25 May Soi Thai Street Food
Toronto has a bit of an obsession with street food. Not food you get on the actual, literal street mind you, but instead restaurants that serve street food-inspired fare. One of the best to open its doors this year was Soi Thai Street Food, tucked away in a narrow space on College St, and recreating the look and feel of a Bangkok laneway food stall. Familiar favourites like pad Thai are replaced here with traditional Thai street snacks meant for sharing.
Soi Thai Street Food is a Thai restaurant that doesn’t serve pad thai… or even curry for that matter. Owner Nopphawan Lertchaiprasert Papa (or just Sherry) is a Toronto transplant from Bangkok with ambitions of emulating her home.
The College Street eatery has been converted into a vibrant marketplace-inspired dining room adorned with Thai street scenes and family photos and furnished with plastic stools and multicoloured banquettes. Tables are set with plastic baskets of cutlery wrapped in scrunched paper napkins (they look excessively manhandled, which is my only real complaint).
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