It still boggles my mind how many good Thai places there are in town. Syphay, with two locations is doing quite well for themselves. I’ve been to the OG spot before and while that location may look like a shack from the outside, the food is legit. Well, having never been to the downtown location before, a Groupon popped up and what better way to try it than to save some moola at the same time.
Located beside Trang Tien, the inside is much more spacious and refined than their south side spot. We came on a Wednesday night and it was dead. Think there were two or three occupied tables the whole time we were there. Have no idea why they’re not busy, must be because of location? Well, don’t let that deter you because there’s two hidden gems right here. Plus you don’t have to worry about waiting/making reservations unlike the south side location, which was packed when I went.
The menus are faaaancy. The prices are along the lines of Boualouang and Thai Valley Grill, which I find pricier compared to a couple other spots in town. Service is excellent – our waitress was so friendly and genuine. You’ll be in excellent hands.
Appetizers, soups (tohm yum/tohm kha) and salads to start.
There’s also a good variety of curries, stir fried noodles and fried rice.
Stir fried seafood and stir fries round out the rest of the menu.
Thai iced tea and Thai iced coffee ($3.95 each)
Three of us ordered a Thai iced tea while Mapledip went with an iced coffee. Good stuff but I found the iced tea a bit on the sweet side. Had a sip of my bud’s iced coffee – awesome. And I don’t even drink coffee!
Syphay platter ($12.95)
4 meat spring rolls, 5 pineapple shrimp wraps and 8 garlic shrimp rolls. I’m never a big fan of ordering platters as they never seem to be worth the price tag but Mapledip loves them. Lightly deep fried and crunchy, it’s decent enough but I would spend my money on another entrée over the platter.
Gang dang ($16.95)
Red curry with coconut milk, bamboo shoots, green and red bell peppers, basil and kaffir lime leaves. So the waitress asked what spice level we wanted and we opted for SPICY. Like, she had to come back and ask us twice if we were sure we wanted spicy. I’m assuming the double confirmation was because two of them were not Asian? Well, we got our wish because it was SPICY (hence the capitals) but it was a tolerable heat. Well, that’s assuming you can handle it because ironically enough, our other friend was struggling. Might have seen a few tears slip out. 😉
Gang keauy ($16.95)
Green curry with coconut milk, green and red bell peppers, snap peas, broccoli, basil and kaffir lime leaves. This one was more mild in heat level but only a notch or so over the red curry. The way Syphay did it had me/us reminiscing about Thailand, it was that good. Both curries were thoroughly devoured.
Pad sieu ($16.95)
Stir fry thick rice noodles in a light soy sauce, egg, bean sprouts, carrots, chives, peanuts and cilantro. This one was mild in heat compared to the curries but the pad sieu was probably my favourite dish of the night. Super flavourful and the noodle texture was spot on.
2x Coconut rice ($4.00 each) – two orders was enough to fill the four of us.
Mango sticky rice ($5.95)
I’ve never really understood people’s obsession with mango sticky rice. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tasty but it’s not that unique, at least not to me. The mangoes were fresh with two generous scoops of vanilla ice cream and chocolate drizzle.
Syphay is another excellent Thai restaurant in town. Add it to the ever growing list. You can’t go wrong with either location so give them a shot if you’ve never been before. Take advantage of the Groupon while it’s still there!
Syphay Restaurant – Thai & Lao Cuisine
9441 Jasper Avenue