So I was nice on Albany John’s birthday and not only bought him a cake, but also took him out to dinner. (It’s really the better option, since there’s no way I’m cooking thai food any time soon)
The decor is nice, and it’s a lot more upscale inside than it looks from the outside. The outside is that dinky neon sign in the window at the beginning of Wolf Road. Inside Bangkok Thai is a nice greenish feel (from the carpet) and a general serene feeling. The tables are covered in linen with neat green napkins on top of the plates. The wood carvings on the wall are simple and gorgeous.
The first thing you really notice, though, is the water. It is AWFUL. It’s poured from this cute little dull, metal carafe, which I suspect is made of lead. Their water is the most foul thing I’ve ever tasted in a restaurant before. And it can’t be the tap, since I’ve had the water from Emperor’s a bajillion times. I swear the carafe is to blame, unless they’re adding some altering flavor to their water on purpose to up drink sales. Needless to say, I ordered a gingerale (and I loathe sodas) and prayed it was from a can or bottle. Thankfully it didn’t taste awful like the water.
We got some dumplings that weren’t awful as an appetizer, as well as some shrimp rolls. The dumplings weren’t bad, I’m just not a fan of dumplings. They just taste so generic! I haven’t really found any kind of dumpling (besides soup dumplings) that taste different. Maybe my palette just sucks. The shrimp rolls were good and pretty shrimpy, and the sauces served with them were tart and sweet. I love the little side sauces you get with thai food.
I ordered Pad Thai, which was under $20. I don’t really remember the prices since it’s been a bit since I went there. There were a good amount of shrimp, and it was pretty good. One of the best Pad Thai’s I’ve had. I think it’s mixing the sweet/sour/spicy that can be a bit over powering to me in some dishes. SENSORY OVER LOAD! But this one had a very nice balance of the three. I probably just haven’t had the right dishes. Any really good thai dishes I MUST try? Also, I can’t handle really spicy foods. It feels like it burns my tongue.
I believe Albany John got the green chili pork. He seemed to like it, but it was waaay to spicy for me. And if you know how spicy it is, you’ll know what a spicy wimp I am. He really liked it, and really likes all of the food at Bangkok Thai.
I’d like to go back and try some more of their foods, since I was really impressed with how thai food can taste. They do blend their seasonings/flavoring/spices well, and it shows.
Over all, dinner for two, with appetizers was about $55 before tip.