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BKK Cookshop, Thai on New Jersey Avenue and R Street in Shaw from the Beau Thai Team


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Named for Bangkok's airport code, BKK Cookshop is the third restaurant from the team behind Thai X-ing.  The taste and feel of this place is different from either the newly opened Thai X-ing or chef Aschara Vigsittaboot's sister's place, Beau Thai.  The menu is a lot more focused and there's barely any mention of peanuts on it in any form.  

One thing that will be familiar to anyone who has eaten at Thai X-ing is the pace.  I highly recommend that you order each course at a time and not all at once.  Otherwise all of your food will be on the table within two minutes of ordering.  Eatruneat and I had just begun to enjoy the spicy pork steamed buns and brussels sprouts when my bowl of pork boat noodle bowl and her tom yum noodle bowl appeared.  We shuffled enough plates around to make everything fit and tried to eat everything as quickly as we could before any of it got cold.  As we finished the buns and sprouts the waitresses appeared seemingly out of nowhere like vultures on a wildebeest carcass after lions have had their fill  and walked off to snatch up the plates.  

Neither Eatruneat or I enjoyed my boat noodle bowl.  The meat was tender and the noodles were perfectly cooked.  There was just something off about the broth.  And as anyone who enjoys soup from any part of the world knows, the broth must be good or nothing else matters.  Luckily Eatruneat shared some of the broth from her tom yum soup, which was spectacular.  Overall,  it was a mediocre experience and I won't be headed back anytime soon.  Well, maybe to have those pork steamed buns again after a few cocktails at All Souls.  

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BKK Cookshop is from the team behind Beau Thai, not Thai X-ing.

The spicy pork steamed buns were good and spicy, but the pork was on the dry side. I wish the pork itself had a sauce to go inside of the bun. The Brussels sprouts were really delicious and the use of fish sauce was interesting (in a good way).

My Tom Yum Noodle bowl was definitely better than MichaelBDC's Boat Noodle Bowl. It had a very strong lemongrass flavor which was enjoyable at first, but seemed one note by the end. I still slurped my bowl clean though.

On another note, BKK Cookshop does not have a bartender. Instead they have beer (draft, bottles, and cans), vermouth, and hard alcohol and mixers. If you order a mixed drink, you would conceivably get an ounce or an ounce and a half of liquor and small serving of the mixer so you can mix your own. I say that is what you would conceivably get because I tried ordering a gin and tonic only to find out they were out of tonic. Cool, I guess. Instead I ordered a can of beer.

Next time MichaelBDC and I will just stick to getting Beau Thai delivered to get our good but not great Thai food fix and we'll grab the alcoholic beverage from our own stash.

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Named for Bangkok's airport code, BKK Cookshop is the third restaurant from the team behind Thai X-ing.  The taste and feel of this place is different from either the newly opened Thai X-ing or chef Aschara Vigsittaboot's sister's place, Beau Thai.  The menu is a lot more focused and there's barely any mention of peanuts on it in any form.  

BKK Cookshop is from the team behind Beau Thai, not Thai X-ing.

Very understandable slip given that the co-owner's name is Vigsittaboot. :)

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