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Queen Mother Cafe

Queen Mother Cafe

208 Queen St W

Rating: UNBUTTON YOUR PANTS

Apparently, wine isn’t the only thing that ages with time. In fact, I don’t think we’ve even had a wine as old as Queen Mother Cafe! Established in 1978 Queen Mother Cafe (QMC) has stood that test of time here on Queen Street West. The name originated from a piece of artwork found in the trash, that was brought in to contribute to the bohemian decor...it happened to be a picture of the late Queen Mother.

What’s Queen Mother Cafe Known For?

Did you know there was a Loatian cuisine to begin with? Well we didn’t either. When it first opened (a billion years ago) it started as a salad and sandwich shop. From the get-go, the QMC fed more than they thought they could or would. With an expansion a few years later and the on-boarding of a Loatian refugee family of cooks came Queen Mother Cafe. The cuisine is a derivative of Thai, with dishes that sound familiar, and portions really deliver.

What did we get?

Khao Soy Gai ($15.95)

Menu Description: traditional northern Laotian dish of chicken simmered in a spicy broth of fresh Thai herbs, turmeric, curry and coconut milk, served on a bed of soft thin egg noodles, bean sprouts, watercress, garnished with mint, shallots, marinated bok choy and fresh coriander.

Don’t be scared! Don’t get overwhelmed yet, please! Yes, the bowl is HUGE, yes there’s a lot of noodles but hey, your partner-in-dine is here to help! Bathed in a yellow spicy broth of herbs and such it seems like it’s part soup, part noodles. This one one of our favourite dishes of the night, by far.

Ping Gai ($19.95)

Menu Description: boneless chicken marinated with garlic, coriander and black peppercorns, grilled crispy and served with a spicy lime and coriander dipping sauce, salad greens and steamed jasmine rice.

Mh, mh, finger lickin’ good! Grilled and marinated with dry toppings like coriander and peppercorns, it was simple but it was creative at the same time. We doubt you’re going to finish both but if you can make it to dessert, we promise it’ll be worth it.

Cake ($7)

Dufflet cakes have almost been around as long as QMC, opening their doors in 1982. We opted for the Turtle Fudge Cake; flourless nut cake layers filled with crunchy almond meringue, sweet cream and caramel; covered with bittersweet chocolate fudge glaze. With a selection of Dufflet Cakes to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a hearty slice. Again, we’d recommend splitting the dish because the slices are huge.

Tab:

$42.90 (excluding tax & tip)

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