Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Thai Food @ Pi-Tom, Toronto

Among the major Asian Cuisines in Toronto, finding an authentic Thai Restaurant is probably the most challenging to date. Every Thai Restaurant I've visited so far tend to Westernize Thai Cuisine. Pad Thai is made with Ketchup and nearly every Restaurant offers their rendition of Mango Chicken, a Thai Dish that I rarely encounter whenever I'm in Bangkok but somehow has become synonymous with Thai Cuisine in Toronto.


Having been back for almost a month, I've decided to resume my search for an authentic Thai Restaurant and decided on visiting Pi-Tom's Thai Cuisine on Alexander and Yonge Street.

Som Tam
Som Tum (Papaya Salad)
Our Som Tam came with ground peanuts on the side because some of my friends were allergic to nuts. The Green Papaya used was crunchy but the dressing was on the sweet side and did not contain any Dried Brine Shrimp which I love.

Fried Calamari
Fried Calamari
The Calamari had a very light and crispy batter. It was well seasoned and very tender. It went really well with the mildly spicy and sweet dipping sauce.

Grilled Beef (Neur Yang)
Grilled Beef
The Grilled Beef was quite tender but was a little too salty. Together with Som Tam it is usually eaten with Sticky Rice but ours came with normal Long-Grain Rice.

Spicy Pork (Moo Pad Prik)
Spicy Pork
The Spicy Pork was really good. The Pork Neck had a nice chewy texture and went really well with the curry. The Crunchy Bamboo Shoots added a nice texture to the dish.

Duck Curry
Roast Duck Curry
The Duck tasted like Chinese BBQ Duck and was very tender. The curry complemented the duck very well.

Fried Tamarind Fish
Fried Tamarind Fish
The Fish was perfectly fried. It was very crispy and went well with the Sweet and Sour Tamarind Sauce.

Grilled Chicken
Grilled Chicken
I wasn't a fan of the Grilled Chicken. The chicken was a little dry for my liking.

Lamb Curry
Lamb Curry
The Lamb Curry was my least favorite of the dishes. The meat was quite chewy and the curry was very oily.

Stir-Fried Vegetables
Stir-Fried Mix Vegetables
A simple Stir-Fried Dish of Vegetables. It was a little sweet which was a little weird.

Pad Thai
The Pad Thai was wrapped in an Egg Crepe. It was cooked using Tamarind Juice but like many others was a little too wet for my liking.

Fried Bananas
Deep-Fried Bananas
The Fried Bananas were crispy and ripe.

Coconut Ice Cream
Coconut Ice Cream
I was surprised by the flavor of the Coconut Ice Cream. The flavor of the Coconut stood out and it was delicious.

Overall I enjoyed the food at Pi-Tom's particularly their Spicy Pork, Duck Curry and Coconut Ice Cream. The meal would have been better if the wait staff was friendlier.

Food: 4/5
Service: 2.5/5
Ambiance: 3/5
Price: $$$ (Approximately USD $30 per person)

Contact Information
Address: 6 Alexander Street Toronto, ON M4Y 1B4
Tel: +1 (416) 966-1813

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