Later in her career Chef Yanee moved to Guam for an opportunity to further her culinary experience as the head-Thai Chef at the Five-Star Dusit Thani Guam Resort where she brought her love and passion for Thai cooking to another level. After a few years, she returned to the United States, and discovered the beautiful gulf shores of the Sun Coast.
Cafe' de Bangkok is a compact, no frills eatery with indoor and outdoor seating. While the surroundings may seem a tad Spartan, the food and service was spectacular. The Belle and I wandered in a little after five and were immediately greeted and seated. We chose to dine indoors as the outdoor seating area faced Gulf Boulevard and the setting sun.
We started our Thai dining adventure with an order of Roasted Duck Buns from the appetizer side of the menu. My bride and I shared this dish of Chinese influenced, boneless crispy roasted duck with cucumber, green onion and special sweet sauce served in steamed buns. Très magnifique ... so much so that I neglected to take a picture.
The Belle finds it hard to resist fried rice dishes, so she was excited to try the Traditional Fried Rice; Thai jasmine rice stir-fried with egg, onion, tomatoes, green onion, Chinese broccoli, cilantro and the diner's choice of chicken, pork, or shrimp (she chose pork). Served with fresh cucumber and lime wedges this preparation was declared a winner.
None of the ingredients like red bell pepper, kaffir lime leaves, and asparagus or yard long beans were foreign to me since I have played around with Thai cuisine at home. What made this a stand-out plate of goodness was the curry sauce. That sauce is just one reason why Cafe' de Bangkok is a do-again dining venue. Besides, there are a plethora of other Chef Yanee dishes I must try.
Oh yeah, the prices: several beers and Chardonnays, plus the food came to a very pleasing $43.34.