Easily one of the most unusual Thai restaurants in the Twin Cities, Amazing Thailand marries an extremely lush and aggressively chic decor to Thai food with a surprising amount of funk and bite. While quality ranges from dish to dish, most of the entrees on offer are sophisticated and relatively soulful executions of American Thai favorites, with a few ringers (durian on sticky rice, haw moak kai steamed in a banana leaf) thrown in that will surprise even relatively jaded diners.
Although its decor is painstakingly calculated and ambitious, the flavors on the menu at Amazing Thailand are most directly comparable to True Thai and Ruam Mit Thai of St. Paul — earthy, jungle notes creep into the menu, in contrast to more thoroughly tamed eateries such as Roat Osha and Tum Rup Thai.
BEST BET: Duck Curry ($13.50) is a harmonious mix of roast duck, grapes, pineapple, sweet peas, Thai “holy” basil, and coconut milk. The brightness of the fruit plays well with the silky coocnut milk and earthy duck.
Thai in Uptown, Minneapolis
3024 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
RESERVATIONS/RECOMMENDED?: Yes and No
VEGETARIAN/VEGAN: Yes and Yes
ENTREE RANGE: ($10-17)