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Sep 22, 2006 03:29 PM

Thai restaurant suggestions

Please help, we are looking for a nice Thai restaurant with good atmosphere. Have previously dined at Bangkok Gardent and enjoyed it. Any suggestions?

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  1. I am not an authority on Thai food as it isn't my favourtie asian cuisine.

    I can tell you though, for intense flavours unique to thai food, we really enjoy Coco Rice at King and Bathurst as well as Friendly Thai on Queen West. Both offer great service, good prices and very fresh ingredients [at least].

    1. Though a little more casual than Bangkok Garden, I really enjoy the food and service at Real Thailand.

      1. when I used to work in the area, I really liked Bangkok Paradise on Queen East of Bathurst. Great spring rolls and pad thai, small and casual, but warm.

        1. i really really like salad king. the pataya chicken is amazing.. but everything else is really good too

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          1. re: indianchik

            Salad King is overrated. I have no idea how it got voted the best pad thai in Toronto. It's one of the worst.

            1. re: Food Tourist

              salad king has great phud thai. i love that dish. also their bangkok noodles, spicy noodles. those are great dishes there and such a good price.
              the long line ups i think speak for itself. i think the food there is great for student/young professional eating. friendly atmosphere as well.

              1. re: Food Tourist

                I also agree that it is completely overrated. Last time I ate there I ordered 3 chili cause I like to have a little spice in my food. When I got my meal there was zero spice to it at all. The food wasn't even that flavourful. I tried to get our servers attention so that I could get chilis to add to my dish and had no luck there. In all I found that the food lacked falvour and the service sucked so I will never go back.

                I am a fan of pi-tom's restaurant on Alexander. This is often where we do group outings for lunch.

                1. re: camp1980

                  honestly, some restaurants have their bad days.. two diff ppl can go there and order the same thing, but one might not be made right, and the other might be amazing.. who knows.. its just ur luck

                  1. re: indianchik

                    Although I agree that some restaurants have bad days, I've given Salad King two good chances and was sorely disappointed both times with the pad thai and other dishes. Their recipe for pad thai just isn't chow-ish. I don't care about authentic, but I do care if it's tasty.

                    1. re: Food Tourist

                      Some dishes are bad at Salad King. Their Phad Thai is nowhere near the worst in the city, but anything with chicken (e.g. green curry) is terrible. BTW it is several notches below Bangkok Garden in terms of atmosphere (think student canteen).

                      I also enjoyed Pi-Tom's but it is still not classy as Bangkok Gardens was.

                      1. re: Food Tourist

                        i'm surprised by all the negative feedback Salad King is getting!
                        i personally like it a lot, but i can also say that i've never been to thailand. however almost everyone i know likes salad king. my department gets take out there 1-2x a week every week b/c the staff just loves the food there.
                        it's a great cheap dinner to just go to while downtown. the restuarant may not be upscale and classy but i've never heard of any negative feedback from anyone until now.
                        different strokes for different folks i guess

                        1. re: chalenegirl

                          I've never been to Thailand either (as an adult). I also don't care about atmosphere or decor (good value and decent service are more important). I just want good, tasty food. However, I realize taste is an individual experience. For instance, I hate cilantro. If you like something, chalenegirl, then you like it. It doesn't matter if others don't. However, for me, it's important to keep looking for "better" and not just stick to status quo.

              2. Salad King has gone a bit downhill since the reno, but it's still good. I like the family style eating.

                Bangkok Garden has been one of my favorites in the city - I love Thai food, and theirs made me swoon and feel like it was the first time I had ever eaten it.

                I know others will disagree with this choice, but Green Mango never fails me. Maybe it's all the memories of my broke, young self living downtown and finding so much comfort in their food. The first time my tongue ever felt the pleasures of cilantro and fish sauce. Go to the take-out location on the east side of Yonge Street.

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                1. re: NovoCuisine

                  Isn't Bangkok Garden closed? Its website says it's temporarily closed.

                  1. re: kaka

                    It's been "temporarily closed" for years.

                    1. re: Teep

                      Interesting. Haven't been there since last Christmas, so it had to have closed after that time.