http://www.paitoronto.com/ $ 416.901.4724 open daily
The room is packed for lunch, line out the door. Why? Because the vibe is bubbly fun, the food is rightly priced and really, really delicious. Think back to the best Thai food you ever had, that old scrumptious memory. Well, now it can be renewed! Rightly priced with most dishes under $10 and friendly servers that actually listen when you tell them not to overload the table with food. Slow and steady is always best…
Love the Stoli Thai Caesar with made-in-house chili oil, worch, celery salt, and lime. Not a fan of the pickled mango, even though it looked stunning. Cucumber Collins is “cool as a cucumber” and “very fresh- like being in a meadow in the spring time”, my mother tells me, and I have to agree: Hendricks gin, muddled cucumber, fresh lime juice, lemongrass syrup, ice and soda, cucumber garnish. It’s her birthday and Pai is the first of our 3 stops in our restaurant crawl (Barsa Taberna, then Seven Lives).
Next spring rolls fried, served with chili vinegary dip is rich with mushroom flavour, glass noodles add a perfect touch. Deconstructed Papaya salad is meant to be constructed to one’s own liking. Choose all or choose some: dried shrimp, crunchy unripe papaya, cold noodles, crumbly fatty pork rinds, fresh shrimps chips, garnish with cilantro and mint.
A perfectly sized bowl of Tom Yum with shrimp is a good choice, just a hit of spice makes it pop. Chefs Nuits pad Thai with choice of meat (we had shrimp) is a touch too dry. Not sure if its the Northern style or just the kitchen. If one loves lychee (like I mean really LOVES lychee) than the Summer Dog is a must.