I don't quite get it. Maybe I'm getting grumpy, but I can't get my brain around the idea of standing in line for hours, or waiting for hours to get something to eat and have to pay for it. I'd stand in line for free things. So, let's this out of the way. You need to stand in line. Because they don't take reservations.
What I do get is that the reason why there are line ups and why they don't reservations is because the food, ambiance service and price are great, and because they don't have to.
This place has been on my radar for some time -- I was discouraged by the line up several weeks ago, but given a few hours when we had to be downtown with time to kill, we decided to bear the wait (hanging out at The Rivoli), as the food, we had heard, is excellent.
And it is.
We had their pad thai -- and it's fabulous -- maybe once in a while you'll get a better rendition of this remarkably over served dish, but this was right up there in terms of being the best.
We also had a beef curry with noodles -- something I've never quite had the same of in any other Thai restaurant, and it was lovely. Spicy, flavourful, and was a nice foil to the slightly sweet pad thai.
That, and the rice crackers and a shared tapioca dessert, and one walks out the door happily sated for under $50.00.
If you can bear the line up -- go for it. If not, go for a drink and give them your phone number. Just don't be starving.
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