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First Byte: Bangkok Chef on Nimitz

Bangkok Chef recently opened for business in the former and entirely gutted ‘n renovated Weyerhauser building on the corner of Alakawa Street and Nimitz Highway in the Iwilei area of Honolulu’s “Big Box District”, which includes Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot, and coming soon, Lowe’s. While here in the same converted Weyerhauser building, Bangkok Chef shares already limited ground floor level parking with neighboring Party City, Tanaka Saimin and La Tour Cafe.

Like La Tour Cafe and Tanaka Saimin, Bangkok Chef offers a brand spankin’ new, clean, hip and contemporary dining space…

Bangkok Chef offers both dine-in and takeout, where based on our “first byte” dine-in experience, I’d highly recommend phoning in your order for takeout.

Looks like a nice place to have lunch.

Let’s check out the menu…

With that, Diner A ordered Bangkok Chef’s Chicken Fried Rice…

Bangkok Chef – Chicken Fried Rice: Thai Jasmine Fried Rice, with egg, onion, carrots and peas. Served with cucumber. $6.25

While yours truly decided try Bangkok Chef’s Pad Bliao Waan…

Bangkok Chef – Pad Bliao Waan: Sliced chicken breast with pineapple chunks, onions, bell peppers in sweet & sour sauce. $6.25

Why did I decide on trying the “Pad Bliao Waan”, you may ask? Well, my theory is whenever dining out is, if it’s something I’ve NEVER heard of before, let alone being able to pronounce it properly, I’m SO on that. Seriously! Really though, I mean, without asking someone who’s Thai how to properly pronounce “Pad Bliao Waan”, I’d just as well say it phonetically like, “Pad Blee-au Won”. Although I’m willing to bet it’s not quite that simple, and there may be some silent consonants and/or either extended or extremely shortened vowels in that name.

Anyhow, how did my “Pad Bliao Waan” taste? Ono! Hey, I can say that!

The thinly-sliced stir-fried chicken was very tender, while the sweet & sour sauce was had a great flavor, although I wouldn’t quite say it tasted particularly “Thai”…

Everything else supporting the chicken and sorta’ “smokey”, kinda’ “ginger-ee” sweet ‘n sour sauce, which also includes green and red bell peppers, white onions and Thai Jasmine rice were all cooked perfectly al dente.

Overall, I’d say this is a dish that could have just as well come out of Panda Express, in a very good way. Which means it wasn’t really “Thai-ish” and could just have well been a Chinese stir-fry, yet absolutely delicious and priced right at less than $7 for a very generous portion. 3 SPAM Musubi.

Now, as for Diner A’s Chicken Fried Rice, while that doesn’t sound exciting at all, believe me, taste-wise, this was by far one of the BEST FRIED RICE I’ve tasted year!

Seriously, this is some smokin’ “mean” fried rice. It just has that “IT” factor about it, which is partially credited to the “flaming wok”, almost char-grilled like flavor imparted in the mildly-nutty fried Jasmine Rice. While whatever the sauce they use to flavor it is neither over nor under powering. SOLID 5 SPAM Musubi for Bangkok Chef’s Chicken Fried Rice, where I’d DEFINITELY recommend, if you dine here, order family style and have THIS as the central “do-it-all” starch for everyone to enjoy with the other entrees.

Service, while very friendly by the wait staff, was the only thing to complain about, as our order came close to half-an-hour to arrive from the kitchen. Yet, being this place had almost literally just opened at the time of our visit, “growing pains” such as this are to be expected, so I wouldn’t factor that in at all. Thankfully, our food that finally did arrive was piping hot and delicious, and that’s really what matters most.

