Pestle Rock in Ballard

This past Thursday, a few of us from Mistral Kitchen had lunch at Pestle Rock, a Thai restaurant in Ballard. At first glance, you don’t really notice the restaurant from outside. But as you walk in, you’re greeted with high ceilings, the warm wood tones of the tables and chairs, and a massive brick wall where popular dishes are highlighted on a chalkboard. It becomes slightly confusing when you notice Christmas decorations in the middle of summer though.

We were the first table there so it was no surprise that we had the waiters full attention. The guys ordered a coconut juice and I went with a Thai iced tea. I didn’t get a chance to try the coconut juice but it was loaded with, what I can imagine, chunks of sweet coconut. The Thai iced tea came in a cool mason jar. Typically, I’ve noticed Thai restaurants would make their iced teas especially sweet (or maybe that’s how they are) but I requested it to be less sweet and it really hit the spot.

We dove right into the food when the drinks arrived. We shared a Dungeness Crab Fried Rice (Khao Phad Phu), Papaya Salad (Som Tom), Wild Boar Collar (Muu Yaang), Frog Legs (Ka-kop Kratiem Prick Tai), & a Peanut Coconut Curry (Ka Nom Jeen Nam Prik).

Needless to say, we devoured the entire meal. There was silence across the table and we laughed because we all knew what that meant. The food was just too damn good to be talking. Until next time kicking it with the guys at Mistral Kitchen, I’m sure going to miss them.


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