2401 Fairview Ave N, St Paul, MN | Directions 5511345.012977 -93.178641
Closed for 2 years now – Need to update reviewed places sometime!
Superb food, friendly staff & chef = best Thai in Twin Cities! – Excellent food and the warm and friendly staff and chef make this the best Thai food in the Twin Cities! I think the Pad Thai is delicious, but I also love the green curry. And don't forget the sticky rice and mango for dessert!
I have eaten here since the early 1990s when Pat was cooking at the old location near Uptown, and I still go back even though I now live in Washington, DC. I've had Thai food all over the country, but have never enjoyed eating Thai for dinner more than at Royal Orchid!
I can't believe this place got high ratings – My girlfriend and I have eaten at the Royal Orchid a couple of times and each time it's been awful. And to add insult to injury, the food is quite expensive. It really hurts when you leave with that unsatisfied feeling, and you had to shell it out as well. I'm new to this site (citysearch) and I was getting excited that we could find some great restaurants without kissing a bunch of frogs. But with the ratings on the Royal Orchid so high, I think now that some of the restaurants are getting pumped up by people who have another reason to rate them highly....and it's not for good food.
Leftovers anyone? – Took some colleagues here for a business lunch and it was seriously the worst Thai food and lunch experience I've ever had. We should have known when we walked in and there was no one in the place at 12:30. Everything tasted like it had been saved from the night before and just reheated. Noodles were soggy, the little lunch egg rolls were completely sogged out and mushy. Just as if you put it in the microwave! Seriously, it was very embarassing and it was so obvious that nothing was prepared fresh at all. If you want good Thai, visit Chang Mai Tai in Calhoun Square and you will see the difference. Stay away from this place no matter how nice the owners are.
Delicious food, wonderful servers and chef – I love this restaurant! They prepare fantastic Thai food. The servers are so nice and the chef is the most friendly and happy guy. He often comes out to visit with customers and smiles so big when he sees a regular. You can tell that they really want you to enjoy your food.
The listing says that it's a lunch spot, but I have only been there for dinner. I've eaten here often with friends and family, and none of us has been disappointed. It's a little place across the road from the Rosedale mall.
It might actually be the best Thai food in the metro area.
A friendly brother-sister pair serve authentic, delicious Thai food in a strip mall near Rosedale. – In Short
Siblings Pat and Nida Sukhtipyaroge run this strip mall gem. He's the chef; she runs the compact dining room. They're warm and friendly, likely to pull up a chair at your table. Everything on the brief menu is savory: from the spring rolls' kicky sauce to fried crispy rolls. The pad thai is among the best in town, but the brandy noodles dish, flavored with basil and brandy, is an interesting alternative.
Can't belive this place is rated so highly... – Like the other reviewer, I agree that this place is not worthy of what past reviewers have stated. It makes me wonder if the regulars have even tried some of the other Thai places around the cities. The pad thai was just ok, but the red curry dish that had what appeared to have frozen or canned peas and carrots. Maybe it's just my personal preference, but I like large, fresh chunks of vegetables in my Thai food. Service was fine, ambiance was what I'd expect from a strip-mall restaurant. I'd recommend readers try True Thai on Franklin, or Tum Rup Thai on Lake St.
Royal Flop – Worst attempt at Thai food. I am trying not to be malicious as I write this considering the low quality of food. Do not confuse this place with the restaurant Royal Orchid on Market St. in Minneapolis. The food was prepared in 5 minutes, not very much time to prepare decent food. It was obviously frozen and heated in the microwave by flavor and texture. Cheese wontons at least tasted ok. The other menu items in our party were severly dissapointing. The meat, if you can call it that, was over processed and flavorless. All semblence of flavor had been boiled out. The rice was ill prepared instant rice. Sauces were bland. We had takeout so unable to speak for ambiance.
Our Fave for Thai – We've been going to The Royal Orchid in Roseville for several years now. We have never had a bad dish, or a bad experience in any way, in all that time. FANTASTIC THAI FOOD!!
Best Ever – The foods are always tasted fresh and consistantly tasty. Never disappointed. When they are busy, you are expected to wait a little. However, I have never have any bad service as other claimed. Frankly, I am surprised by the prior user. You should have mentioned to the Manager if you experience such service. They are always nice to me. I know that they they take your comments seriously. It was not constructive and seem that one just want to put them down because they are the best. There was no mention of the food either.
Regardless of what other said, this place is always the best.
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