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Thai Ku

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(51 Reviews)

6705 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 706-7807

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Today: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Regular Hours
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Payment method
all major credit cards
Neighborhoods
Northwest Seattle, Phinney Ridge
AKA

Mai Thaiku

Categories
Thai Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Bars, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Thai, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Alcohol: Cocktails, Full Bar

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Bike Parking: Yes

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Pets Allowed: No

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madmax97

04/12/2010

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TERRIBLE SERVICE - 18% ADDED GRATUITY NOT EARNED

We went in as a party of 8. The young female server was very unfriendly and responded with a blank stare when we asked for additional orders. She also walked off without answering so we didn't know if she took our order. Apparently she knew she would receive a tip so she didn't bother putting in any effort. Unpleasant experience being served by someone by bad attitude with service that didn't deserve a 10% tip.

littlegg

01/16/2009

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I love this place

I have been coming here for years and always have a great experience. Its my favorite place to bring out of town guests to kick off the ballard experience. The food and service are always great. Parking is always a bit of a problem in ballard, but that goes for every restaurant there. I always get the same thing-though i cannot pronounce it-it is the garlic chicken noodle dish. I get an undeniable craving for it every couple weeks! Great casual place to go to kick of a night in Ballard.

KFuN

11/23/2008

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Awsome Thai food

We ate here last night for the first time and I was really impressed. The food was very well balanced and fresh. I also like the ambiance. They have a cool old opium dent downstairs. Check it out! I would highly recommend Thaiku.

roxxyhula

10/16/2008

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Always a good time!

This is one of my favorite places to come, whether you are dressed down or dressed up ! Bartender Jake is AWESOME !

Try the crying tiger beef app and the crab rangoons.....

Known for their Yohito's, but I prefer just a mojito : )

smoke_it

10/06/2008

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U can't go wrong with their Tom Kai Gai

I eat here a couple times a month with some co-workers for lunch. The food can be inconsistent but I've found that the Tom ka gai (coconut curry soup w/ chicken) is always good. Service can be slow but the prices are reasonable.

shimbl

04/07/2008

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GREAT LIVE JAZZ ON THURSDAY NIGHTS!!

Best underground jazz scene in Seattle! Wow! What a surprise. I went there after a movie on a Thursday night and was treated to some of the best jazz I've ever heard! Mark Seals, Jeff Johnson and Tadd Britton were performing that night. It was absolutely the best I've heard since I moved to Seattle from New York City. We were too late to order food, but we decided to get a cocktail and we ordered a drink that had lotus root in it. It was delicious! We stayed until the music stopped at around 11:30. I went there a couple other times and there were other people playing that were also very good players. My understanding is that they have live jazz there twice a week and have done so for years. It's like an underground secret or something. that makes it even cooler! The place is the best, most unique club in all of Ballard and Seattle as far as I'm concerned. It has it all. It's friendly. It's busy. It's relaxed and it's in the heart of old Ballard. Anyone who is visiting town for the first time should go there on a Thursday night and catch the live jazz. There's NO COVER CHARGE! But there is a one drink minimum for the psychadelic drinks. I would have ordered TWO! FIVE STARS FOR THE GREAT LIVE JAZZ!! And FIVE STARS FOR THE ATMOSPHERE!!

I think people who go to the trouble of writing a bad review of such a cool place MUST work at a rival restaurant in the area. While other places all around it are empty, The Thaiku is always packed. I guess that speaks for the quality of the service and the menu, but it's the extras that make the club enticing enough to motivate me to get up and be a part of the scene. Damn, this place is COOL!

OLugs

02/19/2008

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BEST UNDERGROUND JAZZ SCENE IN THE CITY!!

Wow! This place is GREAT! I had the good fortune to go there on a Thursday night when there was a jazz band playing there. But it wasn't just any jazz band. It was Tadd Britton, Mark Seals and Jeff Johnson. These guys are three MONSTER players! It was fantastic! there is a beautiful grand piano in there and I couldn't believe it when I found out they have been having live jazz in there every Thursday night for years! This is a real underground jazz club as good as you would find anywhere in the country! I try to go there every Thursday to see who's playing. They don't really advertise it but I highly recommend checking out a Thursday night. They didn't charge a cover charge for the live music, either! I had a drink called a ""Yohito"" and it was very tasty! The food is EXCELLENT! I had the Phad Thai and it had a real tamerin paste base as opposed to the ketchup that many American/Thai places use. I have been to Thailand many times and the food here is really authentic. I give it 5 stars just for the quality of the music alone!

kenwa

12/14/2007

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Good food, atmosphere, drinks, prices

The menu, service, drinks, atmosphere, prices, and bar are all good. They also have a small parking lot.

rayaphd

08/30/2007

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our favorite Thai restaurant

And quite possibly our favorite restaurant, considering we eat out at Thaiku more than anywhere else!

Must try: Fresh rolls, pad see iew, kraplau, tom yum

lauraliz

05/18/2007

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First and last experience at Thaiku

As a new resident of Ballard, I would love to love Thaiku. Sadly, my first (and last) Thaiku experience was a big disappointment. From the ambiance to the food to the drinks, everything was bad. First, the ambiance: this place was loud! We went on a crowded night after a big event in Ballard, so it makes sense that the restaurant was full. Still, it was louder than it should have been.

Second, the food: nothing was good. We started with vegetarian salad rolls. The veggies in the rolls were fresh, but the tofu was rubbery and overdone. The peanut dipping sauce that we subbed for the hoisin sauce was separated and lacked flavor. For entrees, we ordered numbers 21 and 23 (I can't remember the names, but these are their numbers on the menu). The first dish was veggies with a soy-based sauce over crunchy chow mein noodles. The flavor was just ok; the dish overall was weird. The second dish was rice noodles with a red sauce that had a strong, smoky/sweet flavor. This was just weird too. After a while, the flavor started to grow on me, but not enough so that I'd go back and try it again - it just became less weird.

Finally, the cocktails: Thaiku's menu provides warnings about the potency of the yohimbe drinks - they say that the aphrodisiacal yohimbe can cause hallucinations. We were lured in by the hype and each ordered the Yohito. They were bitter and disgusting. One of my friends finished hers, but the other two remained untouched after a few sips. Our server noticed that we weren't drinking ours and sympathetically asked if we didn't like them - she clearly gets this response often. She offered to add more soda to make them more palatable.

The best thing that I can say about this place is that they have a big bowl of candy by the door.

I have no idea why there seem to be so many Thaiku fans. I can only guess that we ordered the wrong things. Either way, there are so many good places in Ballard that I won't spend another evening trying to like Thaiku.

seattle_snob

04/30/2007

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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

stevelingling

04/01/2007

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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.

aaron76

03/07/2007

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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.

cloew

01/17/2007

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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.

binman69

10/25/2006

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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!

alicianoele

10/10/2006

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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.

birdiedrew

10/08/2006

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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.

kadiwood

09/08/2006

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Overall
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.

bfawn

09/06/2006

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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.

pickle7

08/24/2006

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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.