the pai Story
"IT ALL STARTED ON AN ELEPHANT"
That's where I met the girl of my dreams. I was backpacking in jungles of Northern Thailand. One special day had me as the comfort of a terrified stranger on an elephant ride. After making Nuit's acquaintance I found her to be a kind, hard working nurse at the local hospital and, wow, could she cook! The flavours that came out of her little kitchen was extraordinary.
Fast forward a couple of years and we open a cozy little restaurant in Pai, Thailand, called the Curry Shack. Nuit would come in to cook dinner every night after her shift at the hospital.
Everything was prepared to the finest detail as she infused her meticulous nursing habits and knowledge of health to her cooking, creating her own unique style. It was a hit with the frequent travelers as well as the Thai locals. People just couldn¹t help but notice the enthusiasm of the local nurse who finally got the chance to showcase her other skills.
"Plus the food was just awesome!"
I finally snatched her off the 'singles' list in 2004 and Nuit came with me back to Canada. By 2008, with the much needed help from family and true friends, we opened Sukhothai. Our goal was simple: Make real Thai food. Recreate the exact experience we had back in Thailand. The results? Better than we ever imagined. Flattering reviews from customers and the local media have lead to a family of restaurants that includes Sabai Sabai and, our home, PAI Northern Thai Kitchen. I always knew that Nuit was special in the kitchen, but never expected such a great response. Blessed with a talented and hard working staff, who share that passion to make great food, Nuit and I invite you to experience a taste of Thailand.
EXECUTIVE CHEF / OWNER
Chef Nuit Regular and her husband Jeff are celebrated for bringing the distinct flavour of Northern Thai cuisine and hospitality to Toronto and across Canada. The popularity of their restaurants (PAI Northern Thai Kitchen, Sabai Sabai, Sukho Thai, and formerly Khao San Road) all began with the opening of the humble Curry Shack in the small town of Pai, in Northern Thailand.
Having learned to cook in her mother’s kitchen, Chef Nuit made the decision to leave her career as a nurse in Thailand so that she could share her passion and life experiences through family recipes, street market dishes, and creative collaborations. Toronto has been hungry for her talent and ever since she was named the Nine of Dine winner at the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo in 2009, Chef Nuit can be found regularly featured as one of the most influential chefs in Toronto. In acknowledgment of the authenticity of her Thai cooking, the government of Thailand awarded PAI Northern Thai Kitchen the prestigious Thai Select Premium designation.
PAI Northern Thai Kitchen is honoured to be recognized as one of Toronto’s Best Restaurants 2015 in the New & Notable category by NOW Magazine and to place number three on BlogTO’s The Best New Restaurants in Toronto 2014. Broadening her reach across Canada, Chef Nuit has consulted for restaurants in Vancouver and Nova Scotia.