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Jan 26, 2011 06:14 PM

Sukhothai - A Gem of a Chowfind!

We were two at Sukhothai tonight. What an amazing place! The place is run by a family of supernice Thai people. They were very warm, hospitable, and welcoming.

The food is incredibly good. We started with spring rolls and garlic chicken: deep fried little chicken fingers, Thai style, with a sweet garlicky dipping sauce. Delicious. Every piece a winner. Then, we move onto Beef Khao Soi. Unbelievably good: perfect (fatless, gristleless) pieces of brisket beef simmered in a yellow curry with egg noodles. Wow, a Thai restaurant with beef that's not scary!

Then, we had their Sukhothai Pad Thai. Very nice. Perfectly al dente rice noodles! Another first. The best Pad Thai I've had. No red ketchupy slimy mess here, folks. This was light and fresh, with a few shrimps.

Our third dish was Gaeng Panang: a savoury peanuty chicken curry with steamed white rice. Again, the chicken pieces were picture perfect each one. Not a trace of fat, gristle, bone, or anything unpleasant. Just well-trimmed boneless white chicken meat, simmered in another sublime and rich Thai sauce.

Delicious cassava cakes for dessert, and a Fanta cream soda to boot.

Thanks to those that have touted this place on CH. I can never eat at Salad King or Young Thailand again. Ever.

Run, don't walk, to Sukhothai.

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  1. haha not really a Chowfind... seems to be the widely agreed upon "best thai" in Toronto by the press and by chowhound people.

    Regardless, glad you enjoyed it. Always done takeout there and have a feeling it would be considerably better eating in.

      1. re: pinstripeprincess

        Ok, well, whatever. My mistake. They're a really nice Asian family. Better?

        1. re: Fwagra

          well, why make the distinction if it doesn't matter to you to get it correct? just don't include such information then, that's all. it's run by a nice filipino family and has had a thai chef/cooks.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              Some clarification and a bit of history...

              Sukhothai is run by a wonderful couple: the wife (chef) is Thai and husband Filipino. They met in Thailand. It is a great spot and as authentic as it get in Toronto!

              This spot was discovered on Chowhound and later (thankfully) picked up on by the press after a post in search of Khao Soi.

              274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

              1. re: JonasBrand

                And now some more clarification and history. :)

                Jeff (Filipino) and Nuit (Thai) have left Sukhothai. They no longer have anything to do with it. They will be opening Khao San Road at 326 Adelaide West in the very near future. This is with a totally new investor, with no relation to Sukhothai.

                Sukhothai is owned by Jeff's father, so there will likely be some confusion. But Jeff and Nuit have made a clean break with the restaurant.

                274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

        2. Does anyone know when the 2nd location opens? I hope they'll be able to keep up the quality when it does. I'm curious to see the new menu.

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          1. re: toveggiegirl

            it's not a second location. it's an separate restaurant with jeff and nuit at the helm.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              Sorry, I should have written second restaurant. I know it has a different name and menu.

              1. re: toveggiegirl

                I'm pretty sure that Khao San Road opens next week sometime, but I haven't heard a definitive date yet.

                And to reiterate PSP's note above, this is not a second restaurant -- the couple that ran Sukhothai have made a clean break with Sukhothai to open Khao San Road. Think David Lee leaving Splendido to open Nota Bene. No one thought of Nota Bene as Splendido 2. :)

                    1. re: Pincus

                      I always liked the food at Sukhothai but found the overall serice to be really inefficient. Yes, they are nice and friendly but you still get grumpy if you're waiting 45 minutes for an entree (after everyone else at the table has been give theirs)

                      274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

                      1. re: merlot143

                        You can have to wait 45 minutes AFTER the others at your table get served? I'd be more than a bit grumpy if that was the case. I've never heard anyone mention that before.

                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          maybe because it's not common.

                          they do have timing issues, no doubt about that, but if a 45 minute wait between people receiving their entrees was a regular thing then i'm sure more people would be turned off and they wouldn't turn as many tables as they do... therefore forcing people waiting in line to wait even longer and form their own distaste. i'm not discounting merlot143's experience, it can definitely be deathly slow (they'll stop taking take-out orders an hour before they close because they're already an hour behind on their prior ones).

                          that being said, when i was still going there i'd show up either early or late to mitigate these problems. not ideal, no, but my choice.

                          1. re: foodyDudey

                            It was very busy at the time, but everyone else at the table had finished eating before I was served. That's lame.

                          2. re: merlot143

                            I've found the service has much improved lately. Food used to come to your table as it emerged from the kitchen with no rhyme or reason. One main would come with an appetizer and the next main would come 20 minutes later with another appetizer. Not a problem if you're eating family style and sharing but it could be when, say, one vegetarian at the table was waiting for a particular dish.

              2. It's nice that you had a great time, great food, regardless of who runs the place. You meant well. That is what matters.
                I am going to try this place.
                Thank you for posting a detailed review.

                1. has anyone tried Khao San Road yet? can't seem to find a review.
                  also, if you in northern part of city, try thai shaan inn, at dufferin and eglinton. if suko was 10/10, this is 9/10 for food, but the atmosphere, IMO, makes it better than suko.

                  anxious to try Khao san road though. is the admostphere better than cafeteria style suko thai?

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                  1. re: pbelanger

                    I don't think it has opened yet (although it is supposed to open any day now).

                    1. re: pbelanger

                      hasn't opened, so you're not likely to see any reviews except for any of the preview meals they were doing to test run the kitchen.

                      they'll likely post when they're open here:

                      but it will be this week, just a matter of which day exactly.

                      oh and also since the mods deleted my post.... i forgot to mention that it is not cafeteria style (which i'm not sure is how i would describe sukho, more like quick take-out), but it is still casual. a very clean/restrained industrial modern feel to it. i think it's about 52 seats with a nice spacious feel. some design details are still in the works though.