Just wanted to post about the new Thai restaurant Amazing Thailand on Hennepin in Uptown. It is just terrific. I'm an infrequent poster, but often lurk, although lately have not because new baby in the last year cut down on restaurant activities.
I checked this board, and didn't see anyone else commenting on this, so I think this is a first. If someone else did, and I missed it, my apologies.
I don't claim to be a thai expert, just been looking for a long time for Thai that I like. We moved here a couple years ago and have been hunting ever since. We were completely unimpressed with the Sawatdee offerings. (Tom yum soup literally tasted like dishwater - I almost asked if they made a mistake). Tried some of the other Thai recommended on this board, e.g. True Thai on Franklin, but it also had its short comings (bad service, and the food was only so so, in our opinion).
Didn't venture over to St. Paul for Thai, admittedly.
We were pretty happy about the opening of Tum Rup Thai on Lake, but it is a little too "hip" thai ish. And pricey.
Amazing Thailand is definately better than all of those others. We could only do take out (no babysitter) but my husband said the ambience looked wonderful. We did just standard take out as a test case - satay, pad thai with chicken, spring rolls, tom yum with shrimp. Everything was wonderful and flavorful. The spring rolls were big and plump with shrimp and the dipping sauce was a nice spicy flavor. Same with the generous sized satay and wonderful dipping sauce. The pad thai must be made in advance with just meat added upon request - it had tofu in it which we do not usually order. But the flavor made up for that mistake. The pad thai order was smaller than we often see, but it easily fed both of us, with a little left over, given everything else we had ordered.
Our only complaint comes from our own ignorance - the soups were huge! We had in mind appetizer sized soups, but apparently ordered 2 dinner sized soups (that comes from not having the menu in front of us and not asking). The soups were great - and soups don't often travel well to home via take out. Really spicy, and we asked only for medium (luckily we both had colds so it helped the sinuses). And since we had so much soup, we had it in the fridge for a couple of days and it held up well.
I think the place is pretty reasonably priced. The dinner sized soups cost about half of the total bill. If we had appetizer soups (don't know if they offer them, no menu in front of us and my husband forgot to ask if they have a take out menu), the price would likely have been quite reasonable, probably about $25-$30. The dinner soups were about $14 each, and so brought the bill closer to $60.
All in all we felt this was a terrific addition to Uptown, and certainly convenient for us. I don't plan to go to any other Thai place.
I'd love to hear what other people think.