Visit Hendricks County recently conducted a Facebook poll regarding popular Thai restaurants in the area. We listed four eateries and asked readers to choose their favorite one. Choices included Bangkok Kitchen, Thai Orchid, Thai Lanna and Thai Basil.
The competition was fierce! Bangkok Kitchen came out on top but the others were close behind.
Bangkok Kitchen was also included in another blog post, Yelp's top restaurants in Hendricks County, IN. Seems it's time to check out Bangkok Kitchen first hand and see what the hype is all about!
Thai-inspired wall decor, warm colors and soft music create an elegant, yet relaxing ambiance. Our kids were with us, and a small menu is offered. However, it seems more appropriate for a date night.
We were immediately sat by the friendly staff, and our server greeted us. The menu offers many selections with detailed descriptions. Earlier in the day, I read reviews from Yelp and their Facebook page, and we decided to try those recommendations. They were definitely spot on!
We started with the crab rangoon appetizer. What a perfect combination of crab, cream cheese and a sweet dipping sauce. As for entrees, I choose the pad kee mao (drunken noodles) with beef and my husband went with the chicken pad thai. These dishes offer various options of meat/seafood/tofu and a range of 5 spice levels (mild, medium, hot, extra hot or thai hot).
As soon as we finished our appetizer, our entrees arrived still steaming. Both of these generously sized dishes consisted of the perfect amount of spices and seasonings, noodles cooked just right and tasty vegetables and meat. We are looking forward to trying other menu items in the near future. Options include salads, soups, curry dishes, fried-rice dishes and chef specials.
Although our stomachs were completely full, we somehow had room for dessert. We opted to share the fried bananas with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, honey and coconut flakes. It was a hit, and we finished every last bite!
A cozy bar area is located toward the back of the restaurant with a view of their huge wall of wine. Not only do they offer a great wine selection, but also a variety of beer and tasty cocktails. Several cocktails came highly recommended in the reviews.
Bangkok Kitchen is open for both lunch and dinner,
Where: 9269 E. U.S. Hwy 36, Avon
When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and noon-9 p.m. Sunday.
Facebook insight: Bangkok kitchen! Get their volcano chicken and Hawaiian fried rice.
There really is no loser here. As for the other three Hendricks County Thai restaurants, here are the details, and all come highly recommended.
Where: 2683 E. Main St. #106, Plainfield (near The Shops at Perry Crossing)
What: Thai Orchid serves authentic thai cuisine. The menu includes appetizers, salads, soups, noodle dishes, fried rice dishes, curries, traditional entrees and the seafood corner. Shrimp, scallops and grilled salmon are just a few items on the seafood menu. Pad thai and Hawaiian fried rice are popular dishes. They do serve beer and wine. A kids menu is available.
When: Lunch and Dinner. Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; Lunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Dinner 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday.
Facebook insight: Love the food and the ladies who work there.
Where: 9655 E. U.S. 36 Suite 1, Avon
What: Thai Lanna describes their menu as a standard selection of classic entrees. The atmosphere is casual and laid back. Menu options include appetizers, soups, salads, noodles, stir-fried, fried rice and curry dishes. The combination appetizer sampler (egg roll, chicken satay, fried wontons, french fries, crab cakes) is highly recommended as well as the pad thai. A kids menu is available. They do not serve alcoholic beverages. However, they do have a great tea selection.
When: Lunch and Dinner. Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday.
Facebook insight: You cannot go wrong with any of the 4, but Thai Lanna is my favorite.
Where: 814 E. Main St., Brownsburg (just east of Hilligoss Bakery)
What: Thai Basil was also included in Yelp's Top Restaurants in Hendricks County, IN. This family-owned and operated eatery boasts authentic thai dishes prepared with fresh ingredients. Menu selections include appetizers, salads, soups, noodles, fried rice, curries, traditional entrees, chef specials and fish and seafood. A kids menu is available. They serve beer and wine.
When: Lunch and Dinner. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
Facebook insight: My pick is Thai Basil but Bangkok Kitchen is a very close contender!