LITTLE BANGKOK THAI & CHINESE CUISINE
LITTLE BANGKOK 2225 CHESIRE BRIDGE RD NE, ATLANTA, 30324 404-315-1530 LITTLEBANGKOKATLANTA.COM I am a huge fan of Thai food, and when I heard rumors that Little Bangkok located on Cheshire Bridge Rd is one of the best spots in Atlanta, you know The Hungry Lens had to check it out.
ATMOSPHERE: Looking at the outside of Little Bangkok I was expecting to walk into a typical Chinese/Thai takeout place with a couple of pictures on the wall, but no real decorations. But when I walked in to Little Bangkok I was overwhelmed with the breathtaking, beautiful Asian themed decorations covering the bright blue walls. They had beautiful rich gold figurines scattered throughout the inside, and amazingly gorgeous paintings on the walls. It reminded me of a spot you would see in New York City with all of the creative one of a kind pieces. I’m not sure what it was, but I found this place so incredibly charming and comfortable. And not to mention the super cool fish tanks in the back! I am usually not a fan of fish tanks because they are typically dirty and the fish are overcrowded, but these were bright, clean, and beautiful. Overall I loved the vibe in Little Bangkok.
SERVICE: The service at Little Bangkok was great. I was seated right away and the staff was very friendly and prompt. They cleaned all of my dishes away throughout the service not letting my table get crowded. They checked on me throughout my meal and had great attitudes. Overall I have nothing but positive things to say about the service here. FOOD: Little Bangkok serves both Thai and Chinese food, and has so many different options to choose from. You can find just about any traditional Chinese or Thai dish you can think of and also new dishes you typically don’t find (like squid!). But since I was recommended to try the Thai food, this is what I stuck with. I began my meal with the Tom Ka soup, a Thai chicken coconut soup with mushroom and green onion. First let me say I am a firm believer that you eat with your eyes first, so having a dish look appetizing is extremely important to me, and when the soup came out and it was absolutely beautiful! The rich colorful orange broth with bright green onions and big chunks of fresh chicken were enough to have me dive right in. The broth was so flavorful with traditional Thai flavors of curry and coconut milk. This soup was sweeter than I thought it would be but I actually didn’t mind it. One of my favorite parts of this dish was the fresh mushrooms. They were cooked perfectly and added a nice hearty bite to cut through the sweetness of the broth. Overall this soup was great!
Tom Ka soup
Next I tried the cheese roll, which is a modern take on the traditional crab Rangoon. Little Bangkok does theirs with a twist by having it a long cylinder form and stuffed with shrimp, cheese, carrot, and cilantro. I loved the fact that they added more savory ingredients into this roll because the traditional form with just cream cheese and crab can be a bit too sweet for me. When I split the roll open there were huge chunks of shrimp surrounded by gooey, warm, rich cream cheese. The fresh cilantro gave a bright fresh punch of flavor to cut through the sweetness of the cream cheese. It was a perfect balance of flavors and I prefer these much more over the traditional crab Rangoon.
For my entrée I knew I had to try the chicken Panang curry. I absolutely LOVE Panang curry and I am on a mission to find the best in Atlanta. The portions at Little Bangkok are insane! You get your own huge bowl of white rice to accompany the rather large plate of curry. I love that the rice and curry are served separately so I could make my own plate and customize how much rice and curry I wanted to mix together. The rice was light, fluffy and perfectly cooked. The curry had so much flavor! It was so rich with the creamy sweetness of the coconut milk with a spicy kick from the Thai chilies. The vegetables were so bright and colorful. Not to mention they were cooked perfectly – tender yet still crisp with a bite to them. I loved the balance of this dish. My only complaint was that I would have liked it a tad bit sweeter and served with a lime or two. I love how the acidity of the lime really enhances the flavor of Thai dishes. I will say this did not take my #1 spot for the best Panang curry in Atlanta, but it is certainly second. For the #1 Panang curry in Atlanta I have tried so far you need to go to Mint Chinese & Thai, it is located at 3683 Clairmont Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341.
My meal ended with a fortune cookie of course, I wonder if it will come true?
PRICE: The price at Little Bangkok is similar to all traditional Chinese/Thai places with entrees ranging from $10-15. My soup, cheese roll, and Panang curry came to around $16. With the portion sizes of the food this is a steal, I had a to-go box full of leftovers when I left. FINAL GRADE: Based on all of the following criteria discussed above I give Little Bangkok a solid A. The atmosphere was so unique and beautiful. The service was speedy and friendly. The food was so fresh and flavorful, and lastly the price is reasonable. Although they did not take over the #1 spot for the best Panang curry in Atlanta, I still highly recommend you check out Little Bangkok for a wonderful ambiance and delicious meal!