1221 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540844.948347 -93.294725
Neighborhoods: Uptown, Calhoun Isles
Generic – If you're insterested in Thai food because its what everyone else is interested in, and you like granite bars, moody lighting, high-priced cocktails, Tom Rup Thai is the place to go, a restuarant as generic as everything else in uptown now.
Lazy service, below par food. If you really liked Thai, you'd only get Thai here if you couldn't get into the somewhat better Chiang Mang Thai around the corner.
Try True Thai in the Seward neighborhood or Grand Pad Thai in Saint Paul for more authentic Thai food.
You are better off at the King and I – My wife and I tried this resturant earlier this spring and the food was good but not great. The service was good but not great. If you need a place to go in Uptown give Tum Rup a try but don't make it first on your list.
The green curry dishes and long life soup is the best in town! – We live in the neighborhood and we go to Tum Rup quite a bit, it is a favorite of the locals and we have met many of our friends there from around the metro area and friends who are visiting from around the country. We like to order 'family style' , its a great way to eat at Tum Rup. Usually a few appitizers for four and no more than three main courses for four..there is always plenty of food to go around..we have always
had great food and flavors. When we meet friends who drive, there is always ample parking in the lot behind the building, ( it's a pay lot, but it's cheaper than the meters and the other lots in the area).
Our favorites are the green and red curries, the whole steamed fish, and any of the salmon dishes.
Fast food with a liquor license – I recommend the hard candy chocolate mints in the basket at the front, that's about it. If you want good Thai food, go to True Thai.
There was so much coconut milk/cream in our meals, they both tasted like desert. Not anywhere near authentic Thai. The fresh spring rolls weren't bad. Drink list aimed at the "young" croud (shots, sugary drinks).
Host had an attitude.
There was a constant line to the restroom. A restaurant of that size needs to provide their customers with more than one toilet per gender. . . . especially if you're serving them alcohol.
Service was good.
Best in ths Twin Cities! – I have visited Tum Rup many times and I have had a great experience every time. The service is always nice, friendly and helpful. Our server always does a great job recommending dishes and letting us know exactly how much food we will need to order. I love to have a variety of flavorful dishes and the portions are large enough to share if you go with a group. For the most part, they are happy to leave something out if you don't like a particular ingredient. The specialty cocktails are great. I love the Thai-rone martini. It fabulous! The chefs pay attention to food presentation which makes the food that much more enjoyable. The mango with sweet sticky rice is my favorite desert in the Twin Cities. The fried bananas are great as well. They are breaded with a tempura type batter and covered with honey. There as sweet as this Thai experience!
Not so good, Ok food and so so service. – I went to Tum Rup Thai for the first time today and found it disappointing overall. I have been to both Sawatadee and Chang Mai Thai before and find them to be better. Chang Mai is the best of them all. We ordered chicken Pad Thai and I think the noodles were under cooked. I could not chew them. It was like eating flavored rubber bands. The taste was fine but maybe too sweet. We also had the fresh spring rolls, and crab cheese wontons. Those were both good. Last we had Mangos with sticky rice for Desert. Not good at all. I have had it before many times and also once at Chang Mai and it was much better. The Mango had little taste and the rice was, well, too sticky and overdone.
The waitress was nice and friendly and quick for most of our stay. That was until the end when all of a sudden we didn't matter. Think she was busy with many tables. After we got the bill it took us about 20 minutes to get out of there.
With a little work they could become better. In the mean time I'll be going to Chang Mai Thai.
Worst service I've ever experienced! – Although the food was pretty good, (minus the desert which I will get to later), the service was by far the worst I have ever experienced. Every step of the way the service was rude, slow, and did not seem to care how long they made anyone wait. All in all, the whole dining experience took us 3 hours and that was certainly not by choice! My friends and I now joke that Tum Rup Thai is the only restaurant where you may want to bring your own food with you as well. Also, I would definitely not reccomend Tum Rup Thai for a first date, just in case it is going badly and you need to get out fast! This is definitely not the place for that. If I eat at Tum Rup Thai again it will be for carry-out as I do not have the patience to wait 3 hours and be rudely served in the process.
I also wanted to mention not to order the banana desert! We ordered this desert because they were out of the three other deserts we asked about and also because our waitor informed us that it was similar to bananas foster. Let's just say it was not anything close! Not only did it include some weird sauce instead of ice cream, but it was burnt to a crisp and looked so awful that we all wondered why they brought us "chicken wings" instead of bananas because that was what it looked like. Unfortunately, it tasted perhaps worse than it looked and none of us could swallow the one bite we took.
poor service, poor service, poor service – We decided to return for New Years with a few friends, becasue of the amazing food that we got on my 31st birthday over the summer. We were disaointed from the moment we got in the door at 7:30 pm. Service was horrible, the server did not have a good understanding of the drinks we ordered, ie- a dirty gin martini- pretty basic, but it was made with vodka and no olive juice. We were given aproximately 3 minutes from the time our drinks were brought to us to see if we were ready to order- which open menus and no copnversation at our table should signify we werenn't ready. Once our orders were taken we had to sit in utter agany and listen to horrible 8o0's satelite music. We were disapointed that the beautiful decor was not matched by more appropritae music. We were also disapointed that Tum Rup was not offering anytype of New Years drink specials or a complimentary glass of champagne- in fact non of the servers, hostess' even mentioned the fact that it was new years eve. I could tell that some others seated around us were disapointed as well, some of even felt overdressed. OUr food was not nealry as flavorful as our first experience, in fact two of our guests stopped eating their food it was so undesireable. my pad thai was somewhat cold and appeared to have more bean sprouts and garnish than noodles and chicken. Although the room was not packed, our server seemed to disapear- infact she did'nt even bring our food, and the only time we saw her again was when we flagged her down for our bill. We each only had one drink, because we couldn't get anyone's attention long enough to oder another. In total 4 people each had one drink, two split appetizers and 4 entree's. Our bill was a little over $100.
I talked with some others about this horrible experience and they seemed to agree, service is horrible, order take out. I am sticking to Sawatdee for my Pad Thai from now on.
Best Dessert and entrees – I love thai food and where ever I see a thai restaurant, I have to go in there. This had the best thai food among many-many thai restaurants I have tried in US. Went there two times and both time was great. People have complained about the service but both times the service was good. The place has a nice feel and very reasonable in terms of prices.
For appetizer/salad i tried Som Tam which was really nice (ask withtout the dry shrimp). For entree, I had my favourite thai dish, Chicken with basil leaves, cooked according to my likings (no vegetable, only chicken and basil - that's how I used to get in Thailand). They did a very nice job and it was great.. Now the best part - dessert.. Never had such a tasty dessert. I tried their Sweet sticky rice without the mango.. on my second visit. Had to get another one even though I was full (their entree size is preety good). Both, myself and my friend declared it as the best dessert we ever had. Believe me, you should not miss it. Its just perfect. Will go there soon:)
Fresh, flavorful Thai menu – Best Thai cuisine I've ever had. The atmosphere is pleasant, creative and modern. Friendly service.
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