My Thai Vegan Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 89 reviews )
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3 Beach St (at 2nd floor / Washington St/ Chinatown), Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02111

Boston vegan restaurant serving Thai and Chinese food. Formerly Original Buddha's Delight, same owners with revised menu. Confirmed open Aug 2010. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sun 11:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Thai

89 Reviews

First Review by will-travel-for-food

Decent - Edit

The restaurant is on top of their vegan sandwich place, which at first glance is a little confusing. You need to take the staircase next to the sandwich shop to get to the restaurant.

The service is kind of slow. However, the food is pretty good. Some noodle dishes are kind of average, but the hot and sour soup is really good (if you can take the heat!), the golden triangles with the peanut sauce are AMAZING and the mock meats are decent. Wouldn't recommend their boba tea, as the pearls were overcooked and the tea was too sweet.

I do wish they would clean the windows a bit and maybe replace the old furniture.

Pros: Huge menu, Some really good dishes

Cons: Place isn't in the best shape, Slow service

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Poor dining area and presentation, but amazing food! - Edit

I found this place by accident and from the outside it's definitely not appealing! I'm glad I went though cause the food was amazing. The staff was rude and the dining area is definitely poor, but if you want a good vegan Thai place, this is it.

Pros: All vegan menu, vegan meat, big variety of foods

Cons: rude staff, bad dining area

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Good food, rude staff - Edit

Not at all a pleasant dining experience. The staff are all rude, they don't know how to say thank you, they don't know how to smile or be gracious. The guy kind of lazily waved his hand in the direction of a table for me to sit. They don't ask how is everything after you start eating, they don't clear dirty plates at the end, they don't ask if you want anything else, but just bring the check. When I asked for a receipt that shows what I ordered, because it is required by my company expense report, the guy acted annoyed, wrote another order ticket, handed it to me, and when I said thank you so much, he just walked away without a thank you for coming or a your welcome, nothing.. In other words, the staff at this restaurant does not do any of the basic customer service steps that any restaurant staff would do. It's too bad; I have been here on past trips to Boston and I doubt I'll bother coming again. The food is good but not great, and the fresh spring rolls are awful.

Pros: All vegan

Cons: Mediocre food, Rude staff

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Great food, but place needs a face lift! - Edit

Central location, I came past it by chance. The menu is extensive and the food was absolutely delightful. But both the dining area and the staircase up were cluttered with stuff and supplies, the floor was a little sticky, and although the service personell was very friendly, it was slow. I'm still giving 4 stars because of the choice and quality of the food itself - amazing! Great spot if you don't need anything fancy around your meal!

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Great food - Edit

The food is absolutly delicious and the menu has a lot of options. The place doesn't look too good and the service was kind of ordinary but I would return there and recommend it anyway. The prices are really good too.

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huge menu, great choices! - Edit

I love all of the options at My Thai. The menu is impressive and almost overwhelming at times. The lunch specials make the menu a bit more manageable. This isn't a gourmet Thai place, but if you're looking for big portions, decent taste, and a good price point, then this place is great. I also love their assortment of bubble tea shakes. They have interesting flavors such as durian and red bean which are sometimes hard to find. Taro is my go to favorite. I've brought many non-veg people here and they were all pleased. I also like the amount of light and all of the plants around the windows. The size of the restaurant is good for larger groups. Worth a try if you're in the Boston area, just don't expect a fancy night out.

Pros: large menu, nice vibe, large portions

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Delicious! - Edit

I don't really understand all of the negative reviews that this place is getting, as I very much enjoyed my meal there. Yes, the restaurant is located on the second floor, and you have to walk up an odd set of stairs to get there, but once you arrive, you are greeted by big windows that let in lots of light, as well as an abundance of pretty plants. The menu is extensive, so there are a lot of options to choose from, and it is often difficult to decide. My meal, the ginger chicken, was very well portioned (I could barely finish all of it), and my boba tea was one of the best I have ever had. The service was a little slow for a Saturday afternoon, but all of the staff was very sweet.

