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“Middle of the Road Thai Food”
Review of Anise Thai

Anise Thai
Ranked #28 of 47 Restaurants in Mercer Island
Cuisines: Thai
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Mercer Island, Washington
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Middle of the Road Thai Food”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

We were looking for something 'close to home', so we picked a local Thai restaurant in an area full of outstanding Thai restaurants. We were excited after the appetizer arrived, Crying Tiger. It was perfect. Rare beef, loads of red onion, basil, mint and very nicely spiced. However, the other dishes were not so fine. The Phad Thai, which should be a Thai restaurant staple, was vinegary and tasted of sweet ketchup. The Panang Beef was in a very thin, weak flavored sauce with beef that was a little tough. All in all, it was disappointing.

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Newcastle WA
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good Thai”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

The only town center Thai restaurant. Food is good, service pretty good, ambiance pretty much average. Their curries are average for decent Thai restaurants.

Visited August 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Inedible ground pork curry”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

We appreciated that this restaurant was open at 9:30pm on a Saturday night when many other places had already closed on Mercer Island. However, we won`t be back. My pad thai was ok but far far from the best I have ever had; with little pieces of chicken that had clearly been cooked who knows when. At a spice level of 3 out of 5, the spiciness was just right. My husband also ordered 3-level ground pork curry, which was completely inedible: both way too hot and just bad. We didn`t really understand the curry concept anyway, it comes as a soupy curry in a little bowl with completely unseasoned steamed vegetables and raw ones on the side and you have to order rice separately. We both agreed that there was no reason to go back there in the future.

  • Visited April 2012
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Seattle, WA
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great food, great atmosphere and the owner is delightful.”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

The owner A is delightful. The food is excellent and reasonable priced.

Visited January 2012
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Thank seattlebarb
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Seattle, Washington
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153 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Delicious and included many non-traditional choices”
Reviewed December 13, 2011

Great to have a new Thai place here...and many of the offerings are unique to their family -- though it does offer a full range of regular items. Every dish we tried was fresh and delicious.

Visited November 2011
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