You can enter Thaiphoon from either Glenwood or North Street, but North Street is considered the main entrance. Outside is a small cultivated garden, fountain and deck that has great outdoor seating a block off Glenwood South.
Upon entering the restaurant you are greeted by a small bar and bright sea of orange and white furniture. The space is split into two levels and has a very contemporary Asian vibe. Nothing is over complicated about the interior. The tables are an orange resin material with chic white molded Panton chairs parked under them. Above the tables are oval shaped lanterns that nicely complement the Asian paintings on the walls. Exposed brick and orange 8” x 8” ceramic tile tie the rest of the interior together very well (except that huge television between the two levels). Thaiphoon is simple, yet hip, lounge bistro.
On the bright orange tables sits a laminated drink menu and what looked like, from a distance, to be a DVD case with the phrase Thaiphoon Bisto on the cover. The exterior is already laminated, therefore easy to clean and the size is very compact and efficient. Opening the case you find more 3 or 4 laminated pages which comprise the equally efficient menu. There are a good number of vegetarian dishes and appetizers as well as duck, shrimp and chicken entreés. Your normal Thai dishes are present, as well as a few in-house specials. Beer is served with a mason jar, which is a quirky reminder of the fact that although you do have Thai food on your plate…you are still in the South.
Thaiphoon is able to blend nicely organized furniture and decor with beautifully displayed food that tastes as good as it looks. The staff is friendly and the space is very urbane. Thaiphoon is a great place for a date, lunch or dinner with friends and family.