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Is there a Thai place in Toronto that comes close to Lotus of Siam (Vegas)?

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kagemusha49 Jul 20, 2011 08:43 PM

This is not a knock on Toronto. I'm coming up for the weekend and want to take my son and his squeeze to a great Thai place. IMHO Lotus of Siam sets the standard (and if you ever get to Vegas you should check it out). What Thai places in Toronto are great?

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    Dave Feldman RE: kagemusha49 Jul 20, 2011 08:56 PM

    Looks like you haven't found this thread yet: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/451937

    Not sure I'd hold my breath re: Thai food at the LOS level.

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      kagemusha49 RE: Dave Feldman Jul 20, 2011 09:23 PM

      Thank you Dave (are you EVERYWHERE?) but I saw this thread and really didn't get the feeling that any of these were what I'd call close. And regarding Dubchild - last time I checked Lotus of Siam did have a $10 buffet that was pretty good (about the best Thai buffet ever) but they also have a spectacular a la carte menu that is not expensive. Don't want to get in an argument but Lotus is the dog's ballocks.

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      dubchild RE: kagemusha49 Jul 20, 2011 08:58 PM

      I constantly see Lotus of Siam come up on Chowhounds and in magazines as the best Thai. When we went a few years back it was hands down one of the most mediocre Thai restaurants I've ever been to. We went for lunch and they only had a buffet. Nothing came across as fresh, intensely flavoured, or even unique or interesting. Khao San Road is easily far better than Lotus of Siam. Unfortunately most hyped food I've had in the States has been a let down. Pink's in Los Angeles is another joke.

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      Khao San Road
      326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

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        szw RE: dubchild Jul 21, 2011 12:03 AM

        Agree, that restaurant is absolutely not worth it. I find on more recent discussions ppl acknowledge this, nut many still just read the old messages and repeat what they read.

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          kagemusha49 RE: szw Jul 21, 2011 07:48 AM

          I don't want to draw this discussion out and turn it into an argument. However, there are now TWO Lotus of Siams. The original in Vegas which is reasonably priced and is still excellent - (as of 5 weeks ago it was - the last time I was there) and a pseudo-spinoff in New York which appears to be overpriced and not very good - apparently the Vegas folks were involved for a while but have walked away from it.

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            glickjor RE: kagemusha49 Jul 21, 2011 08:01 AM

            I was recently at Lotus of Siam and enjoyed it but was not wowed by it. IMHO I would check out Mengrai for the most interesting thai food in Toronto.

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

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              juno RE: glickjor Jul 21, 2011 09:16 AM

              The question: is there a Thai joint in Toronto that comes close to Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas? The answer is: no. Not even close. Every time I get to Las Vegas - about twice a year - I make it my business to get to LOS (as it's called in Las Vegas), and have been doing so for years. It's in a dingy, dreary mall east of The Strip, and you almost feel you need a team of bodyguards to get you at night from the parking lot to the restaurant. And at night is when you should go. The buffet at lunch is all right, I guess (I've never tried it), but it doesn't show LOS at its best, which is the nightly dinner menu. It's a huge one, with lots of dishes I've never seen on Thai menus in Toronto, almost all imaginatively done - with tastes and textures I haven't experienced anywhere else. LOS may have the odd off night, I suppose, but not when I've been there. To see what a true Thai menu looks like, you can access the LOS menu on its website - though I haven't done so for a couple of years because it used to get me all hungry and anxious to hop a plane to Las Vegas immediately. I've directed some Thai restaurateurs in Toronto to the LOS menu, but mainly they just shrug their shoulders and tell me many of those dishes wouldn't sell in Toronto. So we have a slew of Thai spots here with almost identical, standard-issue menus, some of which do it better than others. But none at the level of LOS.

