My lovely and talented girlfriend and I stopped by Panida Thai last night, craving Thai food but lacking the energy to leave West Seattle. My only previous experience with Thai in West Seattle has been Pailin, which I thought was okay, but the quality of the food doesn't quite outbalance the distance I have to drive to get there.
Panida Thai was great, and compared favorably with anything I've had in Seattle. We got beef panang and chicken pad kee mao. The panang was nicely basil-y, and the thin slices of beef had a nice texture. I don't think I've seen a curry presented this nicely before. Not that it was a super-artsy deal or anything, it just looked nice--the beef was in the center of the plate, swimming in curry sauce, and a dose of extra coconut milk had been poured in with the beef, so little white tendrils of coconut milk were wisping out through the sauce. I don't know, I just thought it was interesting. Probably doesn't come across that well in prose.
The pad kee mao was good--the sauce wasn't quite as flavorful as some I've had, but it was perfectly acceptable, and the chicken was tender and yummy and had a nice smoky taste. The noodles were silky, just like I was hoping.
We also had some good spring rolls--really crispy, not too greasy. Next time I'll probably get the gai hor bai toey and sample their soups.
Really nice people, too. I'm thrilled to find a Thai place that I genuinely like, that's also a reasonable distance from where I live. Thanks to sydney for the recommendation in the previous "Thai West Seattle" thread.