Austin >Food & Dining > Chon Som
2013 Wells Branch Pkwy Ste 109, Austin, TX | Directions 7872830.435386 -97.682161
Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm
Open for Christmas 2009: noon - 9 p.m.
Neighborhoods: Wells Branch
Below Average Food – The food was disappointing, and the service was really slow. Shrimp seemed like very poor quality. The fried rice we had was not good. much effort was made to make it look good. There is much better Thai food out there for the same price range.
What more could you ask for in a Thai Restaurant? – To be honest, you couldn't ask for much more. From friendly service and staff, including the owners, to the menu and food, Thai and a full sushi bar. I was skeptical with my only run in with Thai was Pad Thai. Before long, I had managed to sample every rice, curry, and noodle dish on the menu and still there isn't one dish that i dislike. Another big perk is that you can order all the entrees in whatever level of "hotness" you can handle. Good stuff. If you normally go for pretty spicy food, I'd suggest starting off on hot which is only the second of 5 levels of "heat". But don'f forget the sushi! Fresh ingriedents and a large selection of rolls as well as sashimi are available. Two rolls i recommend right away are the Madonna roll (ask the sushi chef) and the Dynamite Shrimp (this stuff if like crack...you might as well order two). Good wine and beer selection as well...
Add this to your list of places to check out! – The sushi is very fresh and at a good price. The pad thai is also a favorite. I got hooked on this place when I was working with Relay For Life. Chon Som had a team and the visits started there.
A great place, great food and people who get involved in the community and really give back.
What is not to love?
Avoid the Sushi – My husband and I went there for a late lunch after reading all the great reviews here. When we got there is was empty which was not a good sign. We should have left immediately but decided to stay since we were hungry after the 30 minute drive it took us to get there. We ordered rolls and nigiri. After a dreadfully long wait, mind you there was no one there, our sushi arrived. The rice was undercooked and the fish was beyond dead. It didn't have the oily sheen on top like fresh sushi should instead the color looked flat and dry. The rolls arrived after waiting an eternity and what we typically expect from the staple rolls we'd get looked awfully peculiar. For instance, the spicy scallop roll was surely spicy but there wasn't a morsel of scallop visible. My husband and I tried everything but I left my all time favorite: ikura. Since my 2-yr stay in Tokyo I've acquired a keen taste for the perfect ikura. When the waiter brought it over, I had one look at it and decided to pass. Each egg looked half cooked and didn't have the shiny, translucent, burnt orange color I expected. My husband had a piece before I could stop him. He's in bed now with stomach cramps. I can't speak for their cooked Thai food but I'd go somewhere else for sushi.
Asian Fusion – I had a Pad Thai to go. It was good other than the fact it had a metallic tinge to the food. It was probably the fork I was using.
Service was prompt, portions large, and I feel that the meal was a deal for the money.
Such a cute little place! – We went here with a group of ten people for a birthday and they were so accommodating. I found them through citysearch and the food was delicious and well presented. You could tell a lot of work went into the preparation. The fried calamari was delicious and all the sauces were as well. Everyone was happy with their meal.The owners came and spoke with us after our meal and were sooo very nice, they alone would make you want to go back! Oh and the birthday girl got free saki bombs, which was unexpected and just another example of how the atmosphere was basically "we're all family here." I loved it and everyone can't wait to go back for the next birthday!
bad sushi – I went with my family for the sushi happy hour and the sushi was awful. it was warm and mushy, not fresh at all.
Great Thai in far north Austin – This is great thai food and friendly staff. The decor is oddly stark and modern but still comfortable. Try the tempura or thom ka gai.
my Favorite – I heard about Chon Som from three different people about 2 months ago...so my Husband took me and the girls out for a Sunday Brunch. I Loved it. The sushi was Amazing... and my young girls enjoyed Egg Rolls and Soup! My husband and I went back on an evening date more recently, and had another great experience. We had a wonderul date, and the Delicious food and polite Waiter at Chon Som made it one to remember.
Good, but not GREAT! – I am looking for excellent Thai cuisine in Austin and I still have not found it. I drove from South Austin in search of what the reviews say is the best Thai in Austin. I was one of two tables seated on a Saturday night at 7:30pm, not very comforting. I first tried a couple of sushi rolls. They were good and fresh, but not outstanding. I still like Suzi's Rollingwood the best of all. I then ordered Pad Thai and Beef Massuman Curry. The Pad Thai was good but nothing outstanding and the Beef Curry was flavorful, but could have been mistaken for beef soup. There was a lot of sauce! I have had GREAT Thai food in Houston, New York, San Francisco and even Frankfurt. I am disappointed that in a city with as many Asian people as we have, we do not have GREAT Thai food! Don't get me wrong. This place is clean and the food is good, but average good.
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