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Sep 3, 2013 06:50 AM
Discussion for me, Bambu or Bangkok City??

I am trying to decide on my next trip and having trouble between the two places. I have heard only good things about Bambu but I have heard a few complaints about Bangkok City on other review sites. I'm sorry if this is a dumb post. I also need a consensus on what to order at the restaurant you have chosen. Obviously I have never been to either place so I have no reference except for my experiences at Si Lom which I think is similar..?

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  1. There is no other Thai food in Dallas that can be compared to Bambu. It's probably the highest form of Thai cuisine you'll find in the DFW area.

    Certainly, there is no contest about choosing Bambu over Bangkok City. I only wish they were closer to me. I'd eat there much more often.

    10 Replies
    1. re: twinwillow

      PakPao doesn't measure up? I haven't been to Bambu, but PakPao is very good.

      1. re: hypahypo

        I've heard wonderful things about PakPao. But, the OP specifically asked about Bambu vs. Bangkok City. So, I saw no need to bring it up.
        Besides, I haven't been there yet so I would not be able to offer an educated opinion.

        1. re: twinwillow

          I had never heard of PakPao.. Are you saying it may be better than Bangkok City? So far I have decided to visit Bambu next unless someone changes my mind.

          1. re: neilmcginnis

            Try Bambu and Bangkok City then, PakPao. PakPao is a new, totally different Thai restaurant offering more adventurous dishes not usually seen at other Thai restaurants.


            1. re: twinwillow

              Will do. Thanks dude (Can i call you dude? I feel like we are that close now) I will be going to Bambu next...
              Would you eat the same dishes at Bambu that you would order at Si Lom?

              1. re: neilmcginnis

                Not necessarily. Bambu offers many dishes that you won't see at other Thai restaurants. Take advantage of that fact and don't always try and "compare" the same dish you've had elsewhere.

                1. re: twinwillow

                  Yea unlike most people I prefer to try new things rather than go back to what i'm familiar with although I do intend to include at least one dish so that I can compare and contrast. Ok I will experiment.. If you think of what you like to order please let me know so I can have a plan for what to order. It is difficult for me to choose off of these menus without aid from you because often the descriptions don't sound that good to me but once I get the food and it tastes incredible, that's what matters. I thought Pad Se Eew sounded stupid and boring but it tasted amazing and I loved it.

        2. re: hypahypo

          Where is PakPao? I haven't heard of or been to Bambu, but I very seldom venture that far north unless I am compelled to travel to Oklahoma or something terrible like that.

          1. re: Mike C. Miller

            PakPao is in the Design District behind Oak. My friend from Thailand has said it's one of the few Thai restaurants she's been to in DFW that reminds her of home.

            I'm in the same boat on Bambu, but it could be worth a trip based on twin's descriptions. Sounds delicious.

        3. re: twinwillow

          Sounds like there is no question and I do know you are a well seasoned foodie, pun intended. That will be my next endeavor.. Can you tell me what all to order? Keep in mind I like to try several dishes tapas style and just take home whatever me and my wife don't eat.

        4. Bambu is very good, but as Twinwillow mentioned it's a drive from almost anywhere. We found Bangkok City (it may be the only restaurant that I've been to in Dallas that makes Mee Krob) to be just okay, but it's geographically undesirable (we're up in Frisco). Leslie Brenner mentioned Jasmine in Plano on Spring Creek in her review of PakPao, and we tried it last week. Not bad at all!