Bangkok Chef
900 N. Nimitz Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii  96817

Tel. (808) 536-8570

P.S. While that was our “first byte” of Bangkok Chef’s new location in the former Weyerhauser building on Nimitz and Alakawa in Iwilei, we also enjoyed an entire SPREAD of Thai eats, catered from Bangkok Chef’s Nuuanu street location. This, being back in December of last year for yet another office luncheon party, where on this festive holiday season occasion, we start with Bangkok Chef’s Summer Rolls (regardless of it being technically “winter” at the time lol)…

I take it Bangkok Chef uses Skippy brand “super chunky” Peanut Butter to make their Peanut Sauce. Oh, that’s right, the summer rolls…

Bangkok Chef – Summer Rolls: Shrimp, lettuce, mint leaves & rice-noodles wrapped in soft rice paper. Served w/special peanut


Bangkok Chef catering: Papaya Salad: Papaya, chili peppers, garlic, long bean & tomato w/crushed peanut in house special sauce.

Bangkok Chef – Thai Jasmine Rice and white rice

Bangkok Chef catering: Pad Thai: rice noodles fried with egg, chicken & tofu w/bean sprout, chives in house pad Thai sauce.

Bangkok Chef – Basil Shrimp: Shrimp, baby corn, mushrooms, bamboo shoot, chili pepper and fresh basil sauteed with oyster sauce

Bangkok Chef – Panang Pork Curry: sliced pork loin, potato, lime leaves, peanut, basil in Panang curry sauce and coconut milk

Bangkok Chef catering – Pad Bliao Waan: Sliced chicken breast w/pineapple chunks, onions, bell peppers in sweet & sour sauce

Bangkok Chef catering – Fried Chicken Wings: Lemon Grass flavored chicken wings. Served with house special sauce & cucumber

For dessert, we once again relied on good ‘ole Costco, this time opting for Sinbad’s Baklava…

While someone from accounting provided this chocolate chip crumble…

Last but never least, the love for chocolate ‘n all things sweet caps off this amazing looking spread with some scrumptious homemade brownies…

Now let’s check out a few plates hot off Bangkok Chef’s catered luncheon line press…

How was it all? Absolutely delicious! The fairly spicy-hot Panang curry and wings were my personal fave’. Overall, a very solid 3 SPAM Musubi across the board for Bangkok Chef’s catered dishes.


13 thoughts on “First Byte: Bangkok Chef on Nimitz

  • April 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    You guys have the best luncheons. I want to work at your office.

  • April 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Pomai, when I saw the menu Papaya salad and Crispy noodle I will try it there on Nuuanu Ave since I live on Liliha St. Too bad no roast beef salad like some Thai restaurants serve.

  • April 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I’m loving the “musical accompaniment” you’ve been adding at the end of your posts recently — and I dig your office luncheons, too!

  • April 18, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Debbie-chan, I usually try to include a song that relates to the food I’m featuring in that post (or at least loosely by its place of origin), along with a song that I personally enjoy listening too. Such as is the case with Adele, that new British songbird, who reminds me of a new and MUCH improved Amy Winehouse (thank GOODNESS!), and certainly on her way to becoming a top international song diva of her own. AMAZING voice. Check out some Adele’s live performances on YouTube such as the Letterman series. “Chicken Skin”!!!

    Amy, right up (or down) the street from in the Nimitz Business Center there’s Siam Garden Cafe, which is a mighty darned excellent Thai restaurant, with more Thai themed decor that provides a much more “authentic” experience than the contemporary look of this place. Siam Gardeon’s menu has a Northeastern Beef Salad (Nam Tok), which it says the beef is grilled, not roasted.


  • April 20, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Pomai, that what I like Nam Tok and head there for it. Saw other place menu and it does seem limited but OK still.

  • April 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Man I took my pregnant girlfriend here the other night and litterally after paying the bill and licking her plate clean I bite down into a hard piece of plastic that was in the yellow chicken curry!!!!!! I told them this is not right and they refunded me for the meal, which was literally ruined by the fact that my pregnant girlfriend could have eaten this hard piece of plastic and caused internal problems. It was a great meal before that. yellow chicken curry, spring rolls, and fried long rice was ok. but the curry was bomb! too bad it was ruined and probably bc its haunted location its in where they used to produce fertilizers cant be too healthy.

  • April 29, 2011 at 7:25 am

    The chicken in the Pad Bliao Waan looks absolutely delicious! I am getting hungry just reading this post… lol

  • June 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Ah. It looks good. But you know what? I want that recipe for the chocolate chip crumble. Yummmm.


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