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Jun 26, 2014 07:37 AM

has anyone eaten at Pai Northern Thai Kitchen?

I just read a review of this new Thai place on blogTo. Has anyone tried it? I am wondering if it can really be as described in that article.

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  1. I've been 3 times. If you like Nuit's dishes at Khao San Road, Sabai Sabai, and Sukho Thai you'll find Pai is right up there :)

    The Basa comes with a tamarind sauce at Sabai, but at Pai it is accompanied by a delicious green curry, it's sooo good.

    IMHO that reviewer was harsh... they only opened a few weeks back and the menu is still expanding (e.g. snacks are planned once the liquor license arrives).

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    1. re: JonasBrand

      Does Pai have a liquor license yet?

    2. Not yet. I've been following them on facebook since before they opened but there hasn't been a lot of hard info (ie/ I've been hoping for some menu variation from their other places). Will have to wander up at lunch soon to check it out. I'm not super confident in that reviewer either - for example, green curry in Thailand isn't full of a rainbow of Western veggies, although I understand why someone might expect that based on experiences here. But most Thai experiences here are crap.

      1. That review was unnecessarily harsh. I disagree about the pad thai. One dish that was missed in the review was the incredible Khao Soi with drumsticks. Wear a bib - noodles & splashy yellow curry are a dangerous mix!

        I've been 3 times, people in my office down the street have been more. (OK, maybe some referral bonuses would be nice, but hey.)

        I do agree that the liquor license would be awfully handy.

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        1. re: Wino In Training

          Luckily I doubt anyone cares what dineto thinks anyway... I didn't even realize they were still around.

          1. re: julesrules

            I don't believe much of what they say, but I usually have a look during my coffee break!

        2. I'll preface by saying that I am working with Nuit and Jeff at Pai.

          The restaurant is in a soft opening phase. He ate at the restaurant within the first week. The menu is purposely smaller than intended and will include many new dishes and the Bebop menu (a bar-focused section) very soon.

          We are all eagerly waiting for the liquor license! Glad to hear the positive reviews :)

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          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            Can't wait to try. Can you confirm if Pai will have separate vegan menu as with Sabai Sabai?

            Thank you!

            1. re: mrsleny

              They will have one but they're still finalizing it and it will be available in the coming weeks.

                1. re: canadianbeaver

                  Yes. I sent them a tweet and they are open tomorrow for lunch and for dinner.

                  1. re: kwass

                    Thank you!! So excited to report back!

                    1. re: canadianbeaver

                      Maybe I'll see you there. I'm going as well :)

                  1. re: mrsleny

                    no problem :) hope you all have a lovely time at Pai.

                    1. re: pinstripeprincess

                      Is Pai wheelchair accessible? With TIFF approaching, I'm thinking about accessible restos in the Entertainment District.

                      Does anyone know about accessibility of Khao San Road?

                      1. re: canmark

                        Pai is down a set of stairs (about half a dozen steps iirc). I don't remember a wheelchair accessible entrance. I will double check next time I am there for lunch.

                        1. re: GrahamChubb

                          Thanks all. I was afraid of the lack of wheelchair access at both Pai and KSR. A friend told me that there is a law that says that all restaurants (and stores) are required to have wheelchair accessibility (unless it would cause undue hardship to the business owner), yet it seems that so many new (and old) restaurants are without accessibility. The Entertainment District, in particular, seems to have an inordinate number of restaurants that are either up or down a few steps. It’s disappointing to read about a good new restaurant only to find that it is inaccessible to me.

                          Last year during TIFF, I did go to Sabai Sabai (which I liked) in between films at the Ryerson and Elgin theaters. I was using a walker then, and was able to get in and out of the restaurant without any problem (I’m not sure about the washrooms, as I did not use the facilities).

                          Now I’m completely unable to walk and would need wheelchair accessibility. I’ve eaten a few times at the O&B Canteen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and that place is fine, although the close-set tables and crowds can make it difficult to maneuver. I use both a power wheelchair and a manual wheelchair (with somebody pushing me).

                          1. re: canmark

                            Renovations in existing buildings do not need to be barrier free if the existing suite floor level is more than 200mm above or below existing grade.

                            1. re: hal2010

                              I wonder how they'd get a stretcher out if someone needed medical assistance.

                              1. re: GoodGravy

                                OT but my dad had a heart attack 7 years ago on the second floor of our house. In short they carry the stretcher.

                                1. re: LexiFirefly

                                  I figured that, but I thought part of the reason for accessibility rules was for medical emergency response, not just people in wheelchairs.

                                  1. re: GoodGravy

                                    It is definitely faster. Since there are other options however I don't think that aspect is a priority.

                        2. re: canmark

                          KSR is down a small flight of stairs.

                          1. re: canmark

                            i recall that Pai has a small "patio" at street level. when i went for dinner last Friday, it was not being used. it might be more of a waiting area than anything, but could try your luck with that!

                  2. re: pinstripeprincess

                    Thanks for the updates! What do you do there?

                    1. re: szw

                      i help out where they want/need for PR and marketing.

                  3. I have. Service and food were great. I'll definitely be back when I have time for more than a desk lunch.
                    My friend who always orders the Khao Soi at KSR was convinced to try the chicken drumstick version at Pai (they were willing to make it with beef for him but the server was raving about the drumstick) and he loved it.

                    As others have said, if you like KSR, Sukho Thai, etc. you will like Pai.

                    I can really speak to review as I didn't have any of the dishes mentioned. But, I'm can only think the reviewer was being harsh or went on an off-day for the restaurant as I've always enjoyed the dishes I've had at their other restaurants.