Midvale >Mekong Cafe Thai Seafood
I think Mekong is the best Thai restaurant in Salt Lake. The portions are large and the price is right, but the food is what makes it so amazing. My sister loves the crab fried rice and everytime she comes in from out of town she has to make a stop here. I was wanting Thai food the other day so stopped in and got take out. The food has the perfect amount of flavoring, I feel as though I could drink the sauces that were in my dishes. I got the yellow curry with shrimp instead of chicken, it was delicious. I was very impressed. I can not wait to go back again and try some of the other dishes. Of course I got the crab fried rice, I was very surprised, I got crab with every bite. The service was very friendly as well and the restaurant is very cute inside. The take out was great but I think I will eat there next time. Delicious!
My favoret Thai in town.
I tried Mekong Cafe shortly after returning from a trip to Bangkok and of all the Thai restaurants in town I don't think any come as close to what the food is actually like in Thailand except for Mekong Cafe.
The only significant difference from Thai food in Thailand and what you get at Mekong cafe is you get about 5 times the portion size.
I love to order my dishes authentic!
Its just OK, overpriced, and overrated!.
I'd seen ME KONG & I was curious. I absolutely LOVE Thai food, I read the reviews haralding praise of "the best Thai in town", so I had to try it. But when I had lunch at Me Kong, I couldn't understand what everyone is raving about. I ordered the yellow curry lunch special ($7.95) and I thought it was just ok. The review below who said the curry is heavy on the flavor of coconut milk is right on! That flavor completely overpowers the other spices in the curry, which should meld together in notes. Another issue I had with this dish is that the chicken thighs (which were not cleaned of tendons or fat to my liking) were simply cut up & cooked with no spices (they should have used the similar spices used in the curry to blend the flavors), and thrown into the curry sauce to serve my order. A curry should taste like its been stewed.
Although I've never been to Asia, I'm from LA, and there are DOZENS of GREAT thai places lining up with lunch specials as low cost as $3.95 a head. So I thought this place was ok, expensive, and overrated.
I know of a GREAT LOCAL THAI PLACE IN SANDY...anyone who thinks MEKONG is the bomb should go try HIGH NOTE THAI (about 8800 South on 700 east next to Colosimos) & see what they're missing. They have INCREDIBLE curry (I recommend the MASSMAN)...not to mention the service is always quick and with a smile (& nice ambiance)!
Best Thai food around. I've been to several Thai and Chinese restaurants and this one is mine and my wife's favorite place. The green curry chicken and green curry pork are absolutely fantastic. Also, their lunch menu is a great price. Sometimes the speed of service is a little slow, but it is more than made up by the great food.
Absolutely the best Thai food in the state that I have tried, bar none.. I have traveled extensively in Asia and absolutely love to eat Asian food. I have been coming to Mekong Thai nearly once a week for the last year and a half. I am absolutely addicted to it. I usually have the #3 (Green Curry with Pork) or the #4 (Green Curry with Chicken) on the lunch menu. If you enjoy spicy food, the Medium is rather spicy, the hot is even more so, and I have not yet dared try Authentic. I also very much enjoy the #5 on the lunch menu (Panang Beef). They also have a very excellent Thom Yon Goon(sp) soup. The dish I am dying to try is the red curry on Salmon. They also have a few Chinese dishes on the menu that they do very well. I have had better rice elsewhere, and the pad thai that comes with the lunch combo could also improve, but the curry is so sinfully good it is very easy to overlook the other items flaws. The spring roll that comes with the lunch combo is also quite good and the sweet/sour sauce is delicious that you put it in to. I have eaten at Bangkok Thai, East/West Connection, Thai Ginger Wild Spice, Highnote Cafe, etc, etc, and none can come even close to matching this restaurant. The waitress (coowner?) is very friendly and has an infectious laugh. If I don't get to go to Mekong Thai throughout the course of a week I literally feel like I have lost a small part of me. Walking out of the restaurant with a stomach full of the delicious curry is an experience I return to again and again.
: ). I'm not an expert on Thai food. I've been to two or three other restaurants aside from Mekong and enjoyed them, but this one takes the cake, or rather, takes the mango with sweet sticky rice. I went with my husband on a weekday afternoon, but it was still rather busy. The seating was prompt, and so was the serving. The restaurant is charming, with what I would think to be authentic decorations and colorful walls. We shared spring rolls, that came with a very good sweet and sour stuff, not the La Choy stuff that most places serve. We also had two Thai Iced Coffees, they're very sweet, and come in wine glasses, a nice presentation, I thought. We also had some sticky rice and the Vegetarian Platter, which was EXCELLENT! Not too spicy, but with plenty of flavor! If I recall correctly, and I may not, this was about four months ago and I'm dying to go back, most items on the menu can be served in four degrees of spicy: Mild, Medium, Hot and Authentic, which gave me a laugh. It was a great experience and we left very satisfied. The food is quite reasonably priced, but we gave a twelve dollar tip to each the waitress and the cook. It had been so long since we'd left a restaurant with no regrets. If you're in the area, or even if you're not it's one of the best places to go.
Just so-so for me.
I know I'm going against the grain here, since I have only been to this restaurant once, but I wasn't thrilled with it. In fact, having been to DOZENS of Thai restaurants (mostly local, some of which are amazing) and having just spent two weeks in Bangkok, Thailand, I would have to rate this restaurant as towards the bottom in that category. My family is a restaurant going, food eating family. We have been everywhere, including ALL the top restaurants (of all categories) and most of the mid level restaurants in the area. We are well traveled (inside and outside the US) and experienced. Not ONE member of my family has requested a return visit to this restaurant, yet we visit so many others (including other local Thai restaurants) over and over.
What was the problem for me? Well, one was service. Maybe they were just too busy, but it took longer than expected to get seated, then to get our food. Two, the food just seemed average in preparation. Not especially well prepared and cooked. I know that Thai Food is comfort food, and higher price DOES NOT translate to better quality when it comes to Thai Food, but it just almost seemed like no one cared to make this food GOOD or to balance out the flavors. Third, and this is most important to me, I'm NOT a big fan of coconut milk flavor. Now, I like MOST Thai food. I don't even notice the coconut flavor in things like Tom Yum soup, but at this restaurant, it seemed like coconut milk flavor overwhelmed the other flavors of almost everything we ordered. Maybe we just ordered the wrong things. Maybe we just came on an off day. Maybe my tastes were off here. But I was disappointed and haven't had much desire to give it a second try.
Don't Go! ;). Please don't go to this restaurant! It's the best Thai food I've found since moving here from CA two years ago. Too many people are finding out about this hidden gem and we want to keep it All to Ourselves. If you absolutely must try it.... keep the secret! Don't spread the word!
Yummy. Wonderful, Yummy Thai Food. As a Californian coming from the Bay Area I had my sights set pretty low, but this is fantastic food!
I love this place!. This place is great! I haven't found another restaurant that serves as good authentic thai food than that of the Mekong! It's a great place to go if you're looking to try something new, and the prices are pretty moderate as well. Being a family owned business you can get to know them pretty well too. The service was exceptionally good for only two people running the place at lunchtime, and four at dinner ( the kids are out of school by then). If you're looking for good food without having to dress up much. than this is the place to go!!
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