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“A must go place if you love thai food”
Review of Khao San Road

Khao San Road
Ranked #121 of 8,509 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Thai
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Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Downtown West
Mississauga, Canada
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11 reviews
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“A must go place if you love thai food”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

Food is excellent and very tasty. Thai ice tea is recommended if you like something sweet and to reduce the spicy taste. Mango and Coconut juice are very good (I prefer coconut more). Service is fast even though the restaurant was very crowded, but you need to wait a long time to get seated ( a sign of good food ;) ) and the restaurant is noisy, very urban style . Overall , if you don't mind the line this is a place for you and enjoy your meal.

  • Visited May 2014
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Tampa, Florida
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“Possibly the best Thai food in Toronto”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

I had the house Pad Thai and would rate that dish a solid 5 star. The flavour was exceptional and the spice level was bang on. My rating of 4 (prefer 3.5) is striclty due to the decor which appears to be hastily thrown together on a budget of a few hundred dollars. This isn't a dining or date destination but if you are looking for authentic Thai food in a very casual envronment then give this place a try.

  • Visited April 2014
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“Absolute MUST”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

My office colleague recommended this place and mentioned live line, absolutely common in Europe, but which we are not so used to here, in Toronto. As you give your name and your phone number at the door, you are provided with approximate seating time. Ours was 1.5 hrs. We decided to go for drinks to TIFF meanwhile, especially with the hostess assurance to call us when the table is paying, so with 10 minutes lag to get back. Well, just to give a heads up to others, leaving is not such a good idea as people get tired of waiting and they leave, so we ended up heading back within 40 minutes, rather than 1.5 hrs. Make sure the whole party arrives at the same time, otherwise you won’t be seated and miss your place in line if you are not within 10 minutes time frame. There is plenty of space in the street to hang around. No, you cannot wait at the bar inside as that space is used for diners as well.
Now, as we were lucky to get in earlier, we were already excited. The place is very small, but cozy. Although tables are located very close to each other, we did not experience any discomfort. Be prepared for the noise level – IT IS LOUD!!! We loved it, but might be an issue for some.
Make sure you understand the spiciness level of the dishes, clarifying with the waitress PRIOR TO ORDERING. It is stated on the menu that if the order is too spicy, you are still paying for it. Waitresses are doing great job navigating between tight spaces while taking orders while answering questions.
We have ordered quite a few appetizers, including Spicy Beef and Hot and Sour soup, 2 mains and shrimp chips. We did consult the waitress on the spice levels, so the spiciest we got was Medium. And we ARE spice lovers. Although, don’t be extreme, their Mild is quite spicy, even for people that love the burning feeling.
Now, back to the food: every dish had its own personality. Hot and Sour soup was definitely one of the best hot and sour soups I have tried. And it was spicy, so no chili powder was needed. Spicy beef was an okay dish, not too outstanding, although shrimp chips were an awesome appetizer to go with their specialty beer. Fresh rolls had some really good texture and flavour, but you have to eat them first, as they are the mildest of all. Papaya salad claims to have raw garlic in it, which we were cautious about, but it appeared to be well blended in the sauce to be noticed. Three Flavours Pad Thai came across very nicely with the mild spice, as ordered, still tickling the taste buds. But Khao Soi was the highlight of the evening. The sauce made us all scream for spoons as we were done with noodles. We ordered shrimps as an option, expecting the regular pieces of shrimps hidden somewhere in the noodles. Guess again, they came in whole and they were tiger shrimps, cooked to perfection, not too dry and no too raw.
The bill part was another pleasant surprise as it did not exceed $35 pp with 5 beers. Oh, and the owner walks around the room, making sure guests are enjoying their experience, which just added a nice touch to the whole experience.
I definitely recommend this place to all Thai food lovers. The place is really casual, so no need in dressing up. Going back pretty soon.

  • Visited May 2014
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“Plan ahead for an easy and stress-free visit!”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We've been here twice while on trips to Toronto. It's a great place if you're looking to get away from the "same-ole same-ole" ubiquitous Thai offerings that can pretty much be found anywhere.

Golden curry is delicious and comes in a large white bowl served over noodles. The Penang is quite different from what you might be used to (good or bad depending on your view) and comes in little boat. It's not heavy on the sauce or peanuts (again, it's a different twist) More rice to eat it with would have been nice. Actually, the same goes for the noodles in the Golden curry. If you come with an appetite and don't have an appetizer you might be hungry as you walk away from your meal.

A note on the seating policy. Both times we've come there's been a wait. The estimated wait times should just be removed from the website as they've been wrong both times. It's probably better just to say that you'll wait - about 30 minutes for us on each visit. Don't bother trying to leave your cell number to text or call - on a busy night the hostess will flat out tell you that she's not going to be able to call you.

That said, the hostess, same young woman both times, is VERY efficient and doesn't miss a beat. My advice for the easiest seating experience:

1) Do as the sign outside says - wait for the hostess to come out to you. She will so don't worry. If you are the type that demands immediate attention and wants special treatment... skip Khao San Road all together, you probably don't belong there.

2) Make sure EVERYBODY is there when it's time to be seated. Having watched people try to scout this policy on two occasions I am happy to say that the seating hostess is unyielding on this - and I'm glad! The tables turn over quickly here so don't play games with the seating process.

3) Do have someone go to the restaurant to get on the list ahead of time. If she says that you have a wait of 20 minutes and can stay or go for a walk... do either, but arrive back on-time and all together. If not, expect your table to be given away and then you'll be bumped to the next in line for your party size.

4) If you are doing a 12 person birthday dinner I'd either get there right when they open or find another place. It's a small restaurant and they pack you in. If that is going to spoil your party then do yourself a favor and look elsewhere.

5) You could end up seating at a communal table. It adds to the atmosphere. If you are so misanthropic that you can't stand the idea of sharing a table.... you know what to do!

Other little things to note:

A) Your server will give you the check but you pay at the bar at the rear of the restaurant.

B) The restaurant is an easy walk - perhaps 5 to 10 minutes at most to Second City and other venues in the Entertainment District. Great place to eat before a show, just give yourself time.

C) Be nice to the seating hostess. Having watched her operate for the better part of an hour on two visits, I've seen her get plenty of attitude from rude diners. I thanked her on my way out after dinner. I appreciate someone who is efficient, sets realistic expectations, and then plays fairly. It's not hard to act like a decent person - especially now that you have some tips! (I gleaned many of these from other Yelpers before our first visit... just wanted to make a comprehensive list and bump it to the top!)

In summary, good food, fun atmosphere, play by the rules, and only 4 stars because of the price to portions of the food.

  • Visited April 2014
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“Downtown thai”
Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Limited seating get in early. Only a few couple seats, and the Pad Thai was a little saucey. But great apps, and veggie friendly.

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