Tuesday, July 17, 2012 0

Khao San Road - long waiting lines, delicious Thai iced tea, and even a Vegan menu

By kc in

Khao San Road is undoubtedly the most popular Thai restaurant in Toronto at the moment.
I remember walking past this restaurant with a barely noticeable restaurant sign and there at 5:20 PM, was already a waiting line out the door. Reservations cannot be made here but they did kindly make a Waiting Time Estimates chart for patrons. And yes, there's even a vegan menu!

Small, loud, and bustling, Khao San Road is the perfect place for colleagues to relax after a long day of work, for friends to catch up or for Thai-food lovers.
Having forgot to bring my camera the first time around, I was more than ready to pounce on the chance to visit KSR again.

Thai Iced Tea ($4.50)
If it's your first time at KSR, I completely recommend ordering the Thai Iced Tea. Fragrant, milky and sweet, you'll be surely hooked onto this delicious iced drink from the first sip. I wanted it a bit less sweet, however unfortunately they pre-make it everyday and weren't able to make adjustments.

Squash Fritters ($10)
With a thin crispy exterior, this is an delectable dish that's perfect for sharing.

Pad Kee Mao ($14)
Stir fried rice noodles with fresh green chili, fresh garlic, long green pepper, egg, bamboo shoot and Thai basil leaves. Customized to have chicken, no bamboo shoots and no cilantro.
I personally love Phat Si Lo (stir fried broccoli and chicken with flat rice noodles) and this is a variation of it. It was tasty and more filling than it appeared but as I struggled to finish the last few bites, I wished the ratio of noodles to chicken would be a bit more.

Khao Soi ($14)
Egg noodles in a coconut milk enriched curry, garnished with crispy noodles, green onion, coriander and lime.
This is the most popular main entree at KSR. It has a creamy, rich soup base that coats every strand of egg noodles along with a nice crunch from the noodle toppings. I find that the fried noodles on top actually help cut down the heaviness of the coconut milk curry. A very, very heavy dish indeed. Many girls that ordered this at our table couldn't finish it in the end.
The Khao Soi also reminds me of the Malaysian Laksa but without the spicy kick, a thicker soup base and more coconut milk.

Pad Gra Prao ($13)
Stir-fried minced meat with holy basil, topped with a fried egg, served on rice.

Chef's Special Pad Thai ($15)
When I had their special Pad Thai, they had chopped up the cilantro and stir fried it along with the noodles, hence it was scattered on every strand. Because of this, I wasn't able to fully enjoy it :( However, everyone else who had it said it was pretty good. And one thing to note is that the noodles did not clump up together like many bad Pad Thai's. Phew.

Vegan Pad Thai ($15)
I have to say that the Vegan Pad Thai looks equally delicious and probably tasted just as good.

While I wasn't blown away, I do think KSR offers tasty Thai food at a premium price that's well supported by the district it's in. The staff are also friendly and patient. But as I've already been here twice and with long line-ups that matches Guu, unless I'm craving for Khao Soi I don't think I'll be back for a while.

Khao San Road
362 Adelaide West
Toronto, ON
(647) 352-5773

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Saturdays: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Closed on Sundays

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