Last night we went out to our favorite Thai food restaurant, Thai Tom. I'm sure I've mentioned it before, as we go here far more often than we probably should. If you're a Thai food fan and live in or plan on visiting Seattle then I highly recommend going here.
Now I realize I am not from Thailand and therefore no expert in the authenticity of the food, but I have been to a vast amount of Thai restaurants and this one by far takes the cake. Most Thai food we've had is a sugary, wet mess. This, on the other hand, is complex, spicy and made right in front of you. Oh, and did I mention it's inexpensive? Most plates are $7.49 (cash only!) and we usually end up having to take some home. That's a killer deal.
It's definitely not the place you go if you're only into high class, fancy-schmancy dining (we're not). I probably would never have ventured in here in the first place if it hadn't been recommended to me, but the unique atmosphere definitely adds to the experience. It's a small, dark hole in the wall and usually has a line out the door.
I always get the chicken Pad Thai. I can't even bring myself to get anything else because it's so perfectly wonderful. The chicken is charred to perfection. Lance, however, has ventured out to new territory a couple of times and highly recommends the Poor Man's Noodles. Last night we also tried the Thai Iced Tea. AMAZING!
*Warning*: Their star rating system for spiciness is very serious business. The first time we came here Lance got four stars and I got three. We both almost died. And we like spicy food! Now, I get one and he gets two and it's still spicy. But literally, anything above three and you might explode.
For those who sit at the bar you get to literally watch your food get prepared and it is quite a show. It's hot and there are often large fireballs bursting from the stove, which is a little frightening, especially if your sitting in the seat literally right next to the burner. Lance grabbed a video of the cooking in action:
Okay, now I'm hungry! Dinner time!