Ballard denizens are about to get another Thai food option. After a few nights of previews, Secret Savory will officially open on 2213 Northwest Market Street Saturday. The restaurant’s cuisine covers four different regions in Thailand, with letters next to each menu item indicating from which area the food originated. Among the offerings are river prawns with galangal sauce (from the central region), salted squid and egg (from the south), and fermented Isan sausage. There will also be a handful of cocktails on the menu, including a Thai tea with two different kinds of rum (cocktails are $7 during a daily happy hour from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.).
From the initial looks of things, the restaurant — in the former home of Root Table — is going for a minimalist, modern vibe, with floral touches, white walls, and those ever-popular Edison bulbs lighting the dining room. It’s also not shy about its name, which is emblazoned in huge letters on one wall.
But will it make a name for itself in Ballard? Secret Savory will have some immediate competition in the neighborhood. There are three Thai food restaurants within a couple of blocks of that location, highlighted by the acclaimed, Isan-focused Pestle Rock, known for its memorable crab fried rice.