              P.S. The ubiquitous Dave Feldman, who posted on this thread above, is the Las Vegas board's version of our own omnivorous Charles Yu, a sort of guru of good, cheap chow, and has eaten through the entire LOS menu - probably more than once - and helped make it known to others with his perceptive postings. (Like Charles Yu, I suspect Dave never eats at home.) Also in LOS's favor: modest prices, and a remarkable wine list of mainly Rieslings, which seem to go best with Thai cuisine. I prefer beer, though. If a Toronto Thai spot came even close to LOS in menu diversity, quality and pricing, I'd be a regular there for life.

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                Dave Feldman RE: juno Jul 21, 2011 10:09 PM

                Thanks for the kind words, Juno. I certainly didn't mean to start an off-topic debate about the merits of LOS. I don't eat much at home because, well, you wouldn't eat much at my house if you ate my cooking, either!

                Just one little point -- the full dinner menu at LOS is available at lunch, too (exact same portions, same price). I never eat the buffet at lunch, although I've been known to cadge a few of the garlic chicken wings from it. I've spoken to the Chutimas about why they don't eliminate the buffet and their answer is illuminating -- they don't want to price out the locals who were there core support when they took over the restaurant. Many of these office workers couldn't afford the slightly higher price of an a la carte lunch.

                I'm in Toronto for the North American bridge tournament. We've essentially taken over the Royal York and Sheraton Centre for ten days.

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                  tjr RE: Dave Feldman Jul 21, 2011 10:18 PM

                  Where do you plan on eating, Dave?

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                    Dave Feldman RE: tjr Jul 22, 2011 07:59 AM

                    Good question! The problems of playing bridge while eating seriously are immense. I didn't want to post a general "where should I eat?" post, because I know how annoying it can be for regulars. I don't want to hijack this thread. I'm playing bridge seriously for four days now and food can't be top priority, especially because I'll be with groups of people at odd hours (like eating at 5:00 p.m.) Some other bridge players have posted threads and I've read those and of course reading some more on the board.

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                    kagemusha49 RE: Dave Feldman Jul 22, 2011 08:28 AM

                    My goal in starting this thread was not to diss Toronto but simply to locate the best Thai restaurant. Having eaten a la carte (awesome) and buffet (cheap and still very good) at Lotus of Siam, I know it is an outstanding restaurant. I'd love to find a Thai restaurant in Toronto that is as good and, if I do, I'll report on it but I'm not optimistic - I expect I'll have a nice Thai meal nevertheless.

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                    Food Tourist RE: juno Jul 21, 2011 10:15 PM

                    My impression of Charles Yu is guru of high priced, luxury chow and upscale authentic Chinese, not "cheap chow" as stated above!

                    The LOS standard is an extensive menu with dishes from all regions of Thailand. Our Toronto Thai restos don't go into such lengthy menus, with good reason. Restos like Khao San Road choose a limited repertoire and do it well, rather than spreading themselves thin. If you combine a few Thai restos in Toronto you might get a bigger repertoire.

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                    Khao San Road
                    326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

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                      skylineR33 RE: Food Tourist Jul 22, 2011 06:08 AM

                      Charles did have some post on cheap chow, but majority are on mid to upscale dining. I think maybe juno is only interested in cheap chow so he/she only read Charles's post on cheap food.

                      I suppose when people are making comparison on LOS and Khao San Road, they have been to both restaurants and compared familiar dish ? There is no point to compare dish that is only on LOS's menu but not in Khao San Road's.

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                        juno RE: skylineR33 Jul 22, 2011 08:25 AM

                        Upon reflection, perhaps "cheap chow" wasn't quite the appropriate phrase I used to describe Charles' culinary perambulations. "Value-oriented chow" would be much more appropriate, because Charles bounces around at all price levels, from pho in the west end, to the upscale Asian joints in the northeast, to innumerable mid-level downtown bistros - though always with an eye to the price-worthiness of the place. I maintain he's at his best uncovering modest, unknown joints - though he's also pretty good at noticing the lapses at fancy spots that start going downhill after initial good notices. Dave Feldman, mentioned above, a guru of the Las Vegas board, is also value-oriented, though I think at a lower price level than Charles. But both offer useful perceptions. Though it must be exhausting to eat out just about every night. I suppose it's a dirty job, but......

