The Bangkok Bistro at Ballston, similar to other restaurants in the area, is on the ground floor with both indoor and outdoor dining space this time of year. The brisk breeze of an autumnal evening bearing through the caverns of Arlington pushed inside for our meal. The waitstaff is very friendly, attentive, and helpful, and took the orders for drinks, appetizer, and entree quickly. In the same fashion, drinks, appetizers, and entrees arrived at the table in a timely and measured way, with the inclusion of a small salad dressed with coconut-peanut sauce which was tasty. Although the crispy rolls were just a tad oily, they were delectable. I ordered a 3-star (raging, in the vernacular of the menu) Pad Se Ew which arrived arranged in an attractive plating. The very wide, soft, chewy noodles accompanied marinated pork, sliced carrots, and a few pieces of broccoli (the ratio of vegetables to meat was a bit on the small side), all within a very tasty and piquant, but not raging, oyster-and-soy sauce. There was just enough heat, using pepper-infused oil rather than just adding red pepper flakes, to make it enjoyable and not overpower the dish's flavor, but the raging nature as advertised on the menu is not raging. The only part of the meal that was detracting was the table water which tasted similar to many a municipalities water supply where the "earthy" overtones were just a bit too much to bear. Drink the Singha beer, instead of drinking the tap water at this time of year. Maybe the management should consider installing a water filter for their customers. Otherwise, a very enjoyable dinner and I'm sure to return the next time in town.
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