Posted on 08 / 09 / 2010
My wife and I are recent transplants to ABQ and have found ourselves profoundly disappointed in the vegan/vegetarian restaurants in the area - until now!!! While not my primary agenda to begrudge other local establishments, but the truth is that most were verifiably inedible (at worst) or a waste of time and money (at best). Thai Vegan is a resounding exception in this otherwise precarious landscape (this said, my wife and I are enamoured and grateful for all the local grocers in the area which almost make up for the sparse restaurant scene).
Specially to Thai Vegan, first, the menu is loaded with vegan alternatives to a wealth of traditional and neo-traditional Thai and Asian plates. Also, there are vegan interpretations of western dishes for those either not in the mood for Asian or not so daring.
The food was rich without being overbearing and robust with nuanced flavors. Food presentation was aesthetically pleasing without being pretentious and distracting. The portion sizes were deceptively large and we left extremely satiated.
The atmosphere was modest and understated, yet very pleasing and clean. (Note, if I dig for but one criticism of Thai Vegan it would the location in a rather hollow strip-mall-like complex. I do think that the restauranteurs did the best that one could with such a space, but a restaurant of this quality should probably be located in a more accessible and interesting area. This said, while I want lots of traffic at this restaurant (to ensure that it remains open and viable for a long time), that can be a double-edged sword (e.g., attention to detail, wait-time; all of which are perfect in their current form)
The owner and staff were incredibly kind and very interested in our experience of the food (i.e., each walked over and had more than a casual conversation).
Overall I cannot recommend Thai Vegan highly enough. My wife and I have been to a number of vegan/vegetarian restaurants in various parts of the country and this place is competitive with many of the tops of our respective lists.