Had a very very good lunch today at Bangkok City (on Mass Ave diagonally across from Berklee Hall).
We ordered from the Thai menu which you have to ask for(it is separate from the regular menu). Also we requested all dishes to be (pet ma).
Seaweed Soup with Shrimp and Ground Pork was fairly limp in taste and uneventful(the least enjoyable dish of the day) but the seaweed tasted like much of the stuff I've ingested unintentionally at Duxbury beach. This is the only dish we ordered normal (not pet ma, and if we had ordered it pet ma it really wouldn't have changed it much.
Hot and Sour Salad with Papaya, Shredded Green Papaya that was perfectly spiced even without being able to see actual chilis with the papaya, super perfect balance of hot/sour/salty/sweet and the inclusion of whole sprigs of mint/tomato/roasted peanuts.
Spicy Ground Chicken Salad (Larb/Larp), excellent aromas of a very good fermented fish sauce, nicely ground chicken, plenty of heat, lots of ground chilis , just a tad more of the fish sauce with chilis was added to bring up the heat level a little.
Shrimp & Squid in chili paste topped with crispy Basil Leaves....ever had fried basil leaves and shredded coconut together??? Amazing combo, perfectly fried shrimp and squid tossed in a red chili paste that brought the flavors of the coconut and basil together...extremely simple dish but def the best on the table.
Black Olive Fried Rice(yup I wrote Black Olive Fried Rice)... had to order it just for the novelty of it, turns out it was pretty darn good with lots of slices of chinese sausage and plenty of olive, the more we ate it the more we liked it. I asked about the origins of the dish and they said it is a Thai/Chinese crossover dish...I said from the north?? they said no...from the south(China's to the north right?)...go figure.
Plain sticky rice for dipping was the normal fare.
Sticky Rice with Mango and coconut was delicious(the mango was nice and ripe...slightly sweet rice with just the right amount of salt..we requested some toasted sesame seeds to top them off with.
Had Thai Tea(iced tea with sweetened condensed milk) the tea was very orangey in color for some reason but was just simply tea with condensed milk.
Pretty well enjoyed lunch.
3 people $54.00
I've got a copy of the Thai menu and am already eyeing what I am going to get when I go back.