Bangkok Chef is a Thai restaurant located in downtown Houston and it is a not too big venue but it can get busy especially during the lunch hours due to the many office buildings around it. The place is quite cozy but if it weren’t for the big menu board outside, you could miss it.
The restaurant is located at 914 Main St at the corner between Travis and Walker or you can get to it from the Commerce Tower, and their hours of operations are for their lunch specials from Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and all day Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and they are closed on Sunday.
They have an extensive menu options but their forte seems to be their noodles and fried rice plates such as the spicy basil fried rice which come with an egg, bell peppers, onions and a choice of meat, or the chili paste fried rice which is pan fried and comes with an egg, chili paste, onions and your choice of meat, or even the pad thai which are fried flat rice noodles with an egg, bean sprouts, green onions and roasted ground peanuts for $10.
Or try one of their house specialties like the tiger cry which is grilled marinated beef and thinly sliced served with a spicy sauce, or the two friend delight which has shrimp, squid with egg, bell peppers, onions, baby corn, celery in a curry powder, or the Gulf of Siam which are crispy butterfly shrimps topped with a peanut curry sauce, roasted peanuts and avocado chunks for $16.
They also offer happy hour specials like a house Chardonnay or Merlot for $3 or a domestic beer for $2 and order the Thai pork jerky, or summer rolls, or the chicken potstickers with ginger soy sauce for $4, or the BK calamari for $6, or the firecracker shrimp for $5.
The service is quite good in general, they get a little less attentive during peak hours but overall they get a solid B.
The food is excellent and has taste to it and the portions are more than average size so they get an A-, and as far as the prices go they are great especially for the amount of food that you get so they get an A. The only downfall is the parking as it is in downtown Houston but you could do a park and ride and take the metro.