ty fun

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.


  1. Hema
    Posted January 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad you enjoyed Ty Fun; it’s one of my favorites in Cleveland. The next time you’re there, give the tom kha soups a try (i prefer the tofu version, rather than the chicken). The broth is incredibly complex and addictive!

  2. Posted January 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    I did really like that tofu dish and the eggplant. I believe that one was in front of me.

  3. Posted January 6, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    I’ve only been to Mint and Peppermint since moving to Cleveland… Nice to know there are other good Thai options! Also nice to know that I can cross pad Thai off of my “to try” list at this particular place.

  4. Posted January 12, 2010 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Pad Thai and peanut sauce are the two things that all Thai restaurants should be judged by. Since moving to Cleveland, I was shocked that with all the great food here there were so few Thai restaurants. Since we came from the Pacific Northwest, where there is a much larger Asian population, there are Thai restaurants in abundance. I was glad to see Mint and they are top notch-the peanut sauce is the best in town. We love Phenom Phen, but not strictly a Thai place and Lemongrass really excels in its curries. I am glad to hear that the food at Ty Fun was good as it is near my house, but how was the peanut sauce?

  5. Jen Post
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    I like Ty Fun, but I’ve never actually eaten there. I’ve always ordered it to go and consumed at the Flying Monkey next door. I do really like Sweet Mango Tahi restaurant in Strongsville.