Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Amazing Thailand

Visited on Saturday, November 15th with Jake, Allison, and Justin

Outside Amazing Thailand

Erin's Review
After a long day being a photo assistant at a wedding with Kate, I was absolutely exhausted. I was originally supposed to go out somewhere in St. Paul with Kate that night, but she ended up having to go work at her "real" job. Ben texted me during the day to ask if I wanted to go out to dinner and we decided on Broders. Unfortunately, the wait was longer than we could handle. Maybe someday we'll get there... Ben then suggested Amazing Thailand which sounded just fine to me. I basically just wanted some noodles in any form.

Inside Amazing Thailand Inside Amazing Thailand

We got there a little early and had to wait a few minutes for our table to be ready. As soon as we were seated I ordered the Jalapeno Cream Cheese Wontons because I was starving. Half of the table had decided on Pad Thai in some form for the entree. Too bad for us when someone (Allison I think?) asked if it was good and the server flat out said no. Hmmm... we quickly went about changing our order. The server said that the Pad Thai is made in a different style than most people are used to so a lot of people don't like it. Has anyone out there tried the Pad Thai at Amazing Thailand? Is it really that bad?? Since our server was so full of opinions, I asked her what she would recommend and told her I had originally wanted Pad Thai and was just looking for some comfort food. She told me to get the Pad See Iew. So I did. Jake did as well. Allison got the Spicy Noodles and Justin got the largest plate of yellow curry fried rice that I have ever seen.

Yellow Curry Fried Rice
For real. Who could eat this in one sitting??

The wontons came out soon after we ordered and were quickly devoured. They were excellent, although one that I had didn't actually have jalapenos in it. I was only slightly bitter about that.

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Wontons

My Pad See Iew was exactly what I wanted. A large plate of delicious noodles, veggies, and chicken, and egg. Pretty close to Pad Thai... I think thicker noodles might be the difference. I loved this and will probably order it instead of Pad Thai when I'm in the noodle mood at a Thai place again. Everyone else loved their meals, except for Allison. I think she just was wanting something different though, it wasn't that her meal was prepared badly. She did enjoy her cinnomon cookie martini though, so all was not lost for her.

Pad See Iew

Cinnamon Cookie Martini

I really enjoyed Amazing Thailand. It was full and bustling and the decor was interesting. I would go back... but probably won't for awhile due to the abundance of other Thai places on the list.

Ben's Review
After watching the Gophers lose horribly to the Badgers on Saturday we decided to get some dinner with Jake, Allison, and Justin. Jake and Allison live close to Broders so we were going to try to go there but we couldn't get in :( After driving back to Saint Paul to pick up Erin (who was locked out of the house), we settled for hitting up one of the many Thai places we have on the list now, from all the suggestions we got from the poll, Amazing Thailand in uptown.

There was no way in hell I was paying $13.50 to park again (I'll stop bitching about that soon I promise), so I dropped Erin off at the restaurant and drove around the block to find a spot on the street, which I did a block and a half away. Nice. Jake, Allison, and Justin also found a spot on the street not far from me.

As I walked into the restaurant I immediately noticed the cool Thai-looking decor. I don't know if the decorations were ACTUALLY Thai, but it fit the stereotype of Thailand, with gold shrines straight out of an "Indiana Jones" movie. The bar is big and full of people, it looked like a good place to hang out. The bar is square with one side being a wall and then three sides are the actual bar with a big island in the middle where all of the booze is stored.

Inside Amazing Thailand

Inside Amazing Thailand

We got seated (sat?) about five minutes after arriving as we were a little early for our reservation. I was, as usual, stumped about what to get. I recently got on a curry kick, making some Indian curry a couple weeks back and really wanting some Thai curry over rice. With a menu as big as the one at Amazing Thailand though, that seems a little bland. Although, Erin's dad will tell you that you should "get a burger when you're at a burger place", and I figure any Thai place is a "curry place." Luckily the special that night was a pumpkin curry that was served in a little pumpkin with the rice on the side that Erin convinced me to get. As usual, good advice on her part.


