Fresh Mint

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13802 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 85254

Small restaurant with modern decor. Offers a vegan food menu with dishes like citrus spare ribs, black pepper steak, tapioca dessert, and others. Food is vegan, but desserts may not always be - check. The owners previously operated Fresh Mint on Maui in Paia town. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-8:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Thai, Asian, Vietnamese

Reviews (37)

First Review by energie

Great food! - Edit

We had the Fresh Summer Rolls, Fresh Cucumber Rolls, the Pad Thai, and the Golden Curry Vegetables. All very good!

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Fresh and clean vegan food - Edit

We finally got a chance to try Fresh Mint, and was pleasantly surprised. The service was nice and quick, the food was clean tasting, a bit on the unseasoned side, but that's okay since I took it home and added to it here.

I had the Fresh Garden Vegetable soup, which was a nice clean broth, with vegetables in it, while nothing to write home about, it did the trick, was feeling a bit hung-over at the time, and felt a lot better after eating this soup, which I added coconut amino acids to, and some hot seeds, in order to amp up the flavors.

We also tried the Fresh Summer Rolls and Fresh Cucumber Rolls, both were good, again a bit on the bland side, but clean and fresh.

We also had the Vegetable Fried Rice, this was really good, although it had faux-meat (which was not gluten free) I just picked around it, but was happy with this dish.

All in all, a good experience, not overly expensive, and will try some more dishes here soon.



Updated from previous review on 2017-07-06

Pros: Clean flavors, Fresh, decent amount of variety

Cons: Use way too many gluten-based faux-meat products, could use more seasoning

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bland - Edit

We drove quite a while to find Fresh Mint.
Pro: portion size
Con: nothing special, bland sauce on Pad Thai. The 7 Veggie plate was just the pad thai without the noodles. Lemonade huge but too sweet.
The owner is nice and tries his best, his wife is the cook but he thinks a bit too highly of his food and should try to make it more flavorful.

Cons: lacks flavor

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dishonest management and staff - Edit

This restaurant owner is serving non-vegetarian food in disguise of vegan restaurant.

All of his bakery items contains eggs and some may contain gelatin based icing too!!!

There is no exclusive mention about this. If you ask they may tell you truth or may not - all depends on their naive staff's mood.

I have met dozens of vegans who complained about non veg items but this owner is out of his ethics. When I asked for clarification he gave me a lame excuse saying "we don't have vegan bakery in Phoenix area!!" Can you believe it??

I have been buying vegan cakes from N number of bakeries in Phoenix from years. He just wants to dupe customers with cheap quality of standards and products.

Stay out of it respecting your dignities and allergies..

Pros: none

Cons: lying management, non veg product under vegan label, over priced

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Love this place! - Edit

Service is great. I love that they're entirely vegan, minus a few desserts that they get from another restaurant, and the food is so clean and fresh. Not heavy on oil. The owner is an amazing cook! Their lunch specials are very reasonably priced at $8, and provide a hearty serving of food.
Updated from previous review on Thursday February 25, 2016

Pros: Lively atmosphere, Great service, Amazing vegan food!

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Love Fresh Mint - Edit

Great food, great prices...

Pros: Good Food, Good Value, Nice Vibe

Cons: Far From My Home

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bliss - Edit

Great small traditional thai food restaurant. Fast service, delicious sauces and the veggies kept their integrity(so important to me). I'll be back.

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You must try this place - Edit

Try: coconut milk tapioca and stuffed tomatoes.. AMAZING!

Pros: many vegan options, great interior design , great service

Cons: across town

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Good, but there is much room for improvement - Edit

I've returned since they've reclassified themselves as vegetarian instead of vegan.
The Clay Pot "fish" and vegetable fried rice are both very tasty. I especially love the flavors of the Clay Pot soy fish dish. This may be my favorite dish. The vegetable fried rice comes with a veggie beef, but for a couple more bucks you can add veggie chicken as well.

I agree with the person who said the Imperial Rolls were different. They no longer taste fresh. I agree that they are probably pre-made, frozen, and re-heated, and the quality suffers greatly due to this. I was so put off by the stale taste that I ended up throwing them away.

I ordered a side of roasted potatoes, which has an excellent flavor. However, I only got 10 little smaller-than-a-tater-tot pieces of potato for $4. With that portion, this side dish shouldn't exceed $2.

They loss an extra cow due to the poor service. They had a teenager, who I believe may be the owner's son, manning the register and taking the to-go orders. He was a rude kid with much attitude and a condescending demeanor. It was very hard to hold my tongue. If they know what's best for business, they'd remove him from the front and add someone with personality and customer service skills.

They need add more vegan dessert options. It isn't hard to find great tasting vegan cakes in the valley, so I do not understand why they're jeopardizing being a 100% vegan eatery solely based on non-vegan desserts.

Updated from previous review on Saturday November 03, 2012

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I have visited twice and ordered the Kung Pao & Black Pepper Steak specials, and the Imperial Rolls. Everything was delicious. I loved the spices, flavor, & the preparation. They even included steamed veggies. There is enough food in each entree to either feed 2 people or last 1 person 2 days.

