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Thai Ginger
4512 Klahanie Dr. S.E.
Issaquah, WA
(425) 369-8233
Cost: $$
Thai Ginger web site
20 Thai Tea: Lemongrass (herbal)/ Thai Iced Tea
Best Item: Stir-Fried Ginger with Tofu
Stir-Fried Ginger with Tofu:
Phad Thai:
Swimming Rama:
Health Dept. Report
23-May-06 6
Thai Ginger is a local chain with several locations on the east side. While it follows what seems to be the typical suburban pattern of providing a very upscale décor, it is not as "Americanized" as most other Asian restaurants found outside the corporate limits of Seattle.

Stir-Fried Ginger with Tofu has some flaws, but overall is a very good dish. The tofu was not fried and the "vegetables" consisted mostly of onions and peppers, but there was enough "edible" food to fill me up (I usually leave all onions served me on the plate, thus they do not count as "edible"). The sauce, though, was not sickly sweet as many are, and seemed closer than average to the authentic version.

In past years I liked the Swimming Rama, made of spinach leaves with peanut sauce, that was spicier than is found in most places. On the most recent visit, though, when it saw it being served on other plates, I do not believe this would be my first choice when going out for Thai food.

The Phad Thai seemed to be a good dish when I tried it. It has dark noodles, though, and I think better versions can be found at other restaurants.

The service has been one of the best features of the restaurant. In the few times I was able to go the staff seemed to remember how I liked the food on the previous visit, modify it according to my previous comments, and make suggestions for other items they thought I would like. I felt that any amount of tip I left would really be inadequate.

The Herbal Lemongrass Tea is one that is not served in many restaurants, and is probably better than most jasmine teas. The herbal tea is caffeine-free, which can be either a good thing or a bad thing.

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