Over the past decade, Thailand has become a favorite destination for many travellers for its happy and smiling people, its effervescence, and especially its famous street food.
Depending on where you are in the country you will find variations in the cuisine depending on the influences of neighboring countries or immigration. Southern Thai cuisine tends to be very spicy and includes a lot of seafood. In other regions, dishes are served with different types of rice - central Thailand favors jasmine rice while sticky rice is a staple in the northeast.
There are many Thai restaurants in the greater Montreal area, but what is authentic Thai food? Basically, it is a perfect balance of five distinct flavors: sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy. In Thailand, we finish the seasoning at the table with whatever it takes to create the ideal balance that is unique to each individual.
Here are our 11 favorite restaurants in the Montreal area that will take you on a journey for a meal.
4902, boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1R5
Named in honor of the chef-owner, one can immediately feel her love for her culture in each of the dishes and cocktails offered on the menu. Authentic options that will suit vegetarians, gluten-free, fish, and/or meat lovers. Be sure to pay attention to the level of chili you choose, it's seasoned Thai style!
83, rue St-Zotique E, Montréal, H2S 1K7
Pumpui is a small space serving absolutely magical Thai food. Flavors and authenticity are there every time. They specialize in curries but believe us, the whole menu is also worth a visit, especially the traditional Pad Kaprao (vegan or with meat) or the Pad Pak Boong (seasonal greens sautéed in a wok).
Siam's two branches in Brossard and downtown Montreal are impressive for their decoration with the huge Buddhas in the entrance and for their contemporary atmosphere. You will find the great classics of Thai cuisine with a refined and modern twist. Complete the experience with one of their cocktail and/or mocktail creations!
10, boul. Desaulniers, Saint-Lambert, J4P 1L1
It's in Saint-Lambert that we head for a Thai experience with the option to bring your own wine. When you order, you can specify the level of spice you want and take your taste buds on a journey with dishes from the 4 corners of Thailand. The variety of dishes will allow you to explore all you want on several visits.
4820, rue Jean-Talon O, Montréal, H4P 1W9
Authentic oriental restaurant, the cuisine will please the most demanding among you. Holding the KSR kashrut certification, you can be assured of the quality of each ingredient used to prepare the dishes. Everything is made with attention to detail, you will enjoy dishes such as Tom yum soup, yam salad (beef or chicken), or the famous green curry.
88, ave. Bernard O, Montréal, H2T 2J8
Established for years on Bernard Street, it is one of the must in Montreal in terms of Thai cuisine. Enjoy their table d'hôtes served for lunch and dinner including soup, salad, and main meal. You can also be tempted by the à la carte menu with chicken stir fry, shrimps, fried noodles, and crispy duck.
4088, rue St-Denis, Montréal, H2W 2M5
Want to discover Thai cuisine from a completely vegan point of view? Chu Chai is a must-visit whether you are vegan or not. You will be particularly impressed by the "Peking Duck" called Ped Palo on the menu, the chicken in peanut sauce, or the green curry. Don't hesitate to ask the staff to advise you according to your preferences.
The 2 branches of Mae Sri will transport you to Thailand for a meal. Belonging to the same owner as Pamika, we recognize her touch in the authentic dishes. Find tasty rice and noodle-based dishes all at the table to season the dishes to your taste: dry chili, chili oil, sugar, and peanuts. Take home sauces from Pamika Kitchen to cook at home.
145, Promenade du Centropolis, Laval, H7T 0B3
Sukho Thai is definitely one of the most important Thai restaurants in the greater Montreal area with its reception rooms. Head to Centropolis in Laval for a unique experience with authentic dishes. If you've never tried purple rice, this is the perfect opportunity to do so! They have a full gluten-free and vegetarian menu in addition to their regular and group menus.
1205, ave. Bernard, Montréal, H2V 1V5
If you want to feel like you're on the streets of Bangkok with its bustle, smells and beautiful street food, Thammada is the place to go. They complement their food menu with refreshing and original cocktails. We suggest you put everything in the center of the table and share the snacks and food.
5985, rue St-Hubert, Montréal, H2S 2L8
Thailand has several regions and culinary specialties that distinguish them. Pichai specializes in the northern cuisine which is more herbaceous. The ideal way to fully enjoy the experience is to have several dishes in the form of tapas to share around the table. They serve everything with a nice selection of wines. They are the same owners as the Épicerie Pumpui.