MAY KITCHEN + BAR
17614 Vashon Hwy SW (Btwn SW 174th St & SW Bank Rd)
Vashon, WA 98070
The dishes at May Kitchen + Bar on Vashon Island are as authentically Thai as the restaurant’s 150-year-old carved mahogany and teak walls (they once stood in a home in Thailand). The pad thai here is a far cry from the peanut butter-laden, too-greasy noodles that illogically cement to one another in your local joint’s takeout container. Prices at May Kitchen are slightly above average, but when noodles are served al dente inside of a banana leaf, which your server carefully unwraps tableside and hand mixes with chilies, Chinese chives, bean sprouts, and bitter banana flowers, it’s certainly worth the price of admission. The interior décor, like light fixtures affixed with gilded lotus petals and an old-fashioned clock, will distract you from your hungry stomach as you await your noodles, even as the pervasive jasmine rice scent taunts you.