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Best thai and pub food rec's? Anyone?...

OK a weird combination I know. I am actually looking for recommendations for 2 different nights. I am not familiar with Toronto at all and will be staying in the Entertainment district without a car. I was thinking one night of Thai, one night of beer and pub food- as in seriously well executed pub food not processed or greasy (more gastro-pub style or market type menu). Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Cheers all.

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  1. For the pub, I'd say go to Duggan's Brewery. The food there would probably be considered gastro-pub style and you'd get to try some local Toronto beer.

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    Duggan's Brewery
    75 Victoria St, Toronto, ON , CA

    1. Thai: Mengrai Thai, Sukhothai. (Never been to the latter yet as I moved away from Toronto before it opened, but heard it's fabulous. The former is a nice upscale Thai place with great food. As far as I'm concerned, as a lover of Thai food, no other places are probably worth checking out.)

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      Mengrai
      82 Ontario Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2V3, CA

      Sukhothai
      274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

      1. Yep, Sukhothai is the winner. You can take the Dundas streetcar west to Parliament to get there, then just walk a block south. There's another thread all about this great thai restuarant that I discovered a few weeks ago. From the other opinions, it seems that place really is the best in the city. It's not super close to the entertainment district as it's on the east side, but it'll take maybe 10-15 minutes by streetcar. Just make sure to make a reservation.

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        Sukhothai
        274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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        1. re: Platoputas

          Agree with the Sukhothai rec but you'd probably have more luck if you headed east rather than west from the entertainment district...:)

          I haven't been to Queen and Beaver or Duggan's Brewery but I've heard good things about both. If you wanted to head north on the Yonge subway line, you could visit Rebel House (Rosedale station) or Monk's Table (Summerhill) for good food in very friendly/cozy surroundings. If the weather's nice, Rebel House has a great patio out back.

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          Rebel House
          1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

          Sukhothai
          274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

          Duggan's Brewery
          75 Victoria St, Toronto, ON , CA

        2. i'd do sukho thai and go there earlier rather than later in the evening or at the very least make a reservation. their khao soi is exceptional and really the only meat that one should get is the beef, it is braised to a sublime tenderness. i have an addiction to noodles so i always get the sukho style pad thai but i think the khao soi is more representational of what they can really do. also a fan of the garlic tofu or chicken app... well a fan of pretty much the whole menu but these are my must haves.

          i would also go to the queen and beaver public house more for the balance of atmosphere and food rather than food specifically. it is convivial but not in the pound back a beer kind of way and befits the beautiful and nicely detailed classic comfortable surroundings. while the burger is highly recommended, i do not recommend it. it arrived pretty much as thick slices of steak masquerading under a burger bun. unless you are ok with this for a burger, it can be off putting... i did not enjoy not being able to take a clean bite, meat would always trail out. i did enjoy items like their potted meat, the mushroom tart thing, quail and foie gras apps. their mains overall are done well, though if they're doing a special of bangers and mash... stay away, they didn't seem to understand that their lean choices of meat filling would lose all moisture after cooking. sticky toffee pudding... excellent. one of my faves in the city.

          1. The most legitimately "gastro" pub within reasonable walking distance of the Entertainment District is the Queen & Beaver, on Elm just off of Yonge north of Dundas Square. They have a very ambitious traditional British pub menu that doesn't always quite live up to what it promises, but my meals there have all been enjoyable. Plus it has a unique swanky-but-relaxing decor and a great cask ale.

            Beer Bistro near Yonge and King is another decent option, huge beer list and all the meals are made with beer as one of the ingredients. Above average food but not cheap, and it doesn't have a real "pubby" atmosphere and can get quite loud with the after work crowd from the Financial District.

            I like Duggan's Brewery for the beer but the food tends to be on the greasy/heavy side. Had a delicious sandwich and amazing duck confit poutine there on my first visit, but on a more recent visit the same poutine dish was an unappetizing grayish mess. Not sure which scenario was the norm and which is the exception.

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            Beer Bistro
            18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

            Queen & Beaver
            35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

            Duggan's Brewery
            75 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

            1. Also agree with Sukhothai, but for the pub maybe Football Factory (Richmond/Bathurst)? I went once with some friends and it was actually quite good. I'd say the food is better than Beer Bistro and the menu is more interesting than Duggan's (haven't been to Queen and Beaver). Atmosphere is pretty unexciting though, the room is pretty plan (although it's fun if you get a booth with your own tv), the other pubs mentioned look much nicer.

              1. Thanks everyone! I have posted on other boards before and never had such fast and detailed responses. It is much appreciated. I'll let you know how it all turns out...still a few weeks before the trip.... Cheers

                1. I like Mengrai Thai(in part because of the atmosphere, which invites a relaxed dinner and lingering).

                  For pub food, The Queen and Beaver. I agree that the menu can be a bit hit and miss, but the fish and chips are great, interesting beer list, surprisingly good list of "puddings" (second the fab sticky toffee).

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                  Mengrai
                  82 Ontario Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2V3, CA

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                  1. re: Rabbit

                    what's tha name of the thai place on the danforth? they're supposed to have really good, authentic pad thai...

                    1. re: chrisfernando100

                      Jean's. She's been doing it for over 30 years.

                      1. re: chrisfernando100

                        There are a few Thai places on Danforth... Jean's is the vegetarian one. I can't recall the name of the other one, but I've had a fair amount of their food and while it's not perfectly edible and terrible, it's certainly nothing special or memorable in any way.

                    2. We tried the Queen and Beaver after all the rave reviews. First time at a restaurant where we really weren't over excited about the choices. I agree with pinstripeprincess re the burger. Have no idea what those pieces of meat were. While the atmosphere is great (its the old old Il Fornello) we were quite disappointed in choices and offerrings. One piece of fish in their fish and chips? $4 for a side cole slaw which was maybe 1/4 cup full. One slice of bread when ordering bread? Yet they are overly generous with their fries (which are great) Sorry, overhyped.

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                      Queen & Beaver
                      35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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                      1. re: breezey

                        I love the pad thai from Bankok Paradise, its located on Queen West of Spadina.

                        Another place I enjoyed was Mai Thai, on Yonge north of Eglinton on the West side of the street.