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