It was noon again and time to decide what to do for lunch. The canned soup in the cupboard at my work didn’t look very tempting so I decided that it was time to try a new restaurant. I called up a friend and we decided to try the new Thai restaurant in town. Tup Tim Thai Cuisine is located on Commercial Street. If memory serves, I believe there was another Thai restaurant there years and years ago. That day they seemed to be repainting the entire strip mall the restaurant is located in. It went from a nice blue gray color to what is now an orange beige color.
The inside of the restaurant was immaculate and there were only about seven or eight tables. Everything looked brand new. We were seated by a lady who I assumed was the owner. I ordered the green curry with tofu and my lunch date ordered the garlic lover’s dish and a Thai iced tea. Lunch also came with a hot and sour type soup which was delicious.
After about twenty minutes, my lunch arrived but my date’s did not. I figured it was only minutes behind, but the waitress came and told us that they had put pork in it instead of tofu and it would be just a little while. She was very nice about it and seemed very apologetic. While I waited to eat, I asked for a rack of condiments and entertained myself by getting familiar with them. The other lunch arrived a while later and it was time to dig in.The portions were just right for a lunch without having leftovers, and their prices for lunch are affordable at $6.50 for most options. My green curry was disappointingly bland. I added every single condiment in the tray of four…but to my dismay, it was still bland. The garlic lover’s dish surprisingly had no visible garlic in it. We assumed that they must have used a garlic sauce instead of putting any garlic cloves in. I’m pretty sure that Thai Beer has ruined me because every time I go anywhere else, it just doesn’t compare. Thai Beer is probably the closest to real Thai food I’ve enjoyed since I was in Thailand. Tim Tup has a nice interior, but the flavors just aren’t there. But perhaps I just went on an off day or ordered something that wasn’t one of their best menu items.
3860 Commercial St. SE
Salem, OR 97302