Queen Mother Cafe ~ 208 Queen St W ~ (416) 598-4719

queen sign

Founded in the fall of 1978 (much like the author of this review), the Queen Mother Café is celebrating its 35th year in the heart of downtown (208 Queen W). I had walked by this place many times, thinking it was little more than a local watering hole. Well, chef Noy Phongnanouvong offers-up some of the city’s best Lao/Thai creations, served in a comfortable pub-like atmosphere, complete with cozy back patio.

lentil soup

Truth be told, the Queen Mum’s Lentil Soup ($6 – pictured above) is to die for. I start with it every time. A mildly-spiced puree, it’s a full-serving of vegetables in a bowl. Another favourite is the Bah Me Hang ($10.95 – pictured below). This dish sees thin egg noodles get stir-fried with bean sprouts, onions, celery, chopped peanuts, sautéed shrimp and sliced chicken… all served in a spicy lime coriander sauce, topped with green onions. I always order it extra spicy and wash it down with one of the many cold beers they have on tap.

bah me hang

There are always a number of fresh daily specials on offer from the kitchen. After a quick rundown of today’s, we order a Teriyaki Flank Steak and Baby Bok Choy Udon Bowl ($14 – pictured below). Topped with chopped Spring Rolls, this is really tasty stuff!

beef udon

Be sure to also check-out their late night menu. The kitchen is open until 1am and really hits the spot after a night out in the entertainment district. Oh, and they do boozy brunches on the weekend, too!

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