Portland >Food & Dining > Khun Pic's Bahn Thai
3429 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.516675 -122.628877
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Sunnyside
As quirky-romantic destinations go, there’s nothing quite like a three-hour meal at this curious Belmont Thai hidey-hole run entirely by a husband-wife team who’ve still managed to stay together even after owning a restaurant together for years.
Best Thai in Portland – My brother had roommates from Thailand and I miss their cooking. This is the next best thing. I'm usually to hungry to wait, but it IS worth it. a great date place. Everything is made to order and I love that. The only server is the husband and he was very nice, We make time to dine here.
Worth the Wait... if you have the time – Do NOT go to khun pic's if
(a) you are you going out to eat with someone you do not like and will have a hard time chatting with them for a while.
(b) you have somewhere to be and want to go someplace fast.
Bottom Line: it is worth the wait... if you can wait.
A part of me does not understand their business model. They sent three tables away when we were there bc the customers did not want to wait. With one extra kitchen staff and one extra server they could have so much more business. But, alas, they have not changed over the many years that they have been there so it must be a choice.
They have the BEST peanut sauce.
good food. super long wait. – the food was incredible, but the wait was SO LONG.
we waiter and hour and a half, got our hot and sour soup, then 30 minutes later, got our other 3 dishes. took forever. we were there for nearly 3 hours.
the food was incdeible, though.
Easily the Best Thai in PDX – As mentioned by other reviewers, Khun Pic is staffed only by a husband-wife team, so patience is a requirement when you eat there. But you will be handsomely rewarded by excellent food. This is the only place I've found in the area that serves REAL Pahd Thai (no ketchup). The only other Thai restaurants that I've been to that match the level of food qualtiy and authenticity is Thai Kitchen in Spokane (also husband-wfe run, and requiring patience when busy), and restaurants in Bangkok. This is the real deal, kids.
best Thai in Portland – If you don't know about patience for great quality food, then don't bother going to Khun Pic and then writing a crappy review about it. This is the only place in Portland that you can get authentic, wonderful, priced right food. Khun herself does all the cooking and her husband is the front operation. It's small but they do it great. You've never had such fresh flavors in thai food in portland. Everywhere else you go they use pre packaged vegetables, she cuts everything to order and serves table to table, so yes, it can be a bit slow, but completely worth it. It's amazing how the last reviewer ripped them apart, I have a feeling that there palet for thai food must be the carts downtown. But that's ok, Khun's is a hidden little secret for most of us, so don't bother going if you can't handle the kicked back experience that might not be as quick as your fast food thai.
worst restaurant experience ever – I don't understand how so many people can recommend this place, including Portland Monthly. The food is subpar Thai Food that isn't that imaginative or tasty - I've come to the conclusion that most people in this city just don't know what any ethnic food is supposed to taste like since they don't know any better. The service is painfully slow. Even with the 6 tables they had filled, the one server had no reason to be going as slow as he was. We were in there for 2 hours, on a weekday. And the prices are really high, the portions weren't equal to what we were paying for, and the menu was small and predictable. I will never come here again, and will caution everyone I know from going there. The cute idea of having the place look like someone's living room doesn't make up for the lack of customer service and boring food.
Best Thai Food in Portland – This restaurant is so wonderful. The waiter is great and has remembered me over the years. The food is always top notch. The atmosphere is the best in portland with its beautiful victorian house, golden ceilings, and decorative hardware. Like all the other reviews have said never go here starving or in a hurry. I have spent 3 hours here before which could be frustrating if you didn't know to bring a crossword, good company, and perhaps a snack. The garden in the summertime is unbeatable. I hope this restaurant is around for many years to come.
Thai food beyond expectation! Go midweek. Enjoy the time to converse with those your with. Don't fret. – Best catfish dish I've ever tasted. Everything had exceptional flavor. Had a wait but listened to my daughters hint to expect to wait and not be in a hurry (go midweek is the key). My wife and I both were extremely pleased. Kick back atmosphere. Waiter was very courteous and warned us that the chef (his wife) made each patrons order from scratch so it might take a while. I would return again with no hesitation.
Thai restaurant hidden in a stylish house on Belmont offers classic dishes in an eclectic dining area. – In Short
Numerous orchids, mismatched china and old black-and-white photos give the dining room an eclectic, welcoming feel. The one server--the chef's husband--is always friendly, but often harried. The small menu offers dishes cooked to order including a beautifully balanced Massaman curry, deftly flavored pad thai and well-sauced appetizers made with mint leaves and fresh flavors. Desserts include coconut ice cream and mango sorbet.
Tastes like Thailand. – This is wonderful Thai. I lived in Thailand and while there are some tastes that cannot be replicated without the locally grown foods found there, I have not found a place with tastes so close as I have at Khun Pix's Bahn Thai. (Citysearch will not allow me to say "p i c ' s" without the spaces)
It is the perfect place for delicious food, enjoyed. You can sit down, have a conversation, enjoy your food and stay longer just talking. It is wonderful to have a place with such wonderful food and atmosphere where you can take your time without feeling pressured.
This is one of the few places where I *truly* enjoy the experience, the pace of the meal, the personalities of the family - and I always tip very generously here as I feel is right.
I could not recommend it more.
As others said, it is a dining experience, not a place for you to just stop, fill your tummy, pay the bill and begone. If you are in a rush, look elsewhere - that isn't at all what Khun Pix's is about.
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