Tukwila >Food & Dining > Mali Thai Cuisine
17310 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA | Directions 9818847.449270 -122.262406
The best Thai food on the West Coast ;] – Mali Thai is the best Thai restaurant that I've ever been to. I gauge every Thai joint by their signature Pad Thai dish and Mali Thai takes the cake. Other amazing dishes include their Red Curry, Garlic Chicken, and Swimming Ramma. The food is consistently good and you always know what to expect when you go here with great prices. If you could somehow box up their food and market it to the world you would collide with millions upon millions of dollars. Trust me on this one.
Best Thai around – I have been to many Thai restaurants in the Puget sound area and Mali Thai is our hands-down favorite. Consistently xcellent food, good portion sizes, great food, quick and friendly service, great food, creative atmosphere, and did I mention really good food? Whether dining with just the wife and myself, or with a large group, they have always treated us right. Mali Thai is one of the few restaurants that serve Angel Wings, and they do it the best. Who would have thought a great Thai restaurant would be located between Red Robin and a Best Buy? I hope this place stays around for many years to come.
thumbs up – Their red curry is the best! I also like their cashew chicken. Their staff is always very pleasant but always very rushed. (Probably just because it's always busy during lunch and dinner.) It's well worth the visit. The only thing I wish they had was a bigger place!
Puget Sound's best Thai food – I cannot praise Mali Thai enough --- not only is their food the best Thai food around the Puget Sound I know, I also believe their service is excellent. The vegetables are fresh and crisp, the spices very fragrant without being overpowering, and the presentation just beautiful. Substitutions have never been a problem, and I don't think you can beat the price (+ get quality food for it). I used to go there at least once a week (trust me, the food is addictive) and never was disappointed. Even my daughter, who is usually not a big fan of Thai food, insists that I take home a dish for her whenever I go. I miss that I'm no longer able to go there on a regular basis and haven't found anything as good as Mali Thai in the South Puget sound area. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I always received very courteous and friendly service, and the staff still welcomes me and remembers my name on the few occasions that I have a chance to stop by.
Impressive – I have been to a few Thai restaurants, and I generally go by the recommendations of those who are of Thai descent. This restaurant was a great recommendation from our Thai friend. Those who tout knowing good Asian cuisine are often misled by their very own egos and cannot critique Asian restaurants because they weren't raised on Asian food. Get it? So ignore those other reviews on this page. I took 6 other friends (their first time) and they were very impressed. The service was awesome, the prices were more than reasonable (at McD's you get a full meal for about $6.50 now), and of course, the food is healthier than any fast food restaurant. The average meal is about $7.20 at this restaurant. There are enough cooks and waitresses making your wait time reasonable. When our party was finished eating, we sat and talked for a few minutes more, forgetting there were other patrons waiting for a table. The waitresses were very kind and left us to visit. Go to this restaurant today and see what you think!
Great thai – I like this place a lot: great food, service is fast and friendly but not TOO friendly, decent prices, fun atmosphere. I've never had any problems with the service, but i can see why a lot of reviewers are saying it's horrible because it seems like the girls are all related (family-run) and still foreign (i.e. broken english). The ambience is exotic and matches the food so i really like it. I come here often, but if you want same great food and quality but better service, try Simply Thai, there are 2 very nearby.
User review by poochai – The food is really good, and is served in good time, but the server was a snob. I have been here a few times, and in my opinion the thai food is the best in the area. The kitchen and dining areas are fully staffed, so you can have promt service. But like I said, the server was a snob. I gave it another try a few days later, and the server was still a snob. Not going back, unless calling in an order to go.
Great food and service – I love the food, and the service has been good every time I have eaten there. I nearly always substitute something in a dish because I don't like mushrooms or eggplant. They never, ever have a problem with it and are always happy to add whatever I want in place of those items. Someone said their lunch was expensive at $7 a plate, which I think is a great price for excellent food. A value meal at fast food restaurants cost $6!!
BAD SERVICE – My friend and I have gone to Mali Thai twice now and I can honestly say that they have the worst service ever. Especially the second time I went there, after finishing eating, we very courteously asked for out check and the rude waitress said to us, "WAIT." This incredibly rude waitress told us in such a condescending and offending way that we left in anger. The food may taste great but the waitress' rudeness made it completely not worth it.
Our Favorite Place – My family now goes there for all special occasions. We have had groups of around 12. Great service even when they are busy. They really make over the kids and will get you whatever you ask for (if they have it). I am allergic to rice and they have some delicioius noodle dishes. My favorite has crispy fried garlic over the top. Very economical and large portions. We are always taking leftovers home. My son in law is Thai and this is where we go.
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