At Manhattan’s, when sunlight splashes the interior’s brick walls and rustic wooden floors and the garage doors roll up to reveal views of Kempenfelt Bay, they serve a brunch of eggs benedict, french toast, and sandwiches. At lunch, guests can sit on the patio out front while enjoying a choice between items such as a open-face flat-iron steak sandwich or a crab and lobster burger. Later in the day, the regulars know that the bartenders make a mean martini and last call is a little before 2 a.m. They also know not to mistake Manhattan’s for a bar. At dinner, the restaurant’s chefs serve hearty dishes such as cedar-plank salmon, rib-eye steak, and balsamic-honey chicken.
Our Thai's expansive menu introduces diners to both popular and traditional Thai dishes, straddling the line between accessible and exotic. Like Picasso's scratch 'n' sniff period, each meal excites the senses of sight and smell by balancing fragrant herbs and spices with the deep reds, greens, purples, and oranges of fresh vegetables. House favourites include the salty and sweet pad thai with tamarind sauce and the basil-and-coconut-infused green curry, as well as stir-fries and fried rice dishes studded with tender morsels of chicken, beef, or seafood. Guests savour each forkful amid a modern dining room decked out with stained-wood walls, streamlined furnishings, and cloth-clad tabletops.
With a menu of more than a hundred authentic Thai dishes, Desiam can tempt about any taste bud with its extensive selection of curry, rice, noodle, meat, and vegetarian dishes. For mouth arsonists and visiting Balrogs, 14 spicy entrees arrive ablaze with Desiam's secret, savoury spicy sauce—including the ginger beef ($11.99) and basil chicken ($10.99). Myriad milder options await patrons with tamer palates, such as Desiam's pad Thai ($8.99–$1.099), stir-fried with beans, sprouts, egg, and peanuts in a succulent tamarind sauce. In addition to painting a chili-paste smile on Toronto-area bellies, Desiam extends its devotion to Thai cooking onto the lunch trays of underprivileged Thai children through its magnanimous student lunch donation program.
The chefs at Thai Breeze concoct a unique, housemade sauce for every dish that leaves their kitchen, joining complementary flavors such as mint sauce for grilled racks of lamb and a spicy basil sauce that permeates every nook of the eggplant stir-fry. The restaurant takes special pride in its vegetarian creations, using only fresh veggies and fruits. Chianti and merlot wines wash down balanced bites along with smoothies and bubble tea, which fuses coconut with the likes of green apple, honeydew, lychee, and taro—also known as the exact ingredients needed to build a rainbow at home.
Absorb the tastes and textures of gourmet Thai, Chinese, and other Asian dishes with a meal at Green Basil. Starters such as two spring rolls ($3.95) or two skewers of chicken satay ($5.25) set the stage for globetrotting gastronomy, and soup selections include Thai mushroom ($5.45) and hot 'n' sour ($5.95). In the realm of curries, Green Basil serves up varieties of the spiced dish for meat-eaters and veggilantes alike—the yellow beef curry ($10.95) and the green chicken curry ($10.25) quell carnivorous cravings, while the tofu curry ($8.95) brings eggplant-infused ecstasy to eaters of non-meat. Other Green Basil goodies include pad thai ($9.75) with chicken, shrimp, tofu, egg, and the house tamarind sauce; cashew-nut chicken ($10.25), drawing spicy strength from sweet peppers, onions, and dried chillies; and Thai fried rice with shrimp ($10.25). Lunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a cache of cocktails, beer, and wine keeps business lunches from turning into mandatory business naps.