Seattle >Food & Dining > Thaiku
6705 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.678059 -122.355375
Neighborhoods: Northwest Seattle, Phinney Ridge, Northwest
Try the crazy martini listed below – There's a strict one-per-customer limit on the Yohito, a mojito made with the African herb yohimbe, rumored to be an aphrodisiac, stimulant and mild hallucinogen
Bad experience with my parents – I took my parents here to try Thai food. Never again. Service was bad. Floor was dirty. Out of 6 dishes only 2 were average. Others were quite mediocre. I won't be going back with so many other Thai choices out there.
Why so good? – Ok so I normally play it safe with Thai food but every time I push my limits I am greatly satisfied. With a great atmosphere, great food, and interesting bar menu Thaiku is definitely one of the best overall experiences for dinning in Ballard. This spot can get crowded on the weekends but other wise your table is waiting.
Great Bar...Delicious Cocktails... – Highly recommend Thaiku for a cocktail and appetizer. The bar has a really nice feel, cool crowd, excellent cocktails and a good bar menu. Personally, I dont care to dine here. I find the entrees mediocre and service in the dining area just ok.
great food....service can be spotty – i got attitude from a server the last time i was in here becuase she really just wanted to leave and go home since it was late. i like the atmosphere, bar, and also the music acts that play in the bar area...everything works...especially the price...very reasonable...or cheap for the good food you get. i like this place and try to get here often. their special drinks are VERY strong!
The Kao Soy may be worth the waits... – Our party of nine descended upon Thaiku last Saturday night for my birthday dinner. As we had no reservation, we immediately headed to the restaurants Fu Kun Wu bar to enjoy some cocktails. I opted for the oolong-tini, a unique and delicate martini made with vodka and oolong tea. Frankly, I thought it was pretty darn good! Several in our group dared to drink Fu Kun Wus infamous Yohimbe cocktailsconcoctions featuring an herb known for is aphrodisiac and mildly hallucinogenic properties. Personally, I think the Yohimbe hype is just thathypeas nobody in our group proved to become overly amorous or delusional. We ended up waiting an eternity in the bar, which in and of itself is understandable due our groups large size. However, since it took a good 1 ? hours for the bar server to attend to us, we werent able to order any appetizers while waiting. Once at the table, the service didnt improve much, although the food was quite good. Spring rolls and fried won tons filled with crab and cream cheese were both tasty. My favorite appetizer was a beautiful spread of deep green leaves with various toppings including toasted coconut, peanuts, chopped onion, lime, and sauces. Chosen ingredients were rolled inside the leaves and eaten taco-style. I was particularly thrilled with my entree, my all-time favorite Thai dishKao Soy. Kao Soy is an amazingly delicious (and hard to find) Northern Thai dish featuring egg noodles in a coconut curry sauce with pickled mustard greensyour choice of chicken or tofu at Thaiku. Its fantastic, and on this night was relished not only by me but by several other members of the table. Unfortunately, the wonderful flavors were paired with eternal waits for service in a near-empty restauranta damper on what would otherwise have been a lovely dining experience.
Poor service, many great dishes. – We go here now and then for lunch. The service has really gone downhill. There are many excellent dishes but be prepared to wait to be seated even when there are many open tables, then once seated to wait for somebody to take your order. The food delivery is usually fairly quick but wait again for your check. The servers are not friendly at all. We keep going back because we really like some of the food but after our last experience we will definately be reluctant to go back. Too bad, it used to be one of my favorites.
Hidden in a Sea of Bars – I have been to this restaurant since it opened and loved the food. The real gem of this space is the bar and the downstairs. Talk about different. It is a cool little cellar space that is fun and intimate. The drinks are creative and potent.
Awesome happy hour – The drinks, atmosphere, and good deals on food make the happy hour in Fu Kun Wu (the back bar) one of the best around. Definitely try one of the yohimbe drinks - yeah, it may all be hype - but one of those definitely makes me feel good. The 'kao soy', egg noodles in a curry coconut broth with a side of chile oil is delicious, super-rich, and unique blend of tastes - highly recommended.
Best Chinese Environment – This place is wonderful. The Thai food was great. Great staff and environment. The Chinese theme is romantic and exotic. Good place to take visitors.
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