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.
Phuket Thai Cuisine's chef comes from a family of food buffs, as his parents owned and operated a small grocery store in Thailand. Today, the chef employs the wisdom he's garnered from his family and magic 8 ball throughout the years to craft authentic cuisine inspired by the flavorful culinary customs of the Thai island province of Phuket. He draws from traditional recipes to craft inventive dishes that brim with fresh ingredients such as Chinese and Napa cabbage, steamed tofu, and ground peanuts.
Two tall, golden statues flank a fireplace embedded into a swath of exposed brick within the colorful dining area. Sculptures and artwork populate the canary-yellow and red-orange walls, and glossy hardwood floors stretch beneath sleek black furnishings.
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.
At Thai One On, chefs cull their recipes from the traditions of Thailand—a place where plump mangoes fall from towering trees and waters abound with colourful shellfish. To whip up the dishes of this faraway world, the culinary team folds fresh ingredients into curries, noodle dishes, and specialties such as beef with oyster sauce that's marinated in Thai wine. The kitchen overflows with the aromas of fresh basil, garlic, and ginger as stir-fries sizzle with pad-thai noodles and pots of red and green curries simmer. To craft one of their favourite dishes, the Fish Devil, chefs lightly deep-fry the best of the deep blue with onions, sweet peppers, and a fiery sweet-and-spicy sauce.
Out in the airy dining rooms, guests sip lychee milkshakes in cushy red booths. Vibrant paintings speckle the wall space, depicting traditional Thai scenes such as grassy fields with majestic temples and pristine beaches with tourists frantically searching for their passports.