Taste of Thailand

Twin Cities, Minnesota
11 S. 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-333-0082

Vegan-Friendly

3.2 / 3 votes

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Thai food downtown with ample vegetarian options

Restaurant, Bar

This Thai restaurant and bar has a large selection of vegetarian dishes with the option for tofu, mock duck and even mock chicken for most dishes.

Note: None of the curries here are vegan or vegetarian, as they all contain shrimp paste pre-mixed, and cannot be modified. Most of the non-curry dishes can be made vegan if you request them to leave out the fish and/or oyster sauce.

For Pad Thai, make sure to also request no egg, if you are vegan.

Added by conde.kedar on Feb 15 09 (last updated Feb 17 09)

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When I dined here sometime between lunch and dinner time, the place was empty. A couple strolled in after about 20 minutes of being there, but it was very quiet. The waitress was very friendly and helpful as far as finding the vegan options on the menu. She was pretty knowledgeable, but had to ask the cook about what was in the curry paste (indeed it contained shrimp paste). The food was very good, especially the pad thai (it was the best I've had in the Twin Cities so far). I would dine there again, but I am still not happy about having to go through the work of figuring out what dishes can be made vegan.

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The menu here is misleading, as it uses the word "vegetarian" but does not disclose that every dish has either fish/oyster sauce or shrimp paste. That said, with the exception of the curries, all the dishes can be made vegan.

Taste of Thailand is probably the best Thai restaurant downtown (and one of the only ones, for that matter), and probably one of the better ones in Minneapolis. It slightly edges out Amazing Thailand in Uptown, in my opinion.

We asked lots of questions and had a wonderfully friendly and helpful waitress who checked with the chef about ingredients. First, as stated earlier, none of the curries are vegan or vegetarian, and cannot be modified (the curry pastes all contain shrimp paste). Even the so-called "vegetarian red curry" is not, in fact, vegetarian.

Also, all of the stir-frys have oyster sauce, but at least these dishes can be modified to be completely vegan.

We had a Pad Bai Kra Prao (basil stir-fry) with mock chicken and no oyster sauce ($10.50). I found the dish to be nicely seasoned and spicy; it felt like there was some authenticity and heft to this dish, which can easily be made bland by a lesser restaurant. The mock chicken was cooked well, though it looked and tasted exactly like mock duck to me.

We also had a Pad Thai with tofu, and no egg or oyster sauce ($10.50). I liked the Pad Thai quite a bit, as it had an array of flavors and tastes, spanning the range from sweet to spicy to sour, which once again suggested authenticity. Pad Thai can easily be made poorly, but this place managed to get the tricky balance of flavors just perfect. The tofu could have been marinated or seasoned more, but that's a minor quibble.

In the end, this is a good Thai restaurant, but make sure to insist on no fish/oyster sauce in the non-curry dishes. Avoid the curries all together if you are vegan or vegetarian and don't wish to eat shrimp paste.

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Neighborhood

Downtown

Directions

On the corner of 7th St. and Hennepin Avenue.

Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Thai

Features

  • Buffet
  • Happy Hour
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Romantic

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Hours

11am - 9pm
11am - 10pm
4pm - 8pm

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