(this review is from memory, I didn’t just eat here)
416-593-0333 | $3.25 - $10 / dish
A friend of introduced me to Salad King this summer and now I’m officially an advocate. See below for the review.
I’ll just start by saying this place is phenomenal value. In my two times eating here, not a single dish has been disappointing, and I’ve never paid more than $10 for any of them. The menu is large, but definitely not overwhelming. I usually order a few plates and share them with the table.
A quick note on spice level: they give you the option of selecting how spicy you want most dishes (those marked with chilis on the menu). Both times I went, the 1 chili and 3 chili levels were best. Sufficiently spicy but you can still taste your meal. If you’re an animal, go for more, if you don’t like spice, just stick with the dish as is.
The best things I’ve eaten there are the curries, my favourite being the Golden Curry. Pick any of chicken, beef, or shrimp and enjoy a decently sized portion of this stuff over some rice. Beautiful depth of flavour: sweet notes, the tartness of tamarind comes through, and your protein is definitely going to be tender.
Other favourite of mine is Sea Queen (breaded squid with thyme and chili, honey and lime juice sauce). Squid isn’t rubbery and the combination of spices and ingredients is satisfying and fresh.
Also enjoyed the Satays and Siam Noodles. I’d feel safe in my selection of anything on this menu.
Service and Ambience
Despite the fact that the place is usually packed, I’d say there are enough servers to get your food to you quickly. The water refills are timely and the staff is very friendly and accommodating.
The space itself is beautiful. Very modern and fun. Most of the space is taken up by long metal tables that you share with others, but there are also some private tables that face out onto Yonge if you’re lucky enough to snag one.
Cozy seating, but it works with the hustle and bustle of the place.
The title pretty much says it all. This is one of the highest reviews I’ve given out thus far for the simple reasons that my food tasted great, the service was fast and friendly, and the prices are almost too low. It’s not a fine dining experience with molecular gastronomy or high-priced ingredients, but it’s a damn good Thai restaurant that offers unparalleled value.
Posted by: Jacob, Visited twice Summer 2011