Hungry after a day in the mountains, we decided on quick, tasty and close. Juree’s fit the bill. I’ve been here several times before and have always enjoyed the food. All their curries have rich flavors with liberal use of coconut milk. The larb kai had some very spicy and herby notes. I really liked the deep fried tilapia, served whole with sweet and sour sauce on top. The service was very quick. On this night, there were some ladies dressed in traditional outfits dancing outside. I should really visit more often.
We stopped by Thai Pagoda for dinner after an afternoon climbing at Elevation Place. We were quite hungry, so we ordered accordingly. We sampled quite a few of the dishes. I had a bowl of Tom Kha Gai, which is coconut soup with chicken. It was very flavorful. The papaya salad was crisp and spicy. We also shared the green curry with pork, Penang curry with chicken, Massaman curry with tofu and Pad Thai with chicken. The green curry was the best dish with vibrant flavors, followed by the Penang curry. The Massaman curry was mild, but compared to the other two, didn’t seem to pack as much of a flavor punch. The Pad Thai was disappointing as it tasted overly salty, with a strong flavor of soy sauce.
My search for Thai brought me to Khao San Road. Except in Toronto, not Bangkok. This place is popular and like most trendy places, does not accept reservations. Thai food with an urban flair. The green curry was bursting with fresh flavors of lemongrass and spice. The Pad Thai smacked of tamarind. The spring rolls were fresh and tasty. Really good food.
Had I known about their specials, I would have tried them as well. The squash fritters reminded me of the Gorgon Medusa’s hair and the Khao Soi apparently is very good too.
When the restaurant is full, it can be quite loud so I wouldn’t recommend it as a first date kind of place. The service was attentive and the host came by to ask our opinion. When we left there was a lineup outside waiting to get in.