Address: 11 Karl Fraser Road. North York, ON. M3C 0E7 (Shops On Don Mills)
Phone: (416) 642-3866
The open shopping area of Shop on don Mills do not lack any forms of entertainment, high end shops, markets, cafes and restaurants. There is always something for everyone. Tucked within the multicultural shopping district is Linda Modern Thai, specializing in southeast Asian cuisine.
A very decorative front entrance already gives a strong cultural vibe and bond. It was truly beautiful, as if I was walking down streets in Thailand or entering a temple. This first impression allows the restaurant to develop like a shrine for food.
Sure enough, as I was walking towawrds the table, I noticed an intricate Buddhist stupa in gold situated right in the center of the whole restaurant. It was a beautiful ornate detailed attention grabbing artpiece. All tables were arranged around the stupa, and every guest can view it at all angles.
Buddhism focuses on happiness at all times, wisdom, kindness, compassion towards every living being and the world. Humble! This centrepiece, though, is perceived as a blessing for continuous business growth, symbol of success. A buddha’s existence, however, made me feel that everyone were at ease and behaved down to earth, polite, passionate and respectful. It was a very easy going and comfortable atmosphere, filled with loud laughter and big grins on everyone’s faces.
Service was standard. They did not do anything that was way out of their way to assist me. I had to keep reminding them about my empty glass. But all workers always had a humble, gratitude and happy expression.
Royal Pad Thai with Shrimp ($18.00) is rice noodles stir fried with tamarind, fish sauce, wrapped in egg and topped with peanuts. I have never seen a pad thai wrapped in egg, so this is a first and interests me. You would have to slice up the egg into small strips to fully incorporate it within the noodles to fully enjoy it. Otherwise, you would have to eat it like we did, egg sheet noodles, defeating the purpose. A pad thai is a pad thai, even if the chef tried to spruce it up with egg coolness. There really was nothing special about this dish. I like how clean and dry the outcome was, but the noodles were on the salty side and interestingly, had some ketchup like flavour too, when it was not mentioned on the menu. The pad thai does not seem as authentic and has more of a westernized twist.
Green Curry Chicken aka Gaeng Klow Wahn ($18.00) was very aromatic. The chicken was juicy and tender, but I wish they steamed it instead of grilling because grilling adds some charcoal flavour to the final result, making the curry not as pure or clean. The green curry was still as fragrant and pungent. It was spicy that my tongue was on partly fire. The lemongrass and basil offset the hotness, and gave the curry a tart and sweet taste too. Finally, the curry was very creamy from the rich coconut cream and milk. I wish i had a second bowl of rice to soak up the essence of the sauce. Green pepper and brocoli were used in the sauce, definitely compliments the green theme, but adding some other colour, like carrot, eggplant, or substitute yellow pepper, makes the dish look more colourful and cheerful. However, the colour and appearance do not affect the taste and flavour of the dish.
The menu was reasonably priced, but I have seen cheaper and portions were very generous. I would go back to try the curries and to experience the comfort, soft and meditating atmosphere. The aromatic meal is having my stomach growl once again for more Thai food. Almost time for a big shopping season! 😉