Bangkok Golden Restaurant is a Thai restaurant nestled in Seven Corner Center in Falls Church, Virginia. It is located adjacent to Shoppers, Dogfish Ale House, and Home Depot. The ambiance was very homey, the lights were dimmed with music fainted in the background, and lots of conversations since it was a full house that evening. The square tables that they had set up in the restaurant took up most of their space but it was still comfortable and cozy. They had large Buddha paintings, carved out wood artworks, and photographs of landscapes from Thailand and Laos hanging on the walls. The fully stocked bar and the buffet set up was towards the back of the restaurant. The staff was very friendly and attentive but when it got busier they were less attentive because they seemed understaffed or perhaps unprepared for the large crowd that came in at the same time. Overall that did not interfere with my experience there.
It was by word of mouth that lead me to Bangkok Golden Restaurant but what caught me by surprise was that they also served Laos food. That definitely peaked my interest. It’s not on the menu but if you are interested you can ask for what Laos dishes they have. My parents are from Laos so I grew up eating Laos food and being far away from home makes me miss all the authentic Laos food my mom used to cook. The country Laos is next to Thailand so there are a lot of similarities when it comes to culture and cuisines.
The first time my boyfriend and I went to Bangkok Golden for dinner we decided to try the dinner buffet. I have never been to a Thai restaurant that had a buffet so we were pretty excited about it because we love Thai food. The buffet consisted of papaya salad, larb chicken, pad thai, drunken noodles, pad sa ew, pad prik kra pao, green curry, fried crispy chicken wings, fried rice, beef stir fry, crispy beef puffs, spring rolls, side salad, tom yum soup, fried sweet bananas, coconut milk dessert with taro and chewy tapioca squares (my favorite), fresh orange slices, and more. I couldn’t remember everything that was in the buffet because there were so many options to choose from. The lunch and dinner buffet varies each day. I tried a little bit of everything and I did not go home hungry or unsatisfied, everything was very flavorful and had the right amount of spice. The papaya salad could of been better because I felt it was a bit bland but don’t let that stop you from going. If you are in the area stop by for lunch or dinner- The price is right. Lunch buffet is from 11am-3pm the price is $8.95 per person/ children ages 3-6 $3.95 per person and for dinner buffet starting at 6pm-9pm the price is $12.95 per person/ children $5.95 per person.
The second time I went to Bangkok Golden Restaurant was with my family to celebrate my sister’s birthday. She wanted to eat Laos and Thai food, and I did not feel like cooking so that worked out perfect for the both of us. I called the restaurant about an hour ahead of time to make reservations for a party of 7 and asked about what Laos dishes they had or can make, so I placed some special orders in advance for food that took longer to make such as sticky rice, muk pla (steamed fish in banana leaves), and bamboo soup. As you can see from the photos below those are some photos that I took of what we ate, I was too hungry to take photos of all the food at the time. So including the order that I had placed in advance, when we were all present we ordered more food – a combination of Thai and Laos food such as chicken satay, springs rolls, neau yang (marinated beef with spicy lime juice sauce), spicy papaya salad which came with a side of cabbage and pork rinds, sun-dried beef (beef jerky), muk pla, bamboo soup, chicken drunken noodles, and sticky rice. This was plenty for 7 people and we were all pretty full after we ate. We requested that everything came out at the same time because we ate family style. All the dishes we had ordered was delicious but the dish that we wouldn’t miss was the bamboo soup it was lacking flavor but I still give them credit for actually making it the day of. We ended it with the coconut milk dessert with taro and chewy tapioca squares which was my favorite. The bill was less than $90 for 7 people it doesn’t get any better than that. Great place for large groups but try to get there before lunch or dinner rush if you decide to order off the menu.
Bangkok Golden Restaurant
6395 Seven Corner Center
Falls Church, VA 22044