Kwanjai Thai Cusine

★★★★☆

About Kwanjai Thai Cusine

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11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily.

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If you like Thai food then this is the place. The meat and vegetables are always fresh. I've been to a lot of Thai restaurants and this is one of the best. Many times I will get it to go and for this I suggest calling in your order.

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★★★★★

If you like Thai food then this is the place. The meat and vegetables are always fresh. I've been to a lot of Thai restaurants and this is one of the best. Many times I will get it to go and for this I suggest calling in your order.

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Seattle has no shortage of good Thai places, but Kwanjai is definitely among the better of the good. Prices are about average or a little below, the food's good and it's a great place if you don't want to have to wait a long time (I ordered take-out and it was ready before I had time to drive from Ballard to Fremont to pick it up).

I measure Thai success by green chicken curry??it's like the club sandwich of Thai food??and Kwanjai's is fantastic. Get it with two- or three-star spiciness and enjoy!

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★★★★☆

Seattle has no shortage of good Thai places, but Kwanjai is definitely among the better of the good. Prices are about average or a little below, the food's good and it's a great place if you don't want to have to wait a long time (I ordered take-out and it was ready before I had time to drive from Ballard to Fremont to pick it up).

I measure Thai success by green chicken curry??it's like the club sandwich of Thai food??and Kwanjai's is fantastic. Get it with two- or three-star spiciness and enjoy!

Pros: Fast, clean, delicious

Cons: Dining area is small, can get cramped when busy

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The food at Kwanjai Thai is fantastic. It is the best tasting Thai with the freshest vegetables and sauces that are made daily and so get spicier as the night goes on. It's fast, reasonably priced and the portions are huge. I get two to three meals out of one order of phad thai. The service is wondeful - they are the sweetest people. They always remember me and the often give me little treats from their own kitchens. I admit I sometimes have trouble with their accents but these people are so good at what they do I don't really care what they are saying to me!!!

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★★★★★

The food at Kwanjai Thai is fantastic. It is the best tasting Thai with the freshest vegetables and sauces that are made daily and so get spicier as the night goes on. It's fast, reasonably priced and the portions are huge. I get two to three meals out of one order of phad thai. The service is wondeful - they are the sweetest people. They always remember me and the often give me little treats from their own kitchens. I admit I sometimes have trouble with their accents but these people are so good at what they do I don't really care what they are saying to me!!!

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This place used to be one of my favorite Thai places, but not anymore. Just as a reference point, I love pon proem thai on mercer island, tom's thai on the ave. and I am sure there are more, but those are two of the best. i used to consider kwanjai in the 4-5 star quality, but now it is so NOT good at all. I just went there last night for some food and can NOT believe how bad it was. The food was not fresh tasting at all, it was artificial tasting and generally crappy, more like fast-food thai--the kind of plate you get for $5 at a mall, or in some random thai joint in a city where no one knows thai food. So yeah, I wouldn't recommend this anymore. And I haven't been to this place in two years, what happened? Both meals served were terrible. :-( Kwanjai, what happened?

0
★☆☆☆☆

This place used to be one of my favorite Thai places, but not anymore. Just as a reference point, I love pon proem thai on mercer island, tom's thai on the ave. and I am sure there are more, but those are two of the best. i used to consider kwanjai in the 4-5 star quality, but now it is so NOT good at all. I just went there last night for some food and can NOT believe how bad it was. The food was not fresh tasting at all, it was artificial tasting and generally crappy, more like fast-food thai--the kind of plate you get for $5 at a mall, or in some random thai joint in a city where no one knows thai food. So yeah, I wouldn't recommend this anymore. And I haven't been to this place in two years, what happened? Both meals served were terrible. :-( Kwanjai, what happened?

