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|Bangkok Pad Thai
735 1/2 Richmond St.
Four Stars (out of five)
By Dale Wyatt
Some people will try anything to stay warm. Luckily, there is a
solution cheaper than a flight to Jamaica.
With the weather turning ugly and the temperature dropping
dramatically, certain habits inevitably change. So, when planning a dining
experience at a restaurant, why not go for some spicy food to warm you up
Bangkok Pad Thai – conveniently located on Richmond Street near Oxford and
formerly known as Pad Thai Rice Bowl – is a delight sure to get your blood
pumping with it's extensive menu and welcoming ambiance.
The restaurant's decor is subtle. The walls are not crowded with pictures
or decorations and they are painted a soft yellow colour. Music can be
heard, but only faintly, making it easy to converse with your fellow
There is no denying vegetarianism is a popular trend. This often makes
eating out difficult because vegetarian diets limit the number of
potential eateries. Pad Thai's menu, however, accommodates both
vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
Your first choice comes with your beverage.
The beer section contains a few unique choices, one of which is Tiger Beer
imported from Singapore. This beer is pleasant and has little to no
aftertaste. The house red wine, on the other hand, is a beautiful treat
that fills your mouth with a very bold flavour.
There are many appetizers to choose from, ranging from your standard Thai
Spring Roll for $1.75 to the more adventurous Coconut Shrimps Balls priced
The Thai Chicken Wings for $7.25 are a spicy delight. The wings come
specially marinated and deep fried, creating a crispy, spicy treat sure to
For the more adventurous, the Tofo Soup for a mere $3.50 is simple, but
fantastic. The tofo melts in your mouth and the broth carries a strong
garden taste, due to the wide assortment of mixed vegetables.
Choosing a main dish is no easy task as the range of choices plays on the
imagination, making you want to try them all. Luckily, portions are served
bite-sized, allowing you to easily share with others.
The Cashew Chicken priced at $10.95 is wonderful to say the least. It
comes in a perfect-sized portion, covered with roasted cashews all blended
in a thick special sauce. The tender chicken is cut into small pieces and
mixed throughout the plate so every bite is worthwhile.
For vegetarians (or just healthy eaters), the menu is smaller but still
filling. The Pad Kee Mao for $10.50 is a blend of stir-fried rice noodles,
smothered in a spicy chili sauce and accompanied by fresh, tasty
vegetables. It comes in generous portions, but don't expect to have enough
left to take home – a plate this good is addictive.
For dessert, the homemade Coconut Cookies for $3.50 look so interesting
you almost don't want to eat them. Sadly, they are not filling at all and
the coconut flavour isn't very strong.
However, the Pumpkin Egg Custard for $3.95 is filled with a pleasant
coconut taste. The texture is a little unorthodox, but the taste makes up
Overall, Pad Thai makes for an unproblematic, friendly and quiet eating
experience. The prices vary and – in order to make sure you have enough to
eat – an appetizer is a must. Sharing is also a great way to try new
things and cut down on the bill.
You might want to call ahead though, this place gets busy fast.
Or hey, just order in – Bangkok Pad Thai delivers citywide.