Review Bangkok Villa - Santa Rosa (1169 Yulupa Ave)
- Eat_Nopal Oct 9, 2006 12:04 AM
Bangkok Villa was our second Thai place since moving up to Sonoma County and it was fairly good... definitely better than the place on Mendocino Blvd (in front of a Motel owned by the same people).
First, if this 2nd visit tends to confirm the pattern that Thai places up here might represent a different region of Thailand that we had experienced in L.A.
> Many Different Dishes
> Different Names for the Same Dishes
> The word structure for the names also seems very different... almost Vietnamese seeming (to my uninformed brain)
> 2nd Thai place in a row that has no Brown Rice... what up with that?
Even with the regional differences...there seemed to be quite a bit of Wine Country influences.
> We started off with a Cucumber Salad that had a very California / Meditteranean feel to it... kind of like a creamy vinaigrette... rather than the usual Lime Juice / Chile style. Pretty good on its own... but not so interesting within the realm of a trip to a Thai restaurant.
> From the Chef suggestions... an artfully carved Cucumber boat with Crabmeat at the base, and then a medium sized poached Shrimp in a Wasabi-Guacamole type sauce. The shrimp was fairly fishy & it was kind of hard to eat (too big for 1 bite... hard to cut without destroying it) but otherwise pleasant.
> A Prik Khing like dish without the green beans. Tender strips of Skirt Steak sauteed then added to sauteed vegetables with a thin, spicy red curry & plenty of Thai basil. Very good...but might be too skimpy on the beef.
> "Sweated" vegetables with a rich Peanut Sauce. Very good... but didn't seem very authentic. Could be a nice side dish...if you don't want to eat Noodles or Rice (because of Carbs etc.,)
> Pad Thai... same old, same old.. but not interesting at all. Kind of bland. Could have definitely used more Tamarind Paste, Ground Peanuts & Chile.
> Jasmine Rice. Played its role.
> Mango & Sticky Rice. The sticky rice was better than average (although it could have used a lot more sesame seeds)...the mango a bit pale looking but decent enough.
$70 for Four (Tax & Tip included)
Overall a pretty good place. This will be the go to Thai place here..until I find a better one... or can bring myself to cook Thai food authentically (I was end up reducing the Oil & Sugar...and screw up the dishes).
re: Robert Lauriston
It seems that the only Thai people in West L.A. or those that work / own the restaurants... as such you never see any Thai people eating at them.
I guess it must just be one of those West L.A. / Whole Foods Buffs fads and not really the traditional Thai thing I thought it was.
re: Melanie Wong
Just like you noted... the soups were weak... a big pitfall for me... rarely do we not got a soup at Thai. The Thai BBQ Chicken was quite good, no Brown Rice (which ticked me off)... I don't remember the other dish (and it was only 1 week ago).
There was also a bad energy about the place that sort of sealed its fate.
Should I give it another try... do you have some insights on what I should try?