Pros: nice waitress, cute dining area

Cons: terrible food, cold host made the ambience quite severe and un-cute

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I created a profile on CitySearch just because I was so mad after eating here. I asked for a side of broccoli with my curry (broccoli isn't listed on the menu). The waitress, who was already reflecting her impatience with me for ordering it, says "three dollars." No problem, right. So the steamed broccoli comes and I said "Oh, I thought this was stir-fried?" She says "seven fifty." I said "you want seven fifty for the same three dollar portion of broccoli if I want it stir-fried?" She raised her voice, saying "you pay if you wan' stir-fry." I thought to myself, "for a tablespoon of oil and 60 seconds in the wok, you want an extra four fifty?" She wouldn't leave the table even after I said "please just leave." After wafting her away with my hands and saying "leave" she left for the open kitchen where I heard her complaining loudly to her co-workers about me. The curry was okay, nothing special, but who can enjoy a meal when your waitress is ranting at you. Everyone at the table with me was embarrassed. I'll not be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I created a profile on CitySearch just because I was so mad after eating here. I asked for a side of broccoli with my curry (broccoli isn't listed on the menu). The waitress, who was already reflecting her impatience with me for ordering it, says "three dollars." No problem, right. So the steamed broccoli comes and I said "Oh, I thought this was stir-fried?" She says "seven fifty." I said "you want seven fifty for the same three dollar portion of broccoli if I want it stir-fried?" She raised her voice, saying "you pay if you wan' stir-fry." I thought to myself, "for a tablespoon of oil and 60 seconds in the wok, you want an extra four fifty?" She wouldn't leave the table even after I said "please just leave." After wafting her away with my hands and saying "leave" she left for the open kitchen where I heard her complaining loudly to her co-workers about me. The curry was okay, nothing special, but who can enjoy a meal when your waitress is ranting at you. Everyone at the table with me was embarrassed. I'll not be back.

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There are seemingly endless Thai food options in Fremont and Kwanjai is by far the best. Nothing beats eating outside on their little patio in the summer.

2
★★★★★

There are seemingly endless Thai food options in Fremont and Kwanjai is by far the best. Nothing beats eating outside on their little patio in the summer.

Pros: Food, prices, speed of service

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Do not eat at Kwanjai. I got so sick from eating their food that I haven't been able to leave the bathroom for 2 days. Believe me; eating at Kwanjai is not worth it!

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★☆☆☆☆

Do not eat at Kwanjai. I got so sick from eating their food that I haven't been able to leave the bathroom for 2 days. Believe me; eating at Kwanjai is not worth it!

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I've eaten here for a couple years until they changed their phad thai recipe, it would seem. It tastes like ketchup. It's been one of the only places aside from Thai Toms that has decent phad thai. But Thai Toms takes too long since they are so busy. I would recommend the Phad telay. It's amazing! And so is the Lad Nar. The people there are extreamly nice and the service is quick. But when I crave phad thai this was where I would go for the good stuff. What a bummer. The traditional recipe is excellent. Now I will have to go back to getting my dish from Little Thai, in the University District. That place is awesome!

1
★★★☆☆

I've eaten here for a couple years until they changed their phad thai recipe, it would seem. It tastes like ketchup. It's been one of the only places aside from Thai Toms that has decent phad thai. But Thai Toms takes too long since they are so busy. I would recommend the Phad telay. It's amazing! And so is the Lad Nar. The people there are extreamly nice and the service is quick. But when I crave phad thai this was where I would go for the good stuff. What a bummer. The traditional recipe is excellent. Now I will have to go back to getting my dish from Little Thai, in the University District. That place is awesome!

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I brought out-of-town friends to Kwanjai -- and they insisted on going back for dinner the very next day. The food is excellent -- hearty and properly spiced. Its cooked at light speed -- and its cheap! I really like the bare bones, cabin-like feeling as well. My favorite dish here is the "special noodles" -- its stacked with shrimp and meat, the noodles are addictingly cushy and wide, and the sauce is strong and flavorful. And they do a true Thai spice! Ive ordered 3 out of 5 spicy stars and was burning in the mouth -- and thats a good thing! Also love the shoo shee salmon (sp?) and the penang curry.

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★★★★★

I brought out-of-town friends to Kwanjai -- and they insisted on going back for dinner the very next day. The food is excellent -- hearty and properly spiced. Its cooked at light speed -- and its cheap! I really like the bare bones, cabin-like feeling as well. My favorite dish here is the "special noodles" -- its stacked with shrimp and meat, the noodles are addictingly cushy and wide, and the sauce is strong and flavorful. And they do a true Thai spice! Ive ordered 3 out of 5 spicy stars and was burning in the mouth -- and thats a good thing! Also love the shoo shee salmon (sp?) and the penang curry.

