Hot and Crunchy at Danvers’ Sawasdee

Posted: October 9th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Asian, Danvers, Sawasdee Danvers | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

Award-winning Thai food for lunch? Conveniently located in downtown Danvers? What’s not to like? Indeed, we found everything to our liking on our visit to Sawasdee, which recently won Northshore Magazine’s vote for best Thai food.

The interior is airy and comfortable, with brick walls and wood floors, funky light fixtures, and more tiny bamboo plants than we’ve ever seen in one place. A cozy bar occupies one corner, and the restaurant serves beer and wine.

The menu is just as well thought out, with a huge selection of appetizers, the option to create your own stir fry or curry (choice of meat and sauce/veggies), and plenty of lunch specials. We especially like the option to change the white rice in the specials for brown rice ($.75), sticky rice ($1), or rice noodles ($1).

We started with a DIY appetizer special call fun fun lettuce wraps: large leaves that hold a chicken mixture and crispy bean thread noodles, all dipped in a sweet chili sauce ($5). Fun, crunchy, and delicious.

Then we moved onto pad thai ($6.75), panang curry with beef ($7.75), and pla rad pik (crispy fish, $7.75). The pad thai noodles and large shrimp were succulent, and the sauce was a tad sweeter than we’re used to—absolutely addictive. The panang had just the right combination of coconut and curry, although the beef was a bit chewy.

The fish was quite fiery and had a terrific light breading. It’s available as a whole fish for dinner, and we recommend it for those who complain that Thai restaurants turn down the heat too much for Americans. The vegetables on both the fish and the curry dishes were crisp/tender, just the way we like them.

Done right, there’s nothing like Thai food to satisfy those cravings for comforting carbs, salty sauces, and heat—and Sawasdee definitely does it right.

Sawasdee Danvers
49A Maple St, Danvers
(978) 744-8424

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4 Comments on “Hot and Crunchy at Danvers’ Sawasdee”

  1. #1 Aaron said at 2:46 pm on October 20th, 2009:

    Here are a few other dishes I’d recommend trying at Sawasdee Danvers.

    Roti and Curry – Pancakes you dip into a Massaman curry. Salty carbs delivered up right.

    Hot Basil Crispy Chicken – An excellent spicy entree

    Basil Fried Rice – Whenever we get this with friends it’s the one dish guaranteed to be finished.

    And a non-recommendation:

    Larb Gai – This is a dish we usually order the first time we go to any Thai restaurant that has it. The ground chicken is dry and the dish is far less flavorful than other places’ versions (such as Chili Duck’s in Boston).

    I’ll be sure to try the pla rad pik next time. Thanks.

  2. #2 JR said at 2:26 pm on October 21st, 2009:

    Hi Aaron,

    Thanks for the tips. These sound wonderful! Can’t wait to go back. I don’t think I’ve ever had Larb Gai. Is it a stir fry?

  3. #3 Alan said at 3:18 pm on March 5th, 2010:

    I’ve been a dozen times now, and I’ve never had a bad experience. The sesame honey chicken is to die for. The crispy fish was amazing. The sesame and honey coated banana with ice cream is the BEST dessert in town. The service is always spot on and friendly. The price is reasonable. The portions are generous.

  4. #4 JR said at 4:11 pm on March 5th, 2010:

    Ooooh. Gotta try the sesame chicken. Thanks for the tip!

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