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Montreal's Top Thai Tastes

Put down that Thai Express.

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Some would say Montreal is sorely lacking in Thai restaurants, and while they might be right, one shouldn't conclude that this also means that Montreal has no good Thai food.

There's a small but spicy cohort of restaurants across town merit your attention — some are older school options doing Thai-lite (peanut butter dumplings, anybody?), yet still with pizzazz; some, like Épicerie Pumpui, aim for something more genuine, and others do hybrids of Thai and other southeast Asian cuisines, like Lao and Thai food at Thaï Sep, or Cambodian-Thai options at Tuk Tuk.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Une Nuit à Bangkok

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In a far-flung, mostly residential part of Rosemont lies this veritable gem. One Night In Bangkok's menu is short and sweet, divided into two sections: "rice" and "noodles", with simple and spicy curries and stir fries. If you can't make it out east, the same crew also operate the Tuk Tuk food truck in the warmer months (no connection to Côte-des-Neiges' Tuk Tuk restaurant).

Thaï Sep

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This unassuming BYOB Thai and Lao restaurant sprang to prominence following a rave review in La Presse, and it continues to receive almost universal praised for its barbecue and sausage plates. Caution: it's cash only.

Épicerie Pumpui

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Montreal's most exciting new Thai arrival in recent times is this Little Italy counter from Jesse Mulder, who has spent years honing his techniques in Thailand, and was previously known for well-liked but sporadically unavailable neighbourhood delivery service Chak Wow. Now he's whipping up curries (not to mention the noodle and rice options) on the daily, showcasing a host of Thai dishes that haven't often made it to this side of the world, and going well beyond the stock-standard green curries and pad thais.

Thaïlande

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An old school favourite that recently turned 30, Thaïlande subscribes to the well-worn Thai menu structure of "pick your curry, then pick the protein to go with it". That formula, coupled with free delivery and mid-range prices has pleased many a Mile Ender in recent decades.

Chuchai

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The all-vegetarian Chuchai has a menu that's pretty darn similar to many other meat-oriented Thai restaurants, courtesy of its enthusiasm for mock meat. The well-textured and flavourful meat substitutes are pricey, but still a major drawcard.

One of the city's fancier Thai tables (at least in setting, less so in price), Pamika sticks to a tight selection of a few Thai classics (Tom Yum, yellow and green curries), and a solid cocktail list. Alternatively, there's the gigantic (summer-only) Thai barbecue plate.

Cuisine Bangkok

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This food court eatery turned restaurant in the Village has developed a mass following over the years for its cheap pad thai. Some might dispute the rave reviews of Bangkok's acolytes, but in any case, the price is right.

Mae Sri

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From the same chef-owner as Plateau/Village resto Pamika comes this casual counter spot near McGill. While a couple of standards like pad thai and green curry figure on the menu, the focus is kuai tiao, noodle soups topped with pork, shrimp, fried garlic, coriander, and more. Big bowls of it clock in at $12 at the cheapest, making for a darn affordable lunch or dinner.

Tuk Tuk

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A mix of Thai and Cambodian menu items, Tuk Tuk is loved for both its quality and price (some of the cheapest in town). The Thai staples like pad thai are there, but there are tougher to find dishes here too, like Cambodian classic amok. Not to be confused with the Tuk Tuk food truck, which actually belongs to Rosemonters Une Nuit à Bangkok.

Pick Thaï

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Right across from Vendôme metro, Pick Thaï has taken the mantle of NDG's best Thai since it opened a couple of years back, nabbing one of critic Lesley Chesterman's top reviews of 2017. The standards are all there, but if you're feeling wealthier, consider the grill portion of the menu.

Une Nuit à Bangkok

In a far-flung, mostly residential part of Rosemont lies this veritable gem. One Night In Bangkok's menu is short and sweet, divided into two sections: "rice" and "noodles", with simple and spicy curries and stir fries. If you can't make it out east, the same crew also operate the Tuk Tuk food truck in the warmer months (no connection to Côte-des-Neiges' Tuk Tuk restaurant).

Thaï Sep

This unassuming BYOB Thai and Lao restaurant sprang to prominence following a rave review in La Presse, and it continues to receive almost universal praised for its barbecue and sausage plates. Caution: it's cash only.

Épicerie Pumpui

Montreal's most exciting new Thai arrival in recent times is this Little Italy counter from Jesse Mulder, who has spent years honing his techniques in Thailand, and was previously known for well-liked but sporadically unavailable neighbourhood delivery service Chak Wow. Now he's whipping up curries (not to mention the noodle and rice options) on the daily, showcasing a host of Thai dishes that haven't often made it to this side of the world, and going well beyond the stock-standard green curries and pad thais.

Thaïlande

An old school favourite that recently turned 30, Thaïlande subscribes to the well-worn Thai menu structure of "pick your curry, then pick the protein to go with it". That formula, coupled with free delivery and mid-range prices has pleased many a Mile Ender in recent decades.

Chuchai

The all-vegetarian Chuchai has a menu that's pretty darn similar to many other meat-oriented Thai restaurants, courtesy of its enthusiasm for mock meat. The well-textured and flavourful meat substitutes are pricey, but still a major drawcard.

Pamika

One of the city's fancier Thai tables (at least in setting, less so in price), Pamika sticks to a tight selection of a few Thai classics (Tom Yum, yellow and green curries), and a solid cocktail list. Alternatively, there's the gigantic (summer-only) Thai barbecue plate.

Cuisine Bangkok

This food court eatery turned restaurant in the Village has developed a mass following over the years for its cheap pad thai. Some might dispute the rave reviews of Bangkok's acolytes, but in any case, the price is right.

Mae Sri

From the same chef-owner as Plateau/Village resto Pamika comes this casual counter spot near McGill. While a couple of standards like pad thai and green curry figure on the menu, the focus is kuai tiao, noodle soups topped with pork, shrimp, fried garlic, coriander, and more. Big bowls of it clock in at $12 at the cheapest, making for a darn affordable lunch or dinner.

Tuk Tuk

A mix of Thai and Cambodian menu items, Tuk Tuk is loved for both its quality and price (some of the cheapest in town). The Thai staples like pad thai are there, but there are tougher to find dishes here too, like Cambodian classic amok. Not to be confused with the Tuk Tuk food truck, which actually belongs to Rosemonters Une Nuit à Bangkok.

Pick Thaï

Right across from Vendôme metro, Pick Thaï has taken the mantle of NDG's best Thai since it opened a couple of years back, nabbing one of critic Lesley Chesterman's top reviews of 2017. The standards are all there, but if you're feeling wealthier, consider the grill portion of the menu.

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