                        Like tjr above, I'd also be intrigued to learn where Dave plans to nosh during his stay in Toronto - I'll assume he has already done his due diligence. Khao San Road is pretty good, though it doesn't have a sheer sweep of LOS's intriguingly vast menu, almost all executed imaginatively and satisfyingly. To my mind, once you've been to LOS, all Toronto Thai restos lose their lustre, though I've enjoyed specific menu items at many of them.

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                        Khao San Road
                        326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

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                          prima RE: juno Jul 22, 2011 10:27 AM

                          Yay for value-oriented chow (and the term "value-oriented chow" ) ;-) I'm with you on that, juno. ;-)

                          Although it sounds like it isn't nearly as value-oriented as LOS (and it might not be possible for a value-oriented Thai resto like LOS to operate in TO), Khao San Road still fits into my idea of "value-oriented chow", especially when you take the average restaurant prices for reasonably decent chow in the Entertainment District into consideration. It's easy to pay too much for a mediocre meal in the Entertainment District.

                          In case anyone reading this thread is playing bridge at the Tournament this week, other "value-oriented chow" (for me, "value-oriented chow" would mean Mains that cost less than $20 in the Entertainment District) within a 15 minute walk of the Sheraton, would include Ravi Soups, Trimurti, Babur, Peter Pan, Jules and Queen Mother (KSR has a higher value index/ more bang for the buck, than QM for me). Some of the old school Chinatown favourites located on Spadina would be within a 20 minute walk of the Sheraton. So far, my bridge-playing visitor, who is playing and dining with other value-oriented chow-loving bridge players, has dined at Mercatto and Queen Mother.

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                            skylineR33 RE: juno Jul 22, 2011 10:55 AM

                            Hi juno,

                            I am not an expert in Thai food but love the food at Khao San Road. I really want to learn why there is such a big gap in the food at Khao san Road and LOS.

                            Obviously, there is no match on the number of items, LOS has like 100 items on their menu. And you mention it is what a "true Thai menu" looks like, does it mean those food menu at a good restaurant in Thailand all look like that with 100 items in there ?

                            Other than the number of items in their menu, in terms of quality for those items that are similar or offered by both restaurants, do you think it is not even close too as what you mentioned in your first post ? Any more specific example for those items you have tried in both restaurants ? Is the curry at Khao San Road not even close to those at LOS ?

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                              prima RE: skylineR33 Jul 22, 2011 11:03 AM

                              Kind of difficult to do that taste test! Even if I could convince someone visiting Vegas to bring me some take-out from LOS, I don't think that the Thai take-out would get past customs and/or the sniffer beagles at Pearson! And vice versa, I don't think I'd want to try smuggling take-out KSR into the US of A!

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                                skylineR33 RE: prima Jul 22, 2011 11:10 AM

                                I am not sure about you, but I guess as an adult, you can remember what you have tasted and do the comparison. Otherwise, why there are some people here saying food at KSR is better and some say LOS is better. Like, I have taste har gow in restaurant A last week and think it is much better than what I taste today in restaurant B because .....

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                                  prima RE: skylineR33 Jul 22, 2011 11:15 AM

                                  It was a joke, skylineR33! :-)

                                  LIghten up! Sniffer beagles! Funny, ha ha ha!!!

                                  Didn't mean to yank your chain.

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                                    skylineR33 RE: prima Jul 22, 2011 11:18 AM

                                    Why joke ? I am serious on this. I want to know why the curry at KSR which I love is at such a low level !!!

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                                      prima RE: skylineR33 Jul 22, 2011 11:22 AM

                                      ;-) I love the curry at KSR, too.

                                      Even if you're serious about KSR's curry, I don't see a problem with (jokingly) working out that a hypothetical taste test won't work, unless Chowhounds can get past the issues at Customs.

                                      I think this Board should be a happy place, including jokes with people who do or do not agree with your assessment of a curry's worth. ;-) As I said, I like the curry at KSR. After a visit to Linda last night, I'm reminded that KSR serves my favourite curry in the city, even though I didn't do a side-by-side taste test, and the 2 restaurants offer different dishes, and different menus, at different price points.

