My Very First Dinner At Bangkok Wasabe

Posted by : foongpc | Saturday, December 19, 2009 | Published in


OK, this is NOT the dinner I had at Lake Kenyir Resort in case you think this is a continuation of the previous post! So don't be confused! Haha!

This is a dinner I had back in beautiful Petaling Jaya!

Last weekend, I went out to dinner with blogger friend Witch and her fiancé, Saucer. It's my second time meeting up with this pretty and friendly blogger. Our first meeting was at Chili's in Mid Valley a couple of months back.

This time, we went to Bangkok Wasabe at Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara for dinner. It was my suggestion as I have heard a lot of nice things about this restaurant and was craving for some Thai food!

This is the entrance to the Thai restaurant. Notice the pink elephant logo?

I did not go around taking pictures of the interior - too lazy. Haha! But just captured what was in front of me while waiting for Witch and (flying) Saucer to arrive.

When they finally arrived, we straight away made our orders. Under a friend's advice, I spoke to a person called Johnny and asked him to recommend us some dishes.

Johnny was most friendly and he recommended us the following dishes.

Steamed siakap with lime and chili. It was actually quite nice but the only thing was we found the fish to be not that fresh! So we made a complaint.

Guess what? Johnny replaced the already half eaten fish with a new one!

However, we found that although the replacement was fresher, it was still not as fresh as we wanted it to be! Oh, well....

Still, thumbs up to Johnny for his kind gesture.

Next, we had pandan leaf chickens. Actually, supposed to be 5 pieces, but they ran out so only 4 pieces left!

It was delicious, especially when you dip them into the Thai sauce.

We ordered the tomyam seafood next.

The soup was pretty tasty - I like it! But again, we had issues with the freshness of the seafood. Now if they can improve on the freshness, it would be really good!

For vegetables, we went for kangkong belacan.

Quite good, but just a bit too oily for me!

Oh, by the way, Johnny recommended me this drink.

It's their special Thai iced tea with palm sugar. It was nice! Hmm, next time, I might want to try their lemongrass juice!

For desserts, we ordered mango with sticky rice.

I liked the mango with sticky rice I had in MBK shopping mall in Bangkok. They also had durian with sticky rice which was to die for! Compared to that, this mango dessert at Bangkok Wasabe was simply not up to my standard! The sticky rice was OK, but the mango was not. And the sauce was simply too little to begin with!

Of course eating in a Thai restaurant like Bangkok Wasabe, I would not miss the chance to order for the classic and favourite Thai dessert, thub thim krob.

I won't say this is the best water chestnut dessert because I think I have tasted better somewhere else.

Finally, here's the last dish of the night!

Haha! Don't you think they qualify as a dish? That's Witch and Saucer, my great friends and cool companions!

I took 2 photos of this beautiful couple. One without flash (above) and another with flash (below)

Can you tell me which photo is nicer?

OK, back to Bangkok Wasabe, overall the food is OK, but they could certainly improve on the freshness of their seafood. And please for Bangkok's sake, do something about that horrible mango with sticky rice!

But I was most pleased with the price! I think it was really quite reasonable when compared to other Thai restaurants in town. Try eating similar food at Good Evening Bangkok in 1Utama and you'll see what I mean!

On top of that, we were given member/VIP discount of 15% even though we were not members! I guess me mentioning my friend's name had got something to do with it, anyway thanks to Johnny for this discount!

All in all, we paid RM95 for the meal. (Btw, they charge a 10% service charge) Not bad, yes?

My ratings would be as follows:
Food 3/5
Ambience 4/5
Price 4.5/5
Service 4/5

If you like to go to Bangkok Wasabe and try the food there, here's the address and contact no:

No. 16-1, Jalan PJU 5/15,
Dataran Sunway,
Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya.
Tel : 03-61567078

So what did we do after dinner? That will be in my next post coming right up! : )


(93) Comments

  1. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Bangkok wasabe?

