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Golden Thai, Toronto, Ontario

Golden Thai (Toronto, Ontario)

On my way between the Cathedral Church of St. James and St. Michael’s Cathedral — two of the top 10 buildings in Toronto — I stopped for a tasty dinner at Golden Thai. Housed in a landmarked art deco building that was constructed in 1930, Golden Thai takes advantage of the large ground-floor display windows to flood the restaurant with light, supplemented by the chandeliers that hang from the detailed coffered ceiling. Wonderful wooden Thai carvings and the statues of dragons and Buddhist deities add the right amount of cultural atmosphere, putting you in a suitable frame of mind to enjoy some of the best Thai food in Toronto.

Fork and KnifeTry This: Awaken your taste buds with an appetizer of pho pia sod — fresh rice paper rolls stuffed with chicken, eggs, cucumbers, carrots, and coriander, accompanied by the house Golden Thai sauce, but if you’re in a vegetarian mood, select the pho pia pak (crispy rolls filled with vegetables, black mushrooms, and glass noodles, served with the Golden Thai sauce). For your main course, the Mussaman lamb curry, spiced with cardamom and cinnamon, is outstanding. Counter all that savory goodness with a perfectly sweet Thai iced tea, and finish your meal with rum-fried bananas.