The word is out on B Thai | Arts & Appetite
Last updated 4/20/2018 at Noon
We have been hearing the quiet buzz about B Thai, just outside of the Edmonds city limits, for several months. When some good friends, who always find the best food in a 50-mile radius, recommended this relatively new Thai restaurant so close by, we knew we had to check it out.
My husband went first as part of a large party that met there for dinner, and I followed up to try some of their favorites.
Service and quality were both top notch for a group of 10 (a feat that is often difficult for restaurants) and a party of two. Everything was wonderful from beginning to end.
B Thai is located in a small strip mall within a large parking lot for QFC and several other stores. Because the outside building seems small, you do not expect to walk into what feels like a lot of space that is well-designed to feel open, modern and welcoming.
The dark wood walls and furnishings are accented by the green of plants and lighting.
B Thai’s peanut sauce is said to be famous, and it definitely should be. It’s not as heavy as some but still very rich. It is served with several of the appetizers, but the Fresh Rolls ($6.95) are the perfect pairing.
The dish represents its name perfectly, with rice paper wrapped around the freshest of fresh vegetables and prawns a salad in a roll.
The Satay ($5.95 for two and $8.95 for four) is equally satisfying, taking the often-uninspired meat on a stick up a notch by marinating it (curry, coconut milk) and serving the grilled chicken with more of the renowned peanut sauce and a cucumber vinaigrette.
Everyone agreed that the best dish of the evening was also the most surprising. The Trout Salad ($16.95) is unique and fantastic boneless, fried trout with shredded veggies and a mildly spicy and tasty peanut and chile lime dressing.
For dinner, the Pad Thai ($9.95 to $13.95 depending on your choice of chicken, pork, beef, tofu, prawns or seafood) is a delicious, and slightly lighter version of the favorite. Perhaps the tamarind sauce gave it a sweeter, brighter taste?
The Crispy Garlic Chicken ($9.50) almost has a sweet-and-sour feel, with the crispy chicken stir-fried with garlic, red bell peppers, basil, and cabbage.
The sauce of the Pa-Nang Curry ($10.95 to $12.95 depending your choice of chicken, beef, pork, tofu or prawns) was just right and rounded out a perfect Thai meal.
The restaurant serves beer and wine, but more importantly, Thai iced coffee, which is worth the calories! I look forward to returning to try several of their fried rice dishes (Chili Fried Rice sounds amazing), and the Tom Yum soup, but no matter what, the Fresh Rolls and Trout Salad will become a part of our regular order.
Their lunch combinations are a great option in the middle of the day, offering a choice of five classic dishes served with Pad Thai and rice for $9.95.
B Thai is located at 7528 196th Street, SW, in Lynnwood, on the corner of 196th Street SW and 76th Avenue W. It is open every day for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.