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...until I ate at Kwanjai Thai. By far the best Thai food I've ever had. I went with a large group and got to try a little bit of everything and was amazed by everything I tried. Two of my party had recently returned from Thailand and were making comments like "Oh, this is just like the dish we had at...".

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★★★★★

...until I ate at Kwanjai Thai. By far the best Thai food I've ever had. I went with a large group and got to try a little bit of everything and was amazed by everything I tried. Two of my party had recently returned from Thailand and were making comments like "Oh, this is just like the dish we had at...".

Pros: excellent food, excellent value, great location

Cons: parking

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You'll be sitting in close quarters with strangers, dining under dim fluorescent lights and talking over the noise in the open kitchen, but Kwanjai is the best Thai food for the price I've found in Seattle. It's several notches above pub grub, but doesn't pretend to be royal cuisine. Be sure to try the eggplant curry, cashew chicken curry and phad thai with pork.

2
★★★★★

You'll be sitting in close quarters with strangers, dining under dim fluorescent lights and talking over the noise in the open kitchen, but Kwanjai is the best Thai food for the price I've found in Seattle. It's several notches above pub grub, but doesn't pretend to be royal cuisine. Be sure to try the eggplant curry, cashew chicken curry and phad thai with pork.

Pros: tasty, cheap, fast

Cons: cramped, noisy, impersonal

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I love Thai food but this is not one of my fav places. The flavors of their food are leaning more toward chinese food. I would rather go to other better Thai restaurants.

1
★★★☆☆

I love Thai food but this is not one of my fav places. The flavors of their food are leaning more toward chinese food. I would rather go to other better Thai restaurants.

Pros: Good spot

Cons: Not Authentic

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there are alot of thai restaurants in fremont, but this is my favorite, hands down. recommended dishes: pad kee maow and "summer fire."

2
★★★★☆

there are alot of thai restaurants in fremont, but this is my favorite, hands down. recommended dishes: pad kee maow and "summer fire."

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I discovered Kwanjai years ago when living in Ballard, any chance I get I like to go back for the Cashew Tofu! It is great, there are so many great dishes! I always said that if Kwanjai could bottle up that smell driving by the restaurant I would be a big customer! You will really enjoy this!

2
★★★★★

I discovered Kwanjai years ago when living in Ballard, any chance I get I like to go back for the Cashew Tofu! It is great, there are so many great dishes! I always said that if Kwanjai could bottle up that smell driving by the restaurant I would be a big customer! You will really enjoy this!

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I have tried most of the Thai restaurants within 5 miles of the UW as I have been at the UW for the past 8 years. Of all that I've tried, Kwanjai is my favorite. While their atmosphere is casual and very plain, their food and service more than make up for it! Their portions are large, service is suprisingly quick, and the value is great (most dishes under $7). There are other good ones in the area but go there and try the Pud See Ew, the panang curry or one of their other fabulous dishes.
Take out is great too due to their quick service, when they say "ready in 10 minutes," they mean it. Enjoy!

2
★★★★★

I have tried most of the Thai restaurants within 5 miles of the UW as I have been at the UW for the past 8 years. Of all that I've tried, Kwanjai is my favorite. While their atmosphere is casual and very plain, their food and service more than make up for it! Their portions are large, service is suprisingly quick, and the value is great (most dishes under $7). There are other good ones in the area but go there and try the Pud See Ew, the panang curry or one of their other fabulous dishes.
Take out is great too due to their quick service, when they say "ready in 10 minutes," they mean it. Enjoy!

Pros: Food quality, Service, Take Out

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This is the best casual Thai resturant in Seattle. Yeah, I know what your thinking- there are lot's of Thai places - trust me, this is the best.

2
★★★★★

This is the best casual Thai resturant in Seattle. Yeah, I know what your thinking- there are lot's of Thai places - trust me, this is the best.