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                                        skylineR33 RE: prima Jul 22, 2011 11:32 AM

                                        Now Linda is a different story, I personally found it slip in quality a lots lately. Everything is watery there, no taste, just lack that kick from what I expect from a Thai dish.

                                        I wish I can bring back trays of uni from Japan too.

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                                          juno RE: prima Jul 22, 2011 12:37 PM

                                          Ahem. Could I break in here? I've never done a taste test comparing the nosh at LOS with what I can find in Toronto's Thai restos, for a good reason: when I walk into LOS, I'm looking for tastes I can't find in Toronto. So I never bother ordering standard-issue dishes easily available back home. I'll order from LOS's distinctive and separate Northern Menu, for example, most dishes of which you won't find in Toronto. The original query on this thread - innocently broached by kagemusha49 - was: is there a Thai resto in Toronto similar to LOS in Las Vegas. My answer remains: no, not even close. Some Thai joints here may do the odd dish or two very well - KCR's curries, for example - but none knocks so many imaginative menu items out of the park more often than LOS. With the breadth of its menu, you can eat there dozens of times and be delighted by new tastes every time. No doubt the Thai spots here, many of which are family run, can't afford to do a wide-ranging menu like LOS, - but, if I recall, LOS started as a modest, family-run joint as well, attracted locals and visitors alike to the crummy plaza it resides in, and has long been regarded as the best Thai resto in North America. Though with its modest prices and rickety atmosphere, it still feels like a family-run joint.

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                                            skylineR33 RE: juno Jul 22, 2011 12:44 PM

                                            Well I believe kagemusha49 is just looking for a great quality Thai restaurant to have a dinner with his son, he is not saying he wants a big variety which he can go there dozens of time with 100s of items to explore. Looks like you need to visit KSR first to come up with a true comparison whether it's quality is as good as the one you found in Vegas.

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                RogerDoger RE: kagemusha49 Jul 22, 2011 12:49 PM

                If you want Thai food near your location in Toronto the choices are Khao San Road , Salad King on Yonge & Dundas and Bangkok Garden on Elm St. I am not saying any is as good as you are looking for as I have never been to LOS But I have had good meals at each. Choose one and decide for yourself, then report back.

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                Bangkok Garden
                18 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1G7, CA

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

                Khao San Road
                326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

                1. danionavenue RE: kagemusha49 Jul 22, 2011 07:08 PM

                  My fave Thai place is Satay on the Road on Avenue Rd. Everything is always delivered pipping hot and of course, delicious. I have not been to this Las Vegas place you speak of but will when I go to Vegas next. Good luck!

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                  Satay on the Road
                  2003 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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                    Dave Feldman RE: kagemusha49 Jul 23, 2011 09:05 PM

                    I'm definitely planning on hitting up Khao San Road on this trip. Thai food isn't so great in Manhattan, where I live, so my interest is more than academic.

                    I did have my first real meal of the trip tonight -- Banu. I went with a large group and by and large we liked it quite a bit, although the potato salad wasn't a hit and the beet salad not much different from a hotel restaurant. But the marinated grilled meats were good, I liked the eggplant salad (the whey paste made it stand out from other preparations I've tried), and the koobideh was delicious. Service was warm and friendly. Not a life-changing event, but most satisfying.

                    Hoping to find something good for tonight.

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                    Banu
                    777 Queen St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1, CA

                    Khao San Road
                    326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

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                      iMarilyn RE: Dave Feldman Jul 24, 2011 07:04 AM

                      Did you have the lamb testicles? Go to Woodlot or the Black Hoof.

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                      928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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                        Dave Feldman RE: iMarilyn Jul 24, 2011 09:17 AM

                        Nope, no lamb testicles. Black Hoof is on radar but not possible for tonight. I think we are going to do Rashnaa, although timing will be tight.

