1612 N 45th St

May is that ornate, peaked-roof building on 45th in Wallingford that you’ve probably wondered about—it’s built from a century-old teak house imported from Thailand, and it is calm and elegant and good. The pad thai lacks the coral glare of ketchup; instead, the noodles are tinted light tan from cola-hued tamarind paste and wok browning. It’s less sweet than the American standard, more intense, and more delicious, with an acid underpinning of pickled vegetable, and it’s all served beautifully wrapped up in a banana leaf. And meat at May is more than a mere add-on afterthought—for instance, the gang ped ped yang, a light red curry sauce full of chilies and sweet spices with silky slices of duck breast. UPDATE: As of summer 2011, May Chaleoy (who plans to open a restaurant on Vashon) is no longer involved with May, which may or may not bode poorly (the remaining owners came from Peso's and the Triangle).


1612 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: Daily 11:30 am-10 pm
Restaurant Details
  • Features Late-Night Dining, Outdoor Seating
  • Cuisine Thai
Bar Details
  • Features Full Menu, Happy Hour
  • Scene Cocktail Lounge
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1612 N. 45th St. (206) 675-0037 I just discovered the ideal hang for my Thursday nights, May Thai. Why? Because downstairs, in the bar, plays one of the best live jazz combos I have heard in Seattle…really, and there is excellent food with a late night bar menu (11pm-1am) at ridiculous prices. There’s a regular crowd, a truly kind, unpretentious barman and excellent service. Oh, and did I mention the food? Baby, this is the real deal. There’s also a restaurant upstairs that is for regular dining, and it is just magnificent. The décor is authentic, brought in directly from Thailand; my jaw just dropped. Downstairs is the bar I mentioned, which has handpainted walls festooned with traditional designs. The scene is so hip and understated, that one takes a few minutes to realize how beautiful the place really is. Whether you’re going for a squid appetizer (succulent and perfectly cooked) or a traditional noodle dish, this place serves it up better than any in Seattle (in my humble opinion). Go, get your booty there some Thursday after 10:30 pm and you’ll thank me later.
Posted by Pixette on July 19, 2007 at 2:05 AM · Report this

There's Food? I Was Looking At The Room

No, the food is really good, but the building is amazing -- I watched them lower the roof, imported from Thailand, by a crane. Inside, it's one of the prettiest restaurants in Seattle. It's a little expensive compared to your average Thai junk place, but it's worth it -- much, much better than average. Their lunch specials are a little too $, though -- especially since their tea is extremely expensive (though good).
Posted by Fnarf on May 16, 2007 at 3:21 PM · Report this
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