Sukhothai Halal Restaurant in Toronto
In a tucked away area of downtown Toronto lies Sukhothai, authentic Thai food that’s also halal.
We were just excited about the ‘halal’ part when we heard about this place, we weren’t expecting more than average food to be honest. Thai restaurants in Toronto are a dime a dozen and we’ve tried our share of vegetarian options in a handful of restaurants. All of them were pretty much the same, nothing spectacular. But right off the bat you can tell Sukhothai is different.
Walking in, we’re greeted by the owner and immediately grab seats right by the front cash. Most tables only seat 2-4 people as the dining area is very narrow but the ones closer to the kitchen are slightly larger. Space is tight so don’t go in with strollers.
The menu is pretty typical Thai but everything looked mouth-watering. The owner came by to help us with our order and gave us his recommendations.
The rest of my table ordered; gaeng kiaw wan (green curry) and gaeng phed (red curry) and spring rolls as a starter.
While we wait for our food the owner comes by again just to chat. I love that, it’s so important to connect with your customers and it makes a great first impression.
We ask him about his background and he proceeds to tell us about his story (which you can read more about here) and why he goes halal with his meat. They are not Muslim owners, but the neighborhood is in a predominantly Muslim area. Out of respect, they use halal meat from a local butcher and does not serve pork or alcohol. Um wow! How thoughtful considering a lot of his clientele are not Muslim.
Appetizers arrived and the spring rolls were great! A crispy shell that wasn’t greasy and a tender filling with a perfect hit of spice.
Our meals came shortly after. I usually expect the first bite to be good, but then decrease in flavor and interest after each subsequent bite. Not the case here! The flavors are so intense and varied with texture that each bite was unique. I love food, but my appetite is small, so I’m famous for leaving a bit (which my hubby happily finishes). I cleaned the bowl of khao soi… And it was a generous serving!
My son (who’s almost six) loved the coconut rice and we added some of the curry and meat from our dishes. He ate very well. He even got a dessert sampling on the house!
Sukhothai is a definite winner in my books. Superior over any other authentic Thai restaurant I’ve tried.
If you’re in Downtown near Parliament and Dundas, give them a try!