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Nov072011

[Thai] Salad King

 


Restaurant: Salad King
Cuisine: Thai/Malaysian
Location: Downtown Toronto
Address: 340 Yonge St
Price Range: ~$10

 

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent

Food: 4
Service: 4
Ambiance: 3
Overall: 4

Extra information:

*Specialize in Thai food (fusion)
*Big portions
*huge communal tables
*Busy at lunch crowd
*Vegetarian option Avail
*Hidden menu option

 

From what I know, Salad King used to be at another location before there was fire and the building burnt down, which made them relocate without an option. They are located close to Dundas Square on the second floor on Yonge Street and it could be easy to miss since they don't have a huge sign outside. But keep your eyes open and you will see the menu outside the door where the elevator is located.

 

 

As I am writing this review, I've been back 3 times (at least) so far but the first time I went, it was for lunch on a Saturday. Thanksfully I went early enough so there was no wait and we got one of the few booths avail.

 

 

They have lots of communal tables which is shared by different groups of people in 1s, 2s and 3s. Even on saturday, there were many people having lunch by themselves. You get the communal tables for those who want to drop in, eat and then leave- and then there are booths for more intimate family gathering diners as well as round tables near the bright windows. Also, there are baskets under the communal tables chairs to place your bags and coats which I found to be very convenient

 

 

They don't have separate menu, the paper placemat on the table is what they have avail.

 

 

Ordered: Papaya Salad 1/5

 

*Green papaya with Thai dressing for $5
*Had the best papaya salad in Thailand last summer so I was excited to see this on the menu
*When this first arrived, I was confused for a second and thought maybe they took my order wrong
*This had strips of papaya with tomato, peanut bits, dried shrimp and lime juice
*This was basically pieces of papaya drenched in lime juice

 

*It was just very sour with the lime juice and I couldn't taste any garlic or peanuts
*Original papaya salad should be bursting with different flavors of garlic, peanuts, fish sauce and cilantro
*They were just doing it completely wrong and I don't know if people actually enjoy this cause it was horrible
*I would never ever get this again and even if they gave it to me for free, I wouldn't eat it

 

 

This is how REAL Papaya Salad should look like (I had this in Thailand last summer) *drool*

 

 


Ordered: Beef Satay 3/5

 

*4 skewers for $5
*These are made with thin beef slices instead of beef cubes
*served with thick peanut sauce which was good but it had this weird color
*Peanut sauce was more so mustardy-mayoy than peanut butter
*Meat had good flavor but it was so thin I feel like this dish could be cheaper

 

Ordered: Green Curry with Chicken 3.5/5

 

*Served with jasmine rice for $8.75
*Green curry had chicken, green bean, broccoli and basil
*Curry itself wasn't too creamy but it had good coconut flavor

 


*As I was scooping some up to have it with my rice, I found the curry to be too runny
*It came with lots of chicken pieces but near the end, I had too much curry compared to the rice
*Spiciness will kick in after

 

 

Ordered: Islamic Noodles 5/5

 

*This is their not so secret 'secret menu' that was super popular when they were open at last location
*It's not on the menu, but if you ask they will make it for you (and you def want to ask for this!)
*Pad Thai noodles drenched in coconut curry for $10.50
*Came with 4-5 shrimp and chicken pieces on top

 


*The sauce is creamy with a bit of kick which was perfect with the noodles
*Lots of veggies (green pepper and red pepper) were on top
*I could def taste lots of spice in this particular dish
*I really enjoyed this and understand why it's one of their most popular dish

 

Overall there was a good service, our server was Rob who wasn't over the top friendly, but was attentive and filled up our water when needed. That's more than good enough at busy restaurants like this especially at usy lunch hour.

After my first visit, I went back couple more times and I will just include the pictures and my comments about the dishes within this posting.

 

Ordered: Miniature Shrimp Rolls 4/5

 

*10 mini shrimp spring rolls for $4.50
*Why does everything sound and seem more delicious when it's bite size and is deep fried? lol
*This is perfect as an appetizer in terms of taste, portion and price
*They are nothing special and you coulod probably get them anywhere but for $4.50, it's perfect for sharing
*It's filled with shrimp inside and goes very well with the sweet plum sauce

 

Ordered: Thai Fried Rice 3/5

 

*Fried rice with eggs, shrimp, chicken, carrots, onions and curry sauce
*Tasted just like any other Chinese fried rice but with hint of curry

 

*Few cilantro leafs thrown on top of the fried rice? I would have liked it if it was stir fried with the rice for more flavor
*I needed hot sauce for this dish cause it was kind of bland and dry
*It was nothing special and I probably won't get this again

 

 

Ordered: Thai Basil Noodles 3.5/5

 

*Rice noodles stir fried with veggies and shrimp with garlic, chili, shallows and dried shrimp sauce
*This was just another version of Pad Thai for me, except with the tomato-ey ketchupy taste

 

*Again, some basil leaf thrown on top...is it suppose to work as garnish?
*Thai food is usually known for dishes with lots of complex flavors altogether but this was very bland
*It was decent, but I much prefer the Islamic noodles I had last time

 

Summary: I've been to Salad King about 3 times so far and I really do like it. Now I know what to order and what's good here. I recommend going early if you are dropping by for lunch and don't expect to have a important conversation here because it gets super loud due to their low ceiling. I recommend, Mini Shrimp Spring rolls, Beef/Chicken skewers and Islamic Noodles(yum!)

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Reader Comments (3)

Nice review and amazing pics Foodigatorj!
Please do check our blog and review of Salad King at:
http://bunkababz.wordpress.com/tag/salad-king/

Cheers!
Gus (Gofran Sheikh on fb)

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbunkababz

At first glance I thought the papaya salad was a dish of bean spouts for Pho! Cilantro must be the Asian parsley where just throw it on for presentation. I will try the Islamic noodles when I go there. :)

The previous location was just around the corner on Gould Street where all the construction is happening.

On their menu there is a heat rating chart between 1-20 chilis. 20 chilis states "may cause upset stomach" lol Talk about an understatement.

Talking about Secret Menu's, here is a partial list from Burger's Priest. There have been additions since this was posted.

http://www.foodwithlegs.com/?p=3136

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpatulaGeek

Their papaya salad will def haunt me for life.....but everything else was good :)

November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterfoodigatorJ

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