I love Thai food...especially Pad Thai...so I'm always on the lookout for new Thai restaurants to try, and I always try their Pad Thai the first time. For me, if the Pad Thai is good, then I know it's a good Thai restaurant!
I love Malee's food! It's fresh (some of the herbs are grown out in the courtyard of the restaurant) and it's flavorful. The Pad Thai is fabulous...but I have to say that because Malee's is so good, I've ventured out of "Pad Thai Territory" to try many other yummy menu items,
The Crispy Fish and Tom Kha Gai soup is incredible and makes my mouth water just thinking about them! I LOVE to get a pot of the Tom Kha Gai soup (it's a novelty just to get the pot at your table) to share with a friend. I get chicken AND shrimp, and I spice it medium. It's a satisfying meal in itself, as you'll get to have a couple bowls each if you share with just one other person. And, of course, I must get a glass of sweet Riesling wine to complement the spiciness of the food!
Keep in mind that Malee's is a bit pricier than average, especially if you add a couple of glasses or a bottle of wine to your meal. And if you do dessert, you must have the "mango and sticky rice" dessert. It's a Thai classic! Go ahead and share it, just to get a few bites and enjoy a happy ending to your meal.
Be careful how spicy you order your meals. Malee's tends to go a little spicier than most. So if you normally get your food "medium spice," you may want to opt for "mild" at Malee's, unless you're OK with it. I like medium spice myself, and I still get medium at Malee's, but I know that it will be more like "medium-hot."
I love to sit in the open "hallway" area of the restaurant on a gorgeous afternoon or evening and get a little breeze while I watch the people stroll by. The ambiance, inside or out of Malee's, is very comfortable and inviting.
Since I lived in the Phoenix area for 8 years, I ate at Malee's whenever I could! If you go onto their website calendar, you'll find "cooking classes" that are usually once a month on a Saturday. Well, they're "kind of" a class...I think BETTER! The price (which you might consider a little pricey, but worth it) includes mimosas while you're sitting with others WATCHING an entire meal made, along with great descriptions of the ingredients and other info. Need another mimosa? Just ask!
Then when the "class" (and I say that word loosely) is done, the "participants" (I say that word loosely, too) move to the dining area to have a 3-course meal of what they just watched being prepared! Oh...and don't forget that the wine steward will talk a bit about what kind of wines go good with the dish...and serve you a few glasses of it to go along with your meal!
When you're done, don't forget your "gift bag" that contains a few small sizes of the ingredients used to make the dish you just experienced...along with the recipes for each dish! Personally, I thought this was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon - and I was full the rest of the day.
Regardless, if you like Thai food, then enjoy Malee's when you're in Old Town Scottsdale!
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