Although downtown Blacksburg is home to many local eateries, few break the mold of rural college-town restaurants quite like Cafe de Bangkok.
Cafe de Bangkok offers Thai cuisine along with a modern atmosphere.
Just off Main Street, Cafe de Bangkok sits unassumingly behind the post office in a charming brick building.
As I entered the restaurant, the cozy, modern atmosphere immediately welcomed me in. The entrance of Cafe de Bangkok opens up to a bar and waiting area filled with black wooden tables along with matching benches. The warm glow from the candles atop the tables gave the restaurant its relaxed vibe.
While the restaurant wasn’t too busy and had many tables available, the hostess, who greeted us as we entered, didn’t seat us right away. After a curious five-minute wait, we were shown to our table. The restaurant section of Cafe de Bangkok continues to add to the warm, modern atmosphere, as the walls are painted shades of yellow and orange.
After another curious wait, the waitress came to take our drink orders. I perused the menu, which offers a wide range of foods, from starters and soups to various types of main dishes. The restaurant has plenty of options for the main course and has many dishes from each section of the menu like curries, rice woks, wok noodles, noodle bar and the main event.
As a starter, I ordered the Cafe de Bangkok dip, which is its zesty house blended peanut dip that is served with a crispy Thai skin wrap. Don’t let the “skin” description scare you away. The appetizer was basically a Thai version of chips and dip.
The skin wrap was actually chip-like, but also seemed like the shell of a spring roll. The dip was tangy and delicious, with crushed peanuts mixed in. The appetizer was a good portion size and definitely a bargain for only $2.89.
For the main course, I decided to order the Bangkok Pad Thai. I’ve had many variations on Pad Thai throughout my lifetime and was looking forward to their take on the classic dish.
The wait between our appetizer and main course was longer than usual, but not too long. The appetizer left me wanting more, and by the time the entree came, I was filled with anticipation.
As the waitress set the Pad Thai down in front of me, I could see that the portion was huge. The heaping portion of Pad Thai looked and smelled delicious. It did not disappoint.
The flavors abounded in this dish and left me satisfied. According to their menu, the Bangkok Pad Thai’s thin rice noodles are sauteed in a Thai sweet and sour sauce with green onions, tomatoes, chopped peanuts and bean sprouts.
The dish was sweet, savory and not too spicy — just the way I like it. It filled me up and left plenty to take home, which makes it a bargain at just under $10. The leftovers made for a great lunch and tasted just as good as the day before.
Although the service was a little slow, my experience at Cafe de Bangkok was pleasant, and I will definitely being going back or may try their take-out option.
If you’re stuck in a dining rut and have an adventurous appetite, Cafe de Bangkok is a nice and affordable break from the usual with its modern vibe and exotic food.