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Pad Thai in Scarborough

I love pad thai and I use to have a little place at Kennedy and Progress that made a really good pad thai, unfortunately they closed down. Anybody have any good recommendations for a good pad thai place in Scarborough or east Toronto. Also please don't recommmend any chinese restaurants that make pad thai as I've tried alot of them and they always turn out terrible.

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  1. Krispy Roll, on Warden at Eglinton, has excellent Phad Thai, and it's cheap.

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    1. re: Kasumeat

      I found the Krispy Roll Vietnamese Restaurant version to be greasy, bland, and highly avoidable. Ask for it hot and they dump on chili peppers. That treatment is more truck stop than fine resto. Disappointing considering their other dishes can be so pleasing.

      I'll give 7Star credit for having the nerve to take on the 'Hounds so soon after opening. That alone is reason to accept the challenge. I believe that's in the building where Embers once was. See you Hounds at lunch.

      1. re: Googs

        Sorry about bringing back an old topic.. long-time lurker but first-time poster. If you want pad thai in Scarborough, it's 7Star. The food is great and the prices are definitely not bad - I paid ~$6 for chicken pad thai at lunch. The only thing is that barely anyone dines there! Hopefully the restaurant doesn't close down anytime soon because it would really be a shame for it to wither away.

    2. There is a little restaurant called Gails River at Danfourth and Dawes on the South East corner. Gail makes the best phad thai...I have it at least once a week. She makes it fresh on the spot, while you wait. You can eat it or take out. I suggest take out. Tour boi

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      1. re: Tour boi

        Are you serious? Can you tell anything more about Gails? Is it a Thai restaurant? What else do they make?

      2. I am not sure if this one is out of your way.... there's this little Thai restaurant on Hwy. 48 (Main St.) South of 16th Avenue. Vevery authentic I find, I miss their coconut chicken soup!

        I am not sure the name of the restaurant, I think it's called the Little Bankok, right in the mall beside the LCBO by the train track.

        1. Green Bamboo on Sheppard, just east of Midland. Excellent dishes particularly the Satay Pad Thai. Very fresh ingredients, generous in flavour and size. Reasonable prices and a modern, clean decor that you don't often find in strip mall settings. The menu has Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. I work in the area and often go for lunch.

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          1. re: Julie McCoy

            Just ate there for lunch the other day. The cashew nut chicken was okay, the green pepper and pork was pretty good, but the regular pad thai was so off the mark that I was disgusted. Way too much sauce, too much ketchup, and the noodles were soggy. Will not eat there again, even if it is one of the very few "Thai" restaurants in Scarborough.

            1. re: Julie McCoy

              Julie,
              we were frequent patrons of Green Bamboo.
              Don't know about the Pad Thai, as it is not a dish we order.
              Last fall, we had two less than stellar meals in a row, and simply stopped going there.
              Has the food improved again?
              Is it still owned by the same family?

              1. re: erly

                It is still owned by the same family, and I would agree that on the odd occasion I've had an off experience - not terrible, just not up to usual standard. Was there last week and again enjoyed the Satay Pad Thai (and the grilled meat wraps which is another discussion). The regular pad thai was never to my taste - not bad, just far prefer the satay. All my companions were very pleased as well in the last visit, so maybe you might give them another chance?

            2. Has anyone tried Thai Cashew at Brimley/Kingston Road? I'm going there tonight - hope it's good. They seem to have pretty good reviews on their website: http://www.thaicashew2761.com/Home_Pa...

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              1. re: greenduck

                Hi Greenduck,
                Did you make it there? If so, your thoughts and what did you order?

