The buzz: The latest addition to the Waga’s empire on Anfu Lu which is home to Amokka, La Strada pizzeria, Baker & Spice, and Mr. Willis.
The décor: Mercifully free of the usual Zen knickknacks that clutter most Thai restaurants, Mi Thai is far more subtle: stripped-wood floors, spot-lit tables, open kitchen where the purple-shirted chefs work, and oversized steamer lids decorating the ceiling.
The food: Mi Thai’s menu features the usual colored curries (green chicken, red duck, and fish yellow), spring rolls, satay sticks, and beef salads, along with less common dishes like pork ribs and salted fish. We tried the beef salad and spring rolls as appetizers. The rolls contained real beef strips and weren’t too greasy, and the beef salad was well seasoned with coriander, galangal and lemon juice. For mains we went for the green chicken curry and the pork ribs with satay sauce, and some steamed brown organic rice. The curry was a big portion of succulent meat and aromatic sauce, and the pork ribs were tender and ever-so-slightly pink – usually a no-no with pork, but this meat was great quality and carried it off. The brown rice was a nice change from the sticky jasmine or coconut which usually accompanies Thai food.
Prices for appetizers range around the 40 RMB mark, while mains are between 48 and 118 RMB.
The drinks: There’s a bar from which cocktails, wines, and beer are served.When my glass of rosé arrived, I thought someone had already taken a gulp, so small was the serving. I finished it in two sips. For 45 RMB, a more generous pour would be expected.
Why you’ll be back: If you like Thai and want to try the latest addition to Shanghai’s collection, or if you like the atmosphere of the Anfu Lu enclave. The crowd is on the older side, and it’s more of a couples’ place than a take-all-your-mates.
Find it: 2/F 195 Anfu Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu (195安福路2楼近乌鲁木齐路), 5403 9209