Kim called me from 28th Ave’s LRT station in Bloomington and asked me to pick a place for dinner tonight. We have been out of town for a few days and need to go grocery shopping so we had to do something tonight beforehand. I looked on Google and came up with two choices in Eagan, one of which was Magic Thai Cafe. They had a Chinese and Thai menu and after Kim saw both Chicken Satay and Crab Rangoon on the menu, we were out the door heading up 35E to get dinner.
We walked in to an empty restaurant just after 7. There was one other table seated when we arrived and by the end of the night there were only about five total. Two people waited a long time for their takeout orders and our waitress fielded numerous phone orders which was monopolizing her time to spend on us as she was the only person working the front. Aside from the inattentive service, she was very friendly and was happy to offer various suggestions to me on what I should try based on what I told her I was looking for.
As I said before, Kim was there for two things, Chicken Satay and Crab Rangoon, both of which she ordered. Both appetizers had 5 pieces and were priced in the $5 range. She also went with their Pad Thai with chicken for $7.95 and I went with one of the waitress’ suggestions and ordered their vegetable heavy Pad Pak with tofu which was $7.75. They have various extras options including pork, shrimp, chicken, and tofu as well as a combination of the pork, shrimp and chicken for a bit more going up to around $10.95.
The first to come out was the Crab Rangoon and while it didn’t look as pretty as some places like to make it (little stars) it was packed with cream cheese and what was apparently very little imitation crab meat. They were ok and the sauce was your typical sweet/sour (possibly mass produced) but I’d skip them in the future.
Kim’s Chicken Satay came out next and they were overcooked for me and over spiced for Kim. She said the meat was better than other places she’s been (like Satay 2 Go) but she didn’t like the treatment of it. The peanut sauce wasn’t as good as many places I’ve tried and Kim didn’t much care for it at all. I think it tasted similar to soap for some reason. Kim didn’t seem to agree with me when I said that but what does she know? I did like that they were a bit spicy but of course they weren’t anything near hot enough for me ;)
They had a container of pepper oil on the table, much like what’s offered at Ronin Sushi Cafe but the container was sticky and kinda gross. I asked how fresh it was and our server thought for a second before replying that the make it fresh weekly.
Kim’s Pad Thai came out and looked fairly straight forward and tasted like most Pad Thai I’ve had. The chicken looked a bit sparse but Kim had absolutely no problems polishing it off. She asked if Ronin had it and I replied that it did and that I liked their version better but I may not be entirely partial ;) I also let her know that they serve it at Satay 2 Go and Spice Thai in Savage as well as Noodles and Company. She’ll definitely be ordering it elsewhere — yay a dish she likes!
My Pad Pak came out after Kim was already 1/4 of the way through her meal. I’m not sure if it was because it was that much later or because she was plowing through it with the reckless abandon of a woman possessed with a new and exciting Thai dish ;) At first I wasn’t impressed with the spice level even though they did try very hard to make it hot. It was definitely spicier than any of the Thai place I have been to straight out of the kitchen but it wasn’t my favorite to look at or eat. The vegetables were plentiful and the rice was nice and sticky but I just wasn’t all that impressed compared to other local places. By the end of the dish, after add some of the pepper oil, I wasn’t sweating but I was certainly in possession of a very spicy tongue. I went through an carafe of water and several extra napkins but I wasn’t sweating. Weird.
Kim really enjoyed her meal but she’s never had Pad Thai before. We do have different tastes but I think that she’ll see once she starts trying the dish elsewhere in the future. Perhaps after she does she’ll prove me wrong and maybe she’ll post a comment below to own me. While I wasn’t all that impressed I would return but only if I was in the area. I wouldn’t make a special trip to come out here again when we have Satay 2 Go and Ronin Sushi Cafe right in our backyard.
We ended up paying $28.40 before tip which is pretty damn cheap when you think of how much we ordered tonight. I would recommend them if you’re in Eagan and looking for a decent and inexpensive meal with friendly service but if you’re looking to get some kick ass Thai, there are better places out there if you’re willing to drive.
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Magic Thai Cafe
1258 Lone Oak Rd
Eagan, MN 55121
Monday – Saturday 11 AM – 9 PM
See all the pictures from Magic Thai Cafe on Flickr here.