Pros: Great food, Extensive menu, Good portion size

Cons: Slightly slow service

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Very good food - Edit

We were very excited about trying an ALL VEGAN restaurant in Chinatown on our visit to Boston.
The food was VERY GOOD. We had the Basil Fried Rice, the Sweet&Sour and the Ginger Rice dishes. All very flavorful and the portions were huge. We also had 3 Bubble teas (Strawberry, Mango and Lychee--Our favorite). All very good and cold!!
The downside was that the restaurant wasn't very "clean" and could use a few touches to make the atmosphere more enjoyable. *I didn't care to see their whole pantry on my way to the bathroom. And their desert case was almost empty and sad-looking (even though we were there at noon).

Pros: Good prices, Good Flavors, Large Portions

Cons: Restaurant wasn't very "clean"

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Average food. Bad Service. - Edit

I went there with a friend some time ago, and the service is just terrible. They just don't know how to deal properly with the clients, specially if they are vegan. We asked for some stir fried sorted vegetables and rice. The portions were kinda small when compared to most chinese restaurants, and the meal wasn't hot enough. Customer service need to improve a lot, the place is nice, but need more care.

Pros: Nice place and location, Average vegan options

Cons: Bad customer service

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Dissapointed - Edit

I Came here with a friend and we were coming here for our first time based on the reviews. Not only did we get terrible service, There were bugs crawling on the counter and the food was terrible. My Lo Mien Noodles were hard and Made my stomach hurt. When I told the waiter he just shrugged and walked away. My friend got the pineapple mango salad and there was no pineapple on his salad only really hard mango sticks... Of course we paid and left but to even get our check we had to wait 30 minutes for everyone else to be seated and for them to even notice us. Just a terrible first experience and terrible customer Service.

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fantastic food - Edit

Just had the pumpkin medley curry served in a whole pumpkin and it was fantastic. Very glad to have found this place on my last night in Boston

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Lot's of choices - Edit

I get to Boston occasionally on business and have wanted to check this place out. Today I had lunch there.

This second floor walk up is low on frills in terms of appearance, but I found the staff to be attentive and I was quickly seated. The menu is so much fun to read, it's huge with a lot of choices of typical Asian dishes that have been "veganized". I started with the Tom Yum Gai which was hot and sour and very tasty. I also enjoyed the spring Pao Pia Tod (fried spring rolls) which were crunchy and perfectly cooked. I finished up with the traditional Basil Chicken which also was very good. The ingredients are fresh and the preparation expert.

I recommend you walk up the scary steps and give this place a try. They are welcoming, the food is very good and the prices are quite reasonable.

Pros: Extensive menu., 100% Vegan, Inexpensive

Cons: Dated interior, Weird entrance.

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food is awesome - Edit

i havent been dissappointed by any of the dishes so far. big menu, alotta options. definitely a go-to spot when we have friends in town. the service is up and down. usually theyre really slow, especially if youre the only ones in the restaurant, itll take forever for them to even take your order but theyre pretty on the ball when its busy.

Pros: lots of options, big dishes that arent super greasy, best CHEESECAKE!

Cons: service isnt always good

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amazing food but horrible service - Edit

My sister and I went here while visiting boston. The food was delicious and we didn't have to wait long after our placing order. The service on the other hand was not as good. Once you get your food they simply do not come back to check on you. We had to go to the register twice to get someone. The night before we left we were going to order food to bring back to our hotel room. We called 40min before they closed and the guy rudely hung up on me saying that they were closed and not giving me a sec to talk to him.

Pros: Delicious food

Cons: Horrible service

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Good Food, Bad Service - Edit

The menu here has an amazing selection of vegan thai food that is super tasty, but the service leaves a lot to be desired. We went on a friday night. There were only two people seating, taking orders, serving, and processing payments for the entire packed restaurant when we were there. I had to get up and request someone come to our table for us to get water, to have our orders taken, to order dessert, and to get our check (which I took the table myself). I also had to remind someone about my bubble tea order because they forgot it. That being said, the people who work there seem really nice and apologetic, just tired and overworked. In any case, I think there's a ton of people in the kitchen because once I found someone to take our orders after fifteen minutes of waiting at our table with no one coming over, the food was out super fast. I would probably go back on a weeknight because the food was great, but never the weekend rush again.

