As our time in Toronto drew to a close, Nhi and I found ourselves having to prioritize our remaining meals. We had initially planned to spend the evening at Nota Bene after Nhi's enjoyable experience at NoodleFest, but a coworker of mine had been raving about Khao San Road for days on end, calling it the best Thai food he'd ever had. With an endorsement like that, I knew we had to make time for it. I'd heard stories of two hour waits, of putting down your name and heading across to a nearby bar before returning for dinner, so we left immediately after work to hopefully avoid the crowd. We arrived at the address of a restaurant with no sign in true hipster fashion, but knew we had to be at the right place because of the crowd waiting outside. The front of the restaurant opened into the street, so we could see that it was bustling inside with every seat filled. Surprisingly, we were told it would only be a 5-10 minute wait for two people.
We had some trouble deciding what to order because we'd agreed in advance to limit our dinner so we would have enough room to grab a soup from next door Ravi's afterwards (also highly recommended by my coworker). We initially planned on just two dishes, the Gaeng Phed (red curry) and the Chef's Special Pad Thai, but as more and more diners around us ordered the Gra Bong (squash fritters), we decided we had to try it for ourselves!
Top Pick of the Night: Gra Bong (squash fritters)