Since neither my friend nor I, was very familiar with the area, I used the happy cow app to find a place located near the hotel my friend was staying at. The closest place was Mango Thai. We found the shopping center really easily and parked close. We walked to the door to find an older couple waiting by the door. They asked if we were planning on eating there, and we said yes, while bracing for the worst. They replied with oh, good, the owner took a delivery and should be back any minute. They said the food was delicious, but they felt weird just leaving the restaurant empty.
We found a table (there was no one else inside, NO ONE). I picked up some menus and we started catching up, while waiting for the sole employee to come back. She eventually returned and was very happy to see us. She turned on the music, and brought water. The music selection went from MC Hammer to Celine Dion to Norah Jones and even the Macerana.
The vegan and vegetarian options were clearly marked, with even the introduction in the menu saying that most things on the menu could be vegetarian and vegan. I ordered tofu tempura to start and vegan pad thai as a main. She politely confirmed no egg and no fish sauce. My friend ordered some type of red curry. The same lady went to the back where we began to hear cooking noises. After a short wait, the tofu tempura came out with homemade peanut sauce. The sauce was AMAZING. It was so good I dunked the tofu from my pad thai in it later.
The entrees arrived shortly after. The presentation was nice, with cabbage and carrots as garnishes. The pad thai was the sweet variety, with thick noodles and plenty of tufu. My friend's curry smelled delightful and had a nice selection of veggies and also ample tofu. She had asked for a 4 out of 5 on the spice scale and seemed to believe it matched her expectation.
The inside was decorated simply with multiple large fish tanks. There were koi and turtles in separate tanks and after sitting next to the turtle tank, we watched them, and they watched us. They were quite interested, and seemed friendly.
The owner/server/cook/delivery person asked where we were from, and when my friend said Seattle, the sole employee told us she had move from Seattle six years ago. She was very friendly and happy to engage the customers.
Because of happy cow's flawed rating system, I can only give this place 4 cows. In reality it should have 5!
Cons: one employee