274 Parliament Street, Toronto
So it's in a shady location, what does it matter when you can get real, authentic Thai food?
Sukhothai, which sounds wonderful when chanted (su-kho-THAI! su-kho-THAI!) as my friend did in anticipation of our visit, is a tiny Thai resto in Corktown.
We got there at a decent hour when most of the tables were free and we could have our pick (so we picked a table for four for two of us), but soon it filled up and there was a massive line-up.
It must be pointed out, that we weren't ever rushed to leave because of the large line. It brought to mind the awful Mildred Pierce in Liberty Village where filling seats was more important than food and service.
It should be pointed out also, that we ordered enough food for six and needed that table for all the dishes!
Since I am pointing things out, I could also point out that I don't like soup, and you would already know this if you're a regular reader of this blog, but if not, I'm telling you that I only partake in soup when a) I am sick b) it's home-made FOR me c) it's the dead of Winter and everyone else is going for soup and I don't have a lunch.
That said, the coconut, chicken soup at Sukothai is to die for. I hate when reviews use words like 'bursting with flavour' but I am at a loss of words to describe it in any other way!
(dish descriptions from Sukhothai website menu)
Tom Kha Gai :
a creamy coconut, chicken soup, overflowing with fresh cut herbs. Galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, coriander, onions and tomatoes. Served with rice (starter portion also available)
We had the starter portion and shared it. Even after trying all the other dishes, we still came back to this one, in awe. It's eye-googling good. I'm coining this the word for when you taste something so good that you look at another person with such incredulity on your face with eyes open wide. Eye-googling. That's how good it is. Something Derek Zoolander would say. Eye-gog-a-ling.
Crispy vegetarian rolls with glass noodles, mushrooms, carrots and beansprouts. Served with our home-made, sweet and sour, garlic sauce.
We pounced on our rolls right away and they were steaming hot. S o much so that we couldn't really taste much after oohing the hot air out of our mouths.
So the last of the three rolls we left to cool down completely before trying again and then realized it tasted a bit funny. Spoiled or perhaps just a distinct flavour of sourness? Couldn't tell so we left it at that. It didn't ruin the rest of the meal for us that's for bloody sure.
Sukhothai Pad Thai: Our “Sukh’ed up”, Northern Thai version of the Pad Thai is a must to try. You will find a slightly different take on Pad Thai depending on where you are in Thailand. This is a taste of our Chef’s hometown goodness. Extras: made with peanuts, more herbs and a small-town, northern-style, authentic-Thai twist.
Nyum nyum....didn't blow us out of the water upon first try. At home, as leftovers though, incredible!!
Yellow noodles in curry gravy with green onions, coriander and a light, crispy noodle topping. Choice of chicken or beef. A specialty from Northern Thailand, it’s got a lot of texture and even more flavour.
They suggested this would be better with beef, but I don't do beef too much, so chicken it was. We both agreed it was good, but the overpowering curry taste did us in. The crispy noodles on top were perfect with the soft noodles below. I don't like anything to be too gravy-ied so the gravy was a bit much for me. Good with rice as a curry dish, and definitely quite heavy. Great for sharing and as left-overs!
Panang curry with kaffir lime leaves, basil leaves, red and green pepers and coconut milk. Choice of chicken, beef or tofu and served with rice. Richer than the others and more about the meat.
This was a lovely dish, really fresh ingredients. The kaffir lime leaves - goodness!! Absolutely delightful with rice. I can see this one being a hit with my Moms.
They gave us our dessert on the house. <3!!!
Tapioca with coconut milk:
Tapioca doused in sweet coconut milk.
Neither of us are fans of tapioca....especially when it's in bubble tea, but this...was insanely good!
Exceptional service and the dishes are just outstanding!!! If I were to flip a coin between Sukhothai and Flip, Toss and Thai...well, it would have to be a toss-up between these two. Sukhothai might have a bit of a lead because of the actual dining space and ambiance which FTT lacks.
But yes, Sukhothai also has a chili scale..just let 'em know how hot you like it.
Can't wait to go back and take everyone I know with me. Who's in?