Victoria's top Thai restaurants to spice up your day

Thai food is one of the top Asian cuisines on this side of the ocean. From the rich flavours found in peanut sauce and satay to the more delicate tastes in the fresh spring rolls, Thai food is unique and suits nearly every occasion. Check out the best places in Victoria to grab some delicious grub, Thai style.

Thai Green Elephant Restaurant

809 Craigflower Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 2W8

While this restaurant is a little out of the way, the high quality of food makes it worth the trip. Order your food to go, or plan to make a reservation on busy weekends, since the place fills up quickly. You'll find the menu has an extensive range of authentic Thai dishes, including the standards like pad Thai and curry; you can also sample more exotic options like gang karee and pad krapao, although the must-try dish here is ginger beef.

My Thai Cafe

1020 Cook St, Victoria, BC V8V 3Z5

Decent prices, great food and friendly service make this café a popular one for Thai food. Takeout is offered, and the food is usually prepared quickly. Although the interior doesn't win any decor prizes, the restaurant is always neat and clean. For a first dish, try the tom yum soup, and don't forget to order some tea. Keep in mind the dishes run hot, so be sure to specify if you don't like too much spice.

Foo Asian Street Food

769 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1L6

It might be a bit of a stretch to call this place a restaurant, since it offers only counters to eat at indoors. That being said, the food is excellent; you will find regulars every night of the week, ordering their favourite dishes from the chalkboard menu. Try the ma po tofu or the chana dal to share with friends; the flavours are well balanced, and the prices are just as appealing as the food.

Menbow Ramen Bar

1018 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W 2H5

The rustic atmosphere of this little café is broken up by lovely renderings of Thai food carts in the wall murals. The menu here is extensive, and the food authentic enough even for those who have lived in Thailand. You'll find the drunken noodles are always a good bet, or you might try the spring rolls if you prefer something a little lighter.

Ayo Eat

140-560 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6

Tucked away in the upper level of Market Square, this café is just a little takeout counter with a single table on the balcony outside. Not all items on the limited menu are Thai, but they are all delicious. If you're looking for green curry, satay or spring rolls, you'll find the ones here a cut above the usual takeout place. The owner, Bana, is always up for some banter and makes the short wait for food even more enjoyable.

BANGKOK Modern Thai Cuisine

1813 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8T 4K5

Looking for Thai food fit for royalty? You'll find it here in a cheerful, bright restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner. Sample the Tom Yam Prawn Soup; it's certainly worth a try. If you prefer something a little heartier, you can try the pad Thai or salmon fried rice, both of which are delicious options. The rapid food preparation is always ideal for those guests in a hurry.

Siam Thai Restaurant

512 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8W 1E6

The Thai spicy noodles served at Siam Thai are some of the best in the city; you'll find it is worth a trip just for the one dish. While you're there, you'll also want to try the green curry and the spring rolls. Portions are sizeable, so come with an appetite or a desire for leftovers. The wait staff are friendly and engaging, and they are more than willing to help you select a dish that will suit your needs.

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