Bangkok Garden, 18 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1G7 (416) 977-6748
This visit was a result of a media event invite.
Thailand is still one of my top destinations on my ever-growing bucket list of countries I must eat through. The vibrancy of flavour, paired with amazingly fresh ingredients is what captivates me the most with Thai cuisine. Luckily for me and most of you, Toronto is home to some of the most authentic and saliva-inducing Thai restaurants there are outside of Bangkok.
I was lucky enough to sample through a seemingly endless but addictively delicious lunch buffet menu at Bangkok Garden which featured things from the classic pad thai to the luscious curries. The majority of the notable décor items are also imported from Thailand, such as the imported teak flooring and the hand-painted blue china plates.
Did you know Bangkok Garden is the oldest standing Thai restaurant in Toronto? It clocks in an astounding 35 years in 2017. Well before the surge of Thai food took a firm hold of Toronto’s food scene, Bangkok Garden has been serving some seriously delicious digs, securing a spot for Thai food in the Toronto food scene for decades to come.
Bangkok Garden – Appetizers
Right from the get-go, we were treated to a humble yet flavourful array of appetizers with the mango and jicama salad really popping in flavour. Also, as a side note, the Basic AF side of me totally demolished the spring rolls. Who can ever say no to fried food ;).
Bangkok Garden – Drinks
Then, to pair with this amazing lunch, I ordered a Tom Yum Siam which is a Martini made with Stoli vodka, Malibu coconut rum, lychee fruit, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, Thai chili and fresh lime juice. Skeptical at first on how they can incorporate the aroma of Thai food into a drink, I was then delightfully proven wrong. It was floral and fruity with a nice warm heat to it as well that was not in any way overbearing. Quite a nice modern play with Thai flavours!
Bangkok Garden – Mains and Price of Lunch Buffet
And then there were the mains; Emerald Curry, Yellow Curry, Panang Curry with basa filet, spicy pork, stir-fries, pineapple fried rice and of course, pad thai. My personal favourite was the red curry with the basa filet, tender and flakey fish enrobed in a flavourful curry. Coming in a close second is my usual all-time favourite, green curry, there just isn’t anything like the flavour profile of a good spicy green curry topped on a steaming bed of jasmine rice.
Their lunch buffet only coming in around $15.95 is a great way to treat yourself to a bunch of different dishes all at once, so you can try as much as or little of a dish that you like. Another thing about their lunch buffet menu is that they have a noodle bar where you can customize your own bowl using authentic Thai ingredients.
Bangkok Garden – Desserts
Now to end off this amazing meal, we sampled another colourful array of desserts. Thailand, is a country rich of desserts, many of them comprising of coconut flavours. There was one dessert that really surprised me though, and it was the Chocolate Mousse that had a hint of Thai Chili worked into it. Very airy, smooth and just a right amount of warmth.
All in all, this was a place that I would definitely consider coming back to especially for lunch menu as the food was amazing and a great Thai sampler that is quite affordable.
I hope you enjoyed my long-awaited return for a proper restaurant review blog and this helps you decide where to eat next.
Until we dine again,
– The Piquey Eater
P.S. A little birdie told me this place is one of the places opening up for Winterlicious this year 😉