“ Thai Restaurant. 106 Parnell Street, Dublin. tel = 0353 –1- 878 6618. „
~ ~ This Thai restaurant is located at 106 Parnell Street, just of the city’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street, at the far end of the street from O’Connell Bridge. If it’s a fun evening out, and good tasty food at cheap prices that you’re looking for, then this is the place to visit. I guarantee that before you’ve even sat down at your table in this friendliest of eateries, there will be a huge smile plastered all over your face. It’s simply that kind of place. ~ ~ The owner, and chief cook and bottle washer, Mo Hennessy, is the sort of person you instantly take a liking to. There’s nothing posh or fancy about the Bangkok. Mo just took a single room, through a few hundred quid at it in way of decorations, gave it a lick of paint and some tables and chairs, and then began to do what she does best. To cook Thai food that is simply out of this world, and treat each and every customer as if they were her long lost brother or sister. And it’s a recipe that has paid of in spades, because the Bangkok has now built itself a reputation that is second to none in the city, and it’s THE place to eat and to be seen by all the hippest people and all the “movers and shakers” around Dublin town. ~ ~ Looking at the menu wont do you much good here, for Mo makes up all her own names for her creations!! Take a peek at the starters. You could try some Tung Tong. Or Som Tum Thai. Or even some Tom Yum Kung. Now tell me you’re any the wiser as to what you’d be ordering? Translated these are respectively crab meat and prawn in wonton (Tung Tong), a carrot salad with shrimp, coriander and tamarind (the Som Tum Thai), and hot and sour prawn soup with dark curry (the Tom Yum Kung). But whatever you decide on, you can be sure that it will excite and delight your taste buds! There is never a huge choice of main course here either,
the staples being green and red Thai curries supplemented by a choice of two or three other dishes, with a vegetarian dish thrown in for the non-meat eaters. But who needs a huge choice when what’s on offer is just so terrific! ~ ~ Mo and her friendly crew are quite unique, and pride themselves on “doing their own thing". Their spontaneity and unpredictability are a pure delight, and what makes people return here time and time again. It’s said that the guiding principle of life in Thailand is that living should be “Sanuk” (fun). That describes the Bangkok Café to a tee – it’s just pure “Sanuk”. And, just as importantly, the lovely and delicious food has the effect of producing “Sabai” (well-being), which it is said is the ultimate aim of all activity in Thailand. ~ ~ The average price of dinner here is only about £15 to £20 (Irish Punts). Don’t bother taking along your credit cards, as Mo doesn’t accept them, only “real” cash. Kids are welcomed with open arms, and while the place isn’t wheelchair friendly that won’t stop Mo getting a wheelchair in, even if she has to carry it herself. I take it you’ve gathered by now that I’m a big fan of this cracker of a restaurant, and it comes with my very highest possible recommendation. It’s open every night of the week from 5.30 PM until last orders at 10.30 PM. Tel: 0353 – 1- 878 6618. If you go nowhere else when you visit Dublin, go to the Bangkok Café.