My friend Wing wanted to try out Sukho Thai Restaurant in the Regent Park area (Dundas and Parliament) because of a recent positive review he had read in NOW magazine.
We initially checked out their website which looked pretty impressive and very well done. I also spotted Shrimp Chips in the menu which I had been dying to eat for quite a long time but wasn’t quite sure where to get them from. So we decided to check the place out.
The website had raised our expectations high. But when we got to the neighbourhood, it didn’t look so great. My friend also pointed out that this was a high crime rate area (news to me!). We finally found the restaurant and it doesn’t look that great at first sight. A narrow corridor which is pretty much the entire restaurant. There was a lineup when we got there and a lineup was there as long as we were eating – which was past the 10pm closing time for the restaurant. We also had to wait about an hour in line to get a seat.
However when you do start to look around, the place is nicely decorated. We also started noticing the food that other people were being served, which looks appetizing and the servings were large. Considering the fact that most of the items are under $10, this looked like a great find.
The place even has translations posted up all over the place so you can learn some Thai while waiting around. Word of advice for anyone in groups larger than 2: make a reservation before hand – this place gets crowded! A group of 4 who were waiting in line before us weren’t able to find a table at all and eventually ordered take-out.
After I had ordered my choice selections off the menu, I noticed a sign on the wall certifying the place as Halal. For those of you that know me, you know that this is a big deal for me. This is first ever halal Thai place I’ve encountered in Toronto. I’ll certainly be coming back here more often.
And the food was simply amazing too. The Shrimp Chips fulfilled my craving. The spicy Pad Kee Mao with shrimp was full of flavours from its different ingredients. And so aromatic. The mango salad on the side was a nice retreat from the hot dish. As was the orange milky drink (which tasted somewhat like bubble tea). I’ve always wanted to have bubble tea with a meal! And in the end, I couldn’t resist and had to order desert. Tapioca with Coconut Milk.
Simply amazing. I had a hard time finishing up the desert after that big meal. I chatted with our waiter, complementing the food. It turned out he was the owner (or part-owner along with his wife and parents). His wife was the chief cook who is originally from Thailand. He even let me take some Shrimp Chips for takeout!
Really nice people and really nice restaurant. With great prices!