Chiang Mai Thai

Twin Cities, Minnesota

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I went to Chiang Mai Thai for their late night happy hour. They have cheap drinks and cocktails and most importantly, $3 vegan appetizers. I tried the spring rolls and the fried tofu. The fried tofu was served in long strips like really fat french fries and was surprisingly good. It wasn't particularly packed with flavor on its own but had a crispy but not overdone coating and a lovely softness inside. Dipped in a little soy sauce, sriracha, or peanut sauce, it was a dish I'd definitely order every time I'm there.

The spring rolls, sadly, were completely lackluster. While the rolls were huge, they were 90% rice noodles and 10% prepackaged lettuce--or at least it tasted like it. The menu described the rolls as also containing beansprouts and cilantro but there was absolutely nothing that tasted like cilantro inside. I'd have liked to see some tofu/mock duck options as well as some carrots, cucumbers, onions, peanuts, or SOMETHING with crunch and flavor inside.

Still, I'm eager to try Chiang Mai Thai again. The server was very enthusiastic about their vegan options and told me that almost anything on the menu can be made vegan if requested. He especially recommended the yellow curry, which can be vegan, and the thai basil stirfry. Had they not been $12-13 I would have ordered one last night.

The decor was very nice with high bar tables, regular tables, and low lounge seating. All in all, I enjoyed my tofu, had great service, and am looking forward to trying the entrees. I just won't order the spring rolls.


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At here once with my wife a couple years ago. Waitress was highly accomodating when we ordered a dish without fish sauce. Good pad thai. Funky decor.


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Chiang Mai Thai is pretty tasty food.

I like it because any time I have gone there the staff has been helpful in pointing out which dishes contain fish sauce and which dishes can be made vegan. It's also open late, although I believe their kitchen closes at midnight or eleven.

I really enjoy their fried tofu appetizer, and I've had a sampler of dips and sauces with veggies once that was okay. I don't like their fresh spring rolls. They are kind of bland and boring and they won't put mock duck or tofu in the roll.

I tend to always get one thing: Laab/Good Luck Salad with mock duck(sometimes tofu, but their mock duck is awesome). It is SO good, and I haven't found another laab without fish sauce yet.
It's basically all mock duck (or tofu) with onions and an insanely good mix of spices and cilantro. It's served warm, with a side of rice and some lettuce to make yummy lettuce rollups and giant slices of cucumber. I get serious cravings for this dish. I've branched out occasionally, but nothing has come close to my love of the Laab.

The best drink is soon being taken off of the menu: the Thailander Tea. It's an upscale Long Island Ice Tea, and it is VERY good. At only $7 it's a steal (which is why it's being taken off the menu). I've had it many many times, and only one time it was not made correctly.

Overall, I love the Laab salad so much I'd give this place a 10, but most of the other food has struck me as so-so, nothing outstanding. However, I do appreciate the fact that I can eat Thai food with no fish sauce hiding in it.


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I loved the spring rolls here. They have half priced appetizers during happy hour as well you can eat very affordably. The wait staff was very friendly.


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I absolutely love the food. However, as a vegan, I was disappointed to learn that their curry contains fish sauce and cannot be made without it (unfortunately, I had eaten the Penang Curry several times before I knew this). Despite this fact, they still claim it to be vegetarian when you ask. "Just order it with tofu instead of meat" they claim. Very weird. Also, the waitress suggested the "Gaeng Kari (Yellow Curry)" as a vegan option. However, if you read the description it's made with "fried egg noodles" thus making it not vegan. I'm not sure if they aren't clear on the definitions of veganism and vegetarianism or what. However, their Pad Thai is excellent and they will let you get it without egg.


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The only compliment I can make to Chiang Mai Thai is the ambience with nice bar area and live music. The food is average. Some of the wait staff are quite friendly when asked to tweak the dish to make it vegan. Some others seem to be uneasy as if the chefs are going to yell at them for taking special orders. One time, I doubted my order was vegan since I could trace the fish sauce flavor. So if you get a confused waiter, make sure you get your order right.


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I go here primarily because they'll make me a curry fried rice with tofu without the egg or msg. And I adore them for that, but if I were only in the mood for thai I wouldn't likely go here unless it was too late in the evening to make it to Royal Orchid or True Thai.


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I really really like their pineapple fried rice, but that is a me thing. Fun martini list. Amazingly fancy trendy restaurant for sticking out of the backside of a mall.


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The food here is decent, even though I feel it's a bit over-priced for what you get. They do serve a decent spring roll and thier mock duck satay (Request it be made vegan) is pretty good.


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They have good mock duck and vegetables in spicy garlic sauce. This place is extremely trendy. The waitstaff knows what "vegan" means and they know which dishes are and are not. I feel comfortable eating there... if i ignore the trendiness. If you drink alcohol, there's a little more there for you - they have a HUGE wine list and a well-stocked bar.

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