However, when I asked about their desert I was told that the tapioca was vegan, but the chocolate & carrots cakes may not be. She said that they come from an outside vendor so she wasn't sure.

Well, my thoughts are that if you are branding your establishment as 100% vegan, then everything you sell darn well should be.

Pros: large portion entrees, Tasty food, Plenty of parking

Cons: skimpy portioned roasted potatoes side order, needs more vegan desserts

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On the decline :( - Edit

Fresh Mint used to be my favorite vegan restaurant in the valley in 2010. I loved their pad thai and their imperial rolls. The man (husband of the chef?) was always so friendly and nice and donned a Hawaiian shirt. But when I went gluten-free, I had little reason to go here. Their gluten-free menu is full of very plain, uninspired dishes, and the chef refuses to alter any gluten-containing dishes. When my doctor required me to eat gluten for 30 days for a celiac test in 2014, I was excited to rush back to Fresh Mint and relive what I had always called my favorite pad thai. Well, it was a huge disappointment. The man who was the face of the restaurant wasn't there the day I went. My imperial rolls tasted like they had gotten freezer burn, and even deep frying didn't remove that taste. The pad thai was the worst I'd ever had, gluten free or not. It literally tasted like ketchup had replaced their once-delicious pad thai sauce - it was overly tomato-y and vinegar-y with no other spices. The dish used to be loaded with colorful vegetables, peanuts bean sprouts, garnished with a fresh sprig of basil or mint and a lime wedge. But on this occasion, there were a few small vegetables, some peanuts, and a lemon wedge. The presentation was a mess - a heap of orange noodles - a big change from their once beautiful, colorful presentations. The only that that I actually enjoyed was the coconut tapioca pudding (their other desserts are vegetarian but not vegan). The prices are still mid-range, but the food is now low quality. It's very sad to say, but I won't be returning. Something major has changed with this restaurant and it's not for the better.

Pros: Variety, Unique, Fun atmosphere

Cons: Declining in quality/value, A little pricey, Dessert menu isn't 100% vegan

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Great food, Amazing staff - Edit

This was a great find! We had the Kung Pao Chicken, Mint Fresh Roll, and Lemon Grass Beef, all of which were delicious. The portions were large, and the service was wonderful. We also had the mint lemonade- best lemonade ever!!

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amazing food!!! extremely vegan friendly - Edit

love, love, love this place! i can't believe i haven't written a review yet. the first time we came, was right after our friend married us on top of south mountain on 1/12/11. we've been coming at least once a month since then. the food is fresh and made when ordered, so don't expect to pop in here for fast food. this is a family run business and we are usually waited on by the daughter or the dad while mom is cooking in back. the service can be a little odd at times, but we're servers so we're probably overly critcal;-) some of our faves are the spicy ginger soy beef, the spicy lemongrass soup (only spicy if you put the side sauces on it), hot pot, vegetable fried rice, and kung pao chicken. when we first started coming, they would let you bring in your own wine and uncork it for you. since then, i believe their license for that has lapsed. my only wish is that they would get it back:-)

Pros: awesome food

Cons: no alcohol, closed on sundays

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loved! almost completely vegan - Edit

Everything I had was delicious. Only 4 items on the menu were NOT vegan. Cute cafe. Super friendly staff. Fresh Mint Tomatoes were a unique dish and completely wonderful.

Pros: almost all vegan, fresh mint tomatoes, delicious food

Cons: none

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Delicious! - Edit

Nice little place. Delicious food. Good service!

Cons: The take home boxes are made of styrofoam.

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A little slice of vegan Heaven - Edit

We ordered take-out from here for the first time yesterday and it was FABULOUS! Fresh, crispy veggies in flavorful entrees. The eggplant dishes are the best I have ever tasted. Husband & kiddos all devoured the food and are craving more!

Oh and we ordered take-out because we had just got off the plane and were tired and crabby....but I still couldn't find a reason to give the food less than 5 stars!

Now we just need one of these in Boulder please...

Pros: fresh, all vegan, flavorful, colorful

Cons: We live in the wrong State to eat here regularly!

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Pad Thai Is Amazing - Edit

I have always loved Fresh Mint's PadThai. I just got back from a 2 week trip to Thailand... expecting to have the most amazing Pad Thai I had ever had while on the trip. Guess what. ...nothing compared to the sauce they make at Fresh Mint. It is my gold standard now. Also love the spring rolls with peanut sauce... great presentation. Their blended coffee is also a super treat!

Pros: Delicious, Consistent, Clean

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Love This Place! - Edit

Fresh Mint is a wonderful place to eat. We try to eat there once a week when we are snow birds. We've tried many of the dishes which are so delicious and are presented in an artistic and simply beautiful way. They have a quick, inexpensive lunch menu in addition to the regular menu. The owners are very nice and the service is excellent. The only improvements would be if it was much bigger and they had locations nationwide. But then, it probably wouldn't be as good.

Pros: Outstanding food, Fresh, Many choices

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Refreshing Surprise - Edit

We loved this sweet little restaurant. Great food, great atmosphere. Lots of vegan dishes to choose from. Owner was very attentive and presentation was outstanding.

