Thai Steakhouse opens up on Birch Bay Drive
by Jack Kintner
Thai Steak House, Birch Bay’s newest restaurant,
opened up the Tuesday before Easter and according to Ood
Siripakdee, one of the partners, it’s going great
so far. George Probert, owner of the Fort Bellingham Market
west of Bellingham on Marine Drive, is married to Ood’s
cousin. His nephew helped him take over the old Tide Flats
and completely refurbish and renew the inside to a pleasant
shade of blue to set off one of the better views of Birch
Bay available from a restaurant.
The two cooks are well versed in Thai cooking, especially June who, like Ood, hails from Bangkok. Ood himself has been in the restaurant business for over 15 years both in the U.S. and Thailand.
Pad Thai, the rice-noodle-peanut and tamarind sauce combination found in every thai restaurant, goes for $10.95 but for another two dollars you can add jumbo shrimp. Their Tom Yam, a hot and sour tomato, bell pepper and mushroom soup flavored with lemon grass and lime leaf is only $4. Their most expensive entrée is a New York steak or salmon, both for $14.95. The most expensive item on the menu at $15.95 is shrimp in a pineapple curry coconut milk sauce.
Lunches are served from 11 to 3 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 3 p.m. on weekends. There’s just two prices, $6.95 or $8.95, depending upon the meat you’re having with a variety of rice and vegetable combinations such as stir-fried pineapple or stir-fried fresh garlic chili-paste with bamboo shoots and a variety of other common veggies served on a bed of wide noodles.
The Thai Steak House is at 8124 Birch Bay Drive. Dinner hours are 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. Phone is 371-5910.