4.5 Stars – Overall Experience
4.5 Stars – Price
5 Stars – Service
5 Stars – Enjoyment of Food
5 Stars – Atmosphere
Decorated in beautiful Thai decor, this restaurant screams authenticity. I first dined at Mengrai Thai when I had my rehearsal dinner there and have frequented it ever since. They have an amazing separate (lower) section for a more “private party” style dinning experience. Otherwise the main dining room has a great feel; very warm and friendly. We were even told on arrival that the pillows on the bench we were sitting on were just recently brought back from a trip to Thailand.
To me, Mengrai Thai has hands down the best service I have ever experienced…not just in Toronto, not just in Ontario, not just in North America, but in the world. Literally I have never had a restaurant that tried to make me feel like part of their family and put so much effort into making sure I always have the most enjoyable time like Mengrai Thai does. In fact the owner of the restaurant, Allan, works hard to greet guests and remember their names, just to make them feel special and welcome. It is greatly appreciated and has not gone unnoticed by myself or my husband. And the servers he hires are always amazing and so enthusiastic about working there and the food. Our waiter Brodie was funny, charming, had great suggestions for our meal and apparently had only been working there a few weeks (we were shocked at his incredible sense of the place already). Really can’t say enough good things.
I typically order the house red (cab sauv I think), which is always cheap and cheerful. I did hear that their new bar tender can make some amazing cocktails so next time I will have to give that a go!
OK so here is the deal. The prix fixe menu is an amazing deal and you get lots of apps as a result, so I recommend you do that. Often my husband will order off the prix fixe menu and I will order myself a main and we will share the appetizers. The prix fixe menu has a vegetarian or meat option(obviously we go for the veg) followed by a Pumpkin Soup with a side of “Morning Glory”, which is my absolute favourite! The appetizers for the vegetarian prix fixe plate are all good, but small (2 biters at most). Mango Salad, Cold Salad Roll, Veg Dumpling and a little crispy cup filled with tofu I believe. If you don’t go for the prix fixe, then I highly recommend ordering the Pumpkin Soup with Morning Glory. The Pumpkin Soup has a wonderful kick of spice and even though my husband is not a big fan of this type of soup usually, I often have to fight him off for a sip of Mengrai Thai’s version as it is just that good! The Morning Glory seems to be a tempura style fry of a Thai spinach. With a sticky, spicy sweet sauce drizzled on top, I typically find myself wanting to lick the plate and order 10 more!
I now pretty much always order the Vegetarian Tibetan Mountain Bai Ling Mushrooms w/mix greens. I have never seen these types of mushrooms served anywhere else and I am absolutely in love with them! They tend to be a bit on the sweet side and are very large! The garlic is fragrant and when I put it over a bed of hot coconut rice my mouth instantly starts to water! You have to be a big fan of mushrooms to like this dish…which I am and I do.
If you prefer meat, my husband has raved about their Braised Curry Lamb w/peach.
Allan was so kind and brought us a Crème Brule for each couple at the table (we were joined by 2 friends) and it was much enjoyed and appreciated! After we were brought out the amazing Thai Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice w/Fresh Mango and a side of ice cream (we chose mango). My husband is not a fan of dessert rices, but I sure am and tried to eat as much as I could (alas I was so full from all the food prior that I couldn’t eat to much).
It sure is! They have many vegetarian options, including plenty off their prix fixe menu making it very easy for me to find something that suits my diet. I always still ask for no fish or oyster sauce as these are very typical ingredients in Thai cooking and are often not thought about when cooks are preparing vegetarian options. Probably me being overly cautious, but always a good idea to ask 🙂
I would say this tends to be mid-high price, but you are definitely getting more than what you pay for. The portions are generous, the food is excellent and the service is superb, so I feel I definitely get my money’s worth and then some. Expect to pay around $60-$70 for a nice meal out for 2.
Time of Dinner: 6:30pm
Date: Friday April 15th, 2016
- HOUSE RED WINE
- VEGETARIAN APPETIZER PLATE (Mango Salad, Cold Salad Roll, Veg Dumpling and Sasi Golden Flowers w/ Piccalilli)
- CRISPY MORNING GLORY PAIRED WITH GOLDEN PUMPKIN SOUP
- VEGETARIAN TIBETAN MOUNTAIN BAI LINK MUSHROOMS W/ MIX GREENS
- CREME BRULE
- THAI SWEET COCONUT STICKY RICE W/ FRESH MANGO AND MANGO ICE CREAM
Be sure to make reservations on Friday nights and weekends as they often get busy!
Check out their website http://www.mengraithai.ca for more details.