It may sound like what led to Thaksin Shinawatra's ouster by the Royal Army in 2006, but the original Thaiku -- and its apothecary-themed bar Fu Kun Wu -- spent that year being named one of America's best bars by the likes of Esquire, and the rest of the last six years slinging traditional Thai eats until it was forced to close last April. But luckily for both Seattle natives and any Thai citizens displaced by the aforementioned coup, it's back in a cozy Greenwood location, and just as Fu Kun good.
Unlike many of Seattle's Thai restaurants that are overrun with curries and coconut milk, Mai Thaiku is a neighborhood favorite for its interesting take on Thai appetizers, salads, and satays. Go for the pickled freshwater crab and papaya salad, or the goong che nam pla (a Gulf prawn ceviche), which aren't complete without a side of sticky rice. There are Thai takes on classic cocktails inside this homey, wood-laden space, too, like a rum/lime/mint mojito spiked with yohimbe and ginseng, punnily known as a Yohito.