Bangkok Bites is situated at 95 Hall Street, Bondi Beach. The location is ideally perched right on the street corner with tables spilling out onto the pavement, where you can view straight down Bondi's favourite dining strip. This restaurant was buzzing with activity, even on a weeknight with a constant stream of diners filling the tables.
The decor has a hip street vibe look, rustic brick walls, blackened ceiling, dimmed lighting with splashes of colour highlighting a mixture of modern furnishings creating a great ambience.
Even though it was busy, the service was outstanding - so attentive with friendly professional attitudes. The manager has his staff totally tuned into the diners' needs; you don't have to ask for anything or try to find a waiter they just appear instantly.
Thai cuisine has stayed a popular choice when dining out. The combination of spices, sweetness and saltiness all coming together in an explosion of aromas and flavour is what Thai Food is all about. The cuisine never gets boring as the Chefs constantly evolve with new taste sensations. Though in saying that, you can still rely on finding your favourites like Pad Thai, Thai Green or Red Curries, but you may want to try something new after seeing their menu.
If you aren't that hungry, you can snack on some light bites, vegetarian options, noodle soups and salads.
Street food you won't find here, such as pigs brains floating in peppery broths or animal parts on skewers; you will need to search Thailand itself for those dishes, not in Bondi thank god!
In the cooking, the kitchen typically uses open charcoal graziers, fiery hot woks accompanied by bursting flames. Thai people know that it is important when producing Thai food that the woks are super hot, otherwise the food will get greasy. You may have found this problem at home when you try to cook your own Thai, especially if using an electric wok - it just isn't the same. So if you seek authentic Thai street food with its unique flavours, then it's well worth a visit to Bangkok Bites.
Most people would get the impression that Thai Street food is like fast food as it is made so quickly, but really it's not that easy to produce and requires the very best of fresh ingredients, skill and knowledge. I could see through the open kitchen that the Chefs really knew their business here.
Tom Yum Soup came to mind when I first walked in. The spicy broth filled with prawns, mushrooms, infused with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves is such a well loved Thai dish and my usual choice, but I was tempted to try something else.
Tom Yum Prawns - image courtesy of BB website
The menu was made me drool. It was a hard decision as I was also feeling like noodles, so after a short chat with my waiter and noting my liking for mild spices, I chose the Hall Street Noodles with seafood $19.90.
A huge serving arrived and after one bite, I knew I was onto a winner. So delicious and bursting with flavour. I tried to get through it all, but knew I was challenged and was thinking of my forever hungry grown up son at home. Knowing he would enjoy this dish later, I asked the waiter to put the remains into a take away container for me. When paying the only possibly drawcard to note is the fact this restaurant only accepts cash as payment so be prepared before you come in. Otherwise there are ATMS just a little way down the street. Also keep in mind that they aren't licensed but you can BYO @ $2 per person corkage.
Apart from the payment issue, Bangkok Bites is a bustling energetic restaurant with a laid back clientele and atmosphere where everyone can enjoy the simple act of eating good food.
From the wonderful smiling attentive staff to the vibrant colourful open kitchen where you can see the chefs hammering out amazing dishes, Bangkok Bites epitomises good Thai Street food. I was so pleased to come across this great restaurant and would definitely be back again soon.