Thai Flame is an authentic Thai restaurant in Ottawa's West end.
Rarely am I so impressed by a restaurant.
This place has only been open since October in a tiny strip mall off the beaten path through Bell's Corners. Google and Bing still can't find it, even with the address. It's at the intersection of Robertson and Stinson, beside Dan's Automotive.
We went tonight on a whim for some Thai, and I'm glad we did.
We started with fried fish cakes and cucumber sauce. They were homemade and terrific. They were soft and pillowy, not at all rubbery, and didn't have an overpowering fish flavour. The cucumber dipping sauce was unexpected but it was both spicy and cooling at the same time.
It was followed by our salad and mains. We ordered a green papaya salad. It came loaded with peanuts and shrimp. The shrimp were steamed to perfection and were melt in your mouth delicious. The salad had just the right amount of heat.
We shared mains and both were portioned very generously. The Pad Thai noodles were not served spicy, but that's probably because it's the first choice for people when getting used to Thai food. The flavour was the right blend of slightly sweet and sour and I could see the little bits of tamarind used to flavour it- the real deal! The noodles were light and not at all greasy. It was a very filling dish for a cold day. Ask your server for some hot sauce made in house to spice things up. Our server insisted we try it.
We also had the richest red coconut chicken curry that I've ever had. It was loaded with strips of tender chicken and thick with coconut base. It was not overpoweringly spicy and it was worth every penny.
Even though it was listed as individual dishes, the food was served family style in giant portions. We took home leftovers.
The service was excellent and our server was super friendly. The food arrived very quickly and we weren't disappointed in the least. He saw that it was our first time at the restaurant and even gave my wife a beautiful elephant brooch.
I wish I could give this restaurant more than five stars. This is easily the best restaurant in Bell's Corners and certainly the best Thai in Ottawa that I've ever had, and even better than the Nokham Thai on Richmond Road which is usually very busy. We'll be back. Hopefully we will see you there- this new restaurant will need you in order to succeed!