I got on Chowhound earlier this evening looking for a well priced meal. I stumbled upon a "Thai in Austin" thread and started to salivate. The consensus of the thread was that Titaya's and Madam Mam's both had strong followings and loyal devotees. Being that I had already been to Mam's, I figured I would give Titaya's a shot.
First, it is right around the block from my house. Score. Second, my wife and I started off with Shrimp Spring Rolls which was served with a house peanut sauce. The sauce was b-a-utiful. I literally polished it off with a spoon. Incredibly good. Another score.
For entrees, my wife went with the Pad Thai while I ordered Gang Panang - a red curry w/ veggies in a coconut broth. My wife loved hers. She also really enjoys Thai Kichten’s, which she said is lighter with more lime, but she couldn't decide a favorite between the two. Titaya's had a more roasted peanut flavor and was little heartier. At just under $8, it was very economical seeing that it will also serve as her lunch tomorrow. Score. My Gang Panang was incredible. Just what I needed to satisfy my previously insatiable salivating. It was spicy, but not sweat-bead-producing. It was luxuriously creamy in the coconut broth and the chicken, which had soaked up the curry goodness, was intensely flavorful. Score.
We could have stopped there. Weaker men would have. But, we pressed on, reminding ourselves of Mark Twain's quote: "Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." So, we forged on and ordered and Ice Thai Coffee (which I have had better) and Sticky Rice and Mango. The mango was perfect. The sticky rice was bathing in coconut milk. So good. A perfect end to an amazing culinary escapade, practically next door no less.
All this can be yours for approximately $30 before tip. Score. Happy eating.