Thai Tom is a little Thai restaurant located in the University District of Seattle. It’s quick, it’s dirty, and it’s what many would argue is the best Thai food in Seattle. The restaurant has a counter facing the kitchen and then a few tables that seat two. And only two. As in if you have more than two people in your party you’ll be sitting at the counter. Did I mention the cooks also happen to plate food directly at the counter, waving scalding hot pans inches from your face? Reach for your water at the wrong moment and you’ll get burned. God forbid you bring a child in here, because I’m sure one or more has been horribly disfigured while playing a rousing game of Let’s Reach For The Thing Being Waved In Front Of My Face. Overall I’d say Thai Tom isn’t even close to the best Thai food I’ve ever had, but that’s still not to say it’s not the best Thai food in Seattle.
My go-to dish to gauge Thai food. I got it medium spicy, since I wasn’t sure if they were using the American spice scale or the Thai one. Better safe than dead. The Pad Thai itself was a little dry, and for some reason it was served with white rice. Why is their Pad Thai served with white rice? I’ve never had Pad Thai served with white rice. Is this a prank Thai Tom is playing on the white people of Seattle?
Pad See Ew
4543 University Way NE
(between 45th St & 47th St)
Seattle, WA 98105