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Best Pad Thai......where?

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eco_bach Dec 24, 2010 07:36 PM

Hi
Lived downtown for the past 15 years. In that time the best pad thai was always consistently to be had at the old, dearly missed Bamboo club on Queen street.
Anyone know where you can find pad thai just as good and similar to what they served there? I've eaten at almost every Thai restaurant downtown, and nothing comes close...

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    ctl98 RE: eco_bach Dec 25, 2010 11:43 PM

    Haven't been to Bamboo Club but my faves in the city are:

    1. Sukho Thai - on a good day, probably the best of the bunch but can be inconsistent and the resto itself is tight, small and is lacking ambience
    2. Linda - consistent, nice ambience but pricey
    3. Mengrai Thai - get the authentic style one (can't remember the exact name)
    4. Pi-Tom - get the Thai style one as well; probably my least favorite of the four, but it's the most accessible since they have a few branches

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

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      Steady RE: ctl98 Dec 26, 2010 05:58 AM

      eco_bach, I have had the pad thai at the Bamboo; I must admit I was not blown away by their food overall. (But it sure was a fun place to hang out, esp their patio upstairs!)

      I do agree with ctl98 with Sukho Thai and Linda. Haven't tried Mengrai Thai. And Pi-Tom didn't leave an impression.

      I'd like to add Thai To-Go on Gerrard as another great Thai resto/take-out. Try their Royal Pad Thai. I hear they're looking to expand with more seating capacity next door (have only had their take-out). (On the note of expansion, I also am looking forward to Sukho Thai opening up a new location in the Entertainment district.)

      I would say Sukho Thai is currently my fave but they may not be similar to the Bamboo.

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      Thai To-Go
      452 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M5A2H2, CA

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        pinstripeprincess RE: Steady Dec 27, 2010 05:02 AM

        just to clarify, sukho thai is not expanding. khao san road is a separate restaurant that nuit will be running the kitchen of.

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          Steady RE: pinstripeprincess Dec 27, 2010 05:17 AM

          Thanks for the name of the new restaurant; I'll be looking out for it!

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            pinstripeprincess RE: Steady Dec 27, 2010 05:52 AM

            http://www.khaosanroad.ca/

            and they started up a twitter account, though they really need more photos of their progress: @khaosanroadTO

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      SweetSweetPotato RE: eco_bach Dec 26, 2010 05:55 PM

      You're in luck. The pad thai at the Bamboo was Wandee Young's, who now owns several Young Thailand restaurants. I believe she hasn't changed any of her dishes, especially the pad thai.

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