We went for a winter hike and it was freezing this one afternoon. We figured we deserved to warm up with some spice and found ourselves at Bamboo Garden
, a restaurant on second floor right on Banff Avenue.
Once upstairs, it was kind of worn down, but it wasn't too bad. We got to sit near their employee table and figured out that they weren't Thai, they're Mandarin Chinese. So, that would explain the huge variety of "Asian" cuisines on the menu.
We decided we would start with a medium order of Tom Yum Soup
as nothing really warms you up than hot, spicy soup. The soup was decent, it wasn't too spicy of flavourful but it was still quite tasty.
Sticking with the Thai, we ordered one of their curries, we picked the Red Curry with Beef
and we got an order of Coconut Rice with this. The dish was actually fantastic! The curry was spicy yet flavourful, the beef was tender and the portions were generous.
I rarely go to a Thai place without ordering my favourite, the Pad See-Ew
and this one we got it with chicken as that's how I like it. This plate was fantastic and they cooked it with high heat which was perfect. The noodles were seasoned great. This was definitely my favourite dish of the evening!
As the main courses tasted fantastic, we decided we would order Mango Sticky Rice
and that was kind of a mistake. The mango was so rare it was hard and it tasted like it stings! The sticky rice and coconut milk was good. Overall, this was not something we enjoyed.
So, overall, the main course was pretty awesome and the soup was good. However, the dessert wasn't favourable - and if it was something we ordered because it wasn't in season, they should have said something. The prices are reasonable, especially for the portion. Not a bad place to eat, especially for winter!
211 Banff St 2nd Floor