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Help - forced to eat at Spring Rolls! Is there ANYTHING decent there?

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will be forced to eat at Spring Rolls this weekend (Front St location) . I've only eaten there once (a terrible pad thai) and hadn't ever planned to eat there again. I know how chowhounders feel about this place...but is there anything decent I can eat there? Alternately, are there any suggestions for a decent restaurant close by (or further west), with a similar variety and price range? I MAY be able to convince my party to change locations but only if it fits these criteria. Thanks!!

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  1. No experience with the Front Street location, but I've enjoyed the "sexy summer roll" along with their version of pho gai at a couple other Spring Rolls.

    1. perhaps eating something else beforehand and then just ordering an appetizer and drinks at the actual dinner.

      You can just tell your friends that you're not terribly hungry. That has saved me from eating some truly heinous food in the past.

      1. If my is arm is completely twisted to go there, then I am partial to the Vietnamese bbq chicken and pork.

        1. Stick to the appetizers, with the exception of the sui mai (blech). Fried things are ok, summer rolls are ok. Lettuce wraps are edible, but way salty.

          1. I used to enjoy the mango salad with satay chicken skewers with peanut sauce and rice. Nice light meal that didn't get too messed up....except when the chicken skewers came out pink on more than one occassion. You'll be fine.

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            1. re: food face

              When I've gone to SR, I've found the chicken satay skewers to be fairly decent, along with the mango salad (though, at times, I've found the mango to be a bit underripe). Also, as mentioned by someone, the lettuce wraps aren't bad (I've never found them overly salty...but I'm a bit of a salt lover). I also find the shrimp dumplings to be pretty reliable (hard to screw them up).

              Though I normally love spring rolls, and you'd think that theirs would be good given their name, I've found theirs to be highly uninspired.

              1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                You mean they got something right by accident?? because mango salad is supposed to be made with unripe green mangos so it's more like a vegetable. Run of the mill restos use ripe sweet mangos because they are much easier/cheaper to come by.

                1. re: Teep

                  I guess so... Who knew? It's wrong, obviously, but I prefer the mangoes to be somewhat ripe (not super-ripe though) because I find the really underripe ones very hard to digest.

                  1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                    I can see that the mango salad may not be authentic but they used a good quantity of tasty mangoes (I like green mangoes and ripe "normal" ones) and a nice light dressing that complemented the taste. So overall, a good experience at an otherwise not so great restaurant.

                  2. re: Teep

                    My thoughts exactly: almost every green mango salad I've had in Toronto was made with shockingly ripe mangoes and was, as a result, way too sweet.

                    1. re: vorpal

                      Actually, many places get away with it by calling it just "mango salad". If you don't know any better, you'd think that ripe mangoes is the right ingredient.

                      1. re: Teep

                        Interesting! I hadn't noticed that.