Malee’s Thai Bistro on Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale has truly stood the test of time. 30 years is a true accomplishment in the restaurant world and after trying the menu myself, it’s no wonder this gem has remained successful and bustling since 1987!
Perfectly located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, you couldn’t ask for a better location for a dining adventure. And you know right away when you are close because the dynamic, spicy flavor profile is present in the night air as you walk up to the doors of Malee’s on Main.
Never one to shy aware from heat and spice, I couldn’t wait to make my way through this menu; rich with history, garlic, chili, and levels of curry. Who could possibly ask for more?
The Thai Tucky was a fun way to embark on this Thai experience with Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, Pama Pomegranate Liqeur, Kaffir Lime, Ginger, Cardamom, and fresh citrus. The seasonal cocktail menus always maintain that fresh and bright flavor profile to counteract the heat and depth of the dishes; making this the perfect compliment to the appetizers my guest and I indulged in! We couldn’t resist the Siamese Kisses and a deeply satisfying cup of Tom Ka Gai soup! The Siamese Kisses are individually handmade shumai dumplings filled with ground chicken, shrimp and Thai spices, topped with crispy garlic and scallions, and served with a trio of dipping sauces. Do yourself a favor and make sure to dip each bite in to a combination of all of the sauces together! They marry together for a beautiful flavor combination both spicy and kind of sweet! The Tom Ka Gai soup is absolutely out of this world. Instead of a curry base, this soup starts with coconut milk and chili paste; which elevates the freshness and provides a perfect portion of hearty soup that could frankly be enjoyed as a wonderfully satisfying main dish! And the best part is that you get to choose the level of hotness for your dishes. We chose a 3 for these starters and were definitely feeling the kick of some welcomed heat by the time we were through!
For the entree course, I had to go with the newly-famed Crispy Mango Fish. This dish is crispy fish topped with ripe mango, onion, ginger, lemongrass, toasted coconut flakes, lime wedges, and drizzled with a sweet tamarind sauce. When mango is in season, I am one happy camper! I went with a level 4 Thai hot for this dish and it was perfection. Shockingly light for a fried dish, the coconut was bright and present and I easily ate the entire filet! We also went with the Slow Roasted Duck Curry with tender slices of marinated duck, simmered with fresh tomato and pineapple, in a sweet creamy red curry sauce. This dish, we went with a 3 and still managed to break a sweat! For a side, we couldn’t resist the owner’s favorite – Deirdre’s favorite jalapeno fried rice tossed with Thai basil, egg, bell peppers, Chinese sausage and broccoli. She states in the menu that no meal is complete without it – and she sure is right!
As you can see, our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomachs but how could we possibly choose from this incredibly robust menu with favorite flavors from all aspects of Tha cuisine? Add in the ability to customize any dish with the heat level and proteins, and it’s definitely not a mystery why loyal patrons have been dining at Malee’s Thai Bistro for the past 30 years. I can’t wait to join the Malee following and become another loyal regular patron myself!
Cheers and Bon Appétit, Food Lovers!