Located right off the Ave (University Avenue), in a basement of an obscure building, this place offers some of the best Thai food in Seattle. All dishes on the menu can be prepared with either tofu, chicken, shrimp or squid, and can be made spicy to your taste: from one star (baby formula) to five stars (sensory overload). Phud Thai, Big Noodles in Thai Sauce and Garlic Basil Rice are all exceptional and worth mentioning.
Catering mostly to masses of students and underpaid university employees during lunch time, the restaurant falls into the category of very cheap: everything on the menu is between $4 and $6. Each lunch is preceded with a cup of aromatic broth with vegetables, or salad with peanut sauce (this seems to be the crowd favorite). And if you happen to order a five-star dish and the skin coming off of your tongue says you've made a mistake, you can put out the fire with Thailand's original 'Singha' beer or a selection of cheap, but decent wines.
The setting is very simple, not really rustic. Few ethnic decorations adorn the walls, and a couple fish swim in the aquarium wondering if they'll end up on somebody's plate. However as mentioned above, this is a place to come in and get some cheap food, not to indulge in a unique or romantic atmosphere.
August 7, 2001
From journal Emerald City Cuisine