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In Love - Edit

Absolutely in love with this place. Very friendly staff and awesome choices. Food is seasoned to perfection.

Pros: large portions, tasty food, wide variety

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Delicious, Healthful Food - Edit

My omnivore husband and I loved this place! It had many healthful and delicious options. We loved a tofu curry dish and the Fresh Island Green Salad was huge (enough for 2) and made with this amazingly-flavored, oil-free dressing! It was great to fill up on delicious vegan food without feeling guilty/heavy afterwards. Sure, we love vegan cheese-steaks, but it was really nice to instead eat a light, yet filling meal at Fresh Mint. We would definitely return to this place next time we are in Arizona (or Hawaii, where they apparently originated).

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Vietnamese... Vegan... and Kosher? - Edit

First off, let's give some praise to the concept: A vegan, vietnamese-style, Kosher restaurant? That's the coolest thing I've heard since someone explained nonstick frying pans to me. Unfortunately, the service can be a bit slow, and a bit weird, but you've got to give them some credit for opening a place like this.

Most of the dishes are composed of rice/noodles, steamed veggies, and one of their vegan meats like chicken, beef, ribs, fish, etc., doused in sauce. It's awesome sauce (saucesome?) but it pretty much negates a lot of the healthier aspects of the dish. Why not wait to add those extra calories with some vegan carrot or chocolate cake instead? As far as recommendations, the lemongrass tofu rolls and green papaya salad are both light, filling and fresh tasting dishes. If you're a sauce-o-holic, opt for the tasty BBQ citrus spare ribs or soy fish in a clay pot.

....For those of you who don't want to read any of that, refer to the short & sweet version below:

Concept: hell yeah.
Service: weird.
Selection of "meat": awesome.
Vegan desserts: much appreciated.
Dishes: varied & satisfactory.
Sauces: too heavy.
Overall: 3.5 stars. I'll probably go back at some point.

Pros: Exotic, 100% Vegan, Vegan Desserts!

Cons: Decadent, Weird Service, Can be Pricey

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I usually hate faux meat,but here.. - Edit

I had the Kung Paolo soy chicken and it was awsome. my friends had the golden curry veggies, lemongrass tofu and ribs and they were excellent as well. chappo! !

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Excellent and Affordable - Edit

Had the Mongolian "beef," lemonade and mango tapioca "pudding." Excellent! I am fully vegan. Would absolutely come here again!

Pros: Excellent food, Healthy, Good portions

Cons: Might be a little hard to find.

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Great Food!!! - Edit

We go to Fresh Mint as often as we can make it to N. Scottsdale... We love it; they even remember us when we come in. I have tried many items and still go back to my favorite, the #32 Kung Pao Chicken; I'm writing this review b/c I am currently enjoying my leftovers for lunch and realized that I have never posted a review.

Their food is always packed with great flavors, is fresh and looks beautiful when it comes out. The one thing to try when you are there is orgasmic - it's their Coconut Mango Tapioca pudding that takes them 10-14 hours to cook! Now that is dedication and you can taste the love put into it... A great place that you have to try if in the area.

Pros: Great Food, Nice Selection, Fresh Ingredients

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Incredible. Don't miss this restaurant! - Edit

The food at Fresh Mint is astounding. Don't miss it!

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Favorite Vegetarian place - Edit

This is my favorite restaurant by far and I decided to signup to Happy Cow just so that I can help spread the word. I found the restaurant a couple of years ago, and started trying it out more and more. It is extremely difficult to find good healthy eating in Arizona, and this is the one place I frequent at least once a month.

Suggestions:
Appetizers - I always start with the Summer Roll or Fried Imperial Rolls. I'd go with the Imperial if you are new to vegetarian. The summer rolls are delicious and worth a try if you've tried Vietnamese rolls before.

Favorite dinner options:
#17 Stir Fried Noodles - Good entry level dish if you're new. It is a good size dish and I usually do not finish it unless I'm starving. Very light, not oily, got a tangy and salty flavor to it. Add some hot sauce for spice.
#33 Hot Pot - If you're starving, this is the dish to get. Comes extremely hot though and it takes a while to prepare so better get some appetizers. Good for 2 if you're just tasting. Very flavorful, sweet and tangy, lots of vegetables and tofu.
#35 Mushroom Wonder - The dish to go with if you love mushrooms. The mushrooms are very meaty, and with the rice, still gives you a full meal. The sauce is very sweet.

There you go, hope you try it!

Pros: Good value, Excellent, Friendly Staff

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ReFreshing Experience - Edit

I was visiting Arizona and always do my HappyCow research to find spots to eat while there. I was pleased to have an excellent experience at Fresh Mint. The owner was very friendly, and accomodated my tastebuds :-) I ordered the pad thai and it was one of the best pad thai's i've had and i've eaten at a lot of thai restaurants. In addition, the fresh jasmine tea was completely refreshing! The only downfall was that they were not open Sunday, Monday was a holiday, and I left Arizona on tuesday, so i was only able to eat there once :-( I will definitely be returning to Fresh Mint any time i'm in Phoenix or the surrounding areas!

Pros: good value, excellent tasting food, friendly owner and staff

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