No, I’m not in Bangkok, but dining in this restaurant might give you the impression that you are! Located in 1 Utama shopping mall, Good Evening Bangkok is tucked at a corner just next to the rainforest exhibit, and is largely decorated by wooden furniture, plush cushions and colourful lanterns – much like many Thai restaurants in Bangkok do. Couple that with friendly wait staff who were always ready to serve with a smile, it felt like we were in Thailand indeed. Of course, never judge a book by its cover, they say, so we started placing our orders before jumping to conclusions.
While waiting for our food to arrive, I had a sip of the Thai Iced Tea, presented in a tall glass with 3 distinct layers of palm sugar (gula melaka), milk and tea. Make sure you give it a good stir before slurping! Although the drink was fragrant with the taste of palm sugar, I found it to be too sweet for my liking. Perhaps it would have been better with a little less sugar and a bit more tea. 🙂
Thai Iced Tea (RM9)
For appetizer, we shared a plate of Crispy Catfish and Mango Salad, my favourite salad in a Thai restaurant! The catfish was light and crispy, while the mango shreds were crunchy, sour and spicy. Such a mouth-watering combination that left us hungry for more!
Yam Pla Duk Fu / Crispy Catfish and Mango Salad (RM17.90)
The Thai Fish Cake was served with a glistening golden layer, piping hot from the wok. These were unlike the Chinese fish cakes, for they were darker in colour and had a slightly sour finish to it, possibly from the addition of kaffir lime leaves. They’re also less bouncy ‘QQ’ compared to the former, but definitely more tasty. Don’t forget the nutty and garlicky dip!
Tho Man Pla / Thai Fish Cake served with Sweet Chili Sauce (RM13.90)
Riding on the wave of appetizers, we had the Deep Fried Prawn wrapped in Wanton Skin served with Plum Sauce. These were such a delight to eat! Just pop the whole thing into the mouth and start munching away. The skin was paper thin, light and golden brown – though a minor gripe was it was a tad oily. Still, they were pretty addictive as appetizers.
Goong Hom Sa Bai / Deep Fried Prawn wrapped in Wanton Skin served with Plum Sauce (RM14.90)
Of course, dining in a Thai restaurant meant lots and lots of spicy soup that we fondly know as Tom Yam. 🙂 We tried 3 versions that night: Spicy Tom Yam Soup with River Prawn, Spicy Tom Yam Soup with Seafood and Spicy Clear Tom Yam Soup. Now, many are familiar with the bright red version of Tom Yam soup, but here, they seem to make the clear tom yam soup as good, if not better, than the red.
Tom Yam Goong / Spicy Tom Yam Soup with River Prawn (RM15.90)
Tom Yam Talay / Spicy Tom Yam Soup with Seafood (RM12.90)
Even though I would still prefer the red version due to familiarity and the less sour taste, the clear tom yam managed to tickle my fancy due to its extra spicy and sour flavour that provided a sudden kick in the aftertaste. I have a high tolerance towards spiciness but this, this made me perspire! Try it at your own risk. 😛
Tom Yam Poh Teak / Spicy Clear Tom Yam Soup (RM12.90)
Another common Thai dish was the Stir Fried Beef with Hot Basil Leaves, or in fact, any meat with basil leaves. The basil leaves emitted a unique flavour unlike no other herbs, such that you either hate it or love it. Me? I just couldn’t get enough of the tender beef slices!
Nue Sab Phad Kra Prow / Stir Fried Beef with Hot Basil Leaves (RM17.90)
Another star of the night was the Steamed Siakap with Lime and Chillies, a dish that Saucer would usually order. My usual complaint on this dish would be that the fish was not fresh or it was overcooked. Thankfully, Good Evening Bangkok managed to maintain the freshness of the fish with the extra spicy and sour soupy gravy that had us all sweating.
Pia Kapong Nueng Manow / Steamed Siakap with Lime and Chilies (RM47.90)
Who doesn’t love Pandan Leaves Chicken? The pieces of well-marinated boneless chicken wrapped with fragrant pandan leaves were just too good to ignore even when our tummies were full. Best eaten while it’s hot, the chicken was extremely tasty, tender and juicy.
Gai Hor Bai Tuey / Pandan Leaves Chicken served with Thai Chili Sauce (RM17.90)
Phak Bung Prik Kapi / Stir Fried Kangkung with Belacan and Garlic (RM13.90)
Last but not least, to satisfy the sweet buds in all of us, we had desserts! The Mango with Sticky Rice is always my favourite pick because I love mangoes! And Thai restaurants somehow always manage to serve the sweetest mangoes, don’t you think so? The same applies here – huge, juicy and incredibly sweet mango to go with the sticky rice dipped in coconut cream. Decadent!
Khao Neow Ma Moung / Mango with Sticky Rice (RM12)
The Tab Tim Krob or Red Rubies came in a generous portion topped with slices of jack fruit, while the Sago Yam with Coconut Milk tasted very similar to bubur cha cha, except that this version only had yam. Anything common in these desserts? Coconut! If you don’t already know, the Thais use a lot of coconut not only in their desserts but also in their dishes. My suggestion is for you to share these rich and sinful desserts so as not to feel guilty later. 😉
Tab Thim Krob
Sagoo Plerak Thai Style / Sago Yam with Coconut Milk (RM8)
That night, I left the restaurant satisfied and contented, especially after a good sweat (we sat outdoors). I love the dining ambience here as much as the spicy tom yam and steamed fish. That, and the reason that it’s within a shopping mall, made this a convenient choice for food while doing what Malaysians love in their free time – shopping! 🙂
Dining environment of Good Evening Bangkok
Good Evening Bangkok, One Utama
PS: They provide delivery service too! Contact Butler Deliveries for more information:
Good Evening Bangkok
Lot G343A, Ground Floor, (near Rainforest wing)
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
Lebuh Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya,
Tel / Fax No.: +603 – 7727 8708 / +603 – 7727 8710
Business Hours: Monday to Sunday 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm