Another Fringe show with an early start had us stopping in at Bangkok Brothers in James Street for an early dinner – it was Valentine’s Day and the place was festooned with balloons some of which periodically exploded which, for those of faint heart, may have had some diving for cover!
The restaurant has taken the place of a Chinese restaurant and has been attractively fitted out – exposed brick walls, greenery, dim lighting – and is quite a large area – the front of the restaurant is a coffee shop and the counter has cakes and the like on display – and serves, too, as the bar. Then the room is divided into two dining areas – one with a stage for performances – and a function room to the back of the building.
The menu is quite extensive –and has pictures for those unfamiliar with the offerings; the first part of the menu is dedicated to smaller dishes and it was from this we made our order.
A plate of vegetarian spring rolls were pleasant without being out of the ordinary – crisply fried, moist inside, a mild dipping sauce to accompany them.
A couple of Oriental oysters – plump with a topping of Thai inspired spices and sauces – briny and juicy – sitting on a bed of brightly coloured yellow/orange salt – well presented.
Prawn and chicken dumplings followed – a generous serve – the dumplings gelatinous, the filling moist, juicy and well-seasoned – sweet chilli and spy dressing added a little zip to the dish.
Finally, scallop waterfall – not sure of the origin of the name – were succulent scallops, lightly grilled to retain the shape and flavour – sitting on thinly sliced cucumber and red onion, topped with shaved spring onion, and drizzled with a zesty chilli and lime sauce – these were very enjoyable.
Bangkok Brothers are licenced with a reasonable range of wines – the bottle of La Planchelière rosé from Anjou was on the sweeter side. Certainly a pleasant and refreshing drink and it would go well with spicy food.
We didn’t have long to linger as the Fringe beckoned, but Bangkok Brothers impressed – pleasant well-presented food, well priced and with very attractive décor. The waiters are friendly and helpful; it caters for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and just as bar if that is your inclination – despite the exploding balloons we will definitely be back