The curry was indeed served in a small pumpkin that I thought looked more like a squash. They initially forgot my rice side, so I was confused for a minute about what was going on, but we got it sorted out. The curry was excellent and just what I had been craving - a very runny curry with some chicken and veggies over rice. When you order your dish they ask how spicy you want it on a scale of 1-5. In typical indecisive fashion I went right down the middle with a 3. Our server told us that the numbers were "Minnesota numbers" as opposed to "Thai numbers", saying that the cooks used to make it even more spicy but they got too many complaints. A 3 was a good mix of spice while still having good flavor.

Pumpkin Curry

Pumpkin Curry

I thought our server was pretty cool, she even did some snooping on a table near us to see what they had ordered because it looked good. However, she steered Allison away from the pad Thai and suggested a different noodle dish instead that Allison didn't really like. Bummer for her :)

One of the best things about Thai restaurants is that you usually have enough to bring home for another meal, which was awesome. All in all, a great meal.
  • Service: Our server was great and they kept our water glasses filled.
  • Food: Excellent pumpkin curry and huge portions.
  • Drinks: Full bar with a decent beer selection. Not sure if they have happy hour specials or not.
  • Ambiance: It was busy on the Saturday night that we were there and the place had a good din.
  • Price: The prices were decent. Our bill was $50 with tax and tip which included a couple drinks and an appetizer.
  • Convenience: This is uptown so parking's a little difficult. Amazing Thailand is across Hennepin from Calhoun Square so if you go south just one block you're in a residential area where you should be able to find a free spot.
Amazing Thailand
3024 Hennepin Ave S

Highly recommended for the food and atmosphere


WeezerMonkey said...

I just had Thai food, too. :)

Pad see ew not only consists of thicker, wider, chewier rice noodles than pad thai, but pad see ew is soy-sauce-based, whereas pad thai is flavored with chiles, lime, and peanuts.

katie said...

I have to give props to the server for being honest about the pad thai but it sounds like she could have elaborated a bit more on why people don't usually like it. The pumpkin curry looks amazing!!!! Thanks for the review - I'll definitely need to check it out.

Liz said...

I love pad see ew! Weezer did a great job of explaining the difference between the two. I like the noodles better in pad see ew.

I can vouch that Thai decor really is gold and Buddahs. You two should put Thailand on your travel list!

Erin said...

I see I must have been wrong on how I spelled Pad See Ew in the review, but I was just spelling it how it was spelled on the menu :) so I blame Amazing Thailand for the misspelling.

bob s said...

That's interesting that your server dissed the Pad Thai. It's perfectly fine - what you find at most other places - but it's not so bad that I would have steered someone away from it. My kids get it without spice and love it.

There are definitely much better things at AT than the pad thai though. I'd recommend the curries as all being good and the Amazing Basil dish.

Anonymous said...

Last time I had the Pad Thai, I was not impressed. It tasted off, and was a wierd purple color. The one other time I had it, it was great.

birdchick said...

I enjoy Amazing Thailand, we live fairy close and eat there often. I liked their take of the Pad Thai, but hands down their Tom Yum is the best. I highly recommend it.

Anonymous said...

Amazing Thailand is pretty great - i suggest the Pad Won Sen - by far my favorite.

The seafood stirfry dish is also amazing, but you must be a seafood lover - the seafood comes complete :)

Honey Bunny said...

ugh. i HATE this place. glad you had a good experience, however.

Liz said...

I think the spelling of Pad See Ew differs- it's not easy translating Thai to English :)

Trisha said...

I just recently tried this place and was disappointed. I had some curry and the Tom Rum Soup. The curry didn't come with any vegetables, which was odd, and I didnt like how the soup had cream in it. I probably won't go back here again, instead I'll go back to my regular Thai joint, Chaing Mai Tai. This place never disapoints, and their hot and sour soup is to die for!