Mai Village is a diamond in the rough. Literally. Located in what is not the best neighborhood in St. Paul, just blocks west of the capital, on University, this multi-million dollar building & restaurant is deceiving on the outside.
Once you step inside Mai Village though, it's like being transported back to a palace in Thailand. The gorgeous, hand carved cedar decor, footbridge with koi pond and beautiful art will leave you expecting $$$$ prices. But don't be fooled, not only does Mai Village offer delicious, authentic Vietnamese food, but it does so at low-budget prices. My personal favorite was the shrimp with mango sauce - their house special beef is wonderful too.