Chileheads rejoice? Sounds that way from Josh Karpati's review in today's Hour. "To get the level of heat I've described means asking for more than is marked on the menu. Most dishes are listed with none, one or two chili icons. I asked for very hot, and was told it represented about five. Ask and ye shall receive." What's more, "there are many dishes available that aren't on any other Thai menus around town." And "I'll just come right out and say it: Mai Thai, which opened a scant month ago on Bernard in La Papaye Verte's old space, has some of the best Thai food I've eaten in Montreal." www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx?iIDArticle...
Mai Thai, Royal Thai Cuisine
365 Bernard W.
Ah - indeed, I must be thinking of somewhere else! There is/was a Thai place for a long time on Bernard corner Clark. Sorry for the mixup. It's the place where I first discovered Thai sticky rice and holds a special place in my heart.
Edit - just looked it up, it's Restaurant Thailande at 88 Bernard W.
Curiously, Mai Thai opened in that same space last summer. See the "Restaurant Openings" thread from last year:
They then closed up shop for a while (as I discovered after arranging to meet some friends there for dinner, and we were faced with papered over windows.)
Glad to hear there may be more to it than "little birds carved out of carrots", as Snackhappy mused. Too true!
I have been recently. I believe that Mai Tai and Access Asie (on Sherbrooke near McGill U.) share common ownership.
I found the food excellent and somewhat more imaginative than usually found in Thai restaurants. The prawn cakes, duck in red curry and red snapper (with papaya?) stood out for me.
Disappointing visit, to whit:
Tom Yum Gai - overdid it with the coconut milk, not spicy even though I asked for it
Green mango salad - tasty, tangy
Spring rolls (not the exact name) - very nice, warm rice paper rolls with duck,vermicelli and shredded lettuce
Mixed seafood with un-tasty brownish sauce - not the freshest, I'm afraid
Curry squash - loads of baby corn, straw mushrooms, peppers, and scant amount of diced squash, and not very flavourful
Curry tofu and eggplant - great sauce, but was never crazy about the dried, fried tofu squares
Pad Thai - sweet(!) and none of that great fishy-sauce taste I love so well, and the chicken also not the freshest
Ordered Jasmine rice but were given sticky rice - oh well
Sticky rice with fresh mango for dessert - the best part of the meal, that oddly enough tasted better as it got colder, with the coconut milk in the rice really standing out - yum
About 40 bucks a person for the three of us
Service was nice and friendly and prompt
Kinda stuffy with no air con; thankfully it wasn't too hot that day, and they had table fans going
Maybe they had an off night, may return one day....