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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My New Thai Crush

posted by on June 26 at 11:56 AM


Like most Seattlites, I’ve eaten approximately 17 tons of Thai food, and by now I’m kind of sick of it. But this weekend—thanks to the downtown Pride parade—I tried a longstanding Thai joint for the first time, and was bowled over with delight.

The place: Golden Singha, located in that triangle of commerce where Fifth meets Denny.

The draw: The aggressively fresh vegetables, the mercifully light and non-ketchupy pad thai, and the excessively reasonable prices.

If you’ve grown disillusioned with your former favorite Thai place (hello, Siam), you must must must try Golden Singha.

(Argue with my opinions and deposit your own in the Stranger’s reader review-powered Restaurant Listings.)

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Oh Huzzah! I used to live next door and began begrudgingly eating there becasue of proximity. Turns out lucky me--it is SO GOOD. Love it.

Posted by CHL | June 26, 2007 11:59 AM

Golden Singha is one of my favorite places. I ate there on Sunday as well. I'm glad to hear them get the props they deserve. The food is EXCELLENT!

Posted by DKS | June 26, 2007 12:05 PM

Been there and done that. There needs to be a ban on any more Thai and Teriaky(sp) places in Seattle.

Posted by Just Me | June 26, 2007 12:15 PM

"excessively reasonable"? Were you doing Mad-Libs when you wrote the post?

Posted by steve | June 26, 2007 12:19 PM

Yes! My girl T-Light took me there last week and it ruled my ass. Almost as good at Thai Cafe in Ballard.

Posted by Paulus | June 26, 2007 12:36 PM

yes, yes and totally! Golden Singha for the win! love that place.

Posted by preston | June 26, 2007 12:59 PM

@4 hahahaha--well put.

can't wait to try the place--thanks for the recommendation.

Posted by bl | June 26, 2007 1:02 PM

mmmmm...crab fried rice... I think I have a craving now! They are AWESOME!!!!

Posted by Katie | June 26, 2007 2:12 PM

Okay, so I have to get political all the Thai food restaurants in Seattle, but where are the actual Thai people themselves? Is there a Thai neighborhood somewhere around here? A "Greater Seattle Thai Association" or something? I mean, there seems to be a community organization for many nationalities, why not the Thais? I know zilch about their culture (except that they know how to make noodles in 100 different delicious ways) and maybe I don't have to, but they seem oddly unpoliticized.

Posted by where? | June 26, 2007 2:19 PM

Two words - Thai Tom.

Posted by two | June 26, 2007 3:25 PM

Crap. Now my secret place is out. Damn you hungry homosexual parade goers *shakes fist*!!!

Posted by LT L | June 26, 2007 4:44 PM

Did you try anything other than the Pad Thai? All too often I hear people say "Oh you gotta check out such-and-such Thai place, they have the best Pad Thai..." Pad Thai is good and all, but it would be my last choice for a dish that represents Thai food, american-style at least. Pad Thai is weird. I haven't been to the Golden S. yet, but I'll be sure to check it out.

Posted by mike k | June 27, 2007 12:00 AM

I love it when my fresh vegetables get aggressive.

Posted by B.D. | June 27, 2007 6:22 AM

As a regular at Golden Singha, I'll put in plugs for the sen yai ("wide rice") noodle-based dishes. Specifically: golden noodles, cashew noodles, and sen yai noodles.

Other noteworthy in downtown:
- pad talay and pad kee mao at Buddha Thai on 2nd, where pork means pork tenderloin (!) and pad talay means two-thirds of an ocean.

- spicy ranch noodles at Noodle Ranch: ask for extra spicy, less noodles, and extra vegetables, and wish they'd charge $1-2 for half as many noodles and $0.50 worth of broccoli and carrots.

Pad thai test: ask whether they use tamarind, then in what form. A blank stare says to keep moving down the menu or down the street.

Overcharging awards go to Racha and to a lesser extent, Shallots. I respect Racha for finding folks thrilled to cough up $12 for noodles available - with more flavor, in the same atmosphere - around the corner for $7.

Posted by Troy | June 27, 2007 9:09 AM

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