My Thai Vegan Cafe Review
If you love Thai food and are vegan or just interested in animal-free cuisine, you need to give My Thai Vegan Café in Chinatown a try! The café is just a short five-minute walk from campus, located right off of Washington Street. The café is on the second floor of the building, meaning you’ll have to walk up a set of stairs to get to the entrance. Accommodations are available.
I had the pleasure of dining at My Thai Vegan Café last Thursday night. While most of the restaurant is surrounded by windows, we were seated toward the back side and unfortunately missed out on what I’m sure was a nice view. The two person table my sister and I were sat at was just slightly too long, but made sense for sharing multiple plates. I’ve heard of the service being somewhat slow, but didn’t encounter any issues during the length of my visit. We were seated promptly, our order was taken within five minutes of receiving a menu, and our food took less than fifteen minutes to come to the table.
I’ve tried a decent amount of vegan Asian food (mostly frozen, I’ll admit), and the food at My Thai Vegan Café is by far the best I’ve had to date! The café is also well known for their “blenderized bubble teas” with or without tapioca bubbles, which you definitely don’t want to skip out on. Coconut milk is used as the base for the drink. I ordered the coconut flavor bubble tea to double the coconut flavor. The result was a refreshing coconut-y frosty drink that tasted exactly like a coconut milkshake. My sister ordered the strawberry blenderized bubble tea, which was also delicious.
We ordered the fried wontons for a shared appetizer. According to My Thai Vegan Café’s menu, these little pockets of deliciousness are made out of “ground veggie-chicken, tofu, mushrooms, ground vegetables, and spices wrapped in wheat flour and fried until crisp.” They came with a soy sauce based dipping sauce that was also delicious.
A few minutes after our appetizer arrived, our food came out. Rather than ordering a bunch of different dishes, we both decided on one and split them (ballin’ on a budget, right?). I ordered the Chinese Style Lo Mein with veggie-chicken and my sister ordered the Pad Thai, which comes with veggie-chicken and veggie-shrimp. The mock meats didn’t taste exactly like regular meat, but they were definitely delicious and reminiscent of real meats.
Both of these dishes were bursting with flavor. The noodles were cooked perfectly, as were the array of different vegetables. The food came out hot and ready.
My only regret is not ordering dessert! The café offers Thai rice desserts as well as an assortment of cake slices they have on display by the register. I guess that means I’ll have to go back. If you’re looking for something upscale, this might not be the place for you. Part of the interior room is crowded with extra furnishing and the lighting isn’t amazing. If the slight background mess and the dingy staircase up to the restaurant don’t bother you, the food is to die for and more than makes up for it.