Sometimes, the urge to have Asian food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Seattle's best Asian restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Seattle. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Chinoise Café or tell you that Mae Phim Thai Restaurant gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.

10 Phnom Penh Noodle House
Head to the International District to immerse yourself in Cambodian culture at Phnom Penh Noodle House, a bamboo-themed restaurant that features a water fountain, metal figurine artwork and paintings by Cambodian artists. Dishes incorporate fresh flavors, closely related to those from neighboring countries like Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. The Khmer diet counts as staples noodles, jasmine rice, curries, salty fish and soups, and common herbs include galangal, ginger, turmeric, paprika, lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves. ((206) 748-9825)

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9 Thai Tom
Loyal patrons come to this intimate space in the University District for a unique dining experience (the venue is tiny!) and for the delicious food, cooked before diners' eyes in an open kitchen. Enjoy fried and fresh rolls, house special salads, spicy noodles, pad Thai, curries, cashew dishes and more. ((206) 548-9548)

8 Taste of India
Featuring a vibrant, neon exterior and an intimate, welcoming interior, Taste of India offers a delightful dining experience from start to finish. The food, service and ambience make this a wonderful spot for enjoying Indian and Mediterranean dishes ranging from rich curries and creamy masalas to tasty vindaloos. Other highlights include the chicken tikka masala, spinach naan and homemade mango pistachio ice cream. Vegetarian diners enjoy dishes like the Madras chili masala with crisp-cooked squash and peppers. ((206) 528-1575)

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7 Kwanjai Thai
In a cozy turquoise house, feast on Thai dishes like spring rolls and tofu tod. For soup selections, sample the tom yum or po tak, and afterward relish entrees like the pad ginger and spicy "summer fire." ((206) 632-3656)

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6 Siam Thai
Siam offers a sleek, modern setting in which to enjoy tasty Thai dishes of curries, pad thai, drunken noodles and pad see-ew. Enjoy happy hour specials on food and drink at the bar, or enjoy a meal in the upscale dining room area. ((206) 322-6174)

5 Chillies Paste
Just off Fremont's main drag, find Thai food of all spice levels--whether chili-hot or comparatively mild. Tradition meets innovation at this casual spot where dishes include Swimming Rama, Broccoli and Oyster Sauce, Pad Kee Mow and an array of curries. Lunchtime combos make for quick and inexpensive meals. ((206) 633-1433)

4 Thai Curry Simple
This casual downtown spot prides itself on offering customers "good, honest and authentic Thai food which concentrates on the traditional cooking styles of Thailand." The company makes their own curry pastes, combining them with fresh local ingredients, spices and herbs. Try an array of affordable curry and rice dishes, followed by a Thai-style ro ti (a sweet and savory puff pastry/panfried flat bread with toppings). ((206) 327-4838)

3 Marination Ma Kai
In West Seattle, Marination Ma Kai brings the delectable flavors and happy vibes of Hawaii to a stunning beachside setting (near Alki). The venue's Hawaiian-Korean cuisine "melts delicate heat and the flavors of aloha together in [diners'] mouths," while the expansive patio offers to-die-for skyline and water views. As the owners put it, "it started with a truck, some exquisite marinades and a lotta love," and now, more than one million tacos and five years later, Marination has expanded to three separate venues and "one big aloha family." Loyal fans rave about the Kimchi Fried Rice Bowl, spicy pork tacos, award-winning Pork Katsu Sandwich, the boozy shave ice bowls, hibiscus-tinged cocktails, the special tangy "NUNYA" sauce and so much more. At Marination, life is good! ((206) 328-8226)

2 Chinoise Café
Situation: you're craving sushi, your friends are clamoring for lo mein, moo shu pork, and pad thai. Solution: Chinoise Café. This Pan-Asian restaurant chain (with four locations, all in Seattle) ignored the usual "one-cuisine" rule, and subsequently built up quite a following for itself. With nary a bad choice on the menu, you really can't go wrong, but favorites include sushi and sashimi dinners, tamarind basil seafood, and anything with Thai garlic sauce. Service is efficient and friendly, and there is a good selection of wine and sake. (206-323-0171)

1 Dragonfish Asian Café
Serving excellent Pan-Asian cuisine from breakfast until late-night, this eatery happily accommodates a host of patrons. Skillfully prepared dishes incorporate the signature flavors of China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. Needless to say, the menu offers a wide variety of imaginative selections. Sushi roll lunch boxes, lemon chicken, and Chinese sausage fried rice are among the most popular choices. Servers are knowledgeable and friendly, bartenders are proficient, and prices are reasonable. (206-467-7777)

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Taste of India 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian
Neighborhood: Ravenna
Kwanjai Thai 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Neighborhood: Fremont
Siam Thai 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Neighborhood: Eastlake
Chillies Paste 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Neighborhood: Fremont
Thai Curry Simple 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Neighborhood: Downtown
Marination Ma Kai 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Hawaiian, Local Specialty
Neighborhood: West Seattle
Chinoise Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Sushi, Thai
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking
COST: $$
Dragonfish Asian Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
COST: $$
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