2 blocks away and are still in shock. I guess it goes to show you that these things can happen anywhere.

              Also tragic that these lovely people who serve great food might lose customers because of it. It's the only good place on the strip!!

              By the way, I have also recently eaten at Mung Kut Thai on Danforth and they have a really good selection of teas. The ginger was a nice change from standard Jasmine or Green.

              Haven't tried Thai Spring Roll on Danforth but I believe there is also one in Parkdale (QueenW) which is YUMMY!

              Wouldn't recommend the Thai resto across from Caban on QueenW as I found gum in my napkin when I was there. Maybe you are right about my restaurant luck!

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              1. re: JennZ
                Robin Feb 8, 2005 01:43 PM

                The Thai Spring Rolls at the corner of Bastedo and Danforth (east of Coxwell) is delicious. I want to eat dinner there every night.

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                Deco Jan 20, 2005 11:03 PM

                Jen, having read your other post along with this one, I must say that you can really pick the restaurants! This, unfortunately, is the spot where the 16 year old student was killed in East York...try "Thai Spring Rolls" on the Danforth between Woodbine and Coxwell, South Side...better Thai in the same area

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                  DJ Jan 22, 2005 06:53 PM

                  I think this place is much better than "Thai Spring Rolls". Their hot and sour soup used frozen vegetables, and the overall quality of the dishes I had were mediocre at best. The Hot and Sour soup from Thai Fusion is the best I've had in Toronto so far (except a little place that used to be at Yonge/Eglinton called Chinos - now gone). Their peanut curry is delicious, and their spicy basil rice and noodles are good as well. And try the Wonton Pad Thai. It is unique. At first I wasn't sure about it, but it swiftly grew on me.

                  The people who work there are very sweet. Let's try to keep little, good, restauranst afloat. They are one of the best parts of living in Toronto.

                  Just my two cents.

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