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Salad King - What the !@#$%^&*

I had the worst Asian meal that I have ever had. So called cashew chicken and pad Thai.
No one in Thailand would cook like this. But inauthenticity doesn't matter. It was not at all tasty. The goals in the cooking seemed to be expediency and stinginess.
What I thought of was that this is what my eight year old 's school class might make if she lived in an area where Thai ingredients were relatively unavailable.

The place was quite busy. Life isn't fair if you are in the restaurant business.

VVM

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Salad King
340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

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  1. Salad King is basically fast food Thai style so your expectations may have been too high. Pretty sure you get what you pay for at this place...

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    Salad King
    340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

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    1. re: Georgia65

      Thanks right, it's basically there to feed Ryerson students. If it was truly a Thai reataurant, it's name would indicate that. I don't know why VVM expected anything else.

      1. re: foodyDudey

        I think of it as cheap and cheerful and a quick bite when I'm in the hood.

          1. re: JennaBean

            Agreed. It's not a destination, but it's cheap and cheerful and some items are very tasty. And if you're in that neighbourhood, it's a good lunch option.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              Agreed -- I work in the neighbourhood and am genuinely glad to have Salad King back to satisfy my curry cravings.

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              Salad King
              340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

              1. re: caviartothegeneral

                Do you guys have any favourite dishes here? I have not been since well before the closing of the old location. SO wants to swing by before a movie on the weekend. I'd always enjoyed my meals here but some were better than others.

                I do rememeber some raves about the golden curry on this board so currently planning on that on would love to have some options!

                1. re: abigllama

                  Islam Noodle and Seafood Fried Rice were my go-to dishes. Don't know what's on now, but they would be the first things I'd order.

                  1. re: abigllama

                    Golden curry is my favourite there. I also like the spring rolls. I've never tried the Islamic noodles... need to try those next time.

                    1. re: TorontoJo

                      Islamic Noodles weren't on the menu originally and did eventually make it on to Linda's menu when they opened that up. But it was one of those off-menu things you could order...

                      1. re: jlunar

                        What makes the Islamic noodles Islamic? no pork?

                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          To be honest, I have no idea. It's just what it is called. Linda's descriptor is:
                          "Rice noodles, chicken, wild gulf shrimp, bell peppers, carrots, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, and exotic red curry made from Thai herb and coconut milk."

                          1. re: foodyDudey

                            It's sort of like a west Indian curry that sometimes has potatoes - there's a lot of Muslims in Thailand so this is typically what they eat. In real Thai restaurants it's called 'Massaman Curry' or something similar.

                            1. re: flashy_mcflash

                              What jlunar describes sounds nothing like a massaman curry which, the last I checked, was not a noodle dish.

                        2. re: TorontoJo

                          Thanks for the suggestsions. I had the Golden Curry and SO got the Green Curry. Both were tasty but I prefered the golden. But was tasty and filling and a good deal for $10. Will try the others next time.

                        3. re: abigllama

                          I always find the bangkok stirfry a good option, it's bean curd noodles with all sorts of tofu and veggies mixed in.

                  2. re: foodyDudey

                    Whining about Salad King is like walking into Subway and complaining about the sandwiches.

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                    Salad King
                    340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

                2. Didn't Salad King burn to the ground?

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                  1. re: magic

                    A simple Google search would answer your question. It has reopened across the street above Foot Locker.

                  2. I think you have to be a student to truely appreciate Salad King. Certainly it fit the bill when I was going to school, but now that I'm (apparently) all grown up it just doesn't suit my tastes anymore.

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                    Salad King
                    340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

                    1. I completely agree with you. The success and publicity they have enjoyed in recent years has obviously contributed to the food's downfall. Some years ago while still at their previous location when it was not more than a hole-in-the-wall and before the renovations there, the food was very tasty and portions were generous.

                      1. Agree that Salad King is basically just fast food. But we just went to Linda last weekend which is definitely not priced like fast food and it was horrible. My friend ordered a salmon fish dish and it was uncooked in the middle. They took it back and made another and it was raw in the middle again. How can they screw up twice in a row! My firend ended up a veggie dish.

                        My green curry shrimp was OK at best, on par with Salad King or any of the food court Thai places. I ordered fried ice cream for dessert and it too was horrible. The ball was about 3 inches in diameter and 2 of those inches was batter with about 1/2 inch of liquid melted ice cream in the middle. Just horrible! I asked him to take it back and we asked for the billed and got out of there as fast as we could! They gave us 10% off for the trouble. Not nearly enough.

                        And like Salad King, I can't understand why Linda was almost full that Sat. What's with you people!?

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                        1. re: syoung

                          I went to Linda for the first time Tuesday and while we enjoyed our food (golden curry and a "street food" soup special with fish cake and other seafood), I was a little underwhelmed. I was surprised at the use of western veg that I associate with cheap take-out: bell pepper, brocoli, etc.. The quantity and quality of protein was not great for the price.
                          Salad King hasn't been good since the 90s, IMHO.

                          1. re: syoung

                            "What's with you people?" I think that many people have tastebuds that have been trained to prefer food that is adulterated with a lot of suger and salt.
                            Food courts joints understand that, and count on it to make their money.
                            So do dreadful places like Salad King and Linda's.
                            It's really sad that Toronto can't sustain a GENUINE Thai restaurant.
                            And please don't tell me to try SukoThai or its newest incarnation - I've been disappointed.

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                            Salad King
                            340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

                            1. re: KitchenVoodoo

                              Did you try Sukothai? I'm not sure if you did by your post. I tried it three times and it struck out just as many times. Maybe I'll try it again some time, but not in the near future.

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