Location: Northbridge – William Street
I really enjoyed my first visit to Bangkok on William in September last year so I returned again for dinner. When I was having a look at their website, I didn’t realise they share a connection with another Thai restaurant that I like, Thai Orchid, and King & I which I have not visited.. Upon entering Bangkok on William, we were greeted by the friendly staff before being taken to our table and presented with the menus. After a look at the menu, we decided to order some different dishes to our last visit and went with the following:
Chicken Satay Skewers (4 pieces) $10
The chicken is juicy and tender. Every version of satay I have is different from one another. The satay sauce in this version is typically Thai due to the presence of the creamy coconut milk giving a lighter satay flavour. I really enjoyed the satay. Mixing up the shredded carrot and cabbage in the satay sauce is also really delicious.
Beef Massaman Curry $26
Massman Curry with Beef Chunks and Potatoes
I love Massaman curry and have been eagerly awaiting a good version and this one didn’t disappoint. Large chunks of tender beef, chunks of potato which have acted like a sponge, absorbing the delicious creamy and slightly sweet flavours of the curry. Adding plenty of curry to the steamed rice, the Massaman curry is excellent. I’m very pleased.
Honey Lemon Prawn $26
Deep fried in a thin batter and topped off with honey lemon sauce (also available in other proteins)
I’m a sucker for deep fried so when I saw this dish, I said why not. The fleshy prawns are covered in a light crispy batter, deep fried to a light golden brown, and topped with a sticky honey and lemon sauce. The honey carries just a touch of sweetness while the acid balances out the sweetness from the honey. The sauce is a lovely fit for the crunchy prawns and makes for a delicious dish.
Chilli Basil Chicken Stir Fry $20
Spicy chilli flavour with the taste of fresh basil (also available in other proteins)
This stir fry is excellent carrying a distinctive flavour. There’s plenty of thinly cut slices of chicken, green beans, capsicum, onions and juicy mushrooms which are really tasty. There’s also the presence of the chilli which shows it’s head every now and then and provides some real bite making your tongue zing. A very tasty and enjoyable dish. All three dishes are different, provide variety, and different flavours.
Sundae with Strawberry Topping $4
Black Sticky Rice & Taro with Coconut Cream $5
I’m a real fan of sticky rice and had just enough room to squeeze this dish in. The black rice is puffed and juicy, slightly sweet but not too much, served in a coconut cream which adds just a touch of creaminess but is not too rich. The balance of the sweet and creamy elements is perfect as this dish could be too sweet or too rich or both. But here, the balance is perfect which allows one to enjoy the dessert to it’s entirety. Yum.
Bangkok On William Food Review Summary
Verdict: Bangkok on William offers a range of Thai dishes to choose from in comfortable surrounds with friendly service. We started with chicken satay skewers which were really delicious, the coconut cream providing a lightness to the normal intensity of the peanuts in the sauce. For mains, I had to try one of their curries and opted for the Massaman curry which was excellent. Several chunks of tender beef with potatoes absorbing the creamy and slightly sweet curry, enjoyed with steamed rice. For something deep fried, the prawns in honey lemon sauce were hard to go past. They had a lovely light crunchy batter with the acidity of the lemon balancing out the sweetness of the honey, a lovely balance which was very tasty. We also ordered the chilli basil chicken stir fry that packed a bit of a bite due to the chillies, but carried a delicious flavour. For dessert, I had the black sticky rice with taro and coconut cream. The perfectly cooked juicy black rice grains had swelled, with the perfect balance of sweetness and creaminess, what a way to finish the meal.
Price: Reasonable (also in the 2014/15 Entertainment Book)
See my prior blog post:
Food Review of Bangkok On William – Sep 2014
Bangkok On William Restaurant Details
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