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A few weeks ago, I had trials scheduled at the BlushPretty studio.  Since I was in the area, a dear friend suggested that we have dinner together.  She knows that I’m a foodie, so she wanted to take me to one of the most talked about places in Toronto and hoped that I would like it enough to make a Food Friday post.

Well…I did!

[custom_box width=”60%” bgcolor=”#D5F2B6″ border_color=”#3F9F29″ text_color=”#3F9F29″ icon_url=””]RESTAURANT: Khao San Road
ADDRESS: 326 Adelaide Street West Toronto, ON M5V 1R3
PHONE: (647) 352-5773

I shrieked when I found out where we were going.  Khao San Road is one of the most talked about restaurants on Yelp and Urbanspoon.  I always wanted to try it but never had the time.

The venue is small, so you have to arrive at 5pm when the restaurant opens or prepare to line up.  Luckily, we only had to wait 10 minutes and got a wickedly awesome table.

I started off my meal by ordering Thai Iced Tea.  It’s Thai spices and black tea mixed with condensed milk over crushed ice.  My friend warned me by saying it’s sweet due to the condensed milk, so it’s the type of drink that you sip versus gulp.  She was right!  I don’t want to think about the amount of calories in one cup but the drink was delicious and definitely complimented the meal, especially with the amount of spice we got.

Cha nom Yen  Thai Iced Tea

Cha nom Yen
Thai Iced Tea

First dish of the night was the Squash Fritters.  I love squash, so deep frying it made it that more delicious.  The batter was very thin so you could still taste the squash.  The sauce had wild ginger, lemongrass, and red curry and complimented the fritters so well!

Gra Bong Squash Fritters

Gra Bong
Squash Fritters

The Green Curry with Chicken is the dish that almost killed my taste buds.  Be careful when ordering the level of spice.  I told them medium and boy was it spicy!! Good thing I had the Thai Iced Tea to combat the spice.  Other than the level of spice, I honestly couldn’t stop eating the curry.  Since we couldn’t finish this dish, I actually brought the curry home to eat with chickpeas instead of rice.  The dish was so flavourful and it wasn’t too creamy of heavy.  It had the perfect balance.  The bamboo shoots were actually my favourite part, it added a crunchy texture to the dish and was cooked well!

Gaeng Kaew Wan Green Curry with Chicken

Gaeng Kaew Wan
Green Curry with Chicken

Usually when I order Pad Thai, it’s usually sweet and has ketchup in it.  Let me tell you, this Street Style dish is authentic! The noodles were fresh, it wasn’t greasy, and the shrimp was cooked perfectly.

Pad Thai (Street Style) with Shrimp

Pad Thai (Street Style) with Shrimp

As John Catucci would say, “You Gotta Eat Here!” The food was incredible! It was quick, authentic, and fresh. I couldn’t believe that at 9pm, there was still people lining up at the door. This place is that good and explains why it has so many rave reviews!

Super elated that my friend brought me here and got to experience this deliciousness!

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