Well so much for posting a wine every week or two, huh? It’s only been two years!!!
Well here is the re-commitment post.
We will start with a Restaurant review of a nice little lunch place we found in Gainesville.
My lovely wife and I had to go to Gainesville this week to have some medical testing done. We had a break between tests so we started looking for a place to have lunch. Man were we lucky. We found Bangkok Square it was recommended from a local food blogger in the Gainesville area. The restaurant located on Archer Road west of 75, see below for more information. It is in a shopping center where there is a Cloud 9 spa. It is easy to miss so look for the spa it’s the anchor tenant.
When you enter the restaurant it is clean and bright, booths down the outside walls and table against the windows, a full bar across the back wall. A friendly staffer greeted us and sat us at one of the booths.
My wife and I were very blessed to travel as a team all over the world for a year on a special project for a large aviation company. We decided to find the best Thai food in every city we visited during this project. So I feel like we have a good basic understanding of Thai food. My wife a Thai hot person me not so much so the spicing of the food is a very critical part of our reviews.
We sat down to a good menu with all of the staples of the Thai cuisine represented. Red, Green and Mussaman curries. Pad Thai and traditional soups. The wife loves Thai hot Red Curry over fried fish. Me any new places I always go for the Pad Thai. However, this Pad Thai was like I had never seen Crispy Duck! Yes you read that right Crispy Duck Pad Thai. The reviewer on the blog had suggested this dish as the best he had ever tasted so who am I to argue!
The lunch came with complimentary soup and egg roll. The soup was quite a disappointment just weak chicken broth with about 6 spinach leaves and fewer slivers of something that I am sure was supposed to be chicken. The egg roll just as disappointing over fried bundle of egg roll wrapping with no filling we were very worried about the entrees to follow after this first food service.
Our fears were calmed as soon as the food hit the table. The wife’s Red Curry and my Pad Thai beautifully presented with vegetable garnished very well carved. Then the taste. My Crispy Duck Pad Thai was one of the best Pad Thai’s I have ever eaten. The wonderful duck flavor in every bite of the dish. The noodles perfectly cooked not sticking together and showing no signs of over cooking which leads to a gummy nasty mess. The wife’s Red Curry ordered Thai hot was good shrimp not over cooked and she said the spice level was good even though the spice used was red pepper flake and not the traditional Thai Chile. We enjoyed our lunch tremendously. Then as a finale sendoff they brought out a small container of Coconut Ice cream. The potion was exactly what you needed just enough to cleanse the palate but not overly fill you with this sweet ice cream it was a prefect finish!
We would recommend stopping by Bangkok Square just pass on the complimentary items and focus on the entrees.
The Villages Wino gives Bangkok Square ★★★☆☆
6500 SW Archer Rd., Suite J
Gainesville, FL 32608
Monday -Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Lunch until 3 p.m. every day.