Portland >Food & Dining > My Thai Bistro
3500 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.512060 -122.628199
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Richmond
Their Pad Thai is decent and atmosphere congenial, but definitely not my fave Thai place. It kind of feels like they don't care, even if they do. The big windows in the summer are a huge plus and great people watching. The food isn't bad. Just uninspired.
I love this place!! Great food, helpful staff, delicious drinks, decent pricing! Best Thai place in Portland!! YUMMY!!!!!!
Willing to work...Willing to be scammed – So, Ill start off by saying,im pretty desperate for a job.Ive been keeping my eye on Hawthorne (since its my hood) and I got an interview at MTB. Penny ( the lady who runs the place ) explained to me that I would be observing for 3 days before being hired.I was not observing, I was working my ass off alot doing everything she told me to,to make sure i would get the job no matter how grueling.
So on the 4th day,which by this point im supposed to be hired, Penny pulls me aside and asked me why I sweat so much.Their kitchen is hotter than hades!!! And dont forget Im walking so fast Im almost running (she's a pressuring little lady!!!) She basically told me that I sweat too much, and working as a server I cant stink at all or have obvious sweat patches under my arms.Even more embarrassing, she suggested surgery!!! To do what?!?I like my sweat glands thanks! She told me to go and wash the shirts in the bathroom sink and by the time I came back for the dinner shift they would be dry and I could work. Well, she calls me a half hour before I was supposed to be there, and tells me not to come in because of my "problem".
My sweat is not that bad at all. It was mostly embarrassing for me, especially about something that is so personal. Bad for her business. They are scam hiring people. Work your ass off for 3 days then find any and all reasons to not hire you.
I hate to be so negative about..well...anything...but I cant help feeling angry towards them. I really want to say they have great and awesome food, but since i got some food for free while i was "observing", I took advantage of it, and i didnt feel so great for the next 5 hours.
Sorry MTB.You are a bruise on Hawthorne.
In agreement with Hawthorneguy – As the second serving manager (or head server as I suppose they are calling it now) whom worked at this restaurant just a bit after it originally opened this is probably my worst fear come true. I ended up leaving the restaurant due to questionable business practices, and when I returned as temporary help during the holidays and spoke with the staff they came to me with concerns about the tipping system as well.
I was unaware that this was the extent to which it reached and my heart goes out to you guys. The food is good and the management are good people, however the restaurant has always been ran as you do what we say without question or you work elsewhere. Hearing this only makes me wish that I had done more questioning then following orders, and I want to let you guys know that if you choose to take litigation in this matter I am willing to help you out.
Good food; illegal business practices – I worked as head server at MTB for over a year. During that time the serving staff was under the impression that we tipped out 30% of our tips to the kitchen. We recently found out that the kitchen only received 15% of those tips. The other 15% went to the owner. That is close to $3,000-$4,000 in 12 months that the owner stole from our pockets. That is illegal and immoral. The staff confronted the manager about this and the next day half of the staff were "let go". Myself and the other remaining server quit the following day.
MTB has very good food. However, know that if you eat at this restaurant you are supporting illegal business practices.
Best Thai Food in Portland – Thank god we finally found this place. With a million Thai food options in Portland we had visited many. Most were just ok, some are horrible. This place is amazing. The best Pad Thai I have had on years. Some reviews say that the service is poor. Don't listen to the stuck up fools. This place is family owned and operated. I have never had poor service in all of the times I have visited. Enjoy this great taste of Portland.
our favorite thai restaurant in town – Despite the proliferation of thai places in Portland, this one is my wife's and my favorite. It has everything you could want in a neighborhood place: very good food (I won't claim to understand all the various nuances of Thai cooking, but the food here is quite tasty, with fresh ingredients, and it tastes like all the sauces are made from scratch, which is markedly different than most other thai places we've tried) and excellent service. The wine list is very reasonable for the food, and the atmosphere very nice: it can be romantic or casual, albeit a bit more upscale than the average Hawthorne establishment. I really can't understand the previous bad reviews--we've eaten here many times and never had a bad meal nor experience. I'd strongly recommend this restaurant to any of my friends or family.
A little biased, but... – I have a confession: I work at My Thai Bistro, so I admit I'm probably a little biased. That's why I'm not going to comment on the food (which is always fresh and beautifully prepared) or the service (which is attentive almost to a fault). I'm going to comment on the horribly negative 1 star reviews below. While some of them may indeed be real, I know for a fact that the ones written between late Feb. 08 and late May 08 are fake. The restaurant was closed for remodeling, and any review (I think I counted two or three) posted during those few months was written by someone with a big grudge against the place. But why trust any of us? Come try us out for yourself!
Best traditional Thai – I live in the neighborhood and have yet to find a better traditional Thai restaurant in all of Portland. Pok Pok is also great but a very different type of food. The sevice is always prompt and they start you with a sampler of six soups. I like the Tom Ka and Tum Yum. The presentation of the food is a little artistic, with things like carrots shaped into flowers. The vegetable are not overcooked and a quite tasty. My favorite dishes are the Pad King and Crying Tiger.
Seriously yummy Thai food – First off, I signed up for citysearch in order to write a review for this restaurant, mostly because I ate there last night and could not believe how many low ratings they had. The fact that several of the 1 star reviews were written on the same day (with different complaints) by people who haven't reviewed other places makes it apparent that they are likely totally fake. How low!
Anyway, my husband and I ended up here on Thanksgiving as it was one of the only places open in town (my turkey didn't thaw in time...). It was very good all around. The service was perfectly friendly. The food was flavorful and fresh-tasting - the vegetables in my dish actually tasted like vegetables (not just the yummy sauce they were in). My noodles were tender but not mushy. We were given samples of the soups when we sat down - all of which had their own complex flavors. This is definitely one of the best Thai restaurants we've been to in Portland - I'm very glad my turkey didn't thaw, or we may have never gone there!
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