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Ignore negative reviews, May Restaurant is GOOD. I almost didn't visit May Restaurant because someone had written a negative review of it (unfortunately, the one featured in the short blurb that comes up when doing a Google search). What my wife and I experienced was the opposite of the negative review. The dishes we had--Larb Gai, Summer Fire and Lemongrass Chicken--were quite tasty. Nick, our waiter, was friendly, personable and prompt in serving us. And the atmosphere--a reconstructed restaurant from Thailand--was conducive to a very pleasant meal.
Wow. I drove by this place so many times and always wonder what the food is like. It reminds me of this temple in Thailand. I used to live there for 5 years, traveling to many places in Thailand and always love to try their local food. It has been 3 years since I left. I missed the food, because most Thai restarant around Seattle have Americanize food with American ingredients. I was a little sceptical about this place at first but decided to try it out anyways. I walked in and was stunned by how beautiful it looks from the inside as it looks outside. The server sat me down at a table by a window. I looked around before I even looked at the manu. The place looks like this traditional Thai house I used to live aboard while I was traveling outside the main cities, absolutly beautiful. I looked at the menu and see the price, Ouch! The items on the menu are the commond Thai food serves in any other Thai restaurant, with a few item that are different. I decided to have Gai Ho Bai Toey (appertizer) and Pad Thai (entree). I would have to say it was the best Thai Food I had ever have in America. There isn't really a word to discribe it. I understand Thai very well from living there for 5 years. The waitress are very polite and nice. Even when they talked among themselves. I over stuffed myself with Pad Thai. One trick I learn, Phad Thai is only good when you eat it fresh. When the bill came, I was more than happy to pay $25 including tip, for the testy food I devour.
THE WORST !!!. I'm a Seattle native and have eaten at almost every Thai restaurant in Seattle. I also lived in Thailand for 6 years. Thai food is my favorite cuisine. Trust me when I say that May Thai is THE WORST Thai restaurant in Seattle or surrounding areas. The food is HORRIBLE, the prices are CRAZY, and the "service" is insane how bad it is. Our waitress didn't even pretend to care. Check out reviews on other sites and you'll start to see the same things I'm saying in this review. Trust me, eat ANYWHERE but here !!!
Great Lounge Atmosphere, Snacks and Drinks!.
So I've been to this place a few times now and have to say all of the reviews on this page are correct to a certain extent. The Main menu does seem to be overpriced, but the Happy hour menu (Described to us as an almost Thai Tapas Menu) is reasonable and tasty. The portions are not huge on either but there are some real gems in there. The lounge downstairs is an excellent place to relax with your friends, have a drink and listen to an eclectic mix of music. The Bartenders are friendly and make fantastic drinks which are reasonably affordable during their early and late happy hours. There was even Live Jazz which was amazingly good (I think this happens every Thursday night).
As far as the service, they seem to hire inexperienced Thai Girls with limited customer service experience upstairs. Very friendly, but not nearly as smooth as they should be for the price you pay. Downstairs the service is much better but you must be willing to accept the "lounge" atmosphere. I am, and am satisfied every time.
Pros: Drinks, Lounge, Atmosphere, Happy-Hour Menu.
Cons: Price, Inconsistant Entrees, Parking
No hospitality there.
Over priced, that's ok..... when it comes with service, but this place has opposite!
we got over charged on the bill which the server admits it was her fault, and tells us there is no way to fix it.
wrong item, cold food, over cooked food and rude service. i would never go back there.
Had good meal in the past, so very dissapointed, but it was just bad enough, we are not taking a risk to give them another chance.
Great Enviroment, Great Drink, Goodfood,. I was very impressed about the restaurant when I first came there. The building is fantastic.Very easy to recognize it buz it looks like a thai temple(outside).It has a lot of cute settings, including the folk and knife(server told me they bought from Thailand), heavy but nice.Restaurant does not have any bad smell(like old food), wood floor, open window, nice! About the Drink.Love Lychee Kazi, I think they have three different bartenders, love the two guys, they make great drink, mix the drinks really well, I can taste the sweet of lychee blend well with alcohol.The Girl bartender?She makes club drinks.(heavy alcohol taste & two separate taste). Heard that she is from NY, um, maybe that's why a lot drunk ppl at NY buz their bartender put hell lot of alcohol in the drinks! She even gave us an attitude one time.(She told us we CANNOT ORDER A DISH because we HAVE TO ORDER WHAT SHE THINKS IS GOOD!!!) Isn't that ridicules? When I first taste the drink she made and told her all I tasted is sweetness, she made me another drink and said, here is your drink WITH A LOT OF ALCOHOL IN IT. OMG, I paid $16 for two trash drinks! Yup, that's why I dislike her. BUT, anyway, about the food. I love the phad thai. Our server is very patient and polite to explain the history of phad thai in thailand, and some interesting stuff about phad thai. The noodle is soft and tasty, the vegetable is fresh and crispy, the sauce is great and the server make the spice level just right! We also order a salad and Tom Yum soup, and fresh vegetable roll. All tasty and fresh. I love everything in this restaurant. The price is higher than other restaurants. ($14 for a phad thai while others only charge you $7.00-$9.00) but you get better taste food and I love the much more in your phad thai(pay attention to the big, green vegetable on the side of phad thai, it tasts really good!) Will come back again on Friday to Sunday(cuz the horrible bartender is not working on those days. ^-^
Overpriced and overrated.
Don't be fooled by the enticing exterior or the Seattle Times review. The food is overpriced and nothing you can't find at any other Thai restaurant and the service was the slowest I have seen in a while.
We arrived on a Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. to find the restaurant half full. We were led to a dark table in the back after the hostess had awkwardly convinced the two parties before us to just find their own seats downstairs. The menu looked interesting as we perused it for the next 15-20 minutes sipping on our luke warm water before anyone came to take our order. We ordered an appetizer of deep-fried corn and tofu cakes, the $24 seafood entree, and the "summer fire" with chicken. About 30 minutes later, our server informed us that due to a printer problem, our appetizer order had been lost. She assured us that she would do us the favor of taking it off our bill. We waited for another 30 minutes before our entrees began to arrive piecemeal. The first to arrive was the $24 seafood dish consisting of one skewer with two scallops, two skewers with two dry shrimp each, a small lump of pieces of overcooked grilled asparagas, one grilled cherry tomato, and some other unidentifiable blackened grilled vegetable. About 10 minutes later, we finally received our second entree, an average red curry with the standard basil, onion, baby corn, and bamboo shoots.
In short, you can find better Thai food in almost every neighborhood for half the price and you don't need to have a snack ahead of time to prepare for the wait.
Nice Facility. The food is very good - and so is the atmosphere. I would recommend for in house dining but not for take out. The containers are ill suited and get soggy in the process. Some of the dishes are over priced.
Pretentious atmosphere and bland food. I heard about the place and went there expecting something special. I wasn't impressed. The atmosphere was pretentious and the food was okay (the soup) but I also ordered a vegetable dish and it tasted like the vegetable had been cooked in fish oil. I don't mind fish but I don't want everything to taste like fish! When I saw a little six-legged "critter" scamper across the floor that was enough! I didn't finish the meal and I won't be eating there again.
Good Happy Hour, Good Food!. It's been a while since I've been to Wallingford and was surprised to see such an ornate building. I stopped in for happy hour and had this tasty beer Pandan Ale (some Thai ingredient). I had several and had the duck dish. I've been back a couple of times and the Pad Kee Mao and Pandan Ale are my favorites. Bartenders are friendly too.
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