    December 19, 2009 at 1:21 AM
  2. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Totally LOST now! Tomyam with wasabe, not in Kenyir not in Bangkok but in KL!haha. Oh love the Tomyam soup. 1st pix of Witch & Saucer nicer than second, more contrast of colors as 2nd pix a bit dull, the back down light not clear:p

    December 19, 2009 at 1:31 AM
  3. ladyviral said...

    theservice sure sounds goood... well, guess with the freshness, the ood would be a lot better huh?

    i like the picture of witch and saucer without flash... i always like the natural light :).

    December 19, 2009 at 1:53 AM
  4. ladyviral said...

    ha i am so sleepy now... i am going to bed... hahaha came home and you posted... thought souvenir from wenn :P so i came back to check! but see food hahaha... night night~

    December 19, 2009 at 1:53 AM
  5. FilipBlog said...

    Nice, I also like Bangkok


    December 19, 2009 at 3:28 AM
  6. fufu said...

    without flash ya definitely better =p erm... thai food... my favourite :p you could consider thai express next time if you have standard chatered bank's credit card, you can enjoy the 50% off lol

    December 19, 2009 at 3:40 AM
  7. Anonymous

    I have yet to find a good Thai restaurant that serves really authentic Thai cuisine. Most are not really up to standard...especially when it comes to the mango sticky rice dessert.

    Is this a Thai fusion restaurant since it's named Bangkok Wasabe?

    December 19, 2009 at 8:00 AM
  8. lina said...

    I'm wondering about the name oso. Why wasabe? Or is there a word in Thai as that?

    December 19, 2009 at 8:23 AM
  9. wenn said...

    i would prefer the one taken without flash..

    December 19, 2009 at 8:53 AM
  10. Borneo Falcon said...

    Nice food and nice companion. I rarely take Thai food.

    December 19, 2009 at 9:16 AM
  11. Merryn said...

    I prefer Witch and Saucer dish without the flash! :P

    I've been to Dataran a million times tak pernah enter Bangkok Wasabe oso! I like it instantly when I read that their service is very good. That is always an important factor to consider when I want to dine out.. :)

    December 19, 2009 at 9:47 AM
  12. TZ said...

    Errrr... I was expecting Foong Dish... but why only stop @ Witch & Saucer... Where is our Foong Dish? *wink*.

    Anyway, I'm not a fan of Thai Food coz i could not tolerant with the sour and spicy food. Hmmm... I like the Khao Niaow Ma Muang... it's so nice.

    December 19, 2009 at 10:15 AM
  13. CheaHSan said...

    Nope even though I'm a vegemeatarian no way Witch & Saucer qualify, no dish haha. My choice would be first pix:p

    December 19, 2009 at 10:56 AM
  14. Reanaclaire said...

    the first pic of witch and saucer is natural.. the 2nd one makes their hair shine.. saucer looks like his hair was gray.. hahaha...
    so.. where is yr pic, foong?

    December 19, 2009 at 11:22 AM
  15. Unknown said...

    pity the food is not fresh. would have love to try the fish.

    lemongrass drink - yes u should. its always refreshing! :)

    December 19, 2009 at 11:32 AM
  16. CH Voon said...

    i think the photos without flash better...more natural

    food...i think mango with sticky rice more impressed me look nice!

    December 19, 2009 at 1:10 PM
  17. iamthewitch said...

    Foong you're so fast! I was just uploading the pics to my PC. Hehe.. But as usual, it was a great outing with you! You didn't mention our midnight movie after that, where I dozed off! Hahahhaa
    PS: Next outing, my turn to choose ok! :P

    December 19, 2009 at 1:14 PM
  18. Anonymous

    dont pretend u can counter wat i said and act like u're so good when you know u're just another coward.

    December 19, 2009 at 1:58 PM
  19. Anonymous

    just beacuse u think u complain to them the fish is not fresh doesn't put u any superior.

