Matahari Grill

39 Baldwin St

I went in summer 2002 with a friend and we did not know what kind of food we were going to eat. We entered the restaurant and we asked what kind of food was served. They said “Malaysian” and we really did not know what “Malaysian” cuisine was. The menu contained many dishes that resembled many Thai dishes.

I had the Matahari Vegetable stir-fry with an assortment of 6 fresh vegetables for $7.95. It was notihng special. It tasted like any other stir-fry. I did not what was so Malaysian about it. Maybe I should have tried something else like the The Ultimate Vegetable Curry with baby eggplant, cabbage, green beans, tofu balls and tomatoes in an exotic curry broth.

As well they serve Satays (what are the anyway) which are which seem to any type of meat or chicken or vegetable dish containing peanut sauce [YUMMA]. However, most peanut sauces have fish sauce in them so beware, always be a paranoid and ask first. Prices are decent and the decor is very tranquil, quiet, and calm. Dimly lit with real tablecloths and beautiful sun mirrors on the walls, I’d definitely go here again but order something else. Entrees are between $7.95 and $11.95. They serve a full list of wines. They accept VISA, MC, AMEX, and Interac. Reservations can be made online at

Friendly Thai, The

500 Queen W
(416) 366-1221

Very funky, exotic ambiance, dimly lit, soothing, calm, atmosphere. They have a variety of mildly spicy, spicy, and very spicy authentic Thai dishes with many vegetarian selections. On my first visit to The Friendly Thai in September 2001, I ordered the vegetable stir fry with cashews and the portion was large and there were so many vegetables, it was a paradise for me. The sauce was wonderful and I was quite full. On my other visits, I had the vegetarian hot and sour soup which was very piping hot, very spicy and very fresh and flavourful. I then had the green vegetarian curry ( they also serve a red curry) with tofu and vegetables. Portions are decent and the food is fresh and tasty. Most items contain fish sauce or anchovy paste so if you are vegetarian, please notify staff. They are very accomodating.

Prices are reasonable, some below $10.00 but expect to pay between $10-$15 a plate. Very large menu with a vegetarian section. Many locations in the city but surprisingly does not have that “restaurant chain” ambiance. This particular location is in the heart of Queen West between Spadina and Bathurst.