Bangkok Garden Restaurant

New Haven Area, Connecticut

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Another day, another mediocre Thai restaurant. When did Thai food become so watery and lame? I used to live in Thailand and I am devastated at what's happened to the cuisine in the US.

I got the Bangkok Basil with tofu ($6.95 for the lunch special). It was a heap of overcooked onions, bell peppers and some pieces of basil with exactly four pieces of tofu. And a little dollop of white rice (they don't have brown rice, which is to be expected, but annoying and depressing every time nevertheless).

First, the dish was just unmemorable and flat. It had no spicy heft, no fresh vegetables and just bored the hell out of me. Second, though I ordered the lunch portion, the waitress neglected to ask me about whether I wanted a soup or salad or egg roll, so I missed out on that part of the meal.

I would have complained but the service was terrible---slow, inattentive and curt.

They crammed me into the glass-walled front part of the restaurant which is way too bright during the day; the sun will burn your skin if you're sensitive to light. They need to put some shades on that part of the building.

All told, Bangkok Garden sucks and serves unremarkable, bland food and has terrible service to boot. Don't waste you time here. There is no good Thai food in New Haven, but Thai Pan-Asian around the corner on Chapel Street is the best of a mediocre lot.

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