Saturday afternoon, I met a friend for lunch. I have heard positive things about Typhoon, located at 242 S Highland Ave, in Shadyside. My friend and I were particularly intrigued by this lunchtime Munch review in the PG and decided to give Typhoon a go (did it really take my friend and I a year to make a lunch date? Sigh)
Springtime scenery on my way to Typhoon.
I arrived around 1PM on Saturday. There were a few occupied tables. The interior is lovely. Cool tones, intricate bamboo inspired cutlery on the tables. It was a sunny day and the generous windows at the front of the restaurant bathed everything in soft warm light.
The lunch menu includes some small plates, salads, soups, and lunch entrees. I ordered the pad thai with tofu and my dining companion ordered the pumpkin curry. I was asked if I wanted the pad thai ‘mild, medium, hot, thai hot one or thai hot two’. I don’t mind hot stuff but when I am ordering a whole plate of something, I tend to be a bit cautious. I went with medium.
The orders arrived quickly. My pad thai was really good. It was not hot at all. In fact I likely could have ordered at least the ‘hot’. It was dotted with perfectly cooked veggies, bits of peanuts, and luscious pieces of tofu. I liked that everything in the dish was sliced 0r diced small. No huge pieces of veggies – you were able to get a bit of everything in each bite. I have probably only had pad thai a handful of times in my life, so I cannot really judge authenticity. I just know it was very enjoyable, I had leftovers, and my bill was $11 with tax and tip.
My friend and I enjoyed a leisurely meal and caught up in a lovely setting. I would love to take my mom or aunts here. Really affordable and relaxed for lunch, particularly on the weekends.
I know the prices increase significantly for dinner. The food I had for lunch was quality and well prepared though, so I would definitely give this place a try during the evening hours. The menu contained some yummy looking martinis and mixed drinks.
The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering S Highland and hitting up the liquor store to grab some champagne (I personally believe mimosas are perfect to bring to any daytime event, including an Easter brunch) and Borders to check out a bunch of discounted books. I did not get anything but I did see Cyril Wecht. He was signing his book and was very tan. I want to be tan.