Monday, August 04, 2014

REVIEW | Pai Northern Thai Kitchen - Chef Nuit's newest restaurant in Toronto

Pai Northern Thai Kitchen, which just opened on May 30 of this year, is already being called Toronto's best Thai food by many.  Pai's kitchen is led by Chef Nuit Regular, well known to the food scene for the two popular sukothai locations, and formerly Khao San Road.

My visit was on a Monday night and it was impossible to make reservations as we couldn't get through to the booking line.  My advice? Make reservations way ahead of time, or expect to wait a bit during the peak lunch and dinner hours.  We got the just around 6PM and were lucky to have waited only 10-15 minutes before being seated. The host and servers are all friendly and make you feel welcomed immediately.

The space is pretty large with the main dining room area, waiting area by the bar and a private dining room for groups.  All the furniture creates a rustic & market place feel with wood furniture, school chairs and colourful decor.

Thai Iced Tea - served on a mount of crushed ice, this was delicious.

Pad Thai with Shrimp ($15.00) - Stir fried rice noodle in a homemade tamarind sauce with bean sprouts, tofu, egg & chives. This is the best Pad Thai I've had in Toronto! Highly recommended.

Khao Pad Thamada Beef ($15.00) - stirfried jasmine rice with egg, green onion & oyster sauce.
I've never had this dish before and when it came out, I thought that it looked very plain and simple. The beef was seasoned deliciously and went really well with the egg and jasmine rice. 

Khao Soi ($14.00) - fresh egg noodles in a golden curry topped with crispy noodles, coriander, green onions and chicken. This bowl of Khao Soi was very aromatic and had a lot of depth to the curry compared to the Khao Soi at other Thai restaurants. We ordered an extra bowl of rice to literally lick this bowl clean!

My friends and I shared three main entree dishes and left full and extremely satisfied. I really can't pick which dish was my favourite because reliving that night, they were all perfect to their own. Each dish had ingredients that created a harmony amongst their flavours and textures. I'm definitely not waiting to go back to Pai for Thai food! PS. Did I mention that they have a small but quaint patio in the front?

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