Cheap Eats - @Bangkok


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!

Location: 438 New North Road, Kingsland
Phone: (09)  849 6436
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 5.30 till late
Prices: Stir fries 11.50 – 15.50; Rice and Noodles 11.50-15.50; Curries 11.50 -15.50; Salad 12.50 -15.50; Soups 11.50 – 15.50; Whole Snapper dishes 22.50 – 24.50
Credit Cards:  Yes
Licensed: Yes
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Takeaways: Yes
Bathrooms: Fine
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes, but tight getting to the toilet.
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4 Responses

  1. Dee says:

    Good review. Just wondering which dish is pictured? And I hope you update with a follow-up review…judging a Thai takeaways without including any curries, soups, or Pad Thai is like assessing a burger joint after having a wrap.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Cheapeats says:

    We weren’t in the mood for anything heavy and I am totally addicted to Thai dishes with fresh herbs and zingy dressings, hence our choices. Get a bit sick of Pad Thai, Tom Yum and the other standards when you review this many Thai restaurants 😉 The dish pictured is the amazing Beef Salad recommended by the chef as a real Bangkok style dish. If you decide to go please tell us what you think of their curries and noodle dishes, although we’re pretty sure we’ll find an excuse to go back and maybe we can do a follow-up review then…

  3. Neen says:

    Alexia, let us know next time you’re going and we could meet you there??

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