My Thai Vegan Cafe

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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

99 Reviews

First Review by will-travel-for-food

It’s okay. - Edit

In a city with more vegan options, I would never go here. But since Boston is really thin with vegan restaurants, it’s a pretty good option. Service is consistently terrible so just expect that. And if you’re going in the winter, it’s freezing inside.

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Loved it! - Edit

Great attention, delicious menu, nice ambient, fair price. I would definitely eat here again

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creepy look - yummy food - Edit

Walking towards and into, really upstairs, this spot is off-putting and it's a bit dirty looking and cold but once you sit down and order all of that goes away. Their fake meat tastes amazing and everything was good!

Pros: lots of vegan options

Cons: dirty looking

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Everything Vegan, Meat substitutes - Edit

The entrance looks kinda suspicious and made us want to turn around but once inside the restaurant, you'll be revarded.
The whole menu is vegan, the "beef" and "chicken" are awesome and non vegans like it too.
Would come here again and again

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not terrible but not good - Edit

I was expecting this to be a lot better because I’d been recommended it by several people. But it was only okay. It was reasonably priced and the portions were big but it wasn’t particularly tasty. The dumplings were delicious, but cold. The mains were extremely average. The cakes are nice. Overall is was okay but nothing compared to many other vegan restaurants I’ve been to.

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Positive Experience - Edit

I've been living in Boston for a few years and I've enjoyed My Thai every time I've gone. It's a good price and a beautiful atmosphere. The food is good/fine, but I will say (yes) the service is pretty bad. Still give this place a thumbs up.

Pros: Beautiful restaurant , Good price

Cons: Bad service

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bland, tasteless and rude - Edit

One of the worst restaurants I have been to. Went there even after reading the mixed yelp reviews we thought it couldn't be that bad. Trust me if you love thai food this place is not for you. The food was one of the worst thai food I have ever had. I don't want to even call it thai food. I am vegan and usually always support vegan establishments because I support what they stand for but I will advise you to stay away from this restaurant. We went there and ordered the Tom Kha soup one with tofu and one with the vegan chicken. When it came out it tasted like they just dumped a can of coconut milk in some vegetables and brought it out. It was so sweet it tasted like a dessert nothing like Tom Kha there was no usual thai spices. We couldn't even bring ourselves to drink two tablespoons of it and left it. Our main meal came out which was pad thai with tofu and a curry vegan shrimp with tofu in an actual coconut (cannot remember the name of this dish) my goodness how could somewhere that claims to be authentic thai food mess up pad thai. It tasted like plain noodles my husband's coconut dish tasted like nothing. Both dishes were so bland absolutely zero taste. The meals came out extremely fast so I knew they were not marinated well. I have had vegan pad thai before but this was not even near what the dish is suppose to taste like. Of course we left back all four meals. The worst part of the experience was when my husband went to speak to the manager or owner and waitress about the meals they were so rude. My husband said that he would pay 50% of the meal even though we left back all of the food and barely touched it. The manager insisted that he paid 100% of the meals. When my husband said it was unfair because we didn't eat the meals they became even more rude to him. The manager asked him how much he wanted to pay and my husband indicated he would pay 50% they told him no he had to pay 60% of the bill my husband just to get out of that place he agreed. The owner or manager and waitress then starts to tell him to get out how he has no money to use here and he came here with no money and to get out and don't ever come back that we were not welcome here ever again as such we left. This place is absolutely a disgusting establishment and I will not advise anyone to patronize them. I am sorry to have to write such a bad review for a vegan restaurant but save your money. If I could give this place zero I would.

Pros: vast range of vegan options

Cons: water down food, bland no flavour, rude owner and staff

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give it a try if you want VEGAN Chinese food - Edit

I eat here every time I'm in the area. I've read a lot of the reviews- yes, the space isn't the most stunning and the service varies, but this is all part of the Chinatown experience for me, and I appreciate that I can go to an establishment in Chinatown that is 100% vegan. The food always pleases, both me and guests who have been both vegan and omni. The menu is huge as people have written, and I have never been disappointed with a choice- nor have guests. The portions are large. Last visit I ordered a coconut meat curry special, and it was served in the coconut husk with a plate full of food surrounding it. The dish lasted for leftovers for two, and was stunning in appearance, taste and quality. If you don't like fake meat, you can always order dishes with tofu, edamame or nuts. The desserts are so good but I almost never have room. The boba tea is my favorite anywhere and I always order it even in the depths of winter.

Pros: extensive menu, all vegan, in Chinatown, humongous portions

Cons: service varies- just ask if you need something, ask for brown rice, chilly dining room in winter

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Fast and many dishes - Edit

I eat there once, it was ok. The restaurant is on the second floor and offers a interesting view over the streets.
I had a long time to choose as the menu is so big. After the food was there in no time. It was just ok and proved once again that I don't like fake meat.

Pros: Lots of options

Cons: A bit pricey

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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 good (the best one is the vegan shrimp!). 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.

Updated from previous review on 2017-10-14

Pros: Huge menu, Some really good dishes

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

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worst service - Edit

Ok I am just happy there is a vegan place downtown. That being , the food was just fine. I love love thai and know many better thai restaurants. But it's unique in that it has many soy/series meat substitutes. The main complaint is how bad the service was. We were ignored most of the night and had to find someone to pay and get water . I know this style service is customary in other cultures but it's just a little irritating.

Pros: vegan

Cons: 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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