This, friends, is the genuine article, as promised by owner Sakchai, who's drawing from nostalgia and his own childhood for the authentic Thai dishes that have kept their regulars coming back for the past eight years.Situation: you're innocently going about your day when, like a strike of spicy lightning, a curry craving hits. Do you a) beeline it straight to the nearest generic Thai restaurant for some bland, Americanized panang, b) attempt to stifle it because you can't stand another bowl of peanut sauce-drenched disappointment, or c) embark on a noble quest to finally, finally find a Thai restaurant that's serving truly authentic grub? If you chose C, we come bearing some good news for you, Don Quixote: the curries, Pad Thai, Green Papaya Salad, spicy Holy Basil Chicken and other home-style Thai recipes at Bangkok Thyme aren't the sweet, sticky, Westernized-into-submission kind of food we've come to know as Thai. This, friends, is the genuine article, as promised by owner Sakchai, who's drawing from nostalgia and his own childhood for the authentic Thai dishes that have kept their regulars coming back for the past eight years.
Sure, plenty of Thai restaurants (okay, all of them) bill themselves as the real deal. But how many of those generic curry houses serve double-roasted Curry Duck, or a Green Papaya Salad this gorgeous, or a Pad Thai dish that some diners boldly claim to be their favorite in Atlanta? Precisely. You won't find a drop of too-sweet Panang Curry or a boring noodle dish anywhere near Bangkok Thyme's kitchen—they're too busy working on dishes like their Spicy Basil, which uses the stronger, tastier Holy Basil to up the flavor ante. Sakchai tells me in all honesty that he really hasn't seen another dish quite like it in Atlanta. Same goes for the sushi. Some Thai joints might toss a couple rolls on the menu in the name of fusion, but a sushi dish that involves a foot-long whole eel? Next level business, right there. Of course, if that kind of thing isn't quite your speed, the roster of specialty rolls have plenty of non-eel action—the Spicy Hamachi and Tuna Valentina Roll is a crowd favorite. We suppose that's an upgrade from our California rolls, yes. Oh, and one last tip: while you're going to town on an exquisite sushi roll, vibrant Papaya Salad, and/or their rather infamous Tom Kha Kai Soup, make a point to look up from your feast at some point and take in your surroundings. The stunning Thai woodwork makes for yet more proof that this ain't your mama's dull Thai restaurant. Authentic? Yes. Worth a trip up Roswell Road? Absolutely. We can already feel that curry craving a-brewin'.
Thai Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Kai), $4.50
Green Papaya Salad, $8.95
Pad Thai, $12.95
Spicy Holy Basil Chicken, Thai-Style, $11.95
Roasted Duck Red Wine Basil, $20.95
Mamushi Boh Sushi, $13.50
Island Breeze Sushi, $12
Mon. - Fri., 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Mon. - Thurs., 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sun., 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.