The chefs at The King and I make only one request of their patrons: please be patient. Because the kitchen’s repertoire includes a dizzying array of menu items, the skilled chefs only prepare a dish once it has been ordered. Diners can choose one of the familiar Thai dishes, including pad see ew with egg and broccoli and jasmine fried rice with cashews, pineapple, and a choice of meat. For more adventure, diners can try one of the house specialties, which, like a Martian ice-cream truck, introduce more exotic flavors: the pud phet ta lay finds shrimp, squid, and sea scallops stir-fried with green beans and bamboo shoots, and the pla rad prig ignites a fried whole fish with spicy chili basil sauce.
Tasty Thai Take Out's chefs kick up the heat as they spice curries, toss noodle dishes, and fire up the wok for sizzling stir-fries. To accommodate different tastes and diets, they can calibrate the heat on most dishes or swap out meats for vegetarian tofu. Customers usually take their MSG-free meals to go, enjoying Thai feasts back at home with their family, friends, or trained attack ferrets. For those who'd rather eat in, Tasty Thai Take Out welcomes diners to a small, casual seating area equipped with WiFi.
Vietnamese-born Tai Truong emigrated to the United States and worked his way up in the restaurant business until he became co-owner and chef at Saigon Cafe. Gayot describes the restaurant’s menu as “a refreshing and tasteful array of pan-Asian classics,” including grilled duck with tamarind and catfish in a spicy caramel sauce. Green, red, and mango curries envelop pieces of chicken, and vibrantly-hued broccoli and carrots pop against the bong cai’s brown sauce.
Chef Kevin Greaves spent years travelling the world studying the spices and cuisine unique to each region. Of all that he tasted, the foods that stood out in his mind and palate hailed from three distinct locales: Thailand, Louisiana, and the Caribbean. Rather than limit himself to a single favourite, the head chef of Jambalaya Restaurant incorporated flavours from all three regions into his eclectic menu.
The menu highlights traditional dishes from each region, including pad thai from Thailand, gumbo and jambalaya from the Louisiana bayou, and curried goat from the Caribbean. In addition, Chef Greaves prepares some dishes with a fusion twist, adding jerk spices to vegetable pad thai or moulding a plate of shrimp creole into the shape of Thailand. The chef flavours each dish with the restaurant’s signature brand of spices and sauces.
Inside the olive-hued dining room, Bangkok Pad Thai Restaurant’s chefs serve up dishes derived from many influences. Within traditional Thai cuisine, one can see the imprint of Szechuan-style cooking, the creamy coconut bases of South Indian curries, and the exotic flavours of Malaysia. The house special, pad thai, exhibits this merger of taste profiles with stir-fried rice noodles tempered by scrambled egg, bean sprouts, and crunchy peanuts. A slew of curry dishes add to the menu, along with vegetarian mains and traditional Thai soups such as tom yum goong, a spicy lemongrass broth filled with shrimp, mushrooms, and kaffir-lime leaves. After their forays into spicy territory, guests can cool off by sharing a slice of ice-cream peanut pie or pouring their complimentary ice water over their head.
Traditional Thai culinary techniques imbue Thai Delight's menu with authentic stir-fries, noodles, and curry entrees. Aromas from kaffir-lime leaves, lemon grass, and galangal perfume the air, wafted from boxed specialties such as chicken pad thai with stir-fried rice noodles ($8.96), which can be devoured at home or hung from rearview mirrors. Chicken or beef sizzle with cashews and veggies ($8.96), and shrimp sets the senses to smoking in a spicy penang curry ($9.96). Chefs craft scratch-made sauces for each dish and for separate purchase ($5.99 for 16 oz) in flavours such as thai curry, stir-fry sauce, and peanut sauce, perfect for painting delicious moustaches onto thai fresh rolls ($4.05+) so other diners don't recognize them.