I swear it’s just a coincidence I happened to eat Thai twice this week! After a mini shopping spree on Newbury over the weekend, Meesh and I decided to grab dinner with her little brosef Saturday night. Hating everything about Newbury Street on a Saturday at 7pm, we decided to get out of there and hit up a hidden gem just around the corner. That hidden gem being Bangkok City on Mass Ave; located across the street from Berklee School of Music and a convenient one minute walk from Symphony Hall.
When we got there, we were seated at one of the lower tables in the middle of the room. They have the type of tables where the floor dips below you so you have to remove your shoes and slide in. Similar to the private rooms at Fugakyu. I love them! It was a little chilly out so we started with some soup. Tom Yum and Tom Kah to be exact.
Tom Yum is a thai traditional sweet and sour soup made with lemongrass and chili. The other was a coconut milk base with mushrooms, tomatoes, scallions and chicken. MmMmm, soup in fall is so necessary! Next we tried the dumplings, which were pretty standard and equally delicious.
…and the beef satay, which came with the best dipping sauces! I love the minced cucumber & carrot one. SO GOOD!
Then of course we had the Pad Thai, which I always have to order when eating Thai. I can’t help it, I love it! I never get sick of it, I don’t know why. Bangkok City covers theirs with tons of peanut shavings, just the way I like it.
Wa also tried the tamarind chicken.
I’m always a sucker for anything with pineapple and chili. It had so much flavor, and just the right mix of sweet and spicy. I’ll also add that Bangkok City tends to keep their dishes mild. In Thailand extra spicy is the way of life, but the restaurant knows that the overall American general public may not be looking for such a big kick. If you are, don’t hesitate to tell them. Everything is made to order, and they have no problem adding the extra spice if you’re looking to enjoy your meal the way Thai’s do.
It’s also worth mentioning that this place has a HUGE menu filled with traditional dishes, chef’s specialties and even a few “create your own” options. The prices are very reasonable, and they even have some great house wines that are way affordable. Just like in Thailand, all the people are extremely nice and helpful. Emphasis on “extremely.” They are always smiling and cheerful and have the ability to instantaneously put you in a great mood. Check it out next time your in the Back Bay!