51 Colborne St.
Dinner & drinks for two: $70
You wouldn’t know just by looking at Thai Dish that within those doors lies some of the best Thai food you’ll ever have. And at an unbelievable affordable price too.
Located in a gorgeous heritage building, high ceilings and a generous space await you. Decorated with authentic furnishings, even the exquisite pottery dinner plates are from Thailand.
The menu is long and varied, with options for meat lovers and vegetarians. Nua Yang & Som Tam/BBQ Beef with Papaya Salad ($11.95) wows the table with moist, tender, grilled beef — thinly sliced and doused with fiery peppers. Delicate threads of papaya cool and refresh the palate.
Opting for something other than Pad Thai, we go for the Spaghetti Kang Kiew Wan Gei /Green Curry Chicken Spaghetti ($8.95). Dense noodles are the perfect companion for the thick, silky curry. Bright, crisp vegetables keep it from being too burdensome. The Pad Makheur/Basil Eggplant ($8.95) is transformative. Stir-fried eggplant is tossed with chilies, peppers and basil, but it’s the deftly cooked eggplant’s sweetness that will win you over. Stunning from beginning to end.
P.S. They also do take out, delivery and a glass of house wine is only $4.95.
You want to be in the know, part of the scene? Well, here’s your chance. A new modern Korean-Japanese restaurant is having its grand opening Valentine’s Day. Under the watchful eye of Chef/Owner Shin Aoyama, KOKO! Share Bar (81 Yorkville Ave.) will feature items such as Korean barbecued meats, and Japanese and Korean wraps. Call 416-850-6135
But Of Course
It’s a controversial subject for some, but others love to have horse when it’s on the menu. French restaurants La Palette in Kensington (256 Augusta Ave.) and Batifole in Chinatown (744 Gerrard St. E.) offer it. The question is do you prefer it rare or cooked? Look for restaurants with game on the menu to also sometimes put it on.