And at times when exotic cuisine cravings arise, I'm thankful that Canada embraces multiculturalism like it does.
Thai Signature has been on my radar for a short while, and considering that I'm weak for Thai Iced Tea as it is, there seemed no better occassion than a Mid-Autumn mini gathering.
With the exception of my filth-covered chair, and the washroom located at the foot of two short flights of spotty, carpeted stairs, the rest remained relatively hygienic (or so I observed anyway).
Hunger gradually creeps up on us as we place our orders of a Signature Appetizer Platter, Lemongrass Soup with Shrimp, Grilled Salmon, and a Curry Pad Thai Noodle with Chicken.
Two mason jars and a bottle of Singha arrived some ten minutes later. Both glass containers boasted a lovely gradient: the Thai Tea faded to a dark mahoghany from bright orange, while the Thai Iced Coffee transitioned from stark white to deep brown. A splash of condensed milk was kept afloat with copious amounts of ice.
No comments can be made towards the Thai Iced Coffee or the Singha Beer, for I soon became too preoccupied with the mains to try a sip of them.
Lemongrass Soup with Shrimp was as tangy as it was savoury. The kick was ever so subtle, but with just enough strength to pack in an unexpected punch. Our choice of protein, the shrimp, was a deep red - an indication that it had remained on the heat for a tad too long. However, despite its excessive curling, I was informed that it was tasty overall.
Sticky Rice with Mango is essentially a no-fail dessert. It would be an outrage to defame the cult classic combo of sweet glutinous rice submerged in a pool of creamy coconut goodness and topped with ripe slivers of mango, yet Thai Signature executed that action precisely.
Put simply, Thai Signature has the capability to curb cravings by providing a decent level of quality for their signature dishes. The dishes were primarily a hit or miss, and all too pricey at that. For a party of three, the bill totalled a whopping eighty dollars. For the same cost, I could have easily taken my business to a more upscale diner in Toronto or Markham.