Restaurant Features: Bar, Valet Parking
Location: Downtown Minneapolis
Address: 1346 LaSalle Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612)332-6928 Fax: (612)338-4293
Hours dining Room: Mon-Thur 4:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 4:30pm-11pm
Lounge: Mon – Sat 4:30 – 2am
Links: King & I Thai Website * King & I on Facebook * Google Map
Atmosphere: The restaurant was nice, but not as glamorous as I was expecting (not sure why I was expecting more?). King & I Thai is located in the lower level of a multi-level building, and has a Garden-Level entrance on the left side in the front of the building. The inside of the restaurant was divided into a couple of main spaces, the Restaurant and the Lounge (which has a separate entrance). We sat in the dining room, where there were wooden tables and a few large u-shaped booths. The restaurant was not overly decorated, but there were several statues of the Theravada Buddha, the symbol of Thailand’s predominant religion.
Menu: Appetizers include Egg Rolls, Chicken Satay, Chicken or Mock Duck Curry Puffs, Cream Cheese Rolls, Steamed Mussels, Fried Calamari, Grilled Shrimp, and Fried Tofu.
Salads include Shrimp and Lemon grass, Spicy Steak, Laab, and Silver Thread Noodles. Soups include Tom Kha, Tom Yum, Sriracha and Rice Noodle Soup.
Rice and Noodle Dishes offered: House Pad Thai, Bangkok Pad Thai, Pad Seyu, King & I Fried Rice, Pineapple Fried Rice, Sriracha Fried Rice, Indian Curry Fried Rice, Spicy Holy Basil Fried Rice, and Pattaya Fried Rice.
Hot and Spicy dishes served with your choice of chicken, beef or shrimp include: Holy Basil Sauce, Roasted Hot Pepper Sauce, Red Curry, Palatial Coconut Cream Sauce, Garlic and Thai Chili Sauce, and Gaeng Puk with chicken.
Savory and Mild Dishes include Egg Blanket Wrap, Beef with Fresh Ginger, Rich Peanut Sauce with spinach, Thai-Style Sweet and Sour, and Black Pepper Pork.
The Specialty Dishes at King & I are: Chef’s Special Curry (changes daily), Walleye Filet (Thai Chili and Coconut Cream), and Jumbo Prawns.
Price guide: Appetizers $5-10 Soups and Salads $8-15 Rice and Noodles $11-19 Hot & Spicy $16-25 Mild & Savory $17-23 Specialties $20-25
What we ordered: **Please note that the portions at King & I Thai are quite large and are meant to be served “Family-Style”.
To start with we tried the Cream Cheese Rolls. A nice change from the standard wonton shape, these rolls were filled with a mild-garlic flavored cream cheese and were nice and crispy. I love the Thai spicy sweet and sour dipping sauce.
Steamed Mussels. These were really good but SPICY hot. I enjoyed the spice but my companions thought it was almost too hot to eat. The mussels were cooked perfectly.
Chef’s Special Curry: Sweet Green Curry with potatoes, carrots, pea pods, onions and chicken. This was delicious!
Lemon-grass Salad: FRESH really good cold shrimp, cabbage, red onions and tomatoes and a light
Pattaya Fried Rice with shrimp, scallops, pineapple and cashews.
Service: Reservations were easy to come by in advance. My party and I purposely visited on the night of the Dining Out for Life charity event. The restaurant was not busy for our 7:30 reservation time, but the restaurant was packed by 9pm. The service was decent, but because it was so busy, food and drinks took a longer time than expected. In fact, we had ordered mussels and they forgot to bring them to us until we reminded them, and then the mussels showed up at the same time as the rest of the dinner (about 45 minutes after we initially ordered). The server was nice and helpful with ordering, but was definitely trying to up-sell us on everything and was somewhat pushy about ordering drinks and desserts. We were not in a hurry, but it took our server a good 20 minutes to come back to our table to collect our $ and CC after she left us the bill.
Also, there is not a parking lot for King & I Thai, but they do offer Valet Parking for $5. Other option is on-street parking.