Ban Thai Restaurant

Twin Cities, Minnesota

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The food was delicious, I had the Pad Asparagus (sans fish oil) along with mock chicken (although it looked and tasted much like the mock duck). The only downside was we got there during an unexpected rush and it took over an hour to get our food. If this happens to you, do not be to deterred, it's seriously worth the wait. There was only one person in the kitchen preparing the food and everything is prepared the moment it is ordered, nothing is pre-made.
The portions are rather large and I had enough for my meal plus two lunches! It is located in downtown White Bear Lake, which is a fun little town. It's not too suburby and is rather quaint.


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Excellent food, very nice atmosphere.

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Ban Thai has some of the best Thai food I've had in the Twin Cities area. The dishes here have the taste and look of home-cooked Thai food with fresh, colorful ingredients and simple preparation. Prices are reasonable and portion sizes are good. I appreciate that they have mock duck and mock chicken as options, which is rare outside of Vietnamese or Chinese restaurants. Be careful of the spice level---anything more than "2 peppers" on their scale will scald your mouth. The service is super-friendly and attentive; the cook even went out of her way to make a new, vegan batch of green curry paste especially for my dish, because the existing batch had fish sauce already mixed into it. NOTE: you have to request for them to leave out the fish/oyster/shrimp sauce, but they're very accommodating about this. All in all, it's a great restaurant, but I wish they were in Minneapolis or St. Paul, rather than remote White Bear Lake.


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I spoke with the owner and he said that the mock chicken is all soy, and therefore vegan. I ordered the Gang Khiao Wan(Green Curry) with mock chicken and it was really good. The sauce was a bit spicy, but I think that's common for Thai food. You may want to order it mild if you don't like things very spicy.

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