We opted for this restaurant for our Sunday lunch and I am thrilled to have found a diamond in the rough! Since moving here from the Bay Area years ago, we usually wait to eat Thai on our visits back to CA, but not any more. The dishes we chose were nothing short of amazing, including the tofu spring rolls, Gang Garee, and Tom Yum Gai. The crushed peanut sauce for the spring rolls was a delightful nuance to add to the appetizer's appeal. The Gang Garee was an experience that makes me want to get it again next time and yet I'm dying to try the other dishes to see if they have the same complexity of flavors and aromas. Very reasonably priced and served promptly, I only have two words of caution. First, don't be deterred by the appearance of the place itself (very clean and comfortable, just a little plain.) Second, pay attention to the pepper meter on the menu. The Gang Garee is a single pepper rating, but was about as spicy as I can comfortably go, and the Tom Yum Gai is a solid 3 for intensity of spiciness as well as flavor. I can't wait to take our next visitors from out of town!
The curry chicken is the best I have had in a long time! Superfriendly service and the price is fair as well!
This place is phenomenal. I love everything about it. For those naysayers.. Good, that means I will always be able to get a table there.
This is by far my favorite thai place in Tucson. Yes, the service is not the best, the restaurant is often closed on random days and it's a little run down but the food is well worth it. Also, the lunch buffet is great and inexpensive.
In response to CaliMan's post that "Los Angles and Portland blow Tucson out of the water food-wise," first I'd just like to say that it's called 'LA' and it's spelled out, L-O-S A-N-G-E-L-E-S. While I agree that Tucson is no Asian food mecca by any stretch of the imagination, and that it is neither as cosmopolitan or West-coast hip as Portland, I think CaliMan is missing the most important detail here: nobody in Tucson cares about LA or Portland. What we have here is ours, and ours alone. So in terms of regionalism and localism, Tucson's Sonoran-inspired cuisine kicks LA and Portland right in their huevos. And we are grateful to have at least one Asian restaurant like Bai Thong that tries hard to make their dishes traditional. Rustic, traditional, and local cuisine is what Tucson is made of, and so, CaliMan, judging by your comments, I'd say that you've missed this aspect of Tucson culture entirely. Maybe you should just move back to 'Los Angles' and tell them that your taste buds dried out in the heat.
Great fast lunch...lunch menu is inexpensive and delicious...the Thai ice coffee is a pick me up in the middle of the day. Lunch includes a lightly flavored chicken-based broth with some celery in it, then some rice, some crispy eggroll...the Basil Chicken is delicious and I always use their condiments, chilis in vinegar and spicy chili sauce to make my own, of course...recommended for a quick lunch..
I am confident they have the most authentic thai food in town. Unfortunately this place all ways seems empty whenever I visit. This place makes the food at Bangkok cafe seem watered down and tasteless (which it truly is). The only place I think that can compare is Char Thai, but I have begun to prefer Bai Thong's soups (I recommend the Tom Kha Gai), curries (Try the red curry with shrimp) and even their noodle dishes. I would declare Bai Thong the most authentic Thai restaurant in town although the ambiance is not quite there.
This is one of my favorite Tucson restaurants. The food is great and consistent. The curries are excellent. The service is always friendly even when it's really busy. The atmosphere is nice too. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and take guests here when they visit.
I love Bangkok Cafe!!! I moved to tucson from st.louis and really missed my fave. curry resturant ( Simply Thai ). My husband and I never thought another place would compare. We were happily wrong, Bangkok is great! The people are always nice.
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