Seattle >Food & Dining > Tup Tim Thai
118 W Mercer St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811947.624634 -122.359218
11:30a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5-10p.m. Monday-Saturday
Neighborhoods: Lower Queen Anne, Magnolia - Queen Anne, Magnolia / Queen Anne
This lower Queen Anne favorite has quick friendly service and Pad Kee Mao and Larb Gai that are served not too sweet not too hot but just right.
A neighborhood fave that draws diners on the strength of its well-priced, competently prepared fare and friendly service. My standing order includes the pad se-ew (stir-fried rice noodles and broccoli), along with the mussaman curry. If you like it hot, ask for one star higher than you'd normally choose.
Loyal Customer Loves Tup Tim Thai – My wife and I love Thai food and there are many good Thai restaurants we have visited over the years. Our favorite by far is Tup Tim Thai. We keep going back because it is sooooo good!
Great, Fresh Queen Anne Thai – I've been going to Tup Tim Thai for several years and have compared it to similar Thai restaurants on Queen Anne. Tup Tim always tastes fresh- you don't get that heavy feeling after a meal there. The spice scale is right on point and definitely make sure to have Garlic Chicken and the red curry. Perfect for take out too!
Dissapointment strikes again. – We had Pad Thai. I can't speak for the rest of their offerings, but if you can't make an American-Thai basic like Pad Thai, get out of the business.
Why was it bad? Because it tasted like the sauce was made from ketchup and sugar. Lots of sugar. Read the reviews before mine. If you have to order your food with less sugar, they can't make it properly!!!! I am paying you to know how to cook so I don't have to! My prawns tasted like the freezer. (Like when you find an old Popsicle in the back of the freezer and decide to try it and it tastes like purple dry-ice.) My wife had the veggie Pad Thai and said that they tasted very dry and old.
I was also a bit annoyed by the waitress and owner. When we ordered we declined any drinks. She asked again, "You want beer?" I told her, "no thank you". She went over to the owner and they spoke, he looked over at us. A few minuites later he came over to me to ask if we were ok. "Yes", I told him. "You want beer?" says he. "No, thank you." I replied.
It's very hot today, maybe you want beer?" "No thanks, no beer today." I again replied. "You want O'douls?" (Aaagh, Odouls...really?!) "No thanks".
I love beer, but I'll be damned if I will be bullied into buying one so you can get your sales numbers up.
After slapping the food down, we never saw our server again and when we paid and left, no one said a word to us.
Go to Wild Ginger for your Pad Thai. Much nicer place and service and I think they are even cheaper.
Fabulous Thai! – I love this Thai place. They are always consistent and reasonably priced. The hosts and servers are always very friends and make you feel very welcome.
Great Staff, Great Thai – I've been to a bunch of Thai places in Seattle and I would suggest this one because the food is yummy and the staff is amazing. Everytime I go there I'm greeted right away and all my needs are met after I'm seated. It is a smaller place, making it feel more cozy than others but this has never been a huge factor for me.
The Phad Thai is the best I've had so far, its actually spicy! It also come with a well textured soup, sticky rice, and a small salad mix. I would recommend this dish if you enjoy a lot of spice to your food. (but you can get it at any heat level so don't be alarmed) In all I would suggest hiting this place up for a quick lunch if your in the Queen Anne area.
TELL them when you order not to sugar your food -- great red curry salmon – Whether the owners admit it or not, they have a sugar problem. I have observed that it varies from night to night, which makes me think it depends on who is in the kitchen. Since the food is at times quite good, I have not stopped eating there, but I always specify "Don't add sugar to my food beyond the minimum amount needed for authentic Thai flavor." When I spot the manager, I state my request to him personally in the (apparently vain) hope of influencing the behavior of the kitchen personnel in the long run. In the short run, MY food is almost never too sweet. Their eggplant with roasted chili paste is delicious when not ruined by excess sugar. Their "royal curry," (yellow curry chicken) is only slightly too sweet, and is of the potato style without pineapple. A real gem is their red curry salmon, truly delicious in its own right, and one of the few salmon preparations available in any Thai restaurant I've ever been in.
Worse every time! – I first ate at this restaurant in 2001 and it was the best Thai food in town -- it's questionable these days. Each time I go there, the more disappointed I feel. I just started eating there again after a couple years away and it certainly is not the same quality of food anymore. The Phad Kee Mao is sickeningly sweet -- not the natural sweetness of the sauce, but more like they poured a pound of sugar into it. Fried rice is now bland and tasteless -- kind of like random leftovers thrown into a wok. I miss the authentic, tasty Thai standards Tup had started wtih. Over the years it has become very Americanized -- so try it if you like Chinese food from Safeway. This is the Thai version.
Tasty soups ... food tends towards too sweet! – My boyfriend and I checked this place out. Parking was pretty easy, service was prompt, the soups were delicious, but we were disappointed in everything else.
First of all, the mee krob was horrible. There was almost nothing to it besides noodles. Very skimpy on meat, bean sprouts, onions, etc, and there was almost no citrus to balance out the sweetness that got cloying after one or two bites. Next, either the kitchen or the server mixed up the requested spice levels for our dishes. I like my food a great deal spicier than he does, so he was very disappointed when his Massaman came out 4 stars instead of the two stars he ordered, especially since my dish was disgustingly sweet. It was supposed to have a "hint" of peanut sauce, instead it was drowned in it -- you couldn't even taste the pork there was so much sauce. I ate two bites and left the rest. It was seriously bad! This restaurant is evidently not capable of balancing flavors in anything except their soups, it was the best tom kha gai I've had in Seattle, although since I've only been here three months, that might not be saying too much.
If not for the soups, they would have gotten two stars.
It is tasty. Read this review. – This is my fist review on this site. I will start by saying that I have a tooth for thai food. I love it. I eat Thai whenever I can. I was born and raised in Seattle and I think that Tup Tim Thai has the best Phad Se Ew ever and the Tom Ka Gai ain't bad either. In fact, it is delicious. I have eaten at Tup Tim too many times to count and I can't think of a time when I didn't enjoy myself absolutely. I should also mention that Tup Tim Thai is a friendly place. They are personal there. The servers are great. What more can I say. Obviously I love it. I would insist that everyone try it at least once. There it is. I hope this is helpful for anyone using this site.
Rare find – This is one of a very few Thai restaurant in greater Seattele area who serves Meekrob and Angel Wing Chicken. Both are great appetizer dishes that I always order when I go to Thai restaurant in other cities like L.A., San Francisco and New York, but are hard to find arounf here. Serveice is usually attentive and friendly. Pad Thai is very wet and noodles are slightly over cookednot, not so recommended. Does anyone understand the concept of al- dente in Thai restaurants?
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