A while back a friend recommended that I try out Papaya, saying that it was quite delicious. Being in the area that particular day, my curiosity got the better of me and off we went! I also had to test my new camera. Please forgive these shots and timestamps… I’ve figured out how to work my camera now. Macro Mode! White Balance! The wonders of camera technology.
Location: 545 Yonge Street
Price: $ Portions are a little small though.
Before I continue, I’ll just say that the lighting at this place is pretty dim. Coupled with me learning how to work my camera, the photos might not be the best.
Though I guess it doesn’t actually look dim… it really is! Trust me! Please. 😦
In any case, we decided we’d order a Tom Yum Goong Soup ($5.95), a Mango Salad ($7.95), and Golden Chicken Curry ($9.95).
Those are some pretty thick wedges of mango. I enjoyed the freshness of this dish, and the mango was still firm, but sufficiently ripe and thus not sour. Despite the bad settings of my camera being unable to pick this up, this was actually a really vibrant looking dish from the assortment of colors. Despite being a vegetarian item, I think I enjoyed this dish the most… A running theme of the night was that everything would be too sweet. At least mango is SUPPOSED to be sweet — but why was my mango salad the dish with the least sweetness?
This looks like yet another veggie item. Let me ease your worries — there were shrimp in this dish, so I am not going vegetarian (no offense guys… really). That being said I really enjoyed all the veg in this dish — particularly the mushrooms and the tomatoes. There was a nice spiciness to this soup… now if only there wasn’t this odd sweet flavor there too. I could deal with it at first but by the time my friend and I were finishing this, we both noted that this was just a little… weird. It was almost syrupy.
Okay seriously why was my curry spicy? The chicken was cooked nicely, there was a good level of spiciness, oodles of sauce, and potatoes with a nice crispy exterior and a fluffy interior. But once again, I had to dilute the sheer SWEETNESS of this dish with the rice that we were given along with this curry. Why? It’s like all the items I ordered could totally be so much more if they laid off the sweetness levels. I was not trying to eat dessert, Papaya!
Conclusion: I may sound a bit mean in my post but there’s just something really weird when the one note you remember about a dinner from a little while back is nothing but sweetness. That being said, the service was really nice and efficient! I’d probably stick to Thai Basil if I had the choice. Sorry, friend who recommended this to me. 😦 6.5/10 Cheers!