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Aug 13, 2010 01:36 PM

Thai food on the danforth?

I've moved from the west end to the east end and I'm hoping to find some decent thai on the danforth. I've noticed a few places around chester, pape and donlands. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. Jean's. It's vegetarian but I'm told the husband & wife/cooks were one of the first to do Thai in TO back in the 80s.

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    1. re: curnonsky

      I'm no expert on thai, but I have heard that Jean's is not what it once was.

      1. re: millygirl

        I enjoyed Jean's once when they first opened, but there seemed to be something missing from dishes such as Pad Thai. Fresh, great ingredients etc but... something missing (other than meat lol). Come to realize that they of course do not use fish sauce, a pretty fundamental ingredient in Pad Thai and Thai cuisine in general.
        Unfortunately I have no better suggestions.

        1. re: julesrules

          I don't think fish sauce is vegetarian...Marimba!

        2. re: millygirl

          It's possible, as I never made it to the old "Jean's", but I must say I do still enjoy it. Veggies are always fresh, dishes are very flavourful though, yes, lacking in fish sauce. I always enjoy Jean's and leave feeling as though a lot of care and respect went into the food I ate. Reasonable prices, too.

        3. Mong-Kut Thai (596 Danforth). Took my girlfriend there for her birthday. Great food and service.

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          1. re: somewhere4

            I gave this place a chance and have gone two or three times since moving to the Danforth a year and a half ago. Ho-hum food.

            However, I haven't been to their sister location, Mong-Kut Thai Gold at 471 Danforth, which, according to Toronto Life at least, offers more variety at the back of the menu. You might want to give them a try and report back.

            1. re: gnuf

              Agreed. Mong-Kut was never anything special, and you'd do better making your own Thai food at home. Certainly not even average by Thai food standards.

          2. It sounds odd, but the best Pad Thai I've had on the Danforth was at Ten Feet Tall. Except that the shrimp were overgrilled and dried out, but the flavours and noodles were really good, not overly sweet.

            That said, I don't think it approaches anything approaching a real Pad Thai, but it wasn't a sticky gloppy mess like so many others I've had on the Danforth strip.

            Ten Feet Tall
            1381 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

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            1. re: Pincus

              That does sound odd because the one time I ate there, with my family of four, there was nothing on our table that indicated that the person in the kitchen had any right to be there. Granted, we did not try the pad thai.

              1. re: haggisdragon

                No further comment other than I just have to say that I love how you have worded your post haggisdragon. I can't wait to steal that line. Then again, I hope it won't be anytime soon. LOL

                1. re: millygirl

                  Thanks millygirl. Glad to make you laugh!

                2. re: haggisdragon

                  Odd. I'm not saying they are the best gastro pub in the world, but all the meals I've had there were competently prepared.

              2. I didn't realize my post was still alive. Thanks everyone for the replies. I actually had tried lunch at Mong Kut, it was ok but has since closed. I have heard about Jeans, tried to go one night but there was a line up out the door so I took a pass.
                I have recently heard about 10 Feet Tall and have wanted to try it, we've been going to Sarah's across the street and have enjoyed it there, mind you the only meal that I haven't enjoyed at Sarah's was thir Pad Thai, serves me right!

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                1. re: Baelsette

                  Sarah's is really more known for beer than food. Love the acoustic Sunday afternoons.

                  1. re: Baelsette

                    The second Mong Kut location is still open. It's further west on the Danforth, on the south side.

                    1. re: Full tummy

                      I've been in Mong-Kut Thai Gold many times, and I always liked it. I did not try the BBQ yet, but the menu items were good according to my taste. Lunch combos are good value, especially the one with eggs (I forget the name). And I liked the less typical items in the section on the final page. Service is polite. The room looks nice also, although a little dark perhaps.
                      -Jadwiga W.

                      Mong-Kut Thai
                      596 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1R1, CA