I find most of the Thai food around Auckland a bit same samey. That is, until we tried @Bangkok in Kingsland. I am in love with their beef salad and can’t wait to get back and re make its acquaintance (and that of its friends).
We dropped in for a quick bite the other night and loved the simple, young street-style fitout with a loungey soundtrack and super-friendly staff. We ordered the Beef Nam Tok ($13.50), and the Chicken with Sizzling Signature Sauce ($16.50) with sticky rice ($3.50) and it was all sensational.
The Beef Salad was at the high end of my spice tolerance but the flavours and textures were so fantastic I couldn’t stop eating it. It consisted of a bed of red onion, coriander, spring onions and other herbs topped with crazily tender grilled spicy beef with the most fantastic lemon, chilli flavour (there was ground rice in there too but nowhere near as much as you would find in a larb or similar dish). It was topped with finely chopped cabbage and julienned carrots and was as pretty to look at as it was to taste, loaded with varying flavours and textures and cooked to perfection.
The Chicken was also excellent with a sweeter garlicky sauce that complemented our other choice perfectly (nowhere near as spicy). Again the chicken was perfect tenderness and was stir fried with the sauce and beans, onions, cabbage and orange kumara. The lovely sticky sauce was sweet but not overly so and loaded with garlic; once again it was beautifully presented.
We would have liked a bit more ‘stick’ in the sticky rice but that’s a very minor detail and probably a personal preference thing.
I want to just keep rambling but I won’t, except to say – go, very soon. The snapper menu looks amazing as do the salads and curries. If you’re in search of really good Thai food, you’ll definitely find it @Bangkok!