Food & Drink

Montreal’s Best Thai Restaurants

Published On 11/11/2015 Published On 11/11/2015

From bowls of tom kha to plates overflowing with pad Thai, Thai food in Montreal has a special place in our hearts, stomachs, and occasionally all over our shirts. If you want to get the very best in town though, these are the places that you need to go:

Pamika Brasserie Thai

 The Plateau

Pamika Brasserie Thai probably serves up the most authentically Thai dishes in the city. What the location lacks in space (the restaurant is tiny and also includes an equally small terrace) it makes up for in flavor, which comes from a small, open-concept kitchen. Groups can also request to have a Thai barbecue when making their reservation -- it includes a tabletop BBQ with homemade broth, marinated meats, shrimp, noodles, homemade Thai sauces, and an assortment of veggies.

ChuChai

ChuChai

The Plateau

Proving that mock meats and fish can be delicious, ChuChai has been revolutionizing the vegetarian game with its clever and downright delicious Thai menu. Chef Lily Sirikittikul goes all mad scientist when she enters her kitchen and turns soy protein and wheat gluten into calamari. But, her most impressive magical creation is transforming soy skin into "fish" with seaweed acting as its skin.

Chao Phraya

Chao Phraya

The Plateau

Coming to us also from the Sirikittikul family is Chao Phraya. The fine-dining restaurant has been filling Montrealers’ bellies with tasty Thai dishes since 1988. Start the meal with a filet mignon Thai salad with chili, onions, and mint and end your dining experience with a juicy mango accompanied by coconut-flavored sticky rice.

Galanga Bistro Thaï

Galanga Bistro Thai

Outremont

Located in a residential area, Galanga Bistro Thai is a hidden surprise that always leaves its customers satisfied. The Thai menu, which contains frequent appearances by the restaurant’s namesake ingredient, can be considered quite spicy for those with an aversion to heat. Tip: when ordering the roasted duck in spicy red curry and coconut milk with basil, don’t be afraid to ask for a mild version. These people mean business when it comes to heat.

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Phayathai

Downtown

Searching for a Thai restaurant that doesn’t compound its menu with flavors from other Asian cuisines can be difficult to locate in this city. Phayathai utilizes only Thai cuisine with recipes and techniques literally taught to the restaurant’s chefs by their mothers and aunts, giving the menu that homemade, warm-fuzzy feeling. Popular dishes like the pad Thai have attracted such celebs as singer Kiesza and tennis player Milos Raonic.

Ban Lao-Thai

Ban Lao-Thai

Ville Saint-Laurent

Surrounded by a pizzeria, a couple of sushi restaurants, a hot dog joint, and pastry shops, Ban Lao-Thai somehow manages to stand out of the crowd without really needing to try. The restaurant’s ability to beautifully marry Laotian and Thai cuisine pretty much explains it -- on a cold day, the seafood tom yum is unbeatable.

Pick Thai

Pick Thai

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

One of Montreal’s most beautifully decorated Thai restaurants, Pick Thai’s menu includes authentic Thai flavor profiles that will transport patrons’ taste buds to the Southeast Asian country. Under the watchful eyes of golden Thai statues, diners feast on point-perfect dishes like panang chicken, mango salad, and chicken satay.

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Tuk Tuk

Côte-des-Neiges

Blending Thai and Cambodian cuisines, family-owned Tuk Tuk brings its customers on a flavorful journey with dishes like the chicken amok: a coconut milk-based dish with a spicy kroeung paste. A must Tuk Tuk appetizer is the larb, a chicken or beef salad of sorts, seasoned with carrots, mint, basil, lime juice, shallots, and chili peppers to give it that kick.

Restaurant Thaïlande

Restaurant Thaïlande

Mile End

Looking at Restaurant Thaïlande from the outside may leave some underwhelmed, but venture inside and you will not be disappointed. Thaïlande is known for serving up great Thai food, like Kaeng Phed Talay: a red curry, coconut milk, and seafood dish served in a clay pot to patrons seated on the floor, in the traditional style.

Cuisine Bangkok

Downtown

When we think of authentic Thai cuisine, “the food courts” is rarely the first place your mind goes to. So who would think that a little piece of Thailand could be found in a food court, served on Styrofoam plates? Well, go to Cuisine Bangkok and try the pad Thai. And do not ignore the warning sign below the menu board which reads, “We are not responsible for the level of spice you have ordered.” Even if you think you can handle spice, it still isn’t recommended to go hotter than a medium. You’ve been warned.

