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MSP: Chai's Thai Restaurant (Cedar/Riverside)


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MSP: Chai's Thai Restaurant (Cedar/Riverside)

bob s | Oct 5, 2006 03:35 PM

Four of us went to Chai's for dinner last evening and it was great. The place is fairly small, with about 10-15 tables (mostly 2 tops).

We started with spring rolls and crispy squid. The spring rolls were tasty and had (if I remember correctly) a mint flavoring, rather than the usual cilantro. Both sauces were delicious. The squid was well prepared and served with Sriracha sauce and a sweet sauce.

I had the special which was a "pumpkin" curry, served in a gourd. I use quotes because the squash was not pumpkin, but was still delicious. It was a red curry, quite rich and had the right amount of spice for me. It came with a choice of chicken, tofu or shrimp. Mine came with a healthy portion of shrimp.

My wife had the spicy seafood salad, which consisted of a large plate of shrimp and calamari on greens with a spicy dressing. My wife had to give up on it after a while because of the heat, but she really liked it.

Our friends had cashew tofu (on the menu as cashew chicken) and the red curry with chicken. The red curry was similar to my special and quite tasty. I didn't sample the cashew tofu, but it looked very good.

All of the entrees (but not the salad) came with rice. The service was casual but fine. My wife and I each had the coconut juice which was delicious. No beer or wine, but it looks like they might accomodate byo.

All of the dishes other than my special were $9 or less. The special with the shrimp was $14. The bill for the 4 of us before tip was $55.

A couple of warnings.

We were told that restaurant uses MSG in some of its dishes, but they were happy to prepare dishes without it.

More importantly, they do not currently have any bathrooms on the premises. We were told they were under construction but not in service right now. This could very well be a temporary thing but it was what we found last evening.

I thought the food was on par with Tum Rup Thai in Uptown. I haven't been to True Thai in a few years, so I can't make a comparison. Still, we'll be back.

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