With so many new restaurants popping up on Ossington and in Parkdale, it’s refreshing to hear of new culinary destinations making their way to the pretty much passé entertainment district. This time, it’s an upscale Thai joint known as Khao San Road, named after Bangkok’s legendary backpackers’ ghetto. It’s set to open this January, and what’s especially exciting is that the new restaurant will be helmed by Sukhothai’s chef Nuit Regular, the mastermind behind the life-altering khao soi.
We hear Khao San Road will forgo the traditional Thai decor of Buddha statues and gold inlays for a more modern vibe. Nuit also plans to create weekly specials that make use of seasonal, local produce. The menu will feature such Thai staples as pad kraphao gai (a minced chicken dish that Nuit infuses with rare, medicinal holy basil) and authentic, ketchup-free pad Thai, with glass noodles and a homemade tamarind sauce. Also on offer will be tropical fruit ice cream made exclusively for Khao San Road, a prix fixe lunch menu and a Thai brunch, which we’ll be sure to find out more about once the restaurant is closer to opening.