                1. re: red dragon

                  I've tried it a couple times since then and it's been ok so far:
                  Green curry - lots of vegetables and chicken pieces, not very spicy, but still flavourful
                  Yellow vegetable curry - a little bland, but lots of veggies
                  Garlic Shrimp - way too garlicky, tons of shrimp
                  Thai Cashew Fried Rice - delicious flavour, very unusual for a Thai place (a little Indian almost?), not many cashews or chicken pieces in it but I still recommend it
                  Thai Basil Fried Rice - can't remember, but it wasn't bad
                  Mango with Sticky Rice (dessert) - the mango wasn't fully ripe yet, but the rice was delicious while it was warm - once the rice cooled off, it turned into this gelatinous mass that was somewhat weird

                  So overall, the flavours rate between ok and pretty good. I'm surprised at how not spicy everything is, but I still like it. The rice portions are huge and the curry/stir-fry portions are ok. The dessert was $5 and it tasted good but definitely NOT worth $5 - I'm glad I tried it once but I wouldn't buy the dessert again.

                  Despite the criticisms, I still think this is the best Thai restaurant in Scarborough, BY FAR. Its definitely worth a look.

                2. re: greenduck

                  Thai Cashew - odd decor (gold Elvis greets you with a colourful lei). Mango Chicken is okay, Massaman Curry had large pieces of pineapple. Pad Thai's pretty good although it was saucy which I like but others don't. Beer taps aren't functional, but lots of bottled beer including Singha.The owner and chef are Thai and they are very pleasant. I hope they do well, it was very quiet this evening. Its cash or debit only.
                  Avoid Thai One On, Kennedy and 14th in Markham. Its not Thai or Malaysian at all.

                3. Not in Scarborough but in east Toronto (Danforth and Greenwood) is Jean's Vegetarian Kitchen, whose Pad Thai (and other dishes) are delicious and very reasonably priced.

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                  1. re: thought_for_food

                    First of all, Phad (Pad) Thai doesn't involve ketchup!
                    The red colour in Pad Thai comes from tamarind paste.
                    If you eat Pad Thai that involves ANY ketchup (nevermind "too much ketchup") run for your life! That's like saying I like the lasagna, but there's too much ketchup in it. You're simply not having lasagna.

                    Second - there really isn't any great Pad Thai that I've been able to find in Scarberia. I too used to think the place at Progress and Kennedy was pretty ok, until it was sold and became mediocre Haka-Chinese. (try Federicks or Lin Garden for Haka instead, or go for DimSum at Ruby Chinese corner of the mall at McCowan and Finch).

                    Oh, and I had really shockingly awful food from Thai One On, and agree, it's a truly horrible franchised abomination that should close soon.

                    When you have the urge for Pad Thai, there is a not-very-memorable place at Kennedy and Sheppard (northeast corner, main floor of a mini-office building) that won't impress at all, but serves it. There's also a not-very-authentic, but semi-tasty version (as well as half-decent springrolls and Pho soup) at Pho Vietnam on the west side of Kennedy midway between Ellesmere and Lawrence, in the renovated building that used to be Mr. Donut many moons ago.

                    That's about it from my travels - I look forward to hearing about any other good places, anyone has found in Scarberia for lunch.

                    1. re: TorontoTips

                      I had a pretty good for Scarborough version of Pad Thai at 7Star Thai Cuisine at 781 Warden Ave one set of lights south of Eglinton. The main problem is the people who run the place are still trying to figure out the local palate. You ask for medium you get mild, you ask for hot you get medium... I have no idea how good it could be if they would get over their fear of poisoning the locals with spice. The room is a former banquet hall, but I can ignore the decor if they can get rid of the wine & cheese jazz muzak.

                      On the plus side, they marinate their chicken before cooking to properly infuse the flavours, keep oil use to a minimum, and behold(!) they remove the shrimp tails before serving so you don't have to jam your fingers in your food. Shrimp should either be fully dressed in shell to preserve the flavours or completely naked so you can just go ahead and enjoy. None of this in between stuff. The cold spring rolls nearly burst with fresh basil. Quite delicious. Not a bad red curry beef, but again hard to tell how good it could be were they not serving the blonde. Very reasonable prices & incredibly fast service so a perfect lunch place in those regards. I will be making a point of doing a full round trip of their menu.