The Thai Room @ Woodbine & Danforth
Haven't seen anyone talking about this new restaurant yet -- it just opened about a month ago, I think. I've been twice so far & really liked the food -- and there's a 25% discount for eat in or takeout (or 20% for delivery) until the end of September.
I'm not saying this is in the gourmet category -- but I enjoyed the food & ambiance more than at other neighborhood thai places in the area, and the menu seemed more extensive. They have a mixture of thai & malaysian dishes. So far we've had Coconut Mango Chicken, Thai Spring Rolls, and Sauteed Spinach (with broccoli, garlic, & something else I'm forgetting).
I will give this a try. Looks promising (more authentic) and not of the ilk of Ketchup Thai noodles that I detest. As a resident in pretty much "Greektown" , I need to go elsewhere and weather the invasion this coming weekend. :)
Not been to Basil Thai Kitchen. We had lunch at the Thai Room today and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Great decor and ambience was my first impression. We had the tom yum soup, chicken pad thai and a red curry. The soup was a generous portion, and was very good - nice depth of flavour. The pad thai was good. It wasn't ketchupy in colour but it was a bit on the wet side for me. The red curry was delicious. I always spoon taste the curry sauce on its own first before I put it on my rice, and I was happy it passed the test. I am excited that there is something like this in my 'hood and I am certainly going to head back to try other dishes there.
I had take-out tonight. The service was great, the food was fresh and obviously prepared with care, but overwhelmingly wimpy.
Coconut chicken soup - no cilantro or galangal or fresh chilis. Very mild.
Pad Thai - a decent rendition. Not the bright red ketchupy stuff you sometimes get.
Red curry chicken - had all sorts of vegetables in it more reminiscent of a stir fry - snow peas, sliced carrot, baby bok choy, broccoli - but they stood up well to the curry which was nice and rich but lacking heat and fish sauce.
Spicy beef salad - the beef was chewy and would have been better sliced very thin. It had a sweet sauce and not hint of cilantro, mint and chilis that you'd expect with this salad.
I didn't dislike it, it just wasn't really authentic Thai food. I think all of the spice was added with dried chili flakes. Using fresh Thai bird chilis would improve their food dramatically.