    December 19, 2009 at 1:58 PM
  20. Anonymous

    ure just another crazy fella who writes about all sort of crap and think ppl enjoy reading it.

    December 19, 2009 at 1:59 PM
  21. Anonymous

    like this.

    December 19, 2009 at 2:00 PM
  22. Anonymous

    and this again.

    December 19, 2009 at 2:00 PM
  23. Anonymous

    again and again.

    December 19, 2009 at 2:01 PM
  24. Anonymous

    let me give u a suggestion.

    December 19, 2009 at 2:02 PM
  25. Anonymous

    sure you'll get a lot of comments.

    December 19, 2009 at 2:03 PM
  26. Anonymous

    maybe up to 100 comments

    December 19, 2009 at 2:03 PM
  27. Anonymous

    or even more!

    December 19, 2009 at 2:04 PM
  28. Anonymous

    i'm sure your stupid readers will politely come in and comment öooh that's so great, i'm sure you enjoyed it.

    December 19, 2009 at 2:05 PM
  29. Anonymous

    okay? it's a good idea isn't it?

    December 19, 2009 at 2:07 PM
  30. Beng Gee

    Hi Foong! Yummy food and interesting place. Thanks, I see them here and learned there's such a nice place over that side of region.

    Btw, if I were you I'd change my comment settings to get rid of this anonymous commenter. Ain't he the coward coz he/she doesn't want to show his identity? What do you think?

    December 19, 2009 at 3:58 PM
  31. Beng Gee said...

    Returned here to give my link. he he..

    December 19, 2009 at 3:59 PM
  32. Kelvin said...

    I wanna try the pandan leaf chicken! The 1st photo without flash in nicer^^

    December 19, 2009 at 4:41 PM
  33. kyh said...

    mango with sticky rice!!!!!! i miss that dessert since ages!!

    that tom yum makes me salivate!

    December 19, 2009 at 4:53 PM
  34. foongpc said...

    bananaz, sorry for the confusion! Haha! Thanks for your opinion on the photos! : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:00 PM
  35. foongpc said...

    ladyviral, if the seafood were fresh, I would give this restaurant two thumbs up! And thanks for your opinion on the photos! I think I agree with you : )

    Wow! Just came back home and you went online to read my blog? So hardworking! Haha!

    December 19, 2009 at 6:02 PM
  36. foongpc said...

    filip demuinck, Bangkok the city is super, but not Bangkok Wasabe though they are not too bad. Haha! Thanks for dropping by! : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:04 PM
  37. foongpc said...

    fufu, thanks for your opinion on the photos.

    Oh! I have Standard Chartered credit card, thanks for this info! Will dine at Thai Express next time! : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:06 PM
  38. foongpc said...

    mei teng,I have no idea why it's called Bangkok Wasabe. Wait, next time I go there, will ask Johnny : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:07 PM
  39. foongpc said...

    lina, I am afraid I don't know the answer to that! I thought wasabi is a japanese word, no? Actually wasabi is a Japanese horseradish. But this wasabe not wasabi - wonder if it's the same word?

    December 19, 2009 at 6:14 PM
  40. foongpc said...

    wenn, thanks for your opinion. I think I agree with you : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:15 PM
  41. foongpc said...

    borneo falcon, why not? Is it because you don't like Thai food or there is hardly any Thai restaurants where you stay?

    December 19, 2009 at 6:16 PM
  42. foongpc said...

    merryn, thanks for your opinion!

    Never go Bangkok Wasabe but always go Neighbourhood Cafe? Haha!

    Service so important to you? It's important to me too, but not as important as the food! : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:21 PM
  43. foongpc said...

    TZ, foong dish? I am no dish, that's why no foong dish! haha!

    Not a fan of Thai food cos cannot tolerate sour and spicy food? Why? They give you stomach ache?

