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Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen

Map & Directions 533 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Asian, Asian Fusion
  • Sun, Sat 10am-2am, Mon-Fri 11am-2am
  • Takeout
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Not Necessary, Accepted
  • Garage, Lot Available, Meters, Valet


City Pages' Description

Stepping into the Buddha-graced entryway of Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen, it's clear that Pham has a better design sense than the space's previous occupants, most recently two sushi restaurants and an Olive Garden. The sprawling, multi-room restaurant and bar are decorated with several striking Asian murals and decorative antiques from Pham's collection, including a few 1930s-era pieces from the Nankin, Minneapolis's storied Chinese restaurant. That energy can sometimes feel a little sports bar-like if you're seated near an overhead television set, but the space is vast enough to host cozy twosomes in its lounge as well as large groups in its banquet areas. The menu at Wondrous draws on recipes from Pham's grandmother and old-school Chinese classics like the Nankin's original egg foo young. There's also an extensive sushi list, several favorites from Pham's most noteworthy restaurant, Azia, such as the walleye with jalapeƱos and the cranberry cream cheese wontons. Wondrous is a good spot for large groups to share Peking duck, whole fish, giant racks of ribs, and a fishbowl cocktail called the Wondrous Punch in the Face. But its best feature may be its dim sum brunch, which is all too hard to find in these parts. The shrimp shumai, fried bean curd skin, tarot buns and the chiu chow dumplings are all delicious.

Member Reviews

  • on 08/02/12

    i had a disastrous experience on my first visit to this restaurant. i will never go there again. I had a Groupon worth $80 that we walked in with, on July 31. it had expired on July 30, one day earlier. So we told our waitress right away that we had a Groupon and was that ok? she said it was fineand she would collect it at the end. I had a situation once with another restaurant... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Tom H. on 08/19/10

    Cranberry puffs still taste good!

  • Sean S. on 08/16/10

    Stop in and spend $3,000 on a drink and some dumplings.

  • Kevin R. on 03/19/11

    Also try the seabass. Best in town.No one could possibly dislike it. It tastes like the buttery tears of angels.

  • traytray on 08/19/10

    The cranberry puffs are AMAZING!

  • Chris P. on 01/15/11

    Food is still awesome, but hope Azia comes back someday...

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