Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bangkok Garden - Bethesda, MD

Hi Everyone! This time for me and my dad's bi-weekly lunch we walked around Downtown Bethesda and randomly picked a place to eat. We stumbled upon Bangkok Garden and decided to give it a shot.

There are street meters and a metered parking garage that services St. Elmo St and Cordell Ave, which is where we parked because it's easy than driving around looking for a car to leave. The closest Metro station would be Bethesda on the Red line.

I didn't notice at the time, but the store front is very colorful! They have awards displayed in their windows as well.

The place was pretty big, I believe there was another room in the back that I could see briefly as I was walking in. There are a ton of traditional Thai decorations and a wall in tribute of the Thai king and queen. We were the 1st people in there when it opened, but more people quickly poured in.

The menu contained many typical Thai dishes (Pad Thai, Curries, etc), as well as meat and vegetarian options that can be cooked with different flavors and levels of spiciness. They have their own list of Specialties that include Soft Shell Crab dishes and Duck Curry.

For our appetizer we ordered the 'Thai Style Salad with Shrimp and Chicken' for $7.50. It was a good portion of food that I had to take home later since I didn't want to ruin my appetite.

I liked the dressing it came with because it wasn't overpowering.

My dad ordered the 'Squid with Hot Chili Peppers' for $13.50. He said he liked it and when I tried it I thought it was good too. It wasn't too spicy, and the squid was cooked well because it wasn't overly chewy. A bowl of white rice was given for the both of us to share.

I ordered my FAVORITE Thai curry, which is 'Penang Curry' for $11.95. You have options like chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, vegetables, or tofu. I always order the tofu (my cousin introduced this dish to me) because it soaks in the curry the best. Both the squid and curry dishes were labeled as 'Medium Hot' however the squid was more mild.

Overall the lunch was great. The staff was really nice and attentive. There is a lot of choices on the menu to suit your mood. The prices are comparable to other Thai places I've eaten at in the area, and there is enough food to bring home.

4906 St.Elmo Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

Mon.-Thurs. 11:00am - 10:30pm
Fri.-Sat. 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sun. 11.30am - 10.00pm

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eth_nick said...

bangok garden is the business!
lunch time is de best time-say word

Dskco said...

Sup Nick! Lunchtime you say? I'll have to check it out during the week if I have a day off.
Do you like how Maiya and I both have food blogs and both dating producers? haha

Anonymous said...

I've been going to Bangkok Garden for over 15 years. I used to live around the corner on Cordell Ave. and would stop by at least once a week. Since moving to Rockville I still make it a habit to stop by at least once every couple months. Highlights include Kanom Jeeb (dumpling appetizer), bean curd soup with pork, the Thai salad you've pointed out above, any of the white pepper and garlic sauce dishes (shrimp, pork, etc.), the rock fish, and one of my longtime favorites -- deep fried fish in black bean sauce. I've tried other Thai restaurants, but nothing steps to Bangkok Garden.

Dskco said...

Hey Thomas, I appreciate the suggestions! Often times I'm not sure what to order that would be special, so I will try one of your suggestions the next time I go to that place whenever I have a craving for Thai food next.