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Well if you haven’t, here’s a dining place that we’ll like to share.
Located at what-used-to-be-vacant lot, next to La Bodega, is a new fusion Thai/Western-themed restaurant, namely Bangkok Beat Bistro. Not to be mistaken with Bangkok Jazz or any SEA Cuisine’s chain of Restaurants, this place is actually chain from Bangkok Jam Restaurants currently located in Singapore and Taiwan.
A coffee shop like facade, introduces patrons to a rather fusion interior, where comfortable conventional/simple table and seating meets contemporary artistic display and wall decorations. Staffs are friendly and rather attentive, we were immediately shown the menu, and told to wait for table, which we got it almost immediately despite the packed dinner crowd. After all, the place had just open for business a day before we patronized the place.
As how they introduces themselves, their menu was a combination of authentic Thai cuisines with some hint of Western influences in them, ranging from Authentic Soups, Refreshing Salad, Main from Thai Homes and Street Favourites, From the Grill to simple Mouth-watering Bites. Ordering was quick, however, probably due to the fact that they were new, it took the orders a lil’ longer than expected to arrive at the table (not too long though).
The curious us would definitely want to try everything, however, we have only a stomach each and money doesn’t grow on trees, we had to settle for a couple of items to see how their food fare.
First on our list was their Tom Yum Seafood Soup. Though not real food critiques, we really believe that a good Tom Yum would determines a good Thai Restaurant. The soup arrives in form of a decent sized bowl, filled up a generous portion of seafood like shrimps, slices of fish and squids and a lot of other ingredients giving out an aromatic appeal. The taste was ‘however’ just o-k, but not great as we felt that there’s still room for improvements, especially where there’s quite a number of popular Thai cuisine places around town.
Next up was the Stir-Fried Mince Chicken and Basil. A generous portion of mince chicken, served with rice, a fried egg, and some cucumbers on the side. This has also been a popular dish among the other Thai cuisine places, but we would say the one here is actually pretty good. Hence, it’s worth trying. Do remember to request for their seafood chilli sauce, which complimented the dish rather well.
Also, we tried one of their recommended, Bangkok Beat Grill Special, where a nicely grilled piece of thigh, is served with some grilled squid, thai salad and rice on the side. We really curious how it would come up. The chicken thigh and squid was delicious, minus the fact that the salad is too small of a portion. But well, looks could be deceiving, particularly when it arrives looking a lil’ off the picture we say on the menu (yes, we know the term, images are for display only, actual product may vary), especially for a RM 25 price tag, many would have some decent expectations.
As for drinks, we managed to order our regular, Thai Milk Tea, which we were delighted to know they served them, a reminiscence of those we had in Bangkok. While the other drink we other was, the Lychee Mint Cooler, basically a glass of shave ice in a mint flavour drink coupled with some lychee. A refreshing drink indeed. Another must try.
Overall, we would expect some improvements the next time we patronize the place.
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