I was invited to a great event located at Bangkok Garden. As a foodie and lover of authentic Thai food, I’m ashamed to say that I did not know about them until that night.
Taking place on the evening of June 26th, you walk up a flight of stairs not really knowing what to expect but when you get to the top and scope the entrance, it has a nice atmosphere; a nice blend of modern and traditional.
Before we started our night, me and my friend decided to get flash tattoos. There were many designs to choose from and only took a few minutes.
Did I also mention the result is amazing? <3
A good way to start a girl’s night is always with a couple of drinks. They offered Singha beer (a premium Thai lager) but we were more interested in the cocktails of the night.
The Ginger Melon Sangria consisted of melon liquor, pinot grigio, ginger beer, lime juice and club soda. It was their take on a white wine sangria with hints of a sweet Thai taste.
Their Sweet Heat was stronger with tequila, lime juice, passionfruit liquor, passionfruit juice and a red chilli pepper. We opted to go without the pepper because we were too chicken (don’t judge!).
When you walk further in, there’s actually a second room that’s more decorated and where all the food is. There are tables scattered around and while it doesn’t seem like much, people are always moving about so it doesn’t take long to find an empty spot.
With the smaller appetizers, there are servers circulating the room passing them out but you can also approach them as well.
This is their Mango Sticky Rice and I loved that they used a dried banana leaf as the “plate”. It’s adorable and very Instagram-worthy!
The sticky rice was blended with a bit of coconut milk which made it sweet while the mango was a little tart and gave it a contrasting taste.
I wish I got a better picture of their Deep Fried Banana but this is so you get a general idea. They were made fresh and the batter was cooked to crispy perfection!
Their Grilled Shrimp is also made on the spot and seasoned and oh-so-yummy. To be honest, you can grill anything and it’ll taste great with some salt and pepper but maybe there was a little something extra like some lime juice or secret ingredient?
The staff are very friendly here too! They even said yes when I asked to take their picture :).
This is the one main dish you had to line up for and although the line is long, it moves very fast. One person prepares the noodle while the chef puts in the condiments and soup.
Their Rice Noodle Soup has shreds of chicken breast, cilantro, green onions, red peppers, dried onion and some spices. This may have been one of the best dishes of the night; even though the peppers were in the soup for a few minutes, the damage was done and I could feel my tongue heating up. But it was so good I couldn’t stop!
Whenever this dish came out, it would be gone in seconds so you had to be fast in catching them. With this packaging, who could resist?
When I finally got my hands on the Chicken Pad Thai, it was a bit of a let down to be honest. It could’ve been the box it was in but I felt the flavour wasn’t as strong as I would’ve liked it.
The one thing I love about a Thai Mango Salad is that the fruit itself is sweet in it’s own way but it’s more on the sour side. But they use something of a sweet dressing and the added cilantro gives it a bit of a kick.
This Cucumber Chicken Salad was very refreshing and light. It disappeared in two bites but packed quite a punch.
They call this the Dragon Bite. It’s unclear what this is exactly but I believe is may be the dark meat of a chicken. It’s similar to General Tao chicken; sour and sweet.
The Chicken Skewers were partially seasoned but a little too dry. Probably my least favourite of the night.
I love the decoration they have out. I’ll have to come back on a regular day to see if this is part of their regular decor.
After trying everything once and wanting to just sit down and chat, we grabbed some of their Fried Seaweed and Glazed Peanuts. The peanuts had a sugary, spicy glaze that made them too addicting. The seaweed has a different texture and isn’t as flaky as roasted seaweed. The oil also gives it an added taste.
Look at this adorable bear made out of fruits and veggies!
On a serious note, I loved a majority of the food there and like all restaurants, not everything is going to be amazing but they’ve got a pretty good selection. I would definitely recommend checking it out for any occasion and I would imagine it would make a great date.
Check out their website for future events and taste testings!