Apr 192008

Cuisine: Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese
Restaurant Features: Bar, Happy Hour, On-Site Parking

Location: Maplewood
Address: 1715-A Beam Avenue  Maplewood, MN 55109   651-747-1000  ***Located at the end of a large strip mall (next to Marshall’s)
Links: Bambu Website * Bambu Facebook PageGoogle Map


Atmosphere: Very romantic with dim lighting, candles atop white table-cloths, and richly colored walls.  There are both circular and square tables, which can easily be combined for larger parties.


Bambu also has a lovely bar area and boasts wonderful drink specials.


Menu: Appetizers include Chicken Wings, Egg Rolls, Pot Stickers, Fried Tofu, Calamari, Spring Rolls, Wontons, Shrimp, Fresh Mussels, and Pan-Seared Scallops.  Salad/soups include Bambu Asian Salad, Thai pineapple Chicken Salad, Spicy Thai Beef Salad, Vietnamese Noodle Salad, Egg Drop Soup, Hot & Sour Soup, Wonton Soup, Vietnamese Chicken Noodle.

Chinese Entrees include General Tso’s Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Sesame Chicken, Beef or Shrimp, Kung Pao Chicken, Orange Chicken, Mandarin Chicken, Lemon Chicken, Cashew Chicken.  The following entrees can be served with either chicken, pork, tofu, mock duck, beef, shrimp or scallops: Broccoli Stir-Fry, Hunan Chicken, Sizzling Duck, Tiger Pork, Sizling Black Bean Sauce, Coconut Curry, Ginger or Oyster Stir-fry, Garlic Baby Bok Choy, Egg Fu Young, Chinese Chow Mein, Vietnamese Chow Mein, Singapore Noodles, Pineapple Stir fry, Hong Kong Wontons, Lomein, Fried Rice, Mu Shu Wrap and Chicken Almond Ding.

Thai Entrees include Thai Hot Curry Fried Rice, Pineapple Fried Rice, Yellow Chicken Curry, Pad Thai, Penang Red, Thair Stir-Fried Rice Noodles, Red Salmon Pineapple Curry, Green Mahi-Mahi Curry, Spicy & Sweet Blast Curry, Massaman Chicken Stir-Fry, Spicy Chicken, Basil Stir-Fry and Spicy Thai Basil Fried Rice.

Vietnamese Entrees include Salted Shrimp, Fried Rice, Garlic Catfish, Vietnamese Rice Platter, Fried Potato with Beef, Lemon Frog legs, Tamarind Shrimp, Grilled Beef and Shrimp & Beef.

Bambu also serves a large variety of Pho, an authentic Vietnamese beef broth served over rice noodles and Asian vegetables.

Seafood Entrees include Waleye, Seafood in Black Bean Sauce, Sea Bass, Triple Delight, Thai Seafood Linguine Curry.

Price guide: Appetizers $4.50-8  Salads/soups $3-11  Seafood $12-17  Chinese Entrees $9-13  Thai Entrees $9-17  Vietnamese Entrees $ 8-17  Pho $7-9
What we ordered: To start, we tried the calamari.  It was lightly breaded and served with stir-fried green and white onions.  I had never had calamari prepared this way, but I really enjoyed the blend of flavors.  I thought the serving was quite generous.


We ordered the Masaman Chicken Stir-Fry, a sweet green curry with chicken, onions, avocado and cashews.  I have never had a curry like this before, but I loved the flavor and texture of the dish.  This was also a very large portion of food.


We also ordered the Fried Potatoes with Beef.  The potatoes were crispy and the beef was tender and plentiful.


Fried Rice.  I cannot remember which fried rice we ordered, but it was pretty good.


My companion also ordered  lemonade and it was not only homemade, but hand-squeezed to order; both sugary and tart at the same time!

Service: Our service was exceptional! The server was very friendly and offered several suggestions from the menu.  Food was prepared in a timely manner and after compliments to the chef, the chef came out to talk with us.  By chance the owner was visiting the restaurant and also stopped to talk with me and my companion.  Everyone was really nice and talkative.
Overall Impression: Bambu is the total package and is my new favorite restaurant in the Northeast suburbs! The food, atmosphere and service were all superior.  A must-try!
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  13 Responses to “Bambu Asian Cuisine- Maplewood, MN”

  1. Your review is dated 2008… I highly suggested you eat at Bambu again and write another review. Go during lunch so you can get a lunch special and save money.

    I totally loved Bambu when it first opened, agree with everything you said. Sadly, the quality of food has recently declined.

