Not too long ago, I noticed that a lot of my friends were checking in at a place I had never heard of – Bangkok Garden. Being a lover of Thai food, I knew I had to check them out, especially since all of my friends seemed to be going there and loving it!
Judging from the location, I knew it wouldn’t be much from the outside. I did a little research and discovered that it was a small mom and pop place that had been located out near the military base before Ivan. They just recently reopened after Ivan destroyed their business.
I decided to go the first time by myself. My husband is really picky, so I knew I needed to check it (and the menu) out ahead of time. I went in for lunch one day and discovered that their lunch specials are only $5.95! Although they didn’t have any vegetarian options listed, she quickly told me that they could make any of the lunch options with tofu instead of meat. All lunches come with Tom Yum Kai soup and a Spring Roll (vegetarian). I didn’t eat the soup, since it had chicken in it, but later when my husband came with me he ate both his and mine, so I’m sure it was good! I really enjoyed the Spring Roll – it was crunchy and full of veggie goodness. I would prefer a different sauce with it, though. To me, the one they have is lacking flavor. I think a sweet chili sauce would be great!
I had the red curry – it was really good, although I would have liked to see more vegetables in it. It isn’t very spicy, but they had a nice selection of peppers so you could add as much heat as you wanted to it. The flavors are wonderful though! I wish I had taken a picture of it when it came out, since it was lovely, but unfortunately I forgot my camera. This picture is of the leftovers! The rice and curry are served separately, so you can add as much or as little as you want.
As you can see, they have a pretty large selection of lunch options to choose from. They have my husband’s favorite – beef and broccoli, so I knew I could go back and take my husband! He loved their beef and broccoli. He said the sauce was great, and the portion of beef to vegetables was good too. I tried the pad thai, and while I didn’t like it as much as I liked the red curry, it was good too. I thought the peanut flavor you find in pad thai was pretty light.
Another great thing about this place is that you can bring your own beer if you want! This is a great option if you’re going to dinner. Most of the dinner options are $7.95, with a few options that are more expensive. The service was excellent both times I’ve gone, although I’m still not sure if you’re supposed to wait for them to bring you the check – we just went to the cash register to pay both times.
Bangkok Garden will be a great option for us since it has both the Chinese food my husband likes and the Thai food I like, all at reasonable prices. We’ll definitely be returning!
If you want to look at the menu and can’t read it here, try checking it out here.