Pros: excellent food, huge portions, serene atmosphere

Cons: better in warm weathe

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I have eaten at Kwanjai more times than I can count, and every single time I have had a meal that was good at worst -- often it was great. This is where I take friends and family visiting from out of town, because I know I can count on their consistency and quality -- their selection is nice, too (wide, but not too wide). Phad thai, that old standby, is also excellent here. Kwanjai stands out as one of the truly good Thai restaurants in Thaimont, err, Fremont.

2
★★★★★

I have eaten at Kwanjai more times than I can count, and every single time I have had a meal that was good at worst -- often it was great. This is where I take friends and family visiting from out of town, because I know I can count on their consistency and quality -- their selection is nice, too (wide, but not too wide). Phad thai, that old standby, is also excellent here. Kwanjai stands out as one of the truly good Thai restaurants in Thaimont, err, Fremont.

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Great Thai food served quickly. My husband and I seem to wind up here at least once a week for green curry, pad thai, and the tom yum soup. The service is almost unbelivably fast -- if you're waiting for a table, the staff will bring you a menu so you can order while you wait. I've never had a bad meal here. And the place is dirt cheap -- two can pig out for well under $20.

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★★★★★

Great Thai food served quickly. My husband and I seem to wind up here at least once a week for green curry, pad thai, and the tom yum soup. The service is almost unbelivably fast -- if you're waiting for a table, the staff will bring you a menu so you can order while you wait. I've never had a bad meal here. And the place is dirt cheap -- two can pig out for well under $20.

Pros: Fresh, tasty, Cheap, Fast fast service

Cons: Small space

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Restaurant not fancy but, without a doubt the best green curry in town!!

2
★★★★★

Restaurant not fancy but, without a doubt the best green curry in town!!

Pros: great green curry, fast take-out orders, great green curry

Cons: very small, street parking only

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it's a modest place with great food and very friendly owner.

1
★★★☆☆

it's a modest place with great food and very friendly owner.

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Try the Chef Special Noodles. You won't be sorry. Addictive, as is the rest of the food.

2
★★★★★

Try the Chef Special Noodles. You won't be sorry. Addictive, as is the rest of the food.

Pros: Inexpensive, delicious, good atmosphere

Cons: , no delivery

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I don't think this is a really good Thai restaurant. The restaurant is very dirty and service is really poor. I recommend to walk a few blocks to Jai Thai restaurant. Believe me! they have much better food and service

0
★☆☆☆☆

I don't think this is a really good Thai restaurant. The restaurant is very dirty and service is really poor. I recommend to walk a few blocks to Jai Thai restaurant. Believe me! they have much better food and service

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Service, Quality of Food

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Yes, its true, Kwanji has some of the best Thai food in the city. Period. End of story. From the Pad Thai to the Salmon dish and the Pad See Ew, your in for a treat. Huge portions, fresh ingredients, great blend of spices. And the value is impecable...

2
★★★★★

Yes, its true, Kwanji has some of the best Thai food in the city. Period. End of story. From the Pad Thai to the Salmon dish and the Pad See Ew, your in for a treat. Huge portions, fresh ingredients, great blend of spices. And the value is impecable...

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It doesn't look like much, either from the outside or in, but the food is first rate. One of the best Thai restaurants I've ever eaten at in fact.

2
★★★★★

It doesn't look like much, either from the outside or in, but the food is first rate. One of the best Thai restaurants I've ever eaten at in fact.

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Kwanjai Thai has excellent food. However the service is bad.
Recently a friend and I had dinner there and wanted to order dessert. We couldn't do that. We were given some chosen dessert by our server who dropped it on our table. We weren't asked, nor could we get a word in. There are too many other places to go to. They can keep their food.

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★☆☆☆☆

Kwanjai Thai has excellent food. However the service is bad.
Recently a friend and I had dinner there and wanted to order dessert. We couldn't do that. We were given some chosen dessert by our server who dropped it on our table. We weren't asked, nor could we get a word in. There are too many other places to go to. They can keep their food.

Pros: Food, Parking

Cons: Service

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Kwanjai is a homey little restaurant in Fremont with some great Thai food. Try the Chef's Special Noodles, 3 stars. Yum.

2
★★★★☆

Kwanjai is a homey little restaurant in Fremont with some great Thai food. Try the Chef's Special Noodles, 3 stars. Yum.

Pros: Tasty

Cons: Busy

 

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