Located in an historic building in the Entertainment District, this venerable establishment has been catering to its patrons since 1978. Despite the ... More
Queen Mother Cafe
Located in an historic building in the Entertainment District, this venerable establishment has been catering to its patrons since 1978. Despite the name, the food is world eclectic, pan-Asian in general and Laos-Thai in particular. Decor-wise, it doesn't look like much from the outside, but, once inside, you're transported into a world where time stands still. And that's before you're introduced to the secluded, almost secret, patio. The eclectic menu includes Dim Sum side by side with Tuscany Chicken, and Shrimp Satay sharing the honours with Gnocchi Bella Fiorio.
Unfortunately I don't live in Toronto anymore ~ unfortunately because I cannot visit this exemplary cafe as I once did, almost daily. I ate at the Queen Mum on the first day it opened in 1978 and for years and years and years afterward. I started with the tuna melts, cappucino and carrot cake they offered when they opened, and moved on to the Thai food with them ~ a first in TO ~ a hip cafe that offered this delicious and exotic cuisine! You don't get better value, atmosphere, service or food anywhere. Hats off and bows/curtsies to those who have kept the old gal alive and superb for all these years!
What a relaxed, casual-chic place to be! Some of the food is a little oily (bah-me-hang, house salad). BUT: the best pad thai, thai spring rolls, and cold rolls (nad dip) in the city--and I eat a lot of thai food. This restaurant is only accessible in the summer (the patio), and that's assuming s/he doesn't have to go to the bathroom. Speaking of bathrooms, this one is a little cramped and ugly, but clean (at least). I've had nothing but wonderful service, and great food!
I probably get back once every 2 months - and if I don't order one of my faves - Nam Dip (app.) + Bah Me Hang (entree) - I partake of one of the seafood specials. The last time I had a 'Snapper' fish special and it was fantastic -- cooked perfectly, with a rich and earthy flavour finishing with a pleasing, just-hot cayenne/paprika flavor.
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