Friday, 8 November 2013

Toronto Restaurant Review: Khao San Road

The best Thai food in Toronto that I've had by far (so far!) is at Khao San Road. Named after the iconic street food destination in Bangkok, this place provides a wonderful little respite from the bitter cold and grey that Financial District Toronto can be on a late Fall evening. While there are only a few items on the menu, there are more than enough to settle any craving you might have. 

{Nothing quite like the steam rising off a spicy curry dish}

{Thai Iced Tea}

Despite the blistering winter winds, Sirus and I both ordered their famous Thai iced tea ($4.50). It was very sweet, but very satisfying. In fact, I think I am going to have to start adding condensed milk to everything--it really does provide a little pep in your step.

{Fresh Rolls}

The Po Pia Pak Sod Gai Yaw (Fresh Rolls, $7) were much better than most that I've had elsewhere. What makes a good fresh roll stand out? Most importantly, it is the uniformity in texture of the rice wrapper -- not too dry or too wet, and thick enough to hold the weight of the ingredients without overwhelming them. Everything inside (chicken sausage, carrots, cilantro, basil and mint leaves) was expertly placed and rolled to perfection. I also appreciated the fact that there was no vermicelli put in as a filler. The tamarind sauce, topped with crushed peanuts and cilantro, made for a perfect pairing. 

{Shrimp Chips, $5, another appetizer option}

{Chef's Special Pad Thai}

Finally, the pi├Ęce de la resistance was the Sam Roas, or the Chef's Special Pad Thai ($15). I can't help it. Pad Thai is one of my major weaknesses and I will order it in almost any Thai restaurant I go to, even when other tasty options beckon. And this one didn't disappoint. The chicken was fresh and juicy, the noodles were so smooth and coated with a sauce that tasted like happiness. Sprouts, scallions, peanuts, your choice of heat, and bam, you got yourself a little bit of heaven on your plate.

Both Sirus and I agreed that this was by far the best Pad Thai we had ever had in Toronto and I don't think that opinion is going to change anytime soon.

Final Note: One Urbanspoon reviewer said that this place was "too busy for their own good" and I think that is a perfect way of summing it up. While most of their staff are very friendly and welcoming, there are a few (who will remain anonymous) that are a bit terse and pushy, especially in light of their no reservations policy. With great popularity comes great responsibility, and while it is understandable that certain rules (waiting outside, only being seated when your full party arrives) have to be made, there is no reason why the enforcement of these rules has to be so damn petrifying.

Location: Financial District, Toronto
Price Range: $$
Rating: 4/5

Khao San Road on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

Ilan said...

I highly recommend the squash fritters. They are so good there! Also the fried tofu. Super yummy.

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