Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Thai Tom (Seattle) - Probably the Best Thai Food in Seattle

Last week, my wife and I went to Seattle to meet with our family there. Then, we decided to go for lunch together. My wife was in the mood for Thai food and she suggested that we visited Chaiyo Thai restaurant. We have been to this restaurant before and their food were pretty good.

However, our cousin told us of a better Thai restaurant in town. That restaurant was always crowded, and usually there was a waiting time up to 15-20 min before we could even get in. The place was called Thai Tom, and we decided to give this restaurant a try.

Thai Tom Restaurant Menu

Surprisingly, the restaurant had a similar atmosphere as the Kintaro Ramen Restaurant in Downtown Vancouver. The place was fairly small and crowded. I would say that this was the most distinctive Thai Restaurant I have ever visited. The environment reminded me of restaurant in Asia. You could see the chefs cooking when sitting at the bar. One chef was preparing all the ingredients while the other one utilized the multiple burner to cook the food as shown in the following image.

Chefs were busy preparing customer's order

The best seat in this restaurant would be at the bar overlooking the fire from the stove. We ordered three items for the two of us. I order Pad Thai and my wife order Swimming Rama.

For side dish, we ordered Deep Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce. The tofu was great, the skin was hard because it was deep fried, but the inside was still very soft. The peanut sauce was freshly prepared by the chef and it had a very unique delicious taste. The deep fried tofu was indeed top notch.

Deep Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce

I purposely ordered Pad Thai, because I had tried it at multiple Thai restaurants and none had met my expectation to date. Hence, I wanted to know if this restaurant offered different Pad Thai that would suit my taste. True to our cousin's promotion, that was the best Pad Thai I have ever tasted, and I would definitely try it again next time I visit.

Tofu Pad Thai

My wife's order was Swimming Rama - rice with sautéed chicken and spinach poured with peanut sauce and peanut :) The chef used the same peanut sauce as the one on deep fried tofu. My wife loved her order.

Swimming Rama

For all menu, we were given the option to choose the level of spiciness, 1 to 5, 1 is the lowest, and 5 is the highest. In term of customer service, the waiter was not friendly at all. When we finally got a seat in the restaurant, the waiter asked us what we wanted to order, and if we couldn't tell her right then, she would give our place to other people. We were shocked, but we could stand it as long as the food was awesome (and it was!). We will visit this place again next time we go to Seattle.

1 comment:

Geoff Peters said...

Great photo of the swimming rama, looks really delicious!