Numchok Wilai is one of my favourite Thai places in the city. I’ve been there at least half a dozen times by now, both for lunch and dinner, and have always had an excellent meal. You know it’s going to be good when half the people you invite aren’t even aware of it’s location. Never judge a restaurant by it’s exterior. Or in my books, the shabbier looking, the better. Part of it’s charm is that few people know how amazing it really is.
Numchok has a killer lunch deal ($12.95) which includes your choice of a dish, two veggie spring rolls, a small bowl of lemongrass soup and rice. There are 21 items to choose from (nine are vegetarian, couple curries, pad thai, etc.). There was a recent hike in price of $1.00 but what can you do? ‘errbody needs to make a living. The staff are always friendly and service is both fast and efficient. On our most recent trip, we ordered and received our food in less than 10 minutes. Ridiculous.
*** Very important (hence the asterisks) – if you want spicy, make sure you ask for it (three options: 2 (spicy), 3 (hot) and 4 (very hot)). First time, we forgot to tell them so while all the food was very flavourful, it lacked in the heat department. We could probably just blame this on Bbop with his pale, white skin and the staff taking pity on him and having no faith in his eating abilities.
Second time around, we ditched him and made sure to get the 4 star experience. The staff didn’t believe we could handle the heat because they checked with us twice to make sure we wanted very hot. If you like spicy, do it. It’s actually not that hot – you can still taste all the flavours but you’ll get lingering bit of heat with each bite. Still nowhere near as hot as what I’ve had in Thailand.
Veggie spring rolls and lemongrass soup
A nice little appetizer to start our meal off. The lemongrass soup is delicious – you can really taste the lemongrass flavour, just don’t eat the lemongrass piece that they usually leave in it.
Stir fried eggplant (#20)
Stir fried eggplant with garlic, carrot, red pepper, basil leaves and vegetarian sauce. Eggplant is one of my favourite vegetables so I decided to try out Numchok’s take on it for the first time. Really tasty and the eggplant along with all the other vegetables were cooked perfectly.
On a previous lunch, we had the pad thai tofu (#18) and green curry chicken (#3) which is easily one of their best dishes. The pad thai is well balanced and not overly sweet, which I am not a fan of when that happens. The green curry is a staple and seriously, you can never go wrong with ordering it. Overall, Numchok Wilai continues to deliver and is one of my favourite spots in the city to grab Thai food. If you haven’t been yet, goooooooooooooo.
10623 – 124 Street