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                        Rashnaa
                        307 Wellesley St E, Toronto, ON M4X1H2, CA

                        The Black Hoof
                        928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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                          prima RE: Dave Feldman Jul 24, 2011 11:54 AM

                          Might also want to consider Chinese Traditional Buns (which serves more than just buns, such as their Xian cured pork meat sandwich aka Chinese hamburgers http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6629...), a hole-in-the-wall down some steps just west of Dundas & Spadina in Chinatown, which is within a brisk 20 minute walk of the Sheraton, if your timing is too tight for Rashnaa.

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                          Chinese Traditional Buns
                          536 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

                          Rashnaa
                          307 Wellesley St E, Toronto, ON M4X1H2, CA

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                            Dave Feldman RE: prima Jul 24, 2011 06:27 PM

                            Thanks for the tip, prima, but we did end up at Rashnaa and most of us loved the place (I was one of them). On the Southern Indian side, I so appreciated the sourness of the dosa (it was on the soggy side, although a friend's masala dosa had a little crispness), that care was taken with both the sambar and coconut chutneys. The side dish of eggplant that came with the dosas were delicious. On the Sri Lankan side, the beef rolls were probably the biggest hit, as were the spicy chicken dishes (I preferred an asked-for very spicy chicken curry to the devil chicken), but the khotu rotty was comfort food at its best, and a new dish to me (I had it with mutton and asked for it very spicy). I didn't think the vermicelli dishes were as strong. Portions were huge and the service was friendly and gracious, although the food was a little slow coming out of the kitchen.

                            Rashnaa exceeded my expectations, and the blending of Sri Lankan and Southern Indian is a natural, although I've never encountered it before. Thanks for the tip, Chowhounds. A bunch of bridge-player friends of mine went to Khao San Road tonight. I'll report back.

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                            307 Wellesley St E, Toronto, ON M4X1H2, CA

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                      kagemusha49 RE: kagemusha49 Jul 26, 2011 08:31 AM

                      Well I'm back from Toronto - had a monster rain delay at O Hare going up and that kinda hurt the joy of the trip. I notice that Feldman (the guru of Vegas dining) has kinda hijacked my thread for his bridge reminiscences - more power to you Dave! Anyway we did go to Khao San Road yesterday and it was pretty darn good! We all had the soup/spring rolls add-on for $3 and the soup was nice with fresh tasting ingredients - well worth getting. My son and his gf got a green curry - looked OK to me but I'm kinda burned out on the usual crayola Thai curries. I got the Khao Soi - and it was a delightful dish - both crisp and soft noodles and a spicy coconuty buttery soupy sauce on the braised beef. The beef itself was not great. Fix that and you'd have a dish worthy of Lotus of Siam and it is certainly a dish I'd have again. Son and squeeze declared this as the best Thai they'd had in Toronto.

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                      Khao San Road
                      326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

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                        Dave Feldman RE: kagemusha49 Jul 26, 2011 09:54 PM

                        I'm hoping to get to Khao San Road today or tomorrow. And a friend who I sent there (who liked it but didn't love it) was nice enough to give me a menu. I was a little disappointed to see the curry list, too, but was planning on ordering the khao soi, one of my favorite Thai dishes.

                        Because of the bridge tournament, I've pretty much been socked into one real meal a day. Last night some of us went to Pizzeria Libretto and I was quite impressed with the pizza, especially the crust. The waiter recommended the sausage pizza with basil and chili oil and it was brilliant. Also loved the house arancini. The lemon panna cotta was the only major disappointment.

                        Friends of mine went back to Banu last night and liked it even more, especially the grilled red meat (lamb and steak).

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                        Banu
                        777 Queen St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1, CA

                        Pizzeria Libretto
                        221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                        Khao San Road
                        326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

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                          dubchild RE: Dave Feldman Jul 27, 2011 05:40 AM

                          Khao soi is many people's favourite and I have never found a problem with the beef. We also enjoy the Massaman curry. The curries for me are incredibly fresh, fragrant and intense. Reservations are highly recommended. I find portions generous and if I eat an app and a main, I come out feeling bloated. If you have a chance to bring company, it will give you an opportunity to taste more.

