Thai Idea Vegetarian

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 2 Reviews
Vegetarian, mostly vegan small Thai restaurant. Affordable and not super fancy, but a step up from the standard. Focus on presentation so each dish looks colorful. Mostly classic Thai food but with re-interpreted flavors and ingredient combinations. Another location in Foster City. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Thai, Take-out


First Review by AshleyLorden
  • vegan

Beautiful, flavorful food

4 Posted on 12 / 22 / 2013

Great small and surprisingly refined Thai place in the middle of the Tenderloin, Thai Idea's food is beautiful and flavorful. Try the Firecracker Balls, a faux Tuna styled sushi roll that is pankoed and fried. The curries and noodle dishes are all very good. I especially like the pumpkin curry and the pad thai. Last time I was there, the chef was experimenting with some new flavors in beautiful arrangements and was passing them out to diners to try. Definitely a spot to try if you are nearby.

Pros: Firecracker Balls, Super friendly staff
  • vegan

Beautiful presentation but okay food

4 Posted on 11 / 10 / 2013

Thai Idea must be the brainchild of Thai art students instagramming their food before that was a thing, the presentation here is AMAZING! Every dish is beautifully, sometimes even a bit outrageously, plated. The restaurant inside also is quite nice -- they have classical music playing and a water fountain. It's still casual though, with prices at the same level as other casual thai restaurants.

There are two downsides -- it's in the Tenderloin so you have to get through a sketchy block to get there, and the taste of some dishes is disappointingly not as good as they look.

The service is very good and quick, and they are happy to prepare takeout if you call ahead or order online.

Overall, the flavors don't blow me away, but it's fun to visit and great that the whole menu is vegetarian/vegan optional.

They do have a lot of faux meats but there are also just-vegetable dishes.

Pros: Plating is phenomenal, Inexpensive, Lots of fresh vegetables
Cons: Neighborhood, Flavor profiles


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Last updated: 2013/12/28


Added: 2013/11/09


Added by: AshleyLorden