Bangkok's menu is much like its namesake city: colorful, fun to explore at night, and almost impossible to drive through. Ambush your sleeping taste buds with an appetizer of four spring rolls ($3.75), fried wontons ($3.99), or fried sweet biscuits ($3) washed down with egg drop soup ($2) or a sweet yum yai salad ($6.95). Bangkok's entrees run the gamut from spicy to non-spicy to curry, and wanders further afield in Asia than just Thailand. An order of pad pet ($8.50) brings the jungle heat, and the kang kua curry ($8.50) artfully offsets its spiciness with the sweetness of crushed pineapple and coconut milk. For a dish that dishes out a devastating combo that strikes the tongue's three major pressure points, try the spicy sweet and sour chicken ($8.50). If you'd rather take a walk on Bangkok's mild side, fill up on Bangkok's delectable favorite, pad thai ($8.99). Ginger chicken ($8.50), veggie stir fry ($8.50–$9.99), and garlic chicken or pork ($8.50) all pair well with fried rice.
Within an airy, cream-colored space, Bistro B's chefs sling Vietnamese staples peppered with traditional cuts of meat, fresh vegetables, and herbs. Rare steak, beef meatballs, tripe, and tofu simmer in brothy bowls of pho, which pair with accouterments of bean sprouts, lime, basil, and jalapeño. Equally hearty morsels of lemongrass beef, shredded pork, or shrimp star in broken-rice and vermicelli noodle entrees. The extensive menu boasts more than 75 main dishes and two encrypted prophecies, with its savory selection propelling diners toward sweet endings of fruit smoothies or signature shaved-ice desserts.
Thai Stop, formerly known as Mai Thai, caters to busy lifestyles by quickly forging flavorful orders of Thai cuisine. Curries steam with aromatic combinations of coconut milk, basil, and pineapple, and minced jalapeños and Thai chilies add piquant doses of heat to everything from pepper steak to chicken in ginger sauce. The cooks can also adjust these levels of heat to ensure that they don't overwhelm diners' palates or set off the dining room's sprinklers.
Plenty of tables fill the airy dining area, which maintains a simple, modern ambiance with its track lighting and metal ceiling fans. At the same time, rich wood tones and framed photographs hanging from the walls help create a casual atmosphere.
At Banana Island Restaurant, the culinary team whips up plates of pad thai, chicken satay, and other Malaysian &Thai classics. However, they complement these dishes with more eccentric plates, too?fried rice studded with pineapple, for example, and Malaysian-style spare ribs.
The chefs at Thai Rice & Noodle are intensely focused on serving just a few items and making them extremely delicious. That's why the six-item menu is only available on weekdays during lunch hours. The dishes give guests a chance to explore the regional culture of Thailand's northernmost province, Chiang Rai, through its cuisine rather than its commemorative postage stamps. Offerings include creamy coconut curry, pad gra prao basil chicken, spicy larb gai, spicy thai salad, and kao soy?a savory yellow-curry chicken dish served with potatoes.
Working from a desire to help those in need, the staff at Syrup donate their profits to projects in Third-World countries. To generate those profits, they craft a menu of inventive breakfast and lunch dishes that includes pancakes made with sweet potatoes and crunchy french toast made with challah bread. Coffee drinks are crafted with beans from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which roasts them by hand rather than with an angry weightlifter's fiery breath.