On a wintery Sunday afternoon, we stopped for lunch at a little hole-in-the-wall place in the Collingwood Village neighborhood called “Thai Escape”.
We arrived just as they opened their doors, and were seated immediately.
We started with a Green Papaya Salad
This is a cold salad of unripe green papaya threads, carrots, green beans, and tomatoes. It’s This was a pretty good salad. The vegetables were fresh and fresh, and the dressed in a spicy tangy lime based sauce. The tomatoes were a little bland, they could have used more ripening.
This was followed by Chicken Satay
This is marinated chicken breast, threaded onto wooden skewers and grilled. It’s served with a peanut satay sauce, and a pickled cucumber salad. This is a really good satay. The chicken was tender and moist, and loaded with flavor from the coconut and curry marinade. The peanut sauce adds some rich nutty spicy flavors, and the cucumber salad provides some tangy crunch.
And we finished with a Pork and Cashew stir fry
This is lean pork, stir fried with red and green peppers, onions,roasted cashews, green onions and roasted chili peppers. It was served with a bowl of steamed jasmine rice.
This dish was just okay. The pork was very lean, and it seemed to be a little tough, perhaps over cooked. It had some good flavor, salty from fish sauce, spicy from the chilis. The cashews added some nuttiness, but they seemed to be a little tender.
The service was quite attentive and pleasant.
The room is very small, perhaps seating up to fifteen, and minimal.