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                            Dave Feldman RE: dubchild Jul 28, 2011 09:36 AM

                            I finally made it to Khao San Road. There were four in our party but we shared a communal table with four other friends, so although I focused mostly on my entree, I tasted about ten dishes in all. I also ended up speaking to co-owner Jeff Regular, who was charming and very interested in getting feedback.

                            I'd have to give KSR mixed reviews. Luckily for me, by far my favorite dish I tasted was the khao soi. I didn't have any of kagemusha's problems with the beef. Mine were perfectly braised, and although not really Thai spicy, as ordered, the broth was flavorful and vibrant despite its richness (lime helped, but it could have used pickled vegetables for more sharpness).

                            My next favorite dish was the squash chips, which at first I dismissed as indistinguishable from shrimp chips. But then I kept nibbling at them and became addicted.

                            The fried garlic chicken appetizer was a mixed bag for me. The chicken was perfectly fried and retained its moistness, but I think it desperately needed more garlic and other seasonings. The dipping sauce helped, but it was too bland otherwise.

                            The crayola curries, as kagemusha so aptly called them, were good, but indistinguished, IMO.

                            I didn't like the pad thai at all. Like several of the other dishes, it desperately needed more acid. Even asking for more lime didn't liven it up enough.

                            I spoke to Jeff about why KSR offers no salads. He mentioned that the restaurant offered papaya salad when it opened, but they were having consistency issues, and his wife didn't want to serve anything they weren't proud of. I think this is very smart of them. I had no idea that the restaurant was still a baby, and I think they plan to slowly add dishes to the menu.

                            I don't think it's fair to compare KSR to LOS yet. My take is similar to Juno's. I consider LOS to be an extraordinary place, but it also has a huge kitchen with a huge staff, and access to many different herbs that I'd guess are desperately difficult to find in Toronto (the Las Vegas people could not find many of the herbs they use routinely in LV when they were involved in the launch of Lotus of Siam -- NY, for example).

                            My guess is that KSR will continue to improve. I was happy to eat there, but at this point, it isn't up to the standards of the better places in L.A. or Chicago (or even New York), let alone LOS.

                            I also have to comment that we have had a couple of quick lunches at Sandwich Box. Locals might take it for granted, but we were most impressed with the quality and freshness of the ingredients (including the bread).

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                            Sandwich Box
                            43 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P1A1, CA

                            Khao San Road
                            326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

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                              kagemusha49 RE: Dave Feldman Jul 28, 2011 03:08 PM

                              Dave I'm glad your experience at Khao San Road largely confirmed that our tastebuds are in Sync! I did say I'd go there again and I'm willing to believe that the beef I had was just a minor aberration (I did eat it). I didn't know the place was new - although clearly the place was clean and could be new - I liked the decor. I'll agree that comparison with LOS is unfair - my original goal was merely to elicit what was the best Thai place in Toronto and I believe that Khao San Road may well be it.

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                              Khao San Road
                              326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

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                                Dave Feldman RE: Dave Feldman Jul 30, 2011 09:27 AM

                                Our last dinner in Toronto was at Volos Estiatorio on Richmond and York. It's a sleek, modern room in the former Mediterra. The standout dish at our table was definitely the grilled octopus appetizer. The grilled fish (in our case, sea bream) was perfectly cooked but virtually without any kind of seasoning other than olive oil. It desperately needed some acid, and even salt would have helped. A lovely place, but not the knockout that many others have praised. It was my most expensive dinner in Toronto, and possibly my least favorite. Bridge friends that I sent to Banu and Rashnaa really enjoyed it, although Rashnaa probably isn't for everyone. It's true home-style cooking, with some of the inconsistencies therein.

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                                Rashnaa
                                307 Wellesley St E, Toronto, ON M4X1H2, CA

                                Banu
                                777 Queen St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1, CA

                                Mediterra
                                133 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H2L3, CA

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