The original goal of NETO was to explore the plazas of Scarborough, and to try the wide variety of food offerings hidden within. Kinnaree Thai is one of those places, nestled in a food-filled plaza at Pharmacy and Ellesmere.
Mango Salad 7.95
A great appetizer to start with is the mango salad – a fresh, sweet, and savoury dish of mango, red onion, peppermint, coriander, carrot, peanuts, and cashews. I really enjoyed this salad, mostly because the crunchy sour mangoes found in most salads were replaced with juicy sweet ones.
Regular Pad Thai 9.95
Available in Regular, Vegetarian or with Seafood, the pad thai at Kinnaree was a decent alternative to the ketchupy noodles too often found around the city. Although the pad thai was good enough to order twice, I personally prefer a spicier dish and would try the Thai Spicy Noodle next time.
Beef Massaman 11.95
Having heard good things about this dish online, we decided to order the Beef Massaman, a coconut milk curry with beef, tamarind juice, potatoes, roasted peanuts, onions, and tomatoes, and topped with a generous sprinkling of fried shallots and scallions. We enjoyed it so much we decided to order it again during our second visit, but with chicken instead. While the curry itself is delicious, striking a good balance between sweet and savoury, with plenty of coconut milk to balance the heat, we did find the meat to be slightly overcooked on both occasions.
Duck Curry 11.95
Despite having tried many curries before, I have never come across a duck curry, and especially not one that included both lychee and grapes! Described as a de-boned roasted duck in a Thai red curry with coconut milk, eggplant, tomatoes, lychee, seedless grapes, sweet peppers, and basil leaves, this fruity curry was definitely an interesting dish, and was also M’s favourite.
Coconut Sticky Rice with Coconut Ice Cream 5.95
For dessert we had the sticky rice with coconut ice cream, which came served in a little glass dish and topped with roasted cashews. We enjoyed the temperature and textural contrasts between the hot chewy rice and the cool ice cream, which contained actual chunks of young coconut flesh. For an extra hit of coconut flavour, the sticky rice itself was cooked in coconut milk, making this dessert a definite must-try for coconut lovers.
This ornately decorated mom and pop shop is truly a Scarborough gem. The attention to detail at Kinnaree extends even to the complimentary water, which is freshened with a hint of lemon. As a bonus, they also accept credit cards!
Last Visited Sunday Evening, August 25, 2013.
80 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough