Sasi Gourmet Thai - New Location
Noticed a crew out front of a new restaurant at the corner of Ontario & Richmond St's as I made my way home from the Market. Seems Sasi is opening their new location tonight. I think they said they'll be open for dinner Tues-Sun and lunch on weekdays. Now to figure out how that sneaked up on me...
Whoops... I don't think I was that clear above. I've been to the original Sasi Thai, which I found to be so-so by Thai food standards, but reasonably good by Toronto Thai standards. We ordered the appetizer platter, which was very hit-or-miss and clearly some elements of it were not prepared in a very traditional Thai way (the satays were huge and thick, which is not typical, and resulted in unevenness in the cooking, for example). The spring rolls, though, were very nice. Out of the entrees we ordered, the red curry with chicken and lychees was divine. I would go there just to order this dish alone and I'm sure they make their own homemade curry paste, which really gives the dish a lovely depth of flavour. The pad phrik khing was improperly balanced and overwhelmed by ginger. Admittedly, the Thai word for ginger is "khing", but this dish is a bit of a misnomer in that it's supposed to contain only very subtle hints of it. The yellow curry bird was very dry and lacking in flavour. The owner's husband (Sasi was out working on the new resto) was very pleasant: he came over, suggested a cranberry-lychee drink (which went very well with the meal), and gossiped with me about the other Thai chefs and establishments in Toronto. At the end of the meal we were offered a free order each of coconut ice cream with deep fried bananas. The portion was very small, but it was probably the best deep fried banana that I've had at a Thai restaurant.
Even though the meal wasn't a huge win, it was far more authentic than most Thai offerings and did have its highlights. I'd say it's worth a try.
All in all, I've toyed with the idea of going back, especially on a night where I know that Sasi will be there so I can specifically try her cooking, but I don't feel strongly compelled to return. I'll probably make a point of checking out the new location now to see how it compares and if their menu is any different, and I'll let you all know what I think. Now's a good time to do so since Batifole is next on my list, but with Summerlicious I'll have a few weeks of waiting to fill with other restaurant options until I can go!
And thanks for the compliment! I've been a rabid fan of Thai food for nearly ten years now (I'm viciously addicted and generally cook and eat it at least four times a week and often more), and I love to share my passion of it with others.