Mai Village

Twin Cities, Minnesota

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I have visited Mai Village several times. Unfortunately, while they do have vegetarian and vegan options, their food is often overly greasy, heavily-laden with sticky, salty sauce, and otherwise unappetizing. It's a shame - the restaurant itself is absolutely gorgeous and would be wonderful to dine in, were the food better. To add insult to injury, the food is expensive, too.

If you're looking for ambiance, search no further. If you're looking for excellent cuisine, I suggest Saigon (just down the street) or Ngon (which has vegan wine and an all-Minnesota beer list.)


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Poor quality control? The hot and spicy mock duck with lemongrass had hair in it. This dish and others seem to be on the oily/greasy side as well. We felt the $2 per person for a small teapot was over-priced. I thought I detected fish sauce in my dish as well.

The decor is certainly nice here, and they are capable of serving large numbers of people, but I've found that this place is over-rated by the professional/paid reviewers.


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I thought they were very accommodating, taking us early to order off the menu, whereas they were still serving their Sunday buffet. The food tasted great and they added the pea pods to my stir fry I wanted. Everything was lovely.


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the food is ok unless the owner cook it then it will be really really bad. the place look nice but the service is really really bad and they charged 15% for one person and they are not helpful to you at all. so i wouldn't recommend this place to anybody at all


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I went there a few weeks ago for the first time and I must say, the food was not that great. To top that, I left my credit card with the server because he never returned it. I realized it when I went shopping a few stores away, so I called and asked to see if it showed up. They were rude about finding it over the phone, so I went back there. I have never been treated in such a bad way. The waiter thought I was accusing him and I was being concerned for my own personal safety of my identification. They could have been more concerned, but they weren't. My information was never taken down in case my card showed up. It was such poor experience and rude service!!! I was a manager myself and I know they did not treat me with any respect. I don't recommend this restaurant.


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Sometimes it's hard to find an elegant place to get vegan food. That's why I'm thrilled that Mai Village has created this beautiful setting on University Avenue. The carvings and lighting are beautiful, as are the koi ponds. There is a pleasant background hubbub but you can't hear the specific conversations and you don't have to speak loudly to be heard. I've always found the service attentive.

As with Vietnamese restaurants in general, there are many veg options -- vegetarian spring rolls and egg rolls (greasy but good), noodle salads, mock duck dishes, tofu dishes, vegetable dishes.

I'm very grateful for the investment this family has made in Frogtown and for their creating a lovely atmosphere in which vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores can dine together in peace.


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Mai Village overcharged my credit card, and, in trying to get the money back, they were hostile and insulting. I have never had any "business person" manage something like this as immaturely and poorly as they did. I would rather go to Pho Tau Bay on Nicollet in Minneapolis. The food is cheaper and equally good, if not better. If you still decide to go to Mai Village, watch out and pay w/cash.

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In addition to the dishes that you can find in their "vegetarian" section, they have a few other vegetarian and vegan dishes such as "sauteed mock duck (or tofu) salad" which you can find under the "Vietnamese Specialties" section. This salad, by the way was not great, but the vegetarian spring rolls were excellent.

Mai Village is beatiful and much more upscale than I was expecting. Everything from the chairs to the menus to the blinds is beautiful and different than what you see at most restaurants.

In addition, the owner has a collection of gorgeous Vietnamese furniture and decorative objects upstairs. If you want to see it, take the elevator to the second floor or ask your server.

In spite of being fairly upscale, the dishes are pretty reasonably priced. A vegetarian entree ranges from $6.50 to $7.95. I liked this place and I would give them a higher ranking if they had more vegan dishes on their menu.


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The food was good, as mentioned vegans should beware and ask many questions before ordering (curry sauce made with egg?) The restaurant is very pretty (nice decor & a koi pont), if you're headed out with a large group of omnivores and looking for something slightly upscale looking, this would be a good place to go.


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The new restaurant is very nice, but the food is still mediocre and the service isn't even mediocre. There are much better choices for vegetarian vietnamese food on University Ave.

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The quality of food was adequate, but the quantity of food was low(*); the ambiance was decent, the Koi pond was nice; the level of service was below my expectation. (*: I suffered the "there's egg in my curry!" debacle- the replacement entree was considerably smaller than the original. I was still hungry even after dining, whereas normally I usually take enough home for a second dinner in the evening. No second dinner for me.) I bet this place would be fine for takeout.


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Good food, but not too amazing. Beautiful space with a koi pond and lots of art work. The restaurant was so big that sometimes it was difficult to find our server. Unfortunately we didn't realize that their curry has egg, but once we told them we didn't eat egg, they quickly replaced it with an egg-free version and were very nice about it. I don't know if I'd go out of my way to go back, but if I were hungry in St. Paul I might stop by.

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