    The Kid’s Menu is the worst! The sweet n sour chicken is low grade chicken chunks that are basically battered gristle with bright red sauce dumped on it. My kids would not eat it.

    The Sesame Chicken used to have a sauce that tasted homemade–it was light and slightly sour, with just the right zest. The new sesame sauce obviously comes out of a jar. It is thick orange goop with the consistency of motor oil, and tastes bad.

    The stir fried potatoes used to come with your choice of meat, now you have to pay $2 extra for the meat. Again, not spectacular…the sauce used to be really good but now is really salty soy sauce mixture.

    The chicken chow mein had huge chunks of celery and was so sour that it was barely edible.

    I don’t know what happened to Bambu but it is NOT the same restaurant that it was when it first opened. I am really sad bc this used to be one of my favorites.

  2. I would not eat hear again, had a certificate for 20 dollars that we were told could not be used for buffet, AND there are hidden costs…our bill turned out to be for THREE at lunch….42 dollars!!!!! I wanted vegetables with Mock Duck that cost 3 dollars extra for the mock duck…they also would not substitute any dish with veg tofu or mock duck….had to have meat ant the other costs extra….AND the food was not very good….my dish tasted sour.

  3. Really disappointed by the poor service. I was excited to eat at Bambu after I looked at their menu online. I found out about them through Groupon and bought a certificate. Imagine my surprise when the owner gave a really long and sort of pathetic speech about how she couldn’t allow us to use the coupon for items on the regular menu because they didn’t cost enough and she wouldn’t make enough money. We were trying to follow the rules she set and then she changed them midstream.
    I might have been cool with that but then the server who knew we were not going to use the coupon failed to make us aware of the lunch combo specials (which would have made us very happy) and the food took about 30 minutes to come out.

    The food was good, but the poor service and attitude left a really bad taste in my mouth.

    • Learn hoe to read and stop being so cheap! If you can’t afford to go out to eat then stay home and use your microwave.

  4. Do not go to this place because I think if you do not pay attention to the total on your bill, you can overpay at Bambu. They have hidden charge on your bill, like when they ask you what kind of meat do you want on your dish, you tell them “chicken”, for example, and this will pay extra for the meat.
    I think the people at Bambu are not honest with the prices they list on their menus. They charge you more then what it says on the menus.
    Their foods taste just like what you can cook at home, nothing extraordinary.
    The food portions are not generous for the money you pay for them.
    Not recommended.

  5. My significat other and I lover this place. We go close to once a week. We have never had poor service and love the food. If anything I would say the service is to fast. I am usually there when I want to wind down and take my time. The owner is frequently there and comes to visit the tables. Around the 1st of the year they updated the menue and now have serveral smaller portion dishes with appitizer and or dessert. We like this as it alows us to have more than just the entree with out taking home a second meal. I have enjoyed everything I have had there but do have to say my favoite is the tiger pork.

  6. I would never ever go back…. oh my god… it was terrible… bad sevice…. took forever to get seated… took forever to get food… and when i was done took forever for my stuff i ask to take out… took forever… i would not reconmend this place for anybody…..

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  8. I just want to say thank you for providing information and personal experience on such a great restaurant! I want to share a bit of my story with you if you dont mind…
    Taking out a girl for the first time is quite a challenge, and as I had stumbled upon your site here the previous night while at work, I figure Id give it a shot. There were four in our party and, I have to say this, the amount of food we ordered were more than enough to feed at least ten. We loved the calamari, your photo was as mouthwatering as the actual food itself. Liking the photo that you took, I ordered the Fried Potatoes with beef, my date ordered the Mongolian Beef, my close friend ordered the Tiger Pork, and his date ordered the Brocoli Stif-fry. We ended up sharing the different servings since it was so plentiful. Suffice to say, everything we ordered were tastful and the staff were more than happy to offer take-out trays for the food we couldnt finish. The girls loved it and us guys had no problem at all paying for it.
    I have to thank you again for providing this information on such a delightful restaurant and making my evening possible.

  9. We took your advise and went to Bambu for the first time. I had the Bun “Vietnamese Rice Salad” with grilled shrimp and my husband had the Sesame chicken and we had the mussels as appetizer. We love the ambience and the service was great! We will definitely be back for happy hour and try the BambuBox! Highly recommended.
    Lynn & Tom in Maplewod

    • just want respond you had a great experience but as for me i never had great experience at this restuarant because they were mean and it took forever for the server to seated us down. Just to let you know also they were not even nice to us, our food was burnt, and their were hair all over our food.

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