Restaurants selling authentic ethnic food are hard to come by especially in a country with such myriad cultures and diversities. Khao San Road however hits the jackpot when it comes to bona fide Thai cuisine. This restaurant has always been top in my list of food places to visit in Toronto after hearing way too many raves. Furthermore a Thai friend of mine highly recommends the restaurant which says a lot about their food. That being said, I had extremely high expectations.
Gra Bong is apparently their most popular dish so we couldn’t not get it (although I was slightly skeptical on its physical appearance). It is essentially fried battered squash fritters seasoned with wild ginger, lemongrass and red curry. The squash fritters by itself was crispy albeit a little bland as it tasted very similar to sweet potato fries. What captivated the dish was the heavenly dip that accompanied it. Just imagine a fusion of tangy zest with peppery spice and a hint of sweetness. For the price of $10, it is a great appetizer to share with others.
The Khao Soi is one peculiar fellow. It is a combination of tender braised beef and egg noodles with a golden curry rich in coconut flavor and topped with green onion and corriander. The intense mix of curry and coconut brings the dish to life and gives it a greater depth of flavor. The sauce may have been a little strong for my taste buds but nevertheless it was a well-formulated Thai dish.
Sam Roas which is their street-style pad Thai made with a twist. I do not know where to begin this epic journey of taste-buds-gone-wild. The initial bite transmitted a certain tanginess but soon enough it transcended into mild sweetness. The adventure finished off with a spicy aftertaste. All three savory flavors were integrated into one dish. To top it off, it was garnished with oven-roasted peanuts, dried chili, and freshly squeezed lime juice. It was simply divine. All $15 was worth the exotic journey.
I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and am MOST DEFINITELY planning to revisit!