Austin >Food & Dining > Thai Passion
620 Congress Ave, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.268824 -97.742527
Mon-Thu 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Fri 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-10:30pm
The atmosphere at Thai Passion is truly artful. Owner Gene Kobboon's artistic ability is depicted in every detail, and his very artwork hangs on the walls of the restaurant. His hand carvings give you a warm and inviting feeling as your expectation builds to the moment your meal arrives at the table.
The menu is full of expertly prepared choices. From warm Fisherman's Soup on those cold winter nights, to the cool and fresh spring rolls on those hot summer days, Thai Passion has something for everyone.
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, come in and treat yourself to a truly Thai experience.
If you find yourself hankering for late-night grub after a trip to Sixth Street or the Paramount Theater, Thai Passion is a Thai-rific place to get your noodle fix. Though the time frame between ordering and receiving food can often feel like an eternity, the quality ingredients, presentation and chatty staff help you to forget that your gut is gnawing on itself.
Stand out menu items include their Thai Passion Noodles (a.k.a. vermicelli bowl), Duck Curry and Seafood Hot Plate consisting of scallops, shrimp, mussels and squid and a photo of Willem Dafoe.
Thai Passion isn't a "hole in the wall" per se, but it's a popular lunch meeting spot for downtown types -- casual and bright, with $6.50 lunch specials. The Thai offerings are solid -- not crazy hot, not bland -- and the pineapple rice in particular has many fans. Speaking of downtown types, I should mention that Thai Passion is open until 3:00am: Useful if your downtown activities involve more vodka shots than, say, business proposals.
BEST THAI FOOD – I'm Thai from out of town. I heard about this restaurant a lot. I had a chance to be there last week. I can tell it's the best Thai food and restaurant. The service was great....as well the atmosphere was wonderful....SO CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ^_^
Apathy at Thai Passion – My friends and I went to Thai Passion for dinner a couple of nights ago. We were told the wait was about 10-15 minutes so we sat down to wait. There were two couples ahead of us that got seated within the first 5 minutes of our wait. Being a "large" party (of 3), we waited patiently to be seated. After about 20-25 minutes of waiting, a new party of 2 entered and were seated promptly much to their surprise and our chagrin. They even pointed to the staff that we were waiting and should be seated before them but that was blatantly ignored. After so much waiting, I believe we must've melted into the floor and become invisible to invite such disregard. I'd hate to think this had something to do with our color...
ups and downs – i've always been fortunate to get some pretty great service. however, the food is not very consistent. don't get the pad thai- its nowhere near as good as madam maam's. but the fish in basil sauce is fantastic, and so are the more adventurous dishes. be carfeful when you come here, i would say right around 9:00 is a good time.
Delicate stir-fries and bold curry dishes are gracefully presented in this downtown restaurant filled with cheery art and sunlight. – In Short
This sunny eatery occupies part of the 1859 Sampson-Henricks building, which is adorned with Thai sculptures and the owner's handmade artwork. The crowd is mainly a mix of students and professionals who work downtown. Menu items include a ginger-infused shrimp stir-fry sauteed with onion, mushroom, celery and basil, spicy pa-nang red curry and pra-ram chicken topped with a smooth peanut sauce. For lunchtime diners, a quick meal can be made from their fresh spring rolls and signature fried rice.
I eat here every day; sometimes twice! – I have a prety complex palet. I love all kinds of food, from all over the world. I love to try new food and new places, but this place is soooo great, it makes for 90% of my diet. The food is uncommonly fresh and healthy. I feel so good after I eat there, no guilt that I ate something unhealthy or too fatty ect. I recommend the Thai Passion Noodle, I have had this daily for years. The staff gives 110% as well, and there open till 3am. What more could you want. Except one closer to me. I work downtown but live up north. But that dosen't stop me from making the 30min drive for some increadible food.
What a bummer!! – We found nothing like the reviews said. I found the food to be very americanized and not thai. The ambience was decent, nothing special. The food was sweet and not spicy, I mean literally sweet (no need of dessert). It did not taste right to eat the sweet curry with rice. We also had an order of Pad Thai, which was sweet too. We will not recommend unless you want to have sweet thai food:-)
A must-go Austin experience! – All I can say is that I'm thrilled I got a chance to eat thai food here! It was delicious and the service and everything else was spectacular!
I'm sure they have waiters somewhere – I stopped by here for lunch one day on the recommendation of a friend, but I think he may have been kidding. I stood around for at least 5 minutes before anyone noticed I was there and was then seated by a slacked faced young man in no hurry. They attempted to regain my favor by adding extra grease to my spring roll and then make up for lost time by not cooking the potatoes or carrots in the curry I ordered. While I appreciated the effort - ultimately I feel it was misguided. There is much better thai in Austin folks so don't be discouraged.
Bad Service, Mediocre Food – I went here with co-workers today for lunch. Our food ticket was lost, and the mistake was not noticed for 45 minutes. By the time the problem was rectified, we had been waiting for our food for an hour, with no apologies. The food itself was ok (bland and uninteresting -- inoffensive). Of my 8 coworkers who were there, only one actually enjoyed the food. We were charged full price, and when we complained, were told that all they could do was take 15% off of the bill. Ridiculous. I will not be returning. There are much better lunch and dinner options within just a few blocks.
Always great food – The food here is always great,service is good.We have taken a lot of our friends to this place and i think almost everyone liked this.We love their sticky rice with mango.but one small thing previously they used to add some sauce to the sticky rice with mango ,one was chocolate sauce and the other was some yellow sauce,but these days they add a different sauce ( green colored or red colored)instead of chocolate sauce,which is not as great as the combo with chocolate sauce.may be they can give the options to the customers for the sauce for this desert.Otherwise food is always good
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Thai Passion on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.