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“Very slow service and food has got worse since my last visit”
Review of Cafe de Bangkok

Cafe de Bangkok
Ranked #102 of 126 Restaurants in Blacksburg
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Thai
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: Cafe de Bangkok serves modern Thai cuisine and specialty drinks in downtown Blacksburg, Virginia.
Radford, Virginia
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343 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Very slow service and food has got worse since my last visit”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Tried the restaurant with my wife. We shared an appetizer and two main courses. The meat was fried and tough and chewy, the sauces are watery, and in general the food is certainly not Thai. The quality of the food has got much worse since my last visit and the waitress though helpful was not able to keep up with the orders and ended up waiting 3/4 of our hour to get our food. The chef is not trained to cook Thai food and was more throw it in grease and hope it comes out. Flavours were very lacking and meat was tough.
Not worth coming here unless the chef knows how to cook real Thai food with real flavour and there are more staff.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank MartinR4961
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Pie C, Owner at Cafe de Bangkok, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
As a restaurant which prides itself on the taste and quality of our authentic Thai fare, you can imagine how disheartening your review was to read through, Martin. It sounds like you caught us on an off night your second time around. I can assure you our chef is very well-trained and experienced in cooking Thai fare, we'll have to make sure that's shining through more.

As for our service, we know it can be slow at times. This is something we're working hard to improve upon. With that said, your feedback is always appreciated and we hope you can give us another chance. We know we can give you a better impression.

Best,

Cafe de Bangkok Team
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Radford, Virginia
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“Average, but not really Thai food”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

My wife and I tried lunch at the restaurant. There was one other couple when we arrived at 1.30 on a Saturday. The order was taken within five minutes by a friendly and attentive waitress. However, the crowds came in and it ended up that we had to wait 45 minutes for our food. We tried the Chicken Satay as an appetizer. Normally it is cooked over charcoal but this was deep fried and tough and the sauce was like water with a few pieces of nuts in it. Rather tasteless and not certainly not a satay sauce! (I drank the sauce at the end of the meal and that was about the only good thing that was served!) My wife tried the Tom Yum shrimp and there was nothing Thai about it. I took classes in Thailand on Tom Yum soup and several other dishes. This was sweet, and tasted nothing like real Tom Yum soup. Disappointing. I tried the Pad See Ew Chicken and this should have been served very hot and it was rather tasteless. The noodles were OK, chicken was tough and chewy (deep fried) and the sauce was very oily on your palate. Meal came to 22.27 for three items with water as our beverage. The chef came out as we were leaving and he was very young and looked totally inexperienced.
A couple of people walked out after waiting quite some time to get served. One waitress and one cook for about thirty people was nowhere enough staff to take care of the needs of the customers. They are defined as Modern Thai cuisine and the chef needs to know this is NOT Thai at all! Rather a greasy spoon type restaurant.
I will not be coming back here again unless the food vastly improves and there are more staff to handle the mid afternoon on a Saturday lunch.

  • Visited November 2012
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Christiansburg, Virginia
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Really enjoyed the Pad See Ew and Pad Thai! Flavorful and reasonably priced. The waitress was very efficient and friendly, but respectful enough not to be overly chatty. Will definitely come back again.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Terri F
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Radford, Virginia
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343 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Good food but slow”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Food tasted good. Not excellent. Would feel that there are others that are better. I think it was the lack of seasoning that made it a bit bland.

Visited February 2012
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Thank MartinR4961
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Laurel, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“College Orientation Visit”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

This restaurant was recommended by the hostess of the B&B we were staying at and we're so glad we went. The food was delicious, very satisfying, and will definitely be back. The homemade sauces are outstanding and not too hot. In fact, our favorite was the spiciest one!

Visited July 2012
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Thank Laurelly
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