Thai Express – Portage Place


A few months ago, I asked a question in the Manitoba Food Bloggers Facebook group. What is your favourite food court restaurant. I got a variety of answers. Oddly, I can’t remember what my own answer to the question was. All I know is that it has changed. Back then it likely would have been Koya Japan. Now it is undoubtedly Thai Express. Specifically the Thai Express in Portage Place.

Thai Express Napkin

Corny and cheeky napkins were on offer this summer.

I like Thai food, so it should come as no surprise that I would give a Thai restaurant in a Food Court a try. I’ve been there several times in the past, but the last two visits are the one’s that have cemented Thai Express’s place as my food court favourite. Last night I was on my way through downtown and wanted to stop for dinner before heading on to the event I was attending. I didn’t realize the Jets were playing, and so the first place I stopped in was fuller than I hoped. I figured this might be the case at most place and decided to check out the Portage Place food court.

Seeing no line up at Thai Express I went over and ordered. They feature a soup special that for $7.98 gives you soup and a spring roll. This is a real good deal. The bowl of soup is large, and with the spring roll it makes for a full meal. With plenty of liquid in the soup I skipped adding a beverage. I had the beef noodle soup, and the solid to broth ratio was very high. Since I was going out I avoided the spice on this one, lest it disagree with me later. Fortunately, with the coriander and vegetables, there is still plenty of flavour in this soup.

Thai Express Beef Soup special

The Thai Express Soup Special has plenty of substance to go with the broth.

Thai Express Spring Roll

While not exceptional, the spring roll was all right, and helped to fill me up.

Thai Express Clincher:

I really enjoy spicy food. I don’t feel the need to order every time, but when I do, I want it SPICY. So earlier this year when I was at Thai Express, I ordered the Chicken Pad Sew, and when they asked me how spicy I wanted it, I told them as spicy as you can make it. Happily for me they obliged. As a bonus it wasn’t simply a mouth burning heat, but one that got into my whole being. I like a heat that makes me sweat as well as feeling hot on the tongue and this Pad Sew filled the bill.

Thai Express Chicken Pad Sew

Chicken Pad Sew, loaded with spice.

On top of that the portion size was very large. There was plenty of chicken in the dish, and the heat didn’t overwhelm the rest of the flavour. Thai Express is definitely one place I’ll return to when I’m in the mood for a quick, enjoyable meal.
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