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Mar 9, 2013 06:20 PM

Phuket in Wakefield is now Open

We just returned from Phuket and I'm happy to report that Wakefield has a great new addition to its dining options and by far the best Thai restaurant in town.
The old space of Zaleks has been beautifully transformed to an elegant dining room of stacked stone, dark wood accents and white tablecloths.
We started with the crispy corn cake and Fresh Garden Roll appetizers. The corn cakes were served over greens with diced fresh veggies and sweet chili sauce. Very yummy. Loved the rice paper wraps which were filled with vermicelli noodles, cucumber, carrot and grilled chicken.
Hubby had the spicy cashew chicken as his entree and I chose to have the hot and sour shrimp soup followed by Som-tum Papaya salad. The soup was pleasantly spicy and had a great sour punch. The soup comes with Enoki mushrooms, shrimp and tomato. My papaya salad was delicious, topped with grilled chicken. I can't stress this enough, this restaurant knows how to grill chicken. I wanted to amp up the spice level so when I asked for chiles, a small dish of freshly ground birds eye chiles and garlic arrived at the table.
Hubby's chicken and cashews had a nice array of fresh veggies in a mildly spicy sauce.
We didn't order a curry but I was pleased to see the extended varieties beyond just red, green and Panang. Massamam, Indonesian and jungle curries as well.
Service was very attentive and friendly. Truly looking forward to exploring the menu more.

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  1. Chicken with Cashews, Som-Tum Papaya Salad

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    1. re: UnclePH

      Uncle PH and Ferrari, and others like me who haven't found good Thai around here.. I was just wondering if any of you have tried Sei Bar and how it compared for you to Phuket? I haven't been to Phuket yet, but I was pleasantly surprised when I tried Sei Bar and found it much better than the other Thai around here..

      1. re: chompie

        Yes, we have been to Sei Bar once, just after they first opened. However, we went in for sushi and not Thai. We had also been to their Everett location. As a sushi spot, I was underwhelmed. Nothing bad but just not remarkable. We had the same experience at the other location and thus, we've never returned. I suppose in all fairness we should try them again, and sample the Thai food, but I must confess, it's going to very hard to get me to drive past Phuket for Sei Bar.

        1. re: UnclePH

          thanks, I agree.. I would never be able to drive past Sushi Island to eat sushi at Sei Bar but I am curious what u think of their Thai food... I reviewed what we ate there, and it was really good, but it was a really simple meal and not a real sampling..

    2. I visited for lunch today and what I delightful place! I can happily report that they serve lunch 7 days a week in the form of Lunch Boxes. I had to try the Phuket's Wings appetizer and it was 6 pieces of delicious sweet and slightly hot chicken wings fried to a crispy perfection. Best crispy wings I have had in a long time.
      Lunch boxes are served with a Tofu soup and how boring does that sound? Much to my delight it was really good, seaweed and roasted garlic in addition to the tofu.
      The Lunch Boxes also come with two crispy spring rolls with a sweet dipping sauce. A very fresh salad is also included as is rice. Seafood Combo contained mussels, shrimp, scallops, squid, mushroom and string beans and a few more fresh veggies. Everything was cooked perfectly including the big pieces of squid. The sauce was really complex and interesting. This was listed as two peppers but was really just one pepper, no big deal, I can just ask for it hotter the next time. Only miss was that the rice was cold but I wasn't planning on eating too much of it anyway and the string beans could have been cleaned better, still had the the little tip attached. The scallops were the real thing since I got the little abductor muscle stuck in my teeth from one of them.
      Beautiful interior with good quality furniture.

      Phuket (A twist on Thai)
      21 Princess Street
      Wakefield MA


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      1. re: Ferrari328

        I didn't read the menu carefully enough but to clarify, there isn't only Lunch Boxes available at lunch but also dishes from the regular menu are available in lunch sizes.

      2. Sounds very promising...a worthy successor to Zalek's old spot. Is there a menu online somewhere?

        1. Hubs and I just had lunch there as well. Another knock outta the park. Best green papaya salad I've ever had. A good kick to it too. Shared fresh rolls. 4 large veggie filled rolls served w tastey peanut sauce. Hubs had Basil chicken. He forced himself to stop eating the whole thing b/c he wanted to eat it again tonight. Delicious food. Lovely hosts.FINALLY a Thai place we can return to again and again.
          Go there NOW!

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          1. re: shaebones

            hey shae, we'll have to try it although hubby thinks it will just be too sad to be in there and have it not be Zaleks....

            1. re: chompie

              Have no fear. You are going to LOVE it! :)

          2. Unfortunate name, though. As in "I was gonna try it, but then I said....."

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            1. re: justbeingpolite

              I wondered how one would pronounce it...... thx, I think. ;)


              1. re: mcel215

                We used to eat at their West Rox location a lot - I think that it's pronounced "FOO-ket."

                1. re: sallyt

                  Haha! It's actually pronounced POO-ket, but we've been childishly mispronouncing the name with much glee. Small things make me happy.