West end is just the absolute pits when it comes to figuring out where to eat for dinner. Good eats are limited and it seems like everything closes early. Brutal. I wanted to take my friend out for a belated birthday and was having trouble deciding on where to go. Thai popped into my head and having been to Thai Flavours once before, we decided to check them out on a Tuesday evening.
The place had a few tables occupied during the evening but most individuals came in to pick up their take out orders. It’s quite unassuming from the outside as the shades prevent you from peering inside. The staff is friendly although our waiter/owner is a bit on the brisk side. To the point, typical Asian style. I thought it was pretty hilarious how after he dropped off our first dish, he also lined up our individual plates so that they were completely centered and straight. Really random.
Som tam Thai (#13) ($11.95)
Green papaya, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, and prawns in a spicy dressing. The dressing was light and actually had nice tones/bursts of spiciness. However, I wasn’t overly impressed with the green papaya – it didn’t have that slight tartness that I enjoy and found the papaya pieces to be too thinly sliced. I also wasn’t a fan of them using plain, old romaine lettuce. Boring. For $11.95, I was disappointed. Maybe their mango salad is better.
Green curry (D3) ($14.95)
Fresh green chillies, coconut milk and mixed vegetables. This is one of their “dinner for one” options, which we went with as it comes with a side of rice (coconut or jasmine). We opted for coconut rice as it’s my favourite. Delicious, fragrant and fluffy. I could eat this everyday. The green curry was tasty but again, the dish was on the smaller side. For $14.95, I want waaaaaaaaay MORE curry.
Pad chan (#38) ($14.95)
A version of pad thai (from Chanthaburi in Eastern Thailand) that is lightly spiced with homemade sauce, green onions and bean sprouts. Our waiter recommended that we try this over their regular pad thai so we obliged. I didn’t taste much spice, maybe a hint or two, but it was flavourful without being overly sweet.
Overall, the food is good here but on the pricier side. If you’re west end (near WEM or heading to the casino), it’s a decent choice but not one of my top picks when I think of Thai in the city. Too many other places in town to choose from.
Thai Flavours Restaurant
2570 Guardian Road