|Supermarket's un-Pad Thai|
We did see quite a lot of pieces of the parade as we wandered through the area looking for food. I had a wicked Phad Thai craving. Toronto has great Thai food and it is as ubiquitous as Sushi is in Vancouver. Equally though, the range of quality and authenticity varies like Vancouver's sushi as well. We found one Thai restaurant that offered Hungarian Thai food. As I could not imagine what that meant, we walked on. Sort of regretting that now. At least they had a theme.
I am so tired of restaurants without a clear concept. Sadly, it is so common in Toronto's entertainment district that is becoming a concept in and of itself. Spent enough time in the downtown Toronto, you know what I'm talking about.... sat down in a kitschy, bohemian, laisse a faire decorated joint to a menu that includes Asian, Caribbean, Burgers, Pizza and the like all on one menu? Yeah, you have. Sometimes they guise the melange as being linked by a non-cuisine related theme like all organic or all Vegan. Usually tenous but more often though, it's just a melange to hit all craving options. Supermarket is one of those. The kind where, you have to recommend the restaurant specifically rather than the cuisine you fancy. Blah.
Given the funky location and plethora of more honest cultural bakeries, grocers and restaurants, I had greater hopes. If I had walked into the place in any other area, I would have thought it was a country roadhouse. Big wooden beams, plank floors, homey tables and stage in the back with a lot of loud music. Still, H had mentioned that they had Phad Thai, and that was all I wanted.
Before I move on to the arrival of our mains, I want to point something out. H and I were sat a small table for two. Oh and should I also mention that we are two, rather diminutive Asian women? So Why or Why would any server think we would order two Phad Thai, Oxtail Stew and Yam Chips???? Wouldn't most servers or restaurants verify our order before mindlessly entering it into the ordering system? Wouldn't most restaurants or managers choose to apologise for the misunderstanding instead of blaming their clientele for filling out the form incorrectly? Wouldn't most managers not give us the impression that they were doing us a favour by not charging us for the extra Phad Thai???
The Chips were okay. Though I will admit now, as tasty as they sounded as looked as others ordered them, it was not the best pre-Phad Thai appetiser. That is what is wrong with this menus with personality disorders. H's stew was heavy and underseasoned. As well, since they brought me the Chicken Phad Thai to start, H decided to wait as they corrected it and so it was cold by the time we both had our food. She ate about half of it.
Ambiance: Cottage chic
Menu: Lost and inconsistent
268 Augusta Ave
Toronto, ON M5T