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Best Upscale Thai in MTL?

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OliverB Jan 14, 2011 09:02 AM

Does anyone have recommendations for nice upscale Thai dining (not overly pan asian) that serves either creative and inspired or authentic, well-prepared dishes with fresh spices and top-quality produce in any neighborhood, price not factoring?

Thanks

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    celfie RE: OliverB Jan 14, 2011 09:40 AM

    thai grill is fairly consistent and good

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      OliverB RE: celfie Jan 14, 2011 09:57 AM

      Is that right on the corner of St-Laurent and Laurier?

      I've never been before but also never heard anything other than mediocre feedback at best... I'll probably give it a shot tonight but I'm a little disappointed that there don't seem to be any truly outstanding Thai restaurants in the city that cater to a mid-to-upper priced range sit-down meal.

      Are there no GREAT Thai chefs in Montreal?

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        celfie RE: OliverB Jan 14, 2011 10:29 AM

        there are few thai restaurants

        i haven't had a mediocre meal at thai grill (although not outstanding and I haven't been in a year)- my only complaint is that portions are small

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          hungryann RE: OliverB Jan 14, 2011 07:04 PM

          I was pleasantly surprised by Thai Grill last year when a work function had food catered from them. The chosen menu was tame but the ingredients were of very good quality and the flavors were clean and spot on.
          I dined at Red Thai about 2 years ago and it was also very good.
          Other upscale thai restos are Sukhothai in Centropolis, Laval and Aux Cinq Parfums (although more pan asian, the thai and viet dishes are a bit more creative than what you find in other restaurants).
          Mai Tai on Bernard had created a lot of buzz initially but more recent reviews were ho-hum.
          Lastly, although not very upscale, I prefer Thailande on Bernard.

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          Red Thai
          3550 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2V1, CA

          Thai Grill
          5101 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R9, CA

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          Erica2125 RE: celfie Jan 14, 2011 01:16 PM

          I was just telling my husband I've really been craving some good authentic thai food! Is Thai Grill willing to make dishes spicy? I feel like many of the thai restaurants I've eaten at around here have a different idea of 'extra extra spicy' than I do, either that or they just spice dishes however they feel without regard to how it was ordered.

          Does anyone have a menu? I can't find one online

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          Thai Grill
          5101 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R9, CA

        3. certifiedfresh RE: OliverB Jan 14, 2011 10:37 AM

          I don't know how it fares today, but Chao Phraya on Laurier was quite popular a few years back. Another one that comes to mind is ChuChai on St-Denis, but I'm not sure if this is the type of restaurant you're looking for (it's a vegetarian restaurant). Regardless, it's always packed.

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            OliverB RE: OliverB Jan 14, 2011 11:05 AM

            Thanks I was considering Chu Chai (I'll be eating with a vegetarian) but I've never really been all that impressed with anything there in the past. Granted I've only been to the take-out counter in recent years which has always been fine for a grab lunch on the go, but I used to go to the main dining room often with my mom when she was on a strict organic/vege diet and it always struck me as a huge misstep that a restaurant catering to vegetarians would offer their plates disguised as faux-meat dishes rather than pushing the excellence and resourcefulness of their produce and vegetables. I gather from faint recognition that this isn't really a proper Thai restaurant but more of a pan-Asian vege alternative with leanings towards Thai flavoring. Am I right in that assumption? Anyways, it may not be a fair assessment since it's been several years since I've eaten there, but it's not particularly a favorite.

            All that I've heard of Phraya of recent, be it on this forum, local blogs, press write-ups and the typical yelp-urbanspoon-tripadvisor reviews, is that it's not worth going to anymore.

            I was set on Thai tonight but might shift direction... I basically need to find a good $$-$$$ cat. restaurant that's "vege friendly" but not necessarily vegetarian. To give you an idea, last time I took this person to Kazu and they were able to find enough veg. dishes on the menu to satisfy. Looking to spend in the $25-50 p.p. range, with or without wine - doesn't matter.

            I'm still considering Thai Grill, I'd kind of like to give it a shot because if nothing else, I've passed by so many times and wondered that I'd kinda like to satiate my curiosity. I'm definitely leaning towards Asian but away from the Chinese/Cantonese/Szechuan menus. Any other ideas?

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              BLM RE: OliverB Jan 14, 2011 11:12 AM

              Chao Phraya & Chu Chai are connected I think(same owner). There's also Red Thai on St-Laurent blvd(a little above Sherbrooke street).

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              Chu Chai
              4088 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M5, CA

              Red Thai
              3550 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2V1, CA

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                OliverB RE: BLM Jan 14, 2011 11:19 AM

                I didn't know that but wouldn't surprise given the decline both seem to have taken... How's Red Thai? The few online reviews aren't very convincing. I think I'd rather give Thai Grill a shot, but I'm still disappointed that there isn't a clear winner.

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                  celfie RE: OliverB Jan 14, 2011 11:22 AM

                  thai grill is the clear winner
                  you should go and report back

                  not thai, but might i suggest Nonya on bernard

                  http://www.nonya.ca

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                    BLM RE: OliverB Jan 14, 2011 11:28 AM

                    Haven't eaten at Red Thai myself. Hopefully you get responses from people with recent experiences at either Red Thai or Thai Grill(these are about the only upscale Thai in town).

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                    Red Thai
                    3550 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2V1, CA

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                OliverB RE: OliverB Jan 14, 2011 11:47 AM

                Nonya looks great, thanks for the link!

                I just read Mark Slutsky's review from a few years back and I think we may end up there tonight!

                I'm gonna try Thai Grill at some point this week and report back though...

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                  toaster8 RE: OliverB Jan 14, 2011 12:49 PM

                  If you could please post a review of your meal at Nonya's, that would be really appreciated :) I went there a few years back because I missed Indonesian food so much, and found it okay (never went back). Wasn't memorable at all and didn't care for their satays. Would be great if they are much better now (so I don't have to go to Vancouver to get my fix :) Does anyone know if they actually serve Bakmi Goreng now? (they had it on the menu, but said it wasn't available).

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                    chickenbruiser RE: OliverB Jan 14, 2011 03:16 PM

                    a little dated but I went to Thai Grill when it first opened and had the most firery hot green curry in my life (good)... but haven't been in the last years since (many years)...
                    then again... you may want opinions and guidance... end of the day, take a chance somewhere since $ is not problem

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                    Thai Grill
                    5101 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R9, CA

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                      BLM RE: chickenbruiser Jan 14, 2011 04:18 PM

                      Someone made very similar comments on this board about Thai Grill when they first opened(maybe it was you). That's why I wanted to hear more recent visits on Thai Grill, to get a better idea of how their food is today.

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                    OliverB RE: OliverB Jan 15, 2011 05:19 AM

                    Well we didn't make it to Thai Grill but that sounds really good and I'm determined to eat there this week. We went to Bishoku on Bishop instead and it was really fantastic!

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                      johnnyboy RE: OliverB Jan 15, 2011 09:14 AM

                      I'll be curious to hear what you have to say about Thai Grill. I haven't been there for about 2-3 years, having written it off after 2 terrible meals (bad food, weird service). Am always willing to change my mind, but my current opinion of TG is that the only thing of interest there is the decor.
                      I've tried Red Thai once, was quite humdrum. My default for good thai is Thailande, on Bernard. Ambiance and decor are middlebrow, but the food is pretty consistently good, with clear and crisp flavors and fresh ingredients.

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                      Red Thai
                      3550 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2V1, CA

                      Thai Grill
                      5101 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R9, CA

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