Typhoon 3.5 Stars
Address: 8936 161st Ave NE,
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 425-558-7666
Website: http://typhoonseattle.citysearch.com/1.html
Directions: See a Map, Driving Directions
Cuisine: Thai
Price Range: $10-$20 entrees
Best Bets: Pad See Ewe, Balinese Pork, Coconut Ice Cream
Worst Bets: Curry Roma


Another year, another check on Typhoon, the Thai restaurant in the Bella Botega shopping center. The hype has died down a bit for this place. It's still busy, but we only had to wait 10-20 minutes for a table on a weekend evening. Our overall rating and impression remains the same from last year - good and well-presented Thai food, but you pay for it.

The big surprise was in what our favorites were. The Curry Roma, our favorite of yesteryear, wasn't nearly as good this time around. Instead, the Balinese Pork was excellent, and the Pad See Ewe (a fried noodle dish) was also delicious. The pineapple curry was good, but not as good as we remembered. Also, if you're going with a group, try the Miang Kum appetizer - it's something very different, and a great way to explore different flavors of thai cooking your own way. One other noteworthy dish is their Fried Bananas, which sounded much better than it was. Stick with the coconut ice cream instead.

Lastly, the service was excellent this time around. Our waitress was friendly, helpful, and very personable. She made us feel right at home, and wasn't afraid to give us personal recommendations on the dishes. Hats off to her! Bottom Line: A nice "upscale" thai restaurant when out on the town.


Typhoon is located next to the Bella Botega movie theater, so it seems like a great idea for a dinner-and-a-movie night out. Good idea, but be warned that you have to plan ahead, as we found a long wait and missed our movie. The atmosphere is very nice and warm. Service was good.

One of the most noteworthy things at Typhoon is their fantastic tea assortment. They have a separate tea menu, with over 200 tea choices.

The food was very good. The menu has quite a variety, from Crab Pad Thai to Pineapple Curry to Fried Banana for dessert. We love Thai food, however, and we were expecting the standard Thai fare. These dishes were very interesting and very pretty, but they did not meet our cravings. Also, along with the fancy dishes were smaller servings and higher prices than our staple Thai restaurant. Typhoon would be a great place to bring friends or family who are not too "into" Thai food.

Bottom Line: Nice environment. "Fancy" and unique Thai food that's good but not necessarily authentic.

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