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best curry! - Edit

Probably the best curry I ever had, both in presentation and flavor! The service was slow and confusing, but food so good that I don't even care.

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Boston's Finest - Edit

This is probably my favorite vegan place in Boston -- I wish I lived closer to this place, but my wallet is probably better off in Somerville. Seriously, this place is so yummy, every time I go here I order something new and it never disappoints. I can't event pick a favorite, I love it all! The service is hit or miss... I've waited a solid half hour for food before. I don't mind, but if you're in a rush, maybe try Cuong's Vegan downstairs.

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Delicious Food and a Cozy Atmosphere - Edit

My boyfriend and I have been in Boston for the last two days while he's in the area on business, so, last night, we decided to try My Thai Vegan Cafe after I read about it on a Facebook group's page. For reference, the only other all-vegan Asian restaurant we've tried is Veggie Fun in Providence (we are born and raised Southern New Englanders).

We walked less than a mile to the restaurant from South Station when I arrived after work, so it's quite easy to navigate to by foot if you're T-ing when you visit. Initially, the place doesn't give you a great impression because there's a printed and haphazardly placed sign on the main door directing patrons to the 2nd floor and the dingy hallway wreaks of cigarette smoke; however, the restaurant itself is quite cozy and clean. This was our first time in Chinatown, but I get the impression that many businesses are like this since much of the block we were on was dingy. I could be wrong, though, and I reserve judgement because I'm clueless, but I digress.

We were amazed by how many options the menu has! And it's all classified so neatly by noodles, rices, soups, salads, and vegan meats. We shared a fried wonton appetizer, which was excellent, and both of us ordered the lemongrass chicken (the title literally says "chicken," but the description underneath specifies "veggie chicken") which was delish! I like spicy Asian food, but was at first concerned that the three chili peppers indicated next to my dish on the menu meant it would blow my mouth off. Unfortunately, there was no spice whatsoever, but that was my only disappointment. Other than that, the food was great and two meals with an appetizer only set up back $30 pre-tip. Pretty good for Boston dining.

Aside from food, the atmosphere was cozy. We sat at a table for two right near the window, so you can people watch if you're into that. The folks running the place have tons of live plants all around the sills as well. I was so impressed with the huge aloe vera plants that I had to take a picture, using my boyfriend to scale!

All in all, I'd say Veggie Fun is still my favorite, but My Thai Vegan Cafe is awesome and I'd recommend it to any vegans in the area or non-vegans looking to try something new.

Pros: Loads of options Inexpensive

Cons: External appearance can be off-putting

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Tasty vegan dishes with poor service - Edit

I've generally not been disappointed by the food, but I've always had a bit of an issue with the service. Let me recount my last visit.

I came with a small group of friends, on a quiet weekday night. We were seated and the menus were thrown in a pile onto the table. No one came for 10 minutes to take our order, we had to flag someone down. Again, the restaurant wasn't busy.

The server came over, and pulled out her notebook and simply said "What?"

My boyfriend's brother is kind of particular about what he eats (he's a personal trainer) and asked for some steamed rice and veggies - they said they couldn't do that at all, so he settled on fried rice. In hopes of being a bit healthier - he asked for some sliced avocado on the side. Again they said no. Ultimately he begged if he could just buy an avocado off the counter (they use them for some dish). She had to go ask, and there seemed to be a long discussion about it - finally they agreed to sell it to us for $2 cash then and there and just plopped the avocado down on the table. No offer of a knife or anything...

We all liked our entrees, but dessert was odd. We ordered 3 mango sticky rice to share around the table.

Now, I'm very familiar with mango sticky rice. I order it everywhere that has it. My last birthday I had mango sticky rice instead of cake.

