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.

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)

Mae Phim Thai Restaurant
While the appearance of this downtown Thai may not earn high marks with finicky diners, the food certainly does. A favorite with the business crowd, due to the kitchen's quick turnaround and the great prices, Mae Phim has entrees that will please most everyone, from seafood to pork to vegetarian. If the lunch line extends out to the sidewalk, don't despair; the staff tends to get its hungry patrons in and out faster than you can say "peanut sauce." (206-624-2979, 206-624-1711)

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Expertly prepared Vietnamese cuisine consistently draws a hungry crowd to this family-run restaurant. The menu changes seasonally and offers an extensive selection. Vegetarians relish the lemongrass tofu, while omnivores delight in the rich flavors unleashed in banana leaf-wrapped halibut and tamarind soup. Efficient service and reasonable prices add to the appeal, as does a weekend dim sum brunch. (206-325-2111)

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Bai Tong
Thai for "banana leaf," Bai-Tong offers intrepid palates one of the Seattle area's more top-notch forays into traditional Thai cuisine. This friendly little restaurant has enjoyed a loyal following since opening its doors back in the early 90s, with patrons granting high marks to such sensory delights as marinated chicken wrapped in a herb-enriched toey leaf, stir-fried vegetables served in oyster sauce, and vegetarian-friendly tofu curries whose seasonings are imported annually from Thailand. (206-431-0893, 206-575-3366)

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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)

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)

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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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)

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)

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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Maps and Directions

Thai Curry Simple 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Neighborhood: Downtown
Mae Phim Thai Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Cost: $
Monsoon 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Cost: $$
Bai Tong 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Chinoise Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Sushi, Thai
Cost: $$
Dragonfish Asian Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Sushi
Cost: $$
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
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