Frankly, it’s a little embarrassing that it’s taken me so long to get around to visiting Bangkok Café.
This Canton-based Thai restaurant is a bit of a Cardiff institution, and I’ve only heard good things about it during the years I’ve been writing the blog.
Unsurprisingly, there's substance behind the recommendations.
Major positives include a relaxed and modern dining space; friendly and efficient service; a menu chock-full of interesting dishes; liberal portions; and most importantly, excellent Thai food.
A brace of Singhas provided chilli relief during the meal.
To start I ordered Yam Ner (£5.50), spicy beef salad – a mountain of tender seared beef, spring onions, tomatoes and cucumber were bathed in a fragrant dressing of chilli, lime, coriander and fish sauce. So moreish was the dressing that I poured the leftovers straight down my hatch.
Mrs G ordered Bor Bia Sot (£4.50), rice noodle rolls filled with beansprouts, tofu and Thai basil and topped with a sticky, sweet and sour tamarind sauce. This very good dish, however, was let down slightly as the rice noodle rolls were disappointingly hard in places.
Other starters were met with praise – generous and juicy chicken satay (£4.50) and immensely sticky and tender ribs (£4.50).
Mains were winners across the board.
Pad Thai (£8.50), probably the most popular of all Thai dishes, successfully combined rice noodles, beansprouts, egg, prawns, tamarind, lime juice and ground peanuts.
My Massaman curry (£11.50) was Thai comfort food at it’s finest. A meaty, creamy coconut gravy was packed with tender lamb, potatoes and peanuts. Accompanying rice was pleasingly sticky but a portion of green vegetables in an underwhelming coconut dressing seemed like an odd addition to the plate.
Lastly, a trough of Kwideow Dom Ka Gai (£8.25) – a creamy coconut soup fragranced with lemongrass and overflowing with chicken, spring onion, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and rice noodles – would have provided a challenge for even my seemingly endless appetite.
Our meal at Bangkok Café was corking and there are so many of their dishes I still want to try.
It won’t be so long until my second visit.
Address - Bangkok Cafe, 207 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 9AJ
Telephone - 029 2034 0455