Tacoma is an unlikely location for high-end Thai/Vietnamese/French cuisine, but that’s what Indochine is. It’s on Pacific Avenue, across from the museums, on a strip full of hip bars and restaurants.
The place is beautiful. It’s another example of the love and creativity that can be put into a business if it is individually owned and not going for the most economical, easy to replicate design scheme. The colors and lighting are subdued. There are private rooms enclosed by red gauzy curtains or shoji screens, a big restaurant floor, and a wonderful, loud, noisy bar full of beautiful people. Who knew they existed in Tacoma?
We went there for a wedding (separate article), so I wasn’t paying as much attention as usual to the food. What stands out in my mind is the Panang Curry, which I ended up taking home. I couldn’t help myself. It was perfect.
There is a huge wine list and an esoteric drinks list. The menu is page after page of things you want every single one of. Check out their website at www.indochinedowntown.com for details. The owners have given me permission to reprint their excellent article on curries on my site. Thank you, Russel and Ly.