    Yes the mango with sticky rice is nice(not at Bangkok Wasabe though) but in MBK shopping mall in Bangkok! Have you tried their durian with sticky rice? It's heavenly! : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:25 PM
  44. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, what the heck is vegemeatarian? Haha!

    Yes, everyone says it's the first pic and I cannot agree more : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:27 PM
  45. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, yes the first pic is better - unanimous responses from all!

    My pic? No pic lah, very private person. Cannot let certain people know I'm the author of this blog! Haha! : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM
  46. CheaHSan said...

    Wallop veges wallop meat..:p

    December 19, 2009 at 6:31 PM
  47. foongpc said...

    quachee, yeah it's a pity otherwise I would give it 2 thumbs up!

    Sounds like you really like the lemongrass drink, eh?

    I shall try that at Thai Express next, as recommended by fufu : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:32 PM
  48. foongpc said...

    CH Voon, agree with you on the photo choice.

    Yes, the mango with sticky rice is really nice if you eat it in Bangkok. In Malaysia, not sure where can find really good ones! : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:37 PM
  49. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, haha! I'm not fast lah, I think you are slow. LOL!

    Yes, it's a great outing with you and Saucer too though I have to be a streetlamp!

    Oh, will mention about the movie and the photo taking at Curve in the next post - don't worry! Haha!

    Yeah, next time, you choose the place! : )

    Btw, you are not thinking of putting my photo on your blog, are you? OK lah, make sure you either blur my face or superimpose my cute Panda on my face yes? LOL!

    December 19, 2009 at 6:42 PM
  50. foongpc said...

    beng gee, thanks for dropping by!

    Yes you are right, the anonymous commenter is a total coward and he/she/it has the nerve to call me a coward!

    But I do not like to approve all comments here as it spoils the spontaneity of my fellow commenters and readers : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:45 PM
  51. foongpc said...

    kelvin, yes, it's the first photo - the responses have been unanimous in choosing the 1st photo!

    The pandan leaf chicken is nice!! : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM
  52. foongpc said...

    lina, that's the spirit, lina! Yay! Thanks for your support! : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:47 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    kyh, oh then you must go and eat that mango with sticky rice! Haha! The tomyum soup is yummy alrite : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:48 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, oic. Haha! I thought there's a term for that - something like omnivour? : )

    December 19, 2009 at 6:51 PM
  55. J2Kfm said...

    NOT fresh?! And still got a 3/5? That's a rather generous rating there. Yeah, I know.
    Once you;ve tasted the real deal over up north, everything else pales in comparison huh?

    December 19, 2009 at 8:52 PM
  56. eastcoastlife said...

    I like Pandan chicken, tom yam soup and mango sticky rice. ** drools

    December 19, 2009 at 11:22 PM
  57. eastcoastlife said...

    Luckily there are some good Thai restaurants around so I don't have to go to Bangkok for Thai food. :)

    December 19, 2009 at 11:26 PM
  58. eastcoastlife said...

    Have a great weekend, foong!

    December 19, 2009 at 11:27 PM
  59. day-dreamer said...

    I was expecting some green curry chicken when I read that it was a Thai foodie experience :P

    The pic without flash looks nicer. I always like to take photos (of people) under those kind of lightings. To me, it looks nicer. Haha.

    December 19, 2009 at 11:35 PM
  60. Gabriel said...

    hmm...the one without flash is nicer. :) hehe...nice food, looks spicy and erm...soury.,...hhaha...

    December 20, 2009 at 12:58 AM
  61. Cloudia said...

    Pretty Restaurant,
    Good Food,
    Lovely Friends,
    LUCKY Foong!

    Aloha, Friend!

    Comfort Spiral

    December 20, 2009 at 11:44 AM
  62. vialentino said...

    bro...guess this is the first time i saw u blog bout food only ler...hehehe...anyway nice local thai food there ...

    kota damansara aint too far from puchong...will go there one day to check it out.

