326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1R3
Cost: $30 (for lunch)
It's the "high maintenance" sister resto to Sukho Thai. It resides in a more expensive neighbourhood, believes less-is-more and is worth the wait.
Open only a month KSR already has its hands full. Of customers. Having arrived just past noon, we were lucky to snag a seat at one of the communal tables in the front.
Looking sort of hurriedly set up, the interior is very sparse but chic enough for the downtown crowd.
The communal tables in the front are a great idea for "quick" lunches, although the time it takes to get a freshly prepared gourmet lunch is anything but quick.
Run by the Regulars (Chef Nuit and Jeffrey Regular) the restaurant is anything BUT...regular.
The flavours are what I like to believe is authentic, but would not know having never been to Thailand. The cold spring roll served with the upgrade of soup had us confused as to whether cold rolls are a Thai or Vietnamese traditional.
Our service is friendly and efficient enough for us who are not worried about the time. The couple beside us however, freaked out about getting back to work. You have to understand that the kind of ingredients used here (aka FRESH) are not rushed.
We were feeling brave (and Brown) and ordered our pad thais (chicken and shrimp) THAI SPICY = HOT.
My dining partner AMat likened the heat of our dishes to walking a block in sky high stillletos: semi uncomfortable but totally worth it.
Shrimp Pad Thai (Street style, but not on the lunch menu so was $15 from the dinner menu)
Chicken Pad Thai (Street Style from the lunch menu $10)
Upgrading to include soup ($3)
Coconut tapioca dessert ($5)
Our coconut tapioca dessert was ordered mid-way through our meal as our mouths were on fire. Served slightly warm, it felt different than at Sukho Thai where we remembered it being served cold and with more texture. Still, we were happy to take the rest of it to go and eat it later, cooled. (So. amazing).
Although the dishes are significantly more expensive at KSR, you're paying for the location and for the freshly prepared, authentic flavours.
It's a small price to pay for a taste of Thailand.
Afterall, it would be far more expensive to go to Thailand.