The dining room and decor of Northeast’s Sen Yai Sen Lek is bright and cheery with light, wooden tables accented by brightly painted walls and colorful artwork. A second room houses the bar and a grouping of couches that, presumably, would lend the area toward lounging.
Standard Thai fare fills the menu — entrees of rice and noodle dishes with a smattering of curries, and appetizers of spring rolls, chicken skewers, and lettuce wraps. Portions, as can be expected, are large but, depending on the dish, can be finished solo by a hungry diner. The pad Thai begs for a to-go container, as does the daily curry special; the soups and sticky rice dishes are more manageable.
The ingredients are fresh, crisp vegetables are abundant, and dishes well prepared; the only let-down is the beef, which could stand to be more tender. Dishes are denoted as *spicy* when appropriate, which creeps just over the edge of “Minnesota spice.” To compensate for their mild approach, entrees are served with a selection of housemade condiments, allowing you to add your own combination of salty, sour, sweet, and spicy to your dish (Thai chilies in fish sauce, jalapenos in vinegar, sugar, and plain dried chili flakes, respectively).
BEST BET: Po Pia Tod (fried spring rolls) appetizer for $5.50 is crisp and fresh and their daily curry special (ranging from $12.95 to $15.95) promises to be a filling, flavorful entree served with rice and a bonus Thai omelet.
Thai in Northeast Minneapolis
ADDRESS: 2422 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
OWNERS: Joe and Holly Hatch-Surisook
Mon-Thu 11am – 9pm
Fri and Sat 11am – 10pm
BAR: Beer & Wine
RESERVATIONS / RECOMMENDED?: No / No
VEGETARIAN / VEGAN: Yes / Yes
ENTREE RANGE: $8-16