Amid the proliferation of pizza and BBQ joints in Hamilton, the city has also got its fair share of standout options for excellent Thai cuisine, from noodle dishes to stir fries to curries and everything in between.
For those who like food that’s aromatic, flavourful, healthy, and colourful, Thai food very much fits the bill. From elevated modern spots to cozier hidden gems, here are our picks for the top 10 Thai spots in Hamilton for 2023!
Located in an unassuming strip plaza along Highway 8 in Stoney Creek, Thai Orchid is an easy spot to overlook; but doing so means you’re missing out on some seriously good Thai cuisine.
Casual and unpretentious, Thai Orchid features a pretty hefty menu of traditional, authentic fare available for lunch and dinner, from soups and salads to curries and wok stir fries. Options for chicken, beef, fish, shrimp, and vegetarian make for a diet-inclusive range of dishes as well.
This longstanding James North staple brings authentic Thai, Vietnamese, and fusion fare to an attractive, cozy dining setting.
Pho B&T, also known as Ben Thanh, sports a menu large enough to make your head spin: dim sum, curries, grilled fare, stir fries, fried rice, noodle dishes, seafood, and so much more feature numerous standout dishes that keep locals loyally coming back for more.
Pan-Asian cuisine is the name of the game at Saigon House, a rather large-yet-intimate restaurant on John Street South that favours Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese fare.
Dishes like pho and Korean BBQ are big features here, but Saigon House also features a rangy menu of classic Thai food options including red and green curries, Pad Thai, cashew chicken, and Thai basil stir fry. This place has been around for years, and locals keep going back again and again.
Quite literally a hidden gem, this tiny Thai food operation started as a home-based catering venture and has since opened up a stall at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market for fresh, flavourful, and authentic Thai cuisine.
First launched in 2021, May’s Thai Kitchen serves dishes like Pad Thai, red curry over rice, Jeow Bong, and some fresh Thai salads; but they’re also unique for selling handmade Thai sauces in jars to take home. Next time you’re in the farmers’ market, don’t forget to stop by and give them a try!
The Hamilton Mountain is largely underserved by great independently-operated food spots, but Lemongrass Restaurant is one such spot.
Situated in the corner unit of a small plaza along Garth Street, Lemongrass is one of Hamilton’s longstanding options for Thai food, serving up food for takeaway or for dine-in at their quaint restaurant space. Expect a rangy menu of flavourful appetizers, soups, salads, curries, stir fries, noodle dishes, and more.
Held dear by many Hamilton foodies, the family-owned Lotus Thai & Vietnamese Cuisine is a Stoney Creek gem run by great people who make seriously great food backed by a quarter-century of culinary experience.
Thai stir fries and curries are met with comforting bowls of Vietnamese pho, served alongside other dishes like vermicelli bowls, fried rice, and more; all served in an airy, inviting restaurant space that has been a local staple since 2015.
Though it’s on the main Downtown Dundas strip, Little Asia is an easy spot to overlook. That’s a shame, because those who discover it will be rewarded with some of the best Thai food in the Hamilton area that also happens to be strictly vegan and vegetarian.
That’s right; you won’t find chicken stir fries or beef curries here. Instead, expect disarmingly delicious Thai dishes from a stacked menu of choices that are mostly free of any animal products. Some locals are known to drive across the city to get their fix, and the dedication is well warranted.
Downtown Dundas’ popular Bangkok Spoon makes great use of its modern, warm dining room as it serves up Thai cuisine unlike anything else you’ll find in the city.
That’s because Bangkok Spoon is the only local Thai restaurant that has received recognition from the Thai government with a Thai Select Classic certification: an honour awarded only to restaurants known to serve authentic Thai food of high quality.
The honour rings true for Bangkok Spoon’s gigantic menu of flavourful offerings, with a wide array of dishes featuring chicken, beef, duck, pork, lamb, and seafood.
Originally part of the Burlington food scene, Pintoh has since moved to Downtown Hamilton in the cozy restaurant space that formerly held other Thai restaurants like Bambu and My Thai.
Pintoh thus continues the John Street North space’s legacy of producing standout Thai cuisine, with a kitchen headed by Chef Keng producing a focused menu of Thai dishes; some deeply authentic, others with a few fun culinary twists. The portions are generous, the flavours are big, the vibe is enticing. If you’re on the hunt for excellent Thai food, you won’t be disappointed by Pintoh.
There really isn’t much to this place. A recent addition to Hamilton’s food scene and located on King Street East in the Stipley neighbourhood, Mimi’s Asian Gourmet is adorned with a simple canvas banner for signage and is firmly a takeaway-only operation. They don’t even have a social media presence.
But believe us when we say that this place offers up some of Hamilton’s best Thai and Malaysian cuisine. Mimi’s Asian Gourmet serves up incredible, varied, and authentic noodle dishes, curries, stir fries, appetizers, and more while being refreshingly accommodating of dietary restrictions. Wait times for ordering can get pretty thick on peak days, but trust us when we say the wait is well worth it.
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