True Thai Restaurant owner Anna Prasomphol Fieser with a wall full of awards
City Pages' Best Thai Restaurant, April 2007
" There are a few dishes at True Thai that wake us with longing in the night. The royal Thai fish cakes ($5.50), golden, lumpen discs of fish, batter, curry, egg, and green beans that taste as fresh and big and exotic as a bouquet of orchids. The crispy catfish salad ($12.95), a zingy, lemon-lime sort of fireworks upon grated, salty, sour green mango. The lemon chicken soup ($9.95), as delicate as rain, as purely citrus-scented as a lemon grove. The green curry, as potent as a summer thunderstorm, as spicy as life in hot climates should be. Which is to say nothing of the toasty, roasty rama spinach curry, fresh with bright greens, generouslysprinkled with pan-toasted peanuts. In short, we love True Thai because it gets under your skin and worms its way deep into your dreams. " (Read the whole review)
The distinctive, earthy scent of fresh lemongrass greets you at the entrance of one of the newest Thai restaurants in the Twin Cities: True Thai in Minneapolis.
The space, at once peaceful and soothing, is decorated simply with Thai artifacts and memorabilia. The food is the focus here. Owner Anna Prasomphol Fieser is
Thai herself, and she works with two chefs to serve foods that are clearly made with love. Even the menu is written with that same passion -- describing each
dish with a mixture of poetry and magic that makes it hard to choose from wok-fried ginger, which is for lovers, or wok-fried asparagus, the "new Asian
vegetable sensation." Fieser says spicy Thai curries, such as the fiery sweet pineapple curry with a delicate hint of coconut, are made from scratch. Pad Thai
stands out with a rich nutty flavor accented with enough spice to be interesting, but not enough to break a sweat.
(Read Sarah Tieck's whole review)
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, January 2003
" Baby, it's cold outside. If you're feeling the need for some tropical heat, a new Thai restaurant and an old Sri Lankan favorite might fill the bill. Many of the dishes on True Thai's menu are familiar fare: green and red curries, pad Thai noodles and sour and spicy Tom Yum soup. The difference is that here the flavors seem more subtle, and the curries less sweet than elsewhere.But you also can find some dishes that are rarely served locally, including a superb crispy catfish salad topped with green papaya, red peppers, cashews and lime juice ($11.95), and a very savory seafood curry of shrimp, fish and mussels steamed with eggs, coconut milk and red curry paste in a foil packet that is opened tableside. " (Read the whole review)
Minnesota Monthly, July 2003
" Our next stop is the new kid on the block, True Thai, which opened last winter in Minneapolis's Seward neighborhood. The sunny dining room smells earthy, like wheat or lemongrass. A bowl of persimmons and Mexican mangos ripens in the window, and we feel like we're part of a tranquil still life until we're greeted by True Thai's vivacious co-owner, Anna Prasomphol Fieser....Back in the limo we make our picks: [T]he most authenticity, most complex flavor, True Thai. " (Read the whole review)
City Pages, April 2003
" Every curry paste is made from scratch, say True Thai's owners: Peels are extracted from expensive fresh kaffir limes, which are blended in secret combination with various things which include chilies, tamarind, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and every spice you can think of. And I probably wouldn't believe a word of it if the True Thai cooking wasn't so fantastic. This thing about truly Thai cooking is pretty much a running joke for me, run only in the dark confines of my very own head, because I have never yet talked to a Thai restaurateur who didn't insist that they had the only truly Thai food, whereas all of the competition is in fact merely amateurs. Over time, I have decided that the idea of one true Thai kitchen is like the idea of one true faith: we must all agree that there are many, or bloodshed will fell us all. That said, the Thai at True Thai is truly Thai to die for. " (Read the whole review)
Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, September 2003
" True Thai is a wonderful, quirky, neighborhood restaurant that serves some of the best Thai food in town.... Pad Thai, one of Thailand's most famous culinary exports, is executed perfectly here and is easily the best version of the noodle dish the Twin Cities has to offer.... Having spent quite a lot of time working and playing in Thailand, I was delighted to find many of my favorite dishes executed flawlessly here in my backyard.... True Thai is billed as serving “authentic cuisine from the golden kingdom.” For the most part, it not only achieves that goal, it's one of the best Thai restaurants in town. "
" I need to pause here to deliver a brief rant on how awesome our waitress was....If our amazing deliverer-of-curries was representative of the overall wait staff, then they have definitely turned things around....the curry itself was dynamite; sweet & velvety. " (Read the whole review)