On 1 October 2021, Ms. Tapanee Kruangpradit, Minister Counsellor (Commercial), Office of Commercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy, Budapest, visited Tom Yum Thai Restaurant on Andrássy Street to meet the owners and discuss the impact of COVID-19 on HoReCa operations.
Tom Yum Restaurant is operated by Mr. Attila Kiss and Ms. Sumaree Kiss. The first branch on Andrássy Street (1061 Budapest, Andrássy út. 2.) was inaugurated in 2012. Currently, there are 4 branches of Tom Yum restaurants in Budapest and its vicinity, which are part of the Thai Life Budapest group.
Tom Yum Restaurant’s flagship branch, located on Andrássy Street, received the prestigious Thai SELECT Signature in 2018, recognizing their exceptional food quality, hygiene, and service. Thai SELECT is a program established by the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand to promote Thai cuisine and highlight restaurants that meet high standards of authenticity and excellence.
Apart from restaurants, the couple is also running Chichaya Thai Massage (1067 Budapest, Podmaniczky u. 29. fsz.2.) and the 3-star Andrássy Thai Hotel (1061 Budapest, Andrássy út. 2.), which is in the same building as the first Tom Yum restaurant. The 21-room hotel’s interior design combines traditional elements of the Thai style and features of Hungarian architecture, adding a much-loved unique touch of modern design. The owners expected higher revenue from tourism during the peak season and holiday season.
One of the key advantages of their businesses is their central location in Budapest, surrounded by restaurants, stores, shopping centers, and tourist attractions. Besides, their businesses are easily accessed by public transport, as they are a few steps away from Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út metro station.