Talay Thai

Côte-des-Neiges

Do you like coconut milk, curry, and seafood accompanied by an array of spices? Then Talay Thai is the restaurant for you. Start your meal with a refreshing green mango salad, followed by the pad prik king. And if you’re somehow still hungry, opt for the kluay tod: deep-fried bananas drizzled with honey.

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Felicia Di Palma is a Montreal writer who is disappointed more Thai places aren’t open for breakfast. Seriously, what’s with that?!

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1. Pamika Brasserie Thai 901, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal, H2L 1L3

Pamika Brasserie Thai likely serves up the most authentically Thai dishes in the city. What the location lacks in space (the restaurant is tiny and also includes an equally small terrace) it makes up for in flavor, which comes from a small, open-concept kitchen. And if you do happen to roll in with a group, you can request to have a Thai barbecue when making your reservation -- it includes a tabletop BBQ with homemade broth, marinated meats, shrimp, noodles, homemade Thai sauces, and an assortment of veggies.

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2. ChuChai 4088 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, H2W 2M5

Proving that mock meats and fish can be delicious, ChuChai has been revolutionizing the vegetarian game with its clever and delicious Thai menu. Her most impressive magical creation by far is transforming soy skin into "fish" with seaweed acting as its skin.

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3. Chao Phraya 50 Laurier Avenue West, Montreal, H2T 2N4

This fine-dining restaurant has been filling Montrealers’ bellies with tasty Thai dishes since 1988. Start the meal with a filet mignon Thai salad with chili, onions, and mint and finish your dining experience with a juicy mango accompanied by sticky rice.

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4. Galanga Bistro Thaï 1231 Lajoie, Montreal, H2V 1P2

Located in a residential area, Galanga Bistro Thai is a hidden surprise that always leaves its customers satisfied. The Thai menu, which contains frequent appearances by the restaurant’s namesake ingredient, can be considered quite spicy for those with an aversion to heat. And a tip for the newbies: these people mean business when it comes to heat.

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5. Phayathai 1235, rue Guy, Montreal, H3H 2K5

Phayathai utilizes only authentic Thai cuisine with techniques taught to the restaurant’s chefs by their mothers and aunts, giving the menu that homemade, warm-fuzzy feeling. Popular dishes like the pad Thai have attracted such celebs as singer Kiesza and tennis player Milos Raonic.

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6. Ban Lao-Thai 931 Decarie, Saint-Laurent,

Surrounded by a pizzeria, a couple of sushi restaurants, a hot dog joint, and pastry shops, Ban Lao-Thai somehow manages to stand out of the crowd without really needing to try. Marrying Laotian and Thai cuisine, the venue serves up unbeatable dishes like the seafood tom yum.

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7. Pick Thai 5221 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, QC H4A 0A4

One of Montreal’s most beautifully decorated Thai restaurants, Pick Thai’s menu includes authentic Thai flavor profiles that will transport patrons’ taste buds to the Southeast Asian country. Look out for dishes like panang chicken, mango salad, and chicken satay.

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8. Restaurant Tuk Tuk 5619 Chemin de la Côte-Des-Neiges, Montreal, H3T 1Y8

The blend of Thai and Cambodian flavors make this spot especially unique. It's the product of a husband-wife collaboration and they're serving dishes like larb: a salad with beef or chicken, lime juice, chilies, shallots, carrots, basil, and mint leave. Yep -- sounds good.

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9. Restaurant Thaïlande 88 Bernard Ouest, Montreal, H2T 2J8

More than just a meal, this restaurant offers up a full Thai dining experience. Food is served in clay pots to patrons seated in the traditional style on the floor.

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10. Cuisine Bangkok 1616, rue Ste-Catherine O., Montreal, H3H 1L7

It might be time to give the food court a second chance, if only to swing over to Cuisine Bangkok and try some of their delicious pad Thai. Don't let the styrofoam plates fool you, this is as good as, if not better, than any fine dining Thai.

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11. Talay Thai 5697 ch. de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal,

Great spot for the creamy side of Thai -- coconut milk curries, spices galore, and refreshing green mango salads keep it light and interesting.

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