Restaurant of the Week: Noi Thai Cuisine

Noi Thai Cuisine is centrally located in the robust Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. This laidback “beach town” most commonly known for its bike paths and outdoor sports fields is now home to the area’s newest Thai restaurant. Bringing a fresh perspective to the diverse Seattle food scene, Noi Thai Cuisine cooks up traditional and new age Thai cuisine with a strong focus on authenticity and high-quality food.

Steps from the water, Noi Thai Cuisine has a large dining area with lots of seating along with a beautiful bar area upon entrance to the restaurant. The subway tile flooring and gold accents pop with the natural lighting throughout the space, creating a sense of elegance while dining. An ideal location to celebrate special moments, birthdays or to gather with friends, family and colleagues, the restaurant offers an incredible meal accompanied by an excellent ambiance.

Starting off with the signature appetizer sampler, this pairing comprises four of the Seattle eatery’s most popular appetizers. The sampler highlights the crispy taro rolls, Thai shrimp cakes, Cock-a-Doodle-Do and the crab wontons served with a side of Noi-style plum dipping sauce (this menu item is photo worthy!). Sip away on a basil-ginger martini, a refreshing cocktail shaken with fresh basil, ginger vodka, triple sec and a house-made sour mix. For non-alcoholic beverages, check out the large selection of hot teas and Thai iced teas. Brewed overnight to bring out the aromatics from the tea leaves, enjoy this traditional beverage in its original state or by adding a flavor such as lychee-coconut or mango.

Soups are custom to traditional Thai restaurants, and Noi Thai Cuisine offers a classic Tom Yum soup served with chicken, straw mushroom caps, lemongrass, galangal roots, spring onions, red onion, kaffir lime leaves and cilantro. This famous spicy and sour soup is great for those rainy Seattle days! The green papaya salad (or Som Tum) is a great supplement to your meal, tossed with shredded papaya, tomatoes, carrots, green beans, lime juice, dried shrimp and crushed peanuts (available spice levels on all dishes is one to five). One of the best parts of Thai cuisine is the ability to share, and family-style dining is highly encouraged. Try the coconut Panang curry, served inside an actual coconut shell. This pan-fried curry is tossed with coconut milk, bell peppers, basil and your choice of chicken, pork or tofu. Filled with a subtle richness of flavors and paired with jasmine rice, this dish is also served with a traditional wine on the side.

Noi Thai Cuisine also provides those with a vegetarian diet some wonderful menu options like the pineapple fried rice. Served inside half a carved out pineapple, this dish is infused with yellow curried jasmine rice, then stir fried with pineapple, egg, cashew nuts, raisins and onions. Khi Mao noodles are also a delicious vegetarian option, with stir-fried wide rice noodles mixed with tofu, fresh bail, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, bamboo shoots and tomatoes.

Always save room for dessert: the mango sticky rice (available seasonally) is a traditional Thai dessert made up of warm coconut milk sticky rice and fresh mango. Or enjoy the banana a la mode. This dish is filled with deep-fried banana coated in coconut flakes then topped with vanilla ice cream.

Noi Thai Cuisine is open daily for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Seattle restaurant also now offers weekend Thai-style brunch filled with traditional mimosas and their greatest hits dishes from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

For more information, visit www.noithaicuisine.com.

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