Sunday, January 9, 2011

Restaurant Roundup: Bangkok Cafe, Foxboro MA

In Foxboro's quiet Foxfield shopping plaza lies an unassuming storefront called Bangkok Cafe.  Once you step inside though, you are in for some flavorful Thai eats and very friendly service!

Both the original location in Foxboro and their second in Roslindale, MA have been the subject of local praise and awards in their respective communities.  With the emphasis on big flavors and many vegetables, it is easy to understand why the Roslindale location has even been selected for participation in Boston's BestBites, a program that promotes lighter and healthier options when dining out.

The atmosphere in Foxboro is quiet and relaxing, with a small number of tables and a calm presence.  Might I suggest starting off with a refreshing beverage while you browse their impressive menu?  Bangkok Cafe offers beer and wine, including Thai options Singha beer and Lotus White Wine, and has recently been bestowed with an upgraded liquor license that allows the service of liqueurs and cordials. 

Whet your appetite with a favorite appetizer of mine - Thai Rolls.  Deep fried until crispy, these spring rolls are filled with a finely chopped mixture of chicken, carrots, and vermicelli.  I particularly love the dipping sauces that come with their appetizers and the sweetly flavored sauce that comes with these are no exception.  Also tasty are the Golden Triangles, which are a similar but meatless option, and the Chicken and Beef Satays.

No visit to Bangkok Cafe is complete until I have some of their Tom Yum Soup.  In the light but spicy lemongrass broth floats your choice of chicken or shrimp, mushrooms, onions, scallions, and a large baby tomato.  It is a very simple soup but the broth is so delectable, I can't get enough.

With a wide range of lunch and dinner options, it can be a challenge to narrow down what to orderfor your entree.  A recent meal I ate was the Bangkok Basil with beef.  This dish is filled to the brim with bits of beef, mushrooms, peppers, onions, carrots, and basil leaves all served over white rice.  The sauce served over this was a deliciously spicy garlic chile sauce that soaked into the rice, giving the whole dish a fabulously fiery flavor.  Mmm, I am so looking forward to my leftovers!

Other main dishes I have tried include the creamy coconut milk sauté of Lemon Grass Chicken, Racha Trio (chicken, beef, and pork tossed all together with a variety of vegetables and a honey plum sauce), and  their spicy Red Curry.  Their Pad Thai has good flavor but I find it to be a tad sticky and dry for my own personal taste. 

Typically, I don't have room for their all homemade desserts but I have tried their ginger ice cream (ice creams not homemade) and it makes for a perfect palate cleanser to cap off a flavorful meal.  I have yet to be let down by the Bangkok Cafe and am glad to have such a wonderfully run and tasty Thai restaurant nearby.

Bangkok Cafe Foxboro is located at 369 Central Street and in Roslindale at 25 Poplar Street.

*Dine-in, take-out, and catering available
*Major credit cards accepted
*Lunch served until 3pm

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