3221 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040534.017087 -118.446927
Neighborhoods: West LA, Sunpark
So So Food Times Bad Service – After many visits with many friends, this place managed to ruin my wife's 40th birthday party with warm beer, bad service and no cake and candles after many hints to the server... we tried to over look many of the short comings on my many visits because my friends love to watch the planes landing and taking off...it couldn't have been from us not leaving a good tip we always left 40 per cent... so I tell my friends who like to watch planes take off and landing to go to In and Out Burger near LAX. The food is just so so.
Great menu & food, great atmosphere – It's been over a year since my last visit to Typhoon, so tonight it was time to head back. The service tonight was excellent and the food never fails to impress. I've always enjoyed the eclectic menu as well as the atmosphere at Typhoon.
The wait staff was very attentive and the food was excellent. If it's been a while since you've dined at Typhoon or if you had concerns about the service in the past, it's time to head back.
Though it's been a while since my last visit, I plan to head back more often.
Excellent!!!Nice view, friendly stuff, good price and good food! – I went with my friend on Saturday, around 9.30pm, no crowd, the view is cool, in front of the airport!
I got Pad Thai chicken and crickets with asian basil and garlic...DELICIOUS!
The staff was really nice and I had very good time! Can't wait to come back and try some other insect!
By the way, I'm Italian and I know about good food! ;-)
Unique Place for Unique Food – You are at an airport eating insects...sound crazy! Typhoon bring great Thai food to unusual dishes like whole fish pates, insects, and water animals. The airport setting is a bonus and parking is easyand free! The food is not that much and the service is great.
Interesting foods, wide variety of Asian dishes. – We went there this past Friday and had reservations for 9:00. Incredibly crowded when we arrived and took us about half an hour to be seated. Waiter took our initial drink order and then disappeared for a good 20 minutes. Luckily another hostess delivered our drinks. Then the waiter shows up again with a duplicate order of our drinks thinking that we hadn't gotten them initialy. Luckily more drinks are good and I can understand snafu's happen when it's that crowded. Ordered there chicken adobo, mongolian beef, green curry and pad thai and most of the food was pretty good. After coming back from Thailand recently Typhoon's pad thai and curry just didn't do it for me, but everyone else liked it. It's a good place to go for decent and eclectic food; didn't try the insects this time but did have them in the past and they were good. Good place to take a date to watch the planes take off from the runway or for a happy hour with co workers.
Fried insects and flying machines invert nature at this Santa Monica Airport roost. – The Scene
A lovely, open arc of a room is gussied up with reddish wood and orchids. Glass walls overlook little planes sallying back and forth on the intimate airstrip just below. Couples on dates swoon as planes take off and land against the setting sun, while largers groups share the family-style portions.
An eclectic, culinary tour of the Pacific Rim delivers tasty Asian tapas and savory entrees but what jumps out of the menu right away are the insects. Minimalist scorpion shrimp toast is beautiful yet bland; crunchy Taiwanese fried crickets are kicked up with garlic, basil and chiles. Timid eaters can make a meal of less adventurous appetizers like rich Malaysian lamb satay, citrusy, sea bass seviche and spicy, tropical Burma wings. For heartier fare, the Mongolian lamb is deeply satisfying. The Thai chicken curry is a tender swoon of coconut, bathed in a silky, mild sauce.
Not so great – Featuring pan-asian food from practically everywhere, one has to wonder with so much selection, how can they be good at them all? The answer is that they're not. I've been here a few times and much prefer the sushi place upstairs if I'm going to bother coming all the way out to an airport for food.
Great place to go with a big group – Beautiful restaurant and nice views of the airport and sunset. Went with a huge group so ordered tons of different dishes, almost all of them were excellent. Unfortunately no one but me was up for trying the insects, so I can't tell you how those dishes are. But I was very impressed with the quality of the food and will be back!
great nasi goreng – hard to believe a place that has great indonesian, thai, korean, and chinese food! We always get the mongolian beef with sesame buns and nasi goreng. plus they have nice wines by the glass and an amazing view of the santa monica airport. can get very crowded on weekends but if the bar stools in front of the kitchen are open, take 'em! You'll get to see an entire catfish battered and fried plus 5 woks going at once!
Nifty lunch spot – You can't beat the view. Admittedly, the view of the Santa Monica Airport was weird, but it was just one more mismatched piece sewn into this clever hodgepodge of a restaurant. Unfortunately, they were out of fresh crickets at lunch, so we started with ants on fried potato strips. They tasted, well, anty, with a dash of vinegar. Not much flavor, really, but they meant easily earned bragging rights. My main course was the Szechuan Scallops plate - a hearty serving of fresh scallops cooked in a savory sauce. Tasty. Like previous reviewers have noted, the place got a little noisy - even though we were only there at lunch time. Still, the dining area was nicely laid out, and the service was attentive.
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