    December 20, 2009 at 12:26 PM
  63. conan_cat said...

    owh nice! welll i admit that they do have quite a cute logo tho :P i guess i will just wait a few months until they do something about the freshness of the food then, haha...

    December 20, 2009 at 4:11 PM
  64. eiling lim said...

    I've been there before. Their miang kam is very nice. you should try that. another thai place which is like the best of ze best at dataran sunway too is Erawan. Go search for it and you'll know what I mean!

    December 20, 2009 at 4:23 PM
  65. CheaHSan said...

    Yeah 'miang kam' is very nice, sort of like Hokkien word "no need to cover". My first experience was like once upon a time in 'Yellow Light', Fettes Park, Penang (not sure the house/restaurant still there or not). Thanks eiling.

    December 20, 2009 at 4:51 PM
  66. keeyit said...

    Thai food always nice de~

    December 20, 2009 at 9:16 PM
  67. [SK] said...

    wow.. cosy place, nice food, good company!! sure you enjoy that dinner a lot.. :)

    December 20, 2009 at 11:04 PM
  68. Bengbeng said...

    the food looks yummy and since it is Thai flavored i definitely must give it a try.but without a witch and a saucer to accompany me, i doubt it would b so much fun :)

    i would ask the witch for some love potions n go hunting in Petaling Street hahahahahahahah

    December 21, 2009 at 7:11 AM
  69. manglish said...

    ohhh i think this is a new one right? i dont remember seeing it the last time i went home anyway i live across the street heeheehhe

    December 21, 2009 at 8:24 AM
  70. foongpc said...

    J2Kfm, well, I like its other food so that's why I rate it 3/5. If the seafood was fresh, I would have rated it 4/5.

    December 21, 2009 at 12:21 PM
  71. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, so there are many good Thai restaurants in Singapore? Are they as good as the ones in Bangkok?

    December 21, 2009 at 12:22 PM
  72. foongpc said...

    day-dreamer, I was thinking of ordering green curry chicken, but since it was my first time there, I just took whatever that were recommended by Johnny : )

    December 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM
  73. foongpc said...

    gabriel, yes the one without flash is the better photo. And nice food indeed! : )

    December 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM
  74. foongpc said...

    cloudia, I am indeed lucky right? Good food and lovely friends are the perfect combination! : )

    December 21, 2009 at 12:25 PM
  75. foongpc said...

    vialentino, this is not my first time blogging about food only, done it many times already! But of course not as many times as you! Haha!

    Yeah, since this restaurant is not too far for you, do give it a try! : )

    December 21, 2009 at 12:27 PM
  76. foongpc said...

    conan_cat, yeah cute elephant logo! Haha! I hope they really do something about the freshness of their seafood or they will lose their customers!

    December 21, 2009 at 12:28 PM
  77. foongpc said...

    eiling lim, miang kam? OK, will take note of that! Oh! I passed by Erawan and so wanted to go there! OK, will try it. Thanks for the recommendation! : )

    December 21, 2009 at 12:29 PM
  78. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, never been to the Penang's "Yellow Light" - when did you go? Must be light years ago! Haha!

    December 21, 2009 at 12:31 PM
  79. foongpc said...

    keeyit, yes yes! Love Thai food! : )

    December 21, 2009 at 12:31 PM
  80. foongpc said...

    SK, yup! I did! : )

    December 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM
  81. foongpc said...

    bengbeng, you no need Witch and Saucer lah, you got your wife what! Go with your wife and Benghui for some Thai food! : )

    December 21, 2009 at 12:34 PM
  82. foongpc said...

    manglish, what! You lived in Kota Damansara? I think it's a pretty new shop maybe started last year or so : )

    December 21, 2009 at 12:35 PM
  83. Monica said...

    i love Thai food Foong..the mango with sticky rice looks so YUM!!!

    December 21, 2009 at 5:09 PM
  84. Monica said...

    re the pic, i prefer the one without flash ;)

    December 21, 2009 at 5:12 PM
  85. Mariuca said...

