1346 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540344.970247 -93.279761
Monday To Saturday From 04:30 PM To 02:00 AM Sunday To Sunday From 04:30 PM To 12:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Central, Loring Park
Several cuts above most Thai restaurants – My wife and I dined here last night, 14 February. It was our first time and I hope not our last. We have many years' experience at Thai restaurants, and this was one of the best, based on this one visit. We had: King's special egg roll to start. As some reviewers have noted, it was a bit pricey at $9.25 but was quite good as were the accompanying sauces. For entrees, we had Thai-style sweet and sour with a dozen large shrimp and a very tasty and complex broth. Excellent and definitely not over-priced at $19.50, and Gaeng Puk, a red curry prep with tofu (chicken optional). This was wonderful and also not overpriced at $17.50. A large bowl of rice is included with the meal. Aside from the excellent quality, the quantity exceeded our stomach capacities by a long shot. For dessert we split a small and inexpensive mango cake and mango ice cream. Very nice and refreshing. The staff, from the hostess to our server was very friendly, the server particularly so, in addition to being very efficient. The ambience is quite pleasant and several degrees nicer than most Thai restaurants. Those who complain about the food here being overpriced either (a) don't get out much or fail to take into account (b) the higher costs of downtown venues, (c) the quality of the aesthetics of this restaurant, (d) the quality and quantity of the preparations, or (e) all of the above. It was our first visit, admittedly; perhaps a second would be less positive. Of course, many of the critics of this restaurant probably had dined here only once as well.
Good food, but unfriendly service – Our food was good, and the appetizer's were great! I loved the Cream Cheese Puffs and would recommend them to everyone! However, the price was a bit high, but I suppose that's what you get for eating in the city. Another negative was the service. The waiter fine but not very friendly and didn't appear to care much for her job. I felt like such a burden on her. After working in a restaurant myself, I know that this is not how a waiter should come across. I just would hope that, after paying such a high price for a meal, that I would look forward to coming back and not dread the servers.
worst restaurant ever – This is absolutely the worst place ever!! The wait staff is awful and so unhelpful. For such a pricey meal, I would expect much better service. I was there with a large party of people and our waiter only took half of our orders and then walked away. Our food came out inconsistently and the pad thai was the worst I have ever had. The restaurant was mostly empty and yet we could barely wave down our waiter. He seemed to disappear for hours. I would not recommend this place at all. If you want good Thai food head to Tum Rup Thai in Uptown, because you won't get it here!
I've created your meal for you!!! Best Thai I've had in Town. – I've been eating here since it was still located on Nicollet Mall (until Target tore it down.) People who just order noodles and rice, as noted in other reviews, might be disappointed.
If you don't play it "safe" you will be rewarded: (I always order the shrimp where available, they are huge, plump, and tender) 1. Holy Basil Sauce with beef, ask for no mushroom, just onion, the mushrooms wash out the flavor. Very hot and one of the best meals I've ever had. Beef is tender and semi shredded. 2. Roasted Hot Pepper Sauce with cashews, peanuts, and shrimp. Sweet and hot, the shrimp are great. 3. Thai-Style Sweet and Sour with batter-fried shrimp. A smokey sweet sauce, probably the best sweet and sour I've ever had. 4. Tom Yum - clear tangy soup with shrimp, the best Tom Yum in town. Very spicy, very crisp and clean flavor. Most Thai restaurants don't push the flavors enough when making a Tom Yum, they make it weak for Minnesota tastes. 5. The curries are great, can't remember which i had last time but very solid.
I prefer to eat in the bar area, though dining room is a tad more formal. Make reservations normally, it gets busy. Trust me on those dishes, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Amazing & Creative Martini's – First of all, the ambiance is great. I come here for the selection of martini's and appetizers, none of which I feel you can go wrong with. My favorite after-work order: Cucumber basil martini with chicken satay. Fabulous!
the BEST thai restaurant – I have eaten at many, many Thai restaurants and this has always come on top. I eat there about once a month.
Avoid this dive – I have heard good things about this place- all of them were not true. My girlfriend and I were driving around and could not find parking for Lotus. So we decided to throw the $5 towards the valet parking and go to the Kind and Thai- bad bad choice. The wait staff took about 10-15 minutes to take our order for drinks and then was pushy about taking our food order at the same time- even though the dinning room was maybe a 3rd full. The food was bland, the fried rice tasted like plain white rice- it was $15. We told the waiter and he gave us soy sauce and told my girlfriend that she should use the oil out of the pepper sauce to "make it have flavor" even after she said she does not like too much spice. Place was a huge disappointment! dont waste your money!!
Ambiance, reservation recommended – My husband and I had a great time at King and I. The ambiance is more bistro/lounge than a typical thai restaurant. I imagine in the warmer months, dinner in the courtyard would be beautiful. We didn't have a reservation and so we sat at the bar, where they offer the full menu. I ordered the ginger martini and my husband orded some chili martini - they were both great. For an appetizer, we had the oyster mushrooms. They were breaded and came with a nice sauce. They weren't slimy as some mushrooms can be - perfect texture and flavor. We split the shrimp pad thai for dinner since portions are very large. It was not the best pad thai I've ever had, but it was really good with a lot of shrimp. Highly recommended for a nice dinner out. I think it can be a little noisy, but that may just be in the bar area.
Best Thai in Twin Cities – The front page review say not good for kids but there is a dining room and a bar. The dining room is a traditional Thai style resturaunt suitable for kids. The bar is very sultry and romantic.
Best Thai food in Minneapolis – I have been going to the King and I for over 10 years now and have never been dissapointed. I always get the same thing because its so good!(#34, chicken in roasted pepper sauce with cashews) I have not found better satay (peanut sauce)even in SE Asia. The curry puffs are the best I've had as well. I have brought may friends here and they are all addicts too. The only bad thing is the strange music that is played on the weekends(bar area). One time the dj mixed in barking dogs with trance music. Also, there is one bartender that makes awful drinks. If he's there I will always opt for wine over their usually tasty mojitos.
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