Large carved statues of elephants and traditional Thai figures decorate this authentic restaurant. White linens and candles adorn the tables. The menu ... More
King & I Thai
Large carved statues of elephants and traditional Thai figures decorate this authentic restaurant. White linens and candles adorn the tables. The menu is extensive, offering tasty appetizers and hot, spicy entrees. The fried calamari appetizer easily serves four. The grilled shrimp or sa bai nang (fried noodle balls filled with pork, shrimp and beef) will start your meal with a bang. Entrees are prepared with the meat or seafood of your choice and range from mild to 'on fire.' The pad ped ta lay features abundant portions of shrimp, scallops, crab, and mussels, all stir-fried with tomatoes in a spicy curry sauce. The chicken with tomato and cabbage in a coconut cream sauce is a little tamer.
My most honest opinion.. I am half Thai and have been raised with Thai food all my life. I am also an Army Veteran and have been all over the world. I also cook my own various favorite Thai dishes. So when I took my wife to the King & I for our anniversary, her first time, my third time total, but also my first at the new location we felt a little let down. I had ordered the green curry w/scallops and my wife ordered the chicken red curry #38. The Good: Service with a smile, beautiful layout, very nice ambiance. The Bad: Taste did not fit the price. The first two times I visited K&I was when they were located off of Nicollette ave the food was so good that I didn't even notice the prices. That has definately changed but not the worst I've ever had. So it looks like K&I has fallen from 1st place on my list of Thai restaurants in the Twin Cities to about somewhere near the lower half. Too bad because the new location is very nice. Since Ketsanas off of lynndale has closed it looks like the new top Thai place for taste & price is the Ramma Mit in St.Paul. A little cramped and crowded with less than average service but your patience will be rewarded in my opinion and to me that is the goal. To eat like a King and pay like a peasant.
We were in town for fun and decided to have Thai for the first time. This was an excellent choice. We loved the atmosphere and the food.
The staff was quick to get us seated and our first drinks. We were also given the specials and they were very patient with us as we were not sure what we wanted.
When we finally did decide, they came out with very hot food. Sometimes the food is done quickly but sits under the warmer light for a while and cools. Not this food. Steam rising from every dish carrying incredible smells to your nose.
We will definitely go back when we are in town. The food was great and the staff attentive.
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