My first post of 2010! Hope everyone had a great time ringing in the New Year and is recovering nicely. Since my two- week winter break is sadly coming to an end, this is going to be a short post for me so I can enjoy what’s left of the wonderfully snowy weekend with my two favorite people.
Several weeks ago, I finally made my first visit to Ty Fun with some friends. I love Thai food – we regularly eat at Mint/Peppermint, Lemongrass and Phnom Penh. So I was excited to check out this tiny Tremont spot for myself and see how it compared.
Right off the bat, I liked the atmosphere and decor better than the aforementioned restaurants. It’s small, yes, but cozy and inviting. I also liked that they offered 20% off Mondays (as well as other simple but fun weekly specials). Our server took 20% off our final bill, so basically we got one entree free.
We decided to order a bunch of items and share: spring rolls and wontons to start, pad Thai, of course (mild and spicy), char-grilled salmon topped with pineapple, onion, ginger and scallions in a sweet and sour sauce, tofu ma mung (tofu w/ cashews, red pepper, onion, peas in a chili paste sauce) and an eggplant dish that I can’t recall the name.
For the most part, everything met expectations. As a whole, we pretty much happily made our way through each dish. For me, I really enjoyed the salmon, tofu and nameless eggplant. Each I’d happily order again. What I didn’t care for was the pad Thai – either version. I tend to judge all Thai restaurants based on pad Thai. It’s one of my favorite dishes of all time. I felt this version fell flat, especially considering how much I enjoyed everything else I sampled. The portion size was nice, and it certainly resembled almost all other versions I’ve tried before, but the taste was way off. In fact, it almost had an odd ketchup-like taste to it.
Bottom line, I’ll likely go back and try other items off the lengthy menu. Just not for pad Thai.