Guest blogger Ben Boudreau is the local community manager for Yelp.com, a website featuring restaurant reviews by ordinary diners. Once a week, …
A taste for ThailandBy Ben Boudreau | Sep 6, 2012
Tags: Ben Boudreau, restaurants, reviews, Thai, Thailand, Yelp
Hey there, my friends-in-food! It’s recently come to my attention that while we’ve covered Japanese sushi, Vietnamese pho, and even a put together a crash course in Korean, we’ve failed to talk about one of our city’s best and most readily available culinary cultures: Thai food! With a unique take on everything from soups and curries to noodles and kebabs, Thailand is an easy go-to for a healthy serving of veggies with the potential for a fiery kick of spice. So, are you ready to Thai one on?
Leslie F has seen the light and “it looks like a $10 plate of delicious Thai food” from Cha Baa’s Queen Street location. With about ten options ranging including curries and stir-fries to choose from, each served with rice and a spring roll, this is easily one of the best lunch deals in town. “Torn between all of the tasty-sounding lunch deals,” Leslie eventually landed on the Massaman Curry. Served with chicken, beef, prawns or tofu, it’s a nice change from your standard red or green curry with an extra kick of peanuts and sweet potato.
When it comes to the South End’s Talay Thai, Victoria P has a hard time picking favourites: “I highly recommend the Paneng Kai chicken, Pad Thai, Green Curry Chicken, and the spring rolls.” The Paneng Kai is a nice, milder take on chicken curry, perfect for that next step after your taste buds tire of the ole faithful Pad Thai. As for the Green Curry? Well, it’s usually just as hot, if not hotter, than your average red but you might be surprised by an underlying sweetness. Either way, that bad boy’s a sinus clearer!
Across the street at Gingergrass, Alanna S swears by their two-person, four-course dinner for just $52. Starting with an “amazing spring roll and a peanut curry chicken skewer,” then your choice of soup, it’s a great way to try new things while still getting to pick your preferred main course. Like it hot? Get the one-two punch of the hot and sour soup and spicy chicken. Then the only thing left to do is to calm down those taste buds with “a tempura banana drizzled with floral honey and ice cream.” Trust us—get the coconut ice cream.
Always on the lookout for fresh, adventurous eats? Arm yourself with Yelp’s free mobile app and never be without edible inspiration! And, of course, be sure to report back with your own local hotspots. Until next time, see you on Yelp!