Thai Essence

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 6 reviews )

1534 Win Hentschel Blvd, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, 47906

Serves meat, vegan options available. Thai food in a strip mall. All dishes spiced to your specificity. Salads, soups, curries, fried rice, white rice plates, noodle dishes. Menu has green leaf next to vegetarian dishes and indicates which dishes can be made vegetarian. Note that oyster sauce is used in some dishes, so vegans need to ask. Kitchen rests 2:30-4:30pm. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Ovo, Thai, Take-out, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by happycowgirl

The best Thai in town - Edit

Ask for it vegan. Pad keep mow is fantastic- as are many other dishes. 5 stars (except it is not a fully vegan restaurant)

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Nice vegan options, but must specify your needs to server - Edit

This places makes fresh, consistently tasty Thai food. Tell your server your vegan and they will omit sauces from your dish that contain animal products. Whenever I order anything, I specify for it to be made with "vegan sauce", and they are happy to oblige. The rub: if you are vegetarian (not vegan) and don't want fish sauces in your food, then you also need to specify that you want vegan sauces. Just got with it, and you'll be happy you did.

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Nice vegan options! - Edit

My husband and I went for our anniversary and contacted the chef ahead of time to make sure they understood what vegan meant. They were so easy to work with when ordering, and we had plenty of options to choose from that could be made vegan. They even had dessert made with coconut milk which was a rare treat! We usually don't have dessert options when we go out. We appreciated that the chef/owner/servers took our comments to heart and made sure our meals were vegan and delicious.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, They know what is vegan, Vegan dessert option!

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Nightmare: Not Veg Friendly,.... - Edit

Nightmare. I am vegan by choice and have a serious seafood allergy. So when I order vegan, I don't generally have to worry about sneaky ingredients added. Be aware that the noodles (advertised as vegetarian) are actually cooked with chicken stock (per our waitress), the curry notes coconut milk but neglects to mention the half and half. The soups are the same. I ordered a vegetarian dish with rice and veggies, after explaining my severe food allergy to their head server. She came out after I had eaten about four bites and informed me it had oyster sauce (not vegan or vegetarian friendly). I had to force myself to expell the food, grab epi and panic. Very unpleasant. All due to lack of education. She mentioned that some vegetarians "don't mind a little". If you are truely vegetarian or vegan, or mind a little, I would be very careful. I am sincerely hoping they use my horrific experience as an opportunity to educate their staff and become informed. I quite literally could have died. My children were scared to death. I eat at my own risk, but I am always clear on my allergies. Shame on them for creating a false sense of security by sending out an experienced waitress who went through the menu with us. Never again.

Pros: Smelled good, ethnic people present as guests

Cons: Ingredients not listed, Animal ingredients in Veg dishes, Uneducated staff nearly killed me

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jaimebslp 21 Apr 2017 - Totally agree with the idea that oyster sauce or fish sauce are vegetarian--crazy! I get one or two things that I know are made vegan upon request, but the idea that fish sauce is vegetarian is a little scary.  

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Would Expect Better... - Edit

This is located in the Purdue Research Park, my old stomping ground. We got take-out the other day which consisted of a few entrees and a couple appetizers. Everything was tasty, nothing special though compared to all the other Thai restaurants in the area. We were discouraged though with the prices - they were much higher compared to the other Thai Restaurants in the area. Additionally, when we got home, we didn't get any rice with our entrees and the appetizers didn't even serve enough for two people. In fact, the Basil Roll was one roll cut up in pieces. (Normally Thai restaurants will give you 2-4 full rolls and not sliced up.) There are some great Asian restaurants in the area, I might suggest them instead.

Pros: Available, Tasty Sauces, Clean

Cons: Pricey , Quantities small, Off campus

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Great Thai Food - Edit

I've had the Pad Thai, Pad See Ew, Gang Dang (red curry), and a mango cashew fried rice here. All dishes were outstanding. Their sauces are amazing and the dishes are spiced to perfection.

Very friendly staff. Easy parking right in front.

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