One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble, or so the song goes. After trying the second of Riga's two Thai restaurants, though, I can't say that I feel like spending the night there. Nor can I say that I'd like to spend another lunch hour there, either. Really, was it that bad? Well, that question merits two answers.
Answer #1: Bangkok is pretty much a disguised lunch kafejnīca/ednica so inconveniently located that you almost need 4x4 to get there. As such, it's not that bad. They serve a pretty large all-you-can-eat buffet for €5, and a few dishes are quite edible on their own merits. The chicken wings and the noodles are quite alright, and with 10 different dishes in the buffet, you'll probably find at least something to get you through your working day. I've had a lot worse food in comparable ednicas around Riga.
”A LOT OF CHICKENS MUST BE TURNING IN THEIR GRAVES”
Answer #2: (yes, here comes the ”however...”) Bangkok is supposed to be a Thai restaurant, and a lot of chickens must be turning in their graves over the dishes they have become. Every single dish that Bangkok serves misses the mark. The two soups are barely recognizable as Tom Yum and Tom Kha, the fried noodles and rice don't contain anything remotely Thai, all dishes containing vegetables are a slithering jelly and the Pad Thai is just a slimy mess. Oh, and let's not forget the green tea with syrup, which tastes like something an old Lada would cough up through it's exhaust pipe. Usually, you can escape a bad buffet by ordering from the menu, but Bangkok doesn't have one, so you're out of luck.
In a way, my heart really goes out to the people who run Bangkok. They were very friendly when I visited them, told me about their plans for the restaurant and really made me feel at home. But there is no getting around it: a restaurant is a business, and this business really needs to amp up in the quality department. Since they've only been around for about 2 months, though, and considering the evolutionary leaps made by fellow Thai restaurant Kotai since they opened, I can only hope that something similar will happen to Bangkok. But for now, the only guests they'll have are people who come only because they happen to work/live within walking distance.