While I’ve been sick–of the physical and home variety–lately, I am still loving the Big City.
Which includes a restaurant the Boyfriend and I discovered just before Christmas break. We were wandering downtown, doing some shopping for Christmas, mostly at the new H&M store (whaaat!) and it was freezing and I was so stressed out.
I was sick, work was driving me insane, and I had a million things to do before leaving for home. (Aww…).
The BF and I decided to grab some food–we tried an Italian place we’d heard of, but that was crazy crowded and expensive.
Then–we saw it.
Down a side street, a small, unobtrusive sign. All I saw was “Thai” and we made a beeline.
That’s right, folks. Wild Bangkok Bar & Grill, just off of 16th Street in Denver.
Amazing. (Spoiler alert..)
We sat on the floor on cushions, in a dark quiet corner, with Chang beers in our hands (some of my favorite from the trip) and devoured Cashew Nut Chicken and, of course, Pad Thai.
I’m not going to pretend the food was as good as it is in Thailand–um, it’s Thailand–but it was preetttyyy darn close. I can never find the perfect Pad Thai, so I hardly ever order it, but the BF definitely inhaled his.
As for my Cashew Nut Chicken, well, I was lickin’ my plate clean as well. The sauce! The cashews! The vegetables were fresh, the chicken was flavorful and not even a little bit dry. And it all went down very easy with my Chang.
It was the first time in weeks I was able to relax. That says a lot.
And not just because of the beer.
Mostly because of the atmosphere. (Okay, the beer helped.)
Somehow, even though the place was crowded, and the bar was hoppin’ (they have lanyards of Chang for just a few bucks so…people were enjoying that) it felt like it was just the two of us. We were in the corner, and it was surprisingly private and quiet.
At least we had the illusion of privacy, which works for me.
Also, we got to sit on the floor. Who doesn’t love to sit on the floor and eat??
The sitting-on-the-floor and the expansive Thai decor complete with candles all provided another illusion: one where, when you walk out the door, you would actually be in the lush jungle of Northern Thailand.
So, if you’re in the Denver area, go to Wild Bangkok.
Make sure to request seating in the Northern Thai area!
Or hey, why don’t I just take you? (I want to go again and again and again…)
It’s even on me–it’s as close as I might get to Southeast Asia for awhile.
But at least I have Wild Bangkok to hold me over for now… 🙂