I went to May Thai in Wallingford with five others last night and must report mixed results. We split two appetizers and six main dishes, along with one round of drinks.
Of the two starters, one, the crispy watercress, was excellent. The other, sauteed calamari, was OK but not stellar.
One main dish was exceptional, the duck. A noodle dish was OK, a fried rice dish bland, halibut in black bean sauce OK but not more, and the mixed seafood was dismal: bland, undercooked (about a third of the clams and muscles were still frozen shut) and, well, it was a small plate of bare seafood sitting in a dull, thin pool of sauce. The final main dish belonged to someone who was wheat-intolerant and therefore specialized on the one item the staff could find that had no soy added into it.
One general comment: the Seattle Times (Leson) review notwithstanding, the food wasnt the least bit spicy. There is no option for requesting a heat level, so one just has to trust in the kitchen. This night the kitchen apparently misplaced the chilies. On a positive note, the spice tray did have a bowl of sliced Thai chilies in fish sauce, a nice way to enliven the food that is seldom seen in local Thai restaurants (but is everywhere in Bangkok).
The entire bill came to just under $160 for six, not too bad for a pleasant dinner ambience in Seattle, but not anything to get excited about either.
The wait staff was very friendly and helpful, so no problems there.
The overall message: This is an ambitious restaurant with some high notes, but it is not a serious eating destination at this time.
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