Bangkok 54

2919 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204


Neighborhood: Arlington

Cuisines: Thai

Opening Hours:
Open Sunday through Thursday 11 to 10, and Friday through Saturday 11 to 11.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended


Price Details:
Appetizers $3.95 to $10.95; Entrees $6.95 to $12.95. Lunch special, $5.95.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Cheap Eats 2011: Bangkok 54

This Thai mainstay, with its potted orchids and wine list touting Cava and Côtes du Rhône, seems almost as stylish as a José Andrés restaurant. And although it doesn't bill itself as a small-plates spot, we've had the most success lately treating it as one. The kitchen has mastered the chili/lime-juice/herb balance that makes cool salads of green papaya and larb gai (ground chicken) sing. Supplement them with such appetizers as the slender, wonton-wrapped firecracker shrimp and the cucumber-and-scallion-filled duck rolls. The curries and sautés are fine but don't quite have the finesse of the starters. One exception is the crispy duck tossed with basil --a dish that the restaurant rightly hypes as its signature.

Also good: Shrimp salad with lemongrass; crispy fish with green mango; crispy pork belly with chili and basil; coconut ice cream.   

Open daily for lunch and dinner.