If the mangos are not good, they should tell you - every Thai restaurant I've ever been to other than My Thai Vegan Cafe will warn you.

What arrived was the worst mango sticky rice I've ever had in my entire life. The mango was unripe and hard. It was so hard they had a hard time slicing it, so they didn't even bother on 2 out of the 3. They just served a half a mango - unsliced. The sticky rice was cold rice in a soup of coconut cream.

I was incredulous.

While I've generally been happy with the food (the mango sticky rice being the exception), the service is just intolerable.



Updated from previous review on 2017-01-16

Pros: vegan, generally good food

Cons: service, mango sticky rice, service

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A Must - Edit

This place is amazing! The food was great, and there are so many options to pick from! We got dumplings, wonton soup, two noodle dishes, chocolate cake, coffee, and tea, and the bill was so much less than you would pay anywhere else! We were there Christmas day, so it was pretty full. That said, service was still great. Anything we asked for came in a reasonable amount of time. We saw a variety of patrons- couples, friends, families, and some people dining solo. I'd recommend it to anyone!

Pros: Great Food, Great Selection, Great Value

Cons: Room temperature fluctuated

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Disappointing - Edit

This place was very disappointing. Soups were bland and small servings. Tried some steamed dumplings that were so bad that I still have a horrible memory of them. The dumplings must have been frozen at one time and the dough had gone bad. They were chewy and tasted worse than cardboard. Couldn't eat them. Told waiter, but he did nothing but shrug his shoulders. No interest in going back here until they try harder. The place has been around for a long time, and maybe they just quit caring.

Pros: Available seating, Good location, Quick service

Cons: Bad tasting food, Small portions, Over-priced for bad food and small portions

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Travel from Central NH just for My Thai - Edit

I love this restaurant. My husband and I have been coming here for about 25 years. We are long-time sincere vegetarians for over 40 years and this restaurant is our second all time favorite. (There is a Chinese vegetarian restaurant in the D.C. area which we remember.) We enjoy the platters that have fresh bean sprouts. The barbeque setan is so savory I guess it is meat like and it explains to me why anyone would eat dead animals. If meat tastes like setan, it would be hard to give up.

Pros: Location close to the subway, All vegan, Vietnamese, exotic cuisine

Cons: Dumpy atmosphere, Very sugary desserts

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Yum! - Edit

I really liked this place! The portion sizes were pretty big and it had a neat selection of different things on the menu. I eat a lot of Asian vegan food and still found this place interesting and tasty. We actually came here twice because we enjoyed it so much! Try the Pad Thai and the Golden Traingles!

Pros: Good portions, Great selection, Dessert!

Cons: Kinda hot in there, Wait times for food can be long if busy

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do not go here - Edit

Worst service. Terrible food

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Get takeout - Edit

I ordered the fried wonton app and super yellow noodle with vegi shrimp, chicken, beef, seitan, and tofu.These noodles were fantastic because I did not have to choose my veggie protein, this 'super' version of most dishes packs them all! The food was amazing, everyone in my party agreed on that. However everybody also agreed that it was the worst service we had ever had. If we asked for something, we didn't receive it. When we ordered something they are out of, they didn't tell us. Moral of the story: the food is can't miss, but the service is lacking (at least when I went). Get yourself some takeout.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Table service

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Great choice of Thai food - Edit

I went there more than once during my stay in Boston because the menue was so huge it was hard to decide what to get.
The special entree was served in a coconut which looked and tasted fantastic. Absoulutely recommend that!
The service was fast and the personell really friendly.

Pros: affordable, large menue, fast service

Cons: not exactly the most beautiful place

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Decent thai food - Worth a try! - Edit

I had dinner in this restaurant with an omnivorous friend and we both enjoyed our meal. It consisted of faux-chicken meat cooked with vegetables and rice. Portions were generous so we were not enough hungry to try their beautiful creamy cakes! The taste of food was good and the staff was ok with us. The restaurant is quite big so you can come with many friends. I recommend the place even if the entry of the building is not really trustworthy.

Pros: good food and generous portions, 100%, fair prices

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