It was what we call ‘Production Day’ here at Beach Metro News; the day we gather all the ads, news and photos, and try to make a readable newspaper out of them. It can be a frantic time, and of late no one has had any time to take an hour off for lunch.
Jon suggested that we order in Thai, and wouldn’t you know it, we had a new advertiser called Jatujak, a new restaurant at 1466 Kingston Rd. that specializes in Thai street-style food, the food you could get from the many street vendors in Bangkok.
Not having had much experience with Thai street-style food, we let Jon select from the online menu. We called ahead, and I went down to pick the order up. Luckily there is laneway parking in behind Jatujak because Kingston Road is under construction.
We got three sets of vegetable spring rolls (three in each set, $4.95), a mango salad ($6.95), a couple Tom kha, which is a coconut soup with chicken, lemon and onion ($5.95 ea.), two orders of pad thai, one with chicken and one vegetarian ($9.95 ea.), one vegetarian order of pineapple fried rice ($10.95), Gaeng kiew whan, a vegetable and tofu curry dish ($9.95), and Gaeng panang beef, a red panang dish with basil, peppers and kaffir lime leaves ($9.95).
I mentioned not having much experience with Thai food, but that does not mean I don’t like it. I tucked generously into every dish, and enjoyed it all.
The Tom kha/coconut soup was wonderful, and the Gaeng panang beef was addictively spicy (although there were a few sensitive palates for whom it was a little much).
We have a vegetarian and a vegan on staff these days, and both found enough to satisfy them in our selections. The total came to $95, but split six ways, it is just around $15, a good value for a nice communal lunch shared with half a dozen hungry newspaper staffers.
Jatujak has somewhat limited seating, with room for about 15 diners, so be prepared for take-out. But good take-out it is.
Call Jatujak at 416-698-1466, or visit them online at jatujak.ca.