Restaurant Features: Bar, Happy Hour, Valet Parking
Location: Minneapolis (Uptown)
Address: Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave S Mpls, MN 55408 612-827-1606
Atmosphere: A mixture of trendy and Asian decor. Your choice of either wooden tables or decorative booths, both of which are situated under an Asian-style wooden canopy that runs along the walls of the main dining room. There are also two bars at Chiang Mai Thai, one in its own enclosed room, perfect for private parties.
Menu: Chicken Satay, fresh or fried spring rolls, fried cashews, sweet dried beef, fiery wings, fried wontons, shrimp, fried tofu, fried scallops and a spicy pork dip. Stir-fry dishes include Thai Basil, Garlic Pepper, Cashew, Pad Prig King ( fried ginger curry), Pad Sri Racha(Chili sauce) and sweet and sour. Stir-fry dishes are made from your choice of veggies/tofu, chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, squid or scallops. Rice and Noodle selections include Thai fried rice, curry fried rice, pineapple fried rice, Pad Thai noodles, Pad See Yew noodles, Fire noodles with Thai Basil, and Khao Cadeukadeek (beef or chicken on tomato fried rice). Curry dishes include Penang Curry , Sweet Green Curry , Massaman Curry , and Yellow Curry. Other specialties at Chiang Mai Thai are the Grilled chicken (Chiang Mai Thai style), Seafood Stir Fry with Egg , Grilled Fish in Fresh Garlic Sauce , Fried Fish with Fresh Ginger , Fiery Seafood , and the Pirate’ s Treasure .
Price guide: Appetizers $4-9 Stir Fry $11-15 Rice & noodles $9-15 Curry $11-15 Specialty Dishes $12-18
What we ordered: My companions and I decided that we would order all of our dishes to share. To start with, we ordered the cream cheese with jalapeno wontons. These were excellent! There was a ton of cream cheese/jalapeno mixture and the wonton wrap was fried nice and crispy. I had never had cream cheese wontons with jalapenos before, but I loved the added spiciness.
We tried the Pad Thai with shrimp…it was one of the best I have ever had! The noodles seemed to have been pan fried first and had enough sauce that they didn’t stick together or seemed dried out at all (big plus!) and were loaded with flavor (slightly sweet, slightly spicy). I was impressed with the amount of shrimp served with the dish, as there were several hidden within the noodles.
We also tried the Pad Prig King/Fried Ginger Curry Stir Fry with chicken(Crisp green beans, bell peppers, carrot, peapods and zucchini stir fried with ginger curry paste and coconut milk.) This was soooooo good! The sauce that the chicken and veggies were cooked in/mixed with was slightly spicy but had so much flavor!
Service: Our service was excellent! Our server spent quite some time explaining dishes from the menu and making recommendations. I was able to make reservations a few days ahead of time, host on the phone was very pleasant and accommodating. My only complaint is that they do not have their own parking lot and do not offer parking validation. Parking at the Calhoun Square ramp can get pretty costly.
Overall Impression: Fun atmosphere and location, excellent food and decent prices.