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Apr 4, 2013 08:53 AM

Jatujak on Kingston near Warden - Has anyone tried it?

From no Thai decent restaurants east of the DVP to a possible choice of two. Woo hoo. Has anyone tried Jatujak that's mentioned in Post City and Toronto Life online?

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  1. This sounds very promising. Are you with me Scarberian? Of course, both my work and my home are outside the delivery area so I guess I'm eating in the back of a taxi.

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    1. re: Googs

      My concern is the comment by a reader that says it is "very close to Salad King quality"... ha... I don't know if I will be rushing to a place that isn't even as good as Salad King.... I haven't been since their old location but I don't recall Salad King being a good barometer of quality ingredients/etc.

      1. re: ylsf

        I went to Salad King a few months ago for the first time, and left completely baffled by its success. It's no better than Spring Rolls. Seriously mediocre food.

        So yeah, a Salad King comparison would definitely be worrisome.

        1. re: ylsf

          Its impossible to know the writer's frame of reference from 2 restaurant name drops.

          Hey, it's an indie Thai restaurant in our neck of the woods. We owe it to ourselves to give them a shot. If they're any good, we get to keep them. If not, well, Mr Darwin meet Jatujak, Jatujak meet Mr Darwin.

      2. I also just read the write-up on Post City. It looks awesome!

        1. Took it for the team and tried it this weekend... better than Salad King, for sure. Sizes are a bit smaller than SK for the same or higher price point, but still a ton of food and the quality is there. Panang curry was nicely complex and not the sweet coconut milk soup sauce that some Thai places do. Standard pad thai, luckily the non-ketchup real version. Going to try Masaman curry and pad see eew/pad kee mao in the next few weeks.

          Available in mild/med/hot and even medium spice has a kick- they're not taming it down for the nabe, which I love. A promising addition to the area, hope they do well.

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          1. re: Smorgasbord

            Stopped in today for lunch with a couple of friends.
            The food was better than average. The pad thai was good - lightly coated in a brown tamarind sauce and not that red sweet and sour sauce some places use. The curries were also a notch above the usual.

            Each person's food arrived at different times and the last person to be served had to get up and ask if it was coming soon.

            Only 2 x 2 seater tables and 3 stools at the bar. The room was chiily, and noisy from the exhaust hood. I'll go back for take-out but probably not to eat in.

            1. re: Smorgasbord

              We had takeout last week and will order from Jatujak again. Agree with Smorgasbord that the sizes are a bit smaller than typical Thai delivery, but the quality was great (and even so we still had leftovers). Very tasty Panang curry. We also had cashew chicken and fresh salad rolls. I would not order the fresh salad rolls as the ratio of noodles to other ingredients was too high so they weren't that tasty and they were so overstuffed they completely fell apart when you tried to eat them. Everything else was very good.

              I like that they have a concise menu and not +100 options so typical of Thai takeout. This tells me they are paying attention to the quality of each dish and using fresh ingredients. And the chef/owner is definitely Thai!

              Also agree with Smorgasbord on the heat - we did not specify so I assume we received medium, but it packed a punch.

              Looking forward to trying more items on their menu.

            2. they have a new location at victoria park and lawrence (1744 vic park). pretty dead on a friday night...don't think they've got the word out about their new location yet. haven't been to ksr in a while but the interior has a slight resemblance to it.

              had the pad thai, green curry, and khao soi. pad thai tasted very similar to the ones i've had at ksr/sukhothai which is a good thing. tamarind based one. no ketchup here. the khao soi was a lot less rich than the ones i've had at the previous mentioned places. was still tasty although the use of raw red onions as a topping might be too assertive for some.

              definitely a good uptown alternative to the great thai options downtown.

              1. I just squeezed into the delivery area. Going to have to give it a try! I've been looking for a good Thai place. Heck who am I kidding I would settle for not terrible!