For our readers in the Seattle area, I wanted to say a few quick words on what is becoming my absolute favorite Thai restaurant, Phuket.
Located on Queen Anne Avenue half a block south of Mercer, it's a small, unassuming little place that never seems to be too busy, though I do see a number of people ordering takeout.
The usual greeter is very friendly, though I have to say that I am a little bit disappointed that the servers never come back to check on the food after they've brought it to the table. However, I have to say that this is one case where I don't think they actually have to...
I've tried several dishes, and each one is more delicious than the last. Their Phad Thai is awesome, always fresh and hot, with a hearty amount of egg and meat. It leans towards the sweeter, tamarind side but it's never overdone.
The Panang curry is fantastic, the black pepper chicken never disappoints, and if you sit in the north side of the restaurant, you can watch the chef on the other side of the bar cooking while you wait. It's been the same chef every time I've eaten there, and I'm glad because this guy knows what he's doing.
The only criticisms I have are that the portions of rice are on the smallish side, and that the servers never seemed quite aware of when I was ready for the bill to be brought to my table. Out of the five or six times I've been there so far, only once did they seem to get the hint.
In terms of Thai restaurants, those are pretty small complaints. When I'm in the mood for Thai, Phuket is the kind of place that I go out of my way to eat at. I've been all over the city looking for the best, but this one is tops. If any readers in the Seattle area try it out, I'd love to hear from you, or, if you have a place that you'd like to recommend, I'm always open for suggestions.
Now, pass me a napkin.