Fish Cake Factory (Belltown)
2510 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
The chef at Fish Cake Factory in Belltown is a local heroine of Thai food: Vimonsri Wongjaraen, the longtime chef of Bai Tong (Bai Tong's Tukwila location, so the lore goes, was the favorite of employees of Thai Airways, who'd come from nearby Sea-Tac). The space, on a lonely stretch of Fourth Avenue, is basic but handsome, with big windows, hardwood floors, and lightbulbs with good-looking filaments. The assortment of fish cakes includes the usual (and tasty) tod mun, flaky garlic trout, spicy-sweet Indian yellow curry salmon with kernels of corn, a gummy but good vegetarian version made with taro, and lots more. The rest of the food here is a cut above your neighborhood Thai spot—try the extra-rich-and-thick massaman curry or the big pile of super-fresh garlic black pepper prawns. You'll probably have leftovers, and you'll probably drink the rest of the sauce out of the bottom of the take-out container.
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