    Hey I had dinner here recently ..before mah diet dat is LOL! :)

    December 22, 2009 at 2:07 AM
  86. Mariuca said...

    Wah so u don recommend the mango sticky rice eh? Cause B wanted to try dat but as usual after main course, full edi so didn't order! ;)

    December 22, 2009 at 2:07 AM
  87. Mariuca said...

    We had the chestnut before too, okay je la... I like the one at Johnny's better! :)

    December 22, 2009 at 2:08 AM
  88. HappySurfer said...

    Hi Foong!

    I believe everything is relative - price and quality in this case. You must try the food at Rama V at Jalan U Thant (the road beside the American Embassy). The food is very authentic Thai (delicious, needless to say), very refined. Even the waiting staff are from Thailand.

    December 22, 2009 at 11:44 AM
  89. foongpc said...

    monica, I love mango with sticky rice too, but not at this restaurant! Yes, I agree the photo without flash is better : )

    December 22, 2009 at 12:44 PM
  90. Ayie said...

    The freshness of seafood is a big factor in cooking so they better improve that lacking part. But their gesture is good to please the customers. It seems to be a very good dinner with the couple, how nice!

    December 23, 2009 at 7:38 AM
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  93. Unknown said...

    Dear Bangkok Wasbe Mgmt,

    To cut it short, I walked out of your restaurant, after being bitterly disappointed by my experience this evening. I hope you feel good paying Groupon your 25-30% as I took my RM38 back. For those of you who have the time to read this I strongly suggest you do before they take my comment down. I have made a screenshot of this and this is going on every food blog I know and can comment on.

    If you are intending to finds place for a really authentic Thai experience, I suggest you look elsewhere as this has to top my list of the WORST thai experience of my life. We had placed a reservation for 2, intending to be pleasantly surprised as many of those who have purchased their Groupon vouchers. Instead, we were made to wait over an hour, plus more, for something even as simple as a Sontam salad. If your slogan is anything to go by, you are definitely not inspired by MY hospitality as I would have been more attentive to the people I host. Having read many reviews, I shall not doubt that you food maybe good, but that in itself, is not an authentic Thai experience as many may say. Instead, it is the direct opposite of what I would have experienced in my journeys to Thailand. I was not attended to at all, not being asked if we needed anything while we waited, feeling parched and rather famished from a long day. 

    After having a look around, I believe that your front of house staff are very much akin to headless chickens, RUNNING around the restaurant with little or no direction from any form of a managerial figure, or lack thereof. As for your kitchen, much remains unchanged from the front of house. I took a sneak peek of your kitchen, albeit your staff felt uneasy by my actions, and I do not blame them. Your kitchen is WELL equipped, with sufficient cooks, about just as many as your front of house, but are not able to sort out their orders and served tables in the wrong order, making many customers wait unnecessarily and causing much tension between customers and your front of house staff.

    Overall, very disappointed by this experience, but who knows, you may succeed in the future,but unless you sort this out. I can only wish you the best of luck into days times, especially when I have much better places to go to such as Absolute Thai, Bangkok Jam, Good Evening Bangkok, Basil, Thai Thai, Flying Chillies, Amarin Heavenly Thai and Just Thai, just to name a few. You see the correlation and no,I do not work for them or are related to them in any way. My profile's here for all to see and you will find that i am as independent an opinion as there ever will be in this topic.

    You have gems for staff members, they handled what they could with little direction and especially your bar-man, who did his job with both efficiency and effectiveness to get drinks and handled much of the role of a cashier. You need a manger, someone to expedite orders. Who better than to have the owners do that? But I suppose you are only there when the press and media arrive annit?

    Here's to wishing you the best of luck. You'll need it because as owners of a restaurant that may have the recipe for success, you have just been the weakest link for long term growth. Luck, by the way, is more than a lucky logo representing 'Chang' and a lotus leaf. All the best.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM