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Mar 5, 2008 05:27 PM

Bangkok Garden in Columbia, MD

I went and checked out Bangkok Garden in Columbia with a few friends based on a few recommendations on this board. It was very very good. And for the price (most dishes are around 10 dollars), it's even better. I have been to most of the Thai places in Baltimore, and they simply do not match up with Bangkok Garden.

Started off our dinner with Steamed Green Mussels, typical Thai dish seasoned with lemongrass. We pretty much drank all the broth. Since it was our first time, we tried the Pad Thai which was solid (good, not the best I've had), but it was very flavorful and rich (do not mistake that for greasy). Also tried panang curry with chicken. So good we ended up asking for more rice so we can mix it with the curry til not a drop remained. Finally, we tried one of their monthly specials, Southern Duck. It is basically duck, with the skin rendered crispy in a sweet chile sauce. It was phenomenal (and only 13 dollars). Washed it all down with some very good Thai Iced Tea (not overly sweet like so many other Thai Iced Teas I have tried in Baltimore, you can actually taste Tea). Portions are generous. I hear lunch is even cheaper, so I am looking forward to another lunch outing.

It's a good drive for me from Baltimore, but well worth it, and I plan on going once a week. It has all the signs of a good ethnic restaurant. Native owners, tacky decor, disco lights, karaoke machine, and a lot of Thai people dining as well.

Posting to give it some attention and see if anyone else has been here (haven't seen much about it). Eating here was a true pleasure. I think back at the time 2 years ago I ate at Thai Restaurant on Greenmount. Granted, everyone knows Thai Restaurant sucks (and grossly overpriced, curries there are almost 20 dollars). But Bangkok Garden makes me want to go burn down Thai Restaurant for serving such inferior food. Is Bangkok Garden better than Thai Arroy? Yes. (although Thai Arroy doesn't deserve a cruel fate like Thai Restaurant)

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    1. If you're going out that direction, you should give Bangkok Delight a try as well ( It's my all-time favorite, compare everything else to restaurant.

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      1. re: ktracy

        Bangkok Garden is far superior to Bangkok Delight which is your run of the mill boring Thai joint flavor wise. BG is much more authentic, and I agree, really better than most Thai places in the area.

        1. re: ktracy

          I am glad that you enjoy Bangkok Delight, and their food is good, and IMO their Musulman curry is actually better than Bangkok Garden (which leads me to wonder whether the owners of BD are from southern Thailand or Malaysia). OTOH Bangkok Garden is IMO the best Thai restaurant around. Their Penang curry is not only excellent but unmatched. The hot and sour seafood soup, crab meat dumplings, drunken noodles and most other dishes that I have tried are first-rate.

        2. Bangkok Garden makes the BEST panang curry. It makes you want to lick your plate (which is why I get it to go, LOL)

          1. Try the Whole Crispy Fish with the chile garlic sauce AND the Angel Shrimp. Delicious!

            1. Oscar>> I'm glad you found Bangkok Garden.

              Their Bethesda location was highlighted several years ago by the Thai cooking instructor at l'Academie de Cuisine. She thought it was the best, at the time, place for authentic Thai food in Bethesda. For example: their Pad Thai is rich, not sweet. Other Thai places have come and gone and Bangkok Garden keeps cooking [I try the new places as time permits - still haven't gotten to Nark Kara]. The Bethesda location is a bit tattered decor-wise, but 'hounds focus on the food.

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