For an Americanized yet tasty Asian treat, go to True Thai Restaurant, a popular Franklin Avenue funky restaurant that brings in many locals on a ... More
For an Americanized yet tasty Asian treat, go to True Thai Restaurant, a popular Franklin Avenue funky restaurant that brings in many locals on a day-to-day basis. The food is moderately priced, with bold, spicy and rich flavors. The Green Papaya Salad is filled with crispy herb leaves and the fresh flavors of papaya, cilantro and lime. All curries are homemade and perfectly seasoned with a tangy sauce made up of chili and coconut milk. The Pad Thai, one of Thailand's most famous entrees, is one of the best dishes Thai cuisine has to offer. With its thick rice noodles and fresh shrimp and vegetables, visitors can enjoy a rewarding meal. As the finale to this Thai experience try their unique desserts. If you are looking for traditional meals with a modern twist, then True Thai Restaurant is the place for you. The restaurant also has a buffet fare from Monday to Friday. For further information please contact the restaurant.
AVOID THIS RESTAURANT. The food is great, service is terrible. They are having a terrible time getting food made. Take out is a disaster, and during the lunch time they cannot do more than offer a buffet at this point. The restaurant keeps saying its cook is out, but it has been this way for over a month. They need to staff better and not take customers for granted.
Food was mediocre. Selections and variety were mediocre. Service was terrible. Our waiter came around our table twice and for damn sure noticed my empty glass and I asked him twice for a refill. Took almost ten minutes, and when he finally came he didn't even fill it up like a waiter is supposed to do. Dude had the audacity to bring a glass pitcher and walked away. WTF this is supposed to be a nice sit-down restaurant and this is what I get. Don't go here. If you must, go to Village Wok or Hong Kong Noodles on campus.
I agree with this comment.
After reading all the good reviews, thought I'd try True Thai. Made a reservation for Friday night at 7:30. Got there at about 7:15 and the place was packed. Took forever to just get up to the front desk to check on the reservation, at which time I found out I didn't have one. Evidently they hadn't written it down, even though I had called twice and changed the number for the table on the second call. That aside, after standing shoulder to shoulder int he crowd for 20 minutes, finally did get a table.
Overall, I'd have to say our entire group was very disappointed. Our service was slow and mediocre, and the food was barely average. I had the choo chee curry with scallops. The dish was luke warm when served. The scallops were definitely from a can, and the curry was overly sweet. I don't think they really get the whole idea behind thai food regarding the mix of flavors such as sweet with spicy. Their dish was just sweet. Maybe that's how Minnesotans like it and maybe that's why the place is packed, but I don't get it.
I also had the Tom Yum soup which again, was missing the play on mixing subtle flavors. Instead, it was just very sour and lemony. Other members in our party also had mediocre dishes and the wok fried broccoli with beef was horrible. There was barely any beef and what was there was very stringy. The sauce was overly salty and runny.
So, I won't be going back. I know other places that have much better soup, and other places that have much better thai curries. I won't mention them since then people will think I'm simply writing this review to draw customers elsewhere. But, True Thai is not good in my opinion, and I'm not sure why the place is so packed. Must be a lot of Minnesotans who don't know what good Thai food is...
Upon entering the restaurant we were impressed by the authentic Thai furniture, knick-knacks, and photographs. But that can be seen at most Thai restaurants, the true test was yet to come.
It was very busy that Saturday night, one can see why reservations are needed. Yet through all it's 'busy-ness', there was not a sense of rush or crowd. The ambience was very inviting, and only prepared us for what was to follow.
Our experience to Thai food heaven started out with the Spring Rolls and deep fried Shrimp Wraps. The vegetables in the Spring Rolls were fresh and crisp and wrapped in exquisitely thin rice paper. The peanut dipping sauce was delightful. The Shrimp Wraps were crunchy on the outside and the shrimp perfectly tender inside. Dipped in the plum sauce, I thought I was eating desert before dinner. I was told they made the sauces themselves.
My entree was the Chicken Pad Thai, while my dining companion had the Pineapple Curry. I had a taste of the Pineapple Curry, which she enjoyed greatly, stating that the flavor was perfect, but found it too hot for me. But that is a matter of personal preference, and as curry goes, I am rather a wimp. My companion though swears that the flavor was wonderfully nuanced with many spices that set it apart for her from other curry dishes she has enjoyed. Once again, we were told that they made the curry themselves.
As for the Pad Thai, it is my opinion that no other local restaurant (of the several I have visited) makes better or as good. It leaves the competition in the dust! My whole face relaxed in pleasure as soon as the noodles entered my mouth. The Pad Thai, hands down, is the best I have ever tasted.
Our experience was topped off with the Sticky Rice with Mangoes in Coconut Cream. What a sweet delight! Take it home with you if you are too full for desert.
The service was very good, and the price incredibly reasonable. It is no wonder they do such a great take-out business also. Since my dining experience, I have taken out twice, and observed many others doing so also.
I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting Thailand, but if I do, I have no doubt that I will find the food at True Thai to be very authentic. This is not surprising as I understand the proprietor is from Thailand, and is very active in overseeing what goes on in her kitchen.
The only thing I did not care for was the lack of parking. But it is a city restaurant, and very easily found, located on a corner.
Pleasant atmosphere, good location, and busy on a Friday night. It's a good place to bring a date. My only complaint was with the fried tofu. I thought it was a little soft, but some people like it like that. The spring rolls were very tasty, and everything we ordered tasted fresh. I'll go back.
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