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Nov 15, 2011 07:05 PM

Mai's Thai restaurant on 12 Mile east of Mound in Warren [DTW]

If you are in the area and are desperate to endure average, at best, Detroit strip mall "Thai" food, you may be able to tolerate the newly opened Mai's.
I'd like to say that there are several WAY BETTER alternatives, but maybe I can't. However, I certainly can say that there at least are many BETTER alternatives.

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  1. Let's let a few alternatives...I like my Thai spicy n authentic as possible. I understand it's detroit..

    1. Just for comparison purposes, VTB, where would you rank Sy Thai?

      Sy Thai Cafe
      315 Hamilton Row, Birmingham, MI 48009

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      1. re: RedTop

        Sorry, I've not eaten at Sy Thai. But, for comparison, Mai's is clearly a step down from the various iterations of Bangkok Cuisine / Rexy's, etc., and Amarin Thai and Sala Thai. Should I try Sy Thai?
        PS--I did completely finish my meal at Mai's, for what that says about them (or me).

        Sy Thai Cafe
        315 Hamilton Row, Birmingham, MI 48009

        Amarin Thai
        11528 E 12 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48093

        1. re: VTB

          >>Should I try Sy Thai?<<

          I couldn't recommend it because I have very little knowlege of what the cuisine should be.

          Sy Thai Shores is almost around the corner from me and is our "go to" when in the mood. I've always liked the taste of their dishes, accurate spice level requests, and the ambience of the dining room. My only other exposure to Thai was at Thai Star in Warren. And that was for a quick lunch escape from work. I can rank Sy Thai Shores far ahead of Thai Star.

          Thai Star
          28841 Ryan Rd, Warren, MI 48092

          Sy Thai Cafe
          315 Hamilton Row, Birmingham, MI 48009

          Sy Thai Shore Restaurant
          23519 Nine Mack Dr, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080

          1. re: VTB

            VTB, can you expand on your opinion of Sala Thai?:
            It seems they are opening a location in the center where Whole Foods Troy is.

            And that would be on my drive home from work

            1. re: coney with everything

              Sorry Cw/E, it's been a few years since I've last eaten at Sala Thai, so all my ale deteriorated mind affords me is a vague recollection of it being pretty decent. Although I'm a Thai food fan, I now rarely go out for it because my 5yr old insists that everything be ordered Mild (I'm working on that, though). If I get to the new Sala Thai before you, I'll report back. In the meantime, you may want to check out the nearby new Thai Xpress at Crooks and Big Beaver. It is run by the owners of the old Bahn Thai in Greektown. I think they are ethnic Hmong people from Laos or somewhere, but they lived in Thailand for a while. The red curry beef with rice was not good unless you really love fresh bell peppers (none of the meats are above passable). This one visit did indicate to me, though, that they do noodle dishes reasonably okay. I had the sweet peanut sauce noodles. Next time I'm trying the curry noodles.
              PS--If someone says their Thai Xpress experienced s*cked, I wouldn't dispute their claim. I'm just saying there may be some bright spots.

              1. re: VTB

                the new Sala Thai isn't the same chef/owners as the one downtown. Its his brother. My GF swears by the Sala Thai in eastern market, but I've had the one in Warren (very meh). Lets list the Thai places i've tried and been disappointed with: Penn's (new place on 14 and crooks), Sala Thai in Warren, any Thai in Birmingham, Silver Spoon in Clawson, Bangkok something or another on maple in the Wal-Mart plaza. Siam Spicy on woodward is the superior thai restaurant I've had around here, but that's not saying much. am I missing something?


                1. re: donbui82

                  I take it you've already tried Pi's Thai Cuisine in Hazel Park?

                  1. re: donbui82

                    I can't speak to authenticity but I do like Thai Taste at the NW corner of Long Lake/Livernois. Tiny strip mall location, a few tables, hot as hell in the summer--no AC. Hubby complains they don't give you enough meat but I've found if you get pork it tends to be sufficient IMO

                    Also, it's been a while but I remember decent Thai from Sukkothai in Oak Park

                    1. re: donbui82

                      Agree the Sala Thai on 14 Mile is average as well as the one in Eastern Market is above average for the area. Sala Thai has tried several different locations and none have lived up to the original IMHO.
                      I have heard good things about the Orchid Cafe on Rochester north of Big Beaver was there several years ago and it was good but that is old intel.
                      If you are a Chicken Satay fan there is a new Thai place that opened in Romeo at 32 Mile and Van Dyke called Yum Yum Thai hands down the best tasting and value Chicken Satay I have had. $5.95 and you get 5 Large very moist Satays that will fill you up each one is like a small chicken breast.

            2. Mai's was pretty lousy when I tried it about a month ago. I had high hopes after it changed from the terrible Chinese restaurant it used to be, but no such luck.

              If you're looking for good Thai in the area, I'd suggest Thai Smile on Van Dyke, just north of 12 Mile on the east side of the street. It's not much to look at and I prefer take-out rather than eating there, but the staff is friendly and the food is fantastic. Heat levels are what I expect and the portions are generous with lots of protein (one of the problems I have with Thai Spicy further up the road) and the prices are low.