Aaron had to take a business trip to Dallas while we were in New Mexico and ended up bringing home some dinner from Thai Vegan on his way back from Albuquerque. After eating it that first night, we knew we were going to have a full meal at their other location in Santa Fe and their vegan food did not disappoint!
The restaurant is pretty much what you would expect walking into a Thai restaurant with walls that are gilded with gold lettering and statues of Buddha are scattered throughout. We ended up sitting near the back with some live music playing. Our only real issue that we had throughout the meal is that our service was a bit spotty, even though the restaurant was relatively slow at the time. But don’t let that dissuade you from venturing in for a meal.
Thai Vegan has a couple of locations and coincidentally, this may have been the same restaurant we ate at when our U-Haul broke down in Albuquerque during the move from Portland to Austin, but we aren’t 100% sure. That being said, we do know we ate their food twice this past visit and would happily eat it again!
What We Ordered
Veggie Dumplings- 6 dumplings stuffed with vegetables, steamed or grilled. We got these steamed and feel like they were good as far as dumplings go, but nothing really spectacular. We’ve been able to eat a lot of dumplings and gyozas in our travels so far and feel like this comes in as a solid average when compared to the rest of them.
Chicken Satay- 5 skewers marinated soy chicken on skewers, served with peanut sauce. This was absolutely incredible to the point where Aaron ended up turning the leftover sauce into a dressing for his salad with his dinner. The “chicken” portion of this was a good texture and served as the perfect vessel for the peanut sauce.
Spicy Noodles- Stir-fried flat noodles with fresh chili sauce, garlic, sweet basil, mushrooms, tomato and bell pepper. Aaron has slowly been dialing back the amount of spiciness of his food and still felt this was spicier than it needed to be. However, it was a great dish filled with a ton of flavor and well worth the order. Just keep in mind that it comes out hotter than anticipated!
Orange Chicken- Soy chicken lightly battered with on orange sauce. Aaron is not a fan of orange chicken, but Hayden loves it when it’s done right. While this wasn’t necessarily a bad meal, it didn’t live up to be nearly as good as the sweet and sour dinner that she had the first time we ate their food. Definitely, opt for the sweet & sour over the orange chicken.