I was recently invited by Shawn Rusich to a special media tasting at Bangkok Garden located right beside Toronto’s iconic Elmwood Spa just north of Yonge and Dundas Square. The restaurant signage from the street immediately gave me the impression that the space would be a humble and intimate space. I was quickly taken aback by the restaurants vast interior which features three massive hand carved Thai chandeliers and private dining space on the balcony (where we would be enjoying our meal) with a wee fish pond to boot!. I invited my Foodie PR friend Beatrice Bastedo to join me as my ever so chatty and illuminating Plus-1.
Upon arrival I grabbed a glass of Sparkling Wine with Hibiscus and throughout the evening chatted to some of the cities most interesting social media personalities. I sampled Royal Beef Salad and Scallop apps which were served in little boats made of husk. We were all happily seated when tiny Chinese Take Out boxes filled with Pad Thai were placed in front of our noses. Generous libations transformed my “after work stressed out persona” into a fulfilled food enthusiast desperate for the next bite. A few glasses of this, a few glasses of that. Sweet perfumed Jasmine Rice complimented each of our main courses.
I was happily surprised that Bangkok Garden had an interesting array of Thai haute cuisine. Toronto’s most revered Thai establishments have perfected the country’s street food. Bangkok Garden elevates Thai cuisine with an extensive menu that goes beyond the typical curries, spring rolls and fried rice. My favorite dish was the Spicy Crispy Tofu. The crispy texture and punch of heat had me hoarding half the dish on my plate. Quickly quenched with a gulp of Singha.
Before hopping out of my seat feeling a bit like a bloated Puffer Fish I took a quiet moment (1/2 a second) to close my eyes and send myself into flash back mode. I spent a great deal of time living in Thailand and was glad my meal at Bangkok Garden was able to relive some of those fond memories! Good times in: Bangkok’s Khao San Road and Sukhumvit neighbourhoods, Sukothai, Chang Mai, Ko Phi Phi and Krabi.
Sparkling with wild hibiscus
Pinot Grigio, East Dell, Niagara
Cabernet Shiraz, Dan Aykroyd, Niagara
Royal Beef Salad
Beef mixed with shallots, mint, roasted rice and chili on cucumber
Scallops marinated in coconut milk with curry, barbecued and served with peanut sauce
Rice Noodles with homemade sauce, shrimp, chicken and vegetables
Curry 3 –Ways
Zesty red curry with chicken, Silky yellow curry with vegetables, Coconut emerald curry with beef
Sliced grain-fed chicken breast packed with basil and stir-fried with chilli garlic, oyster and fish sauces served with fresh vegetables
Spicy Crispy Tofu
fried soft tofu with chilli sauce and tamarind water Siamese Beef Siamese beef marinated in Thai spices and grilled medium-rare served with a spicy sauce
Steam Ginger Pomfret
Fresh Pomfret sprinkled with sea salt and rubbed with pickled plum and ginger steamed in a banana leaf. Served with a piquant lemon sauce.
Chai Chocolate Moouse
Lychee Pana Cotta
#233 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010.