Take out: yes Waiter Service: no Outdoor seating: no Alcohol: no
Food Quality: 4 out of 5 Decor: 3 out of 5 Service: 3 out of 5 Overall: 3.3 out of 5 Recommendation: Cheap Thai Style Rice Sets
Near the front entrance of NTU lies a back alley lined with restaurants. Among the various restaurants, Bangkok Grill stands out as offering a cheap menu with distinct taste and with fast service. The combo meals are not gourmet, but for the prices of around 100 NT for rice, entree, and 3 sides plus soup, one can hardly complain.
The dining space is small and cramped, and there really is no conventional wait staff, so the decor and service is normalized to 3. The restaurant can accomodate a group up to 6 people, but if you are with a larger group, you might as have to order take-out and eat elsewhere. A majority of the customers order take out instead of dining in. You have to purchase your order in the front counter before you sit down, and they send you your order to you when it is ready. They provide soup with your combo set, but you have to pour it yourself.
I ordered the grilled beef and chicken combo. The portion is not very big, but I find that it is just right to keep to a 2000 calorie diet. It is filling enough so that you will not be hungry, but it isn't likely that you will leave this place feeling stuffed by one combo. The flavor and texture of each entree was unique, and paired well with rice. The beef is tender and the sauce they drizzle over it is tangy and mildy spicy. I did not like this chicken dish, because it was dry and nibletty, and also because I wanted the coconut chicken instead. Yet, I still consumed it all because it was ok if you down it with some miso soup. The vegetables were also delicious: the pickled cabbage and A-vegetable was good with the rice, but the slimy starchy mountain yam was cold and tasteless (it did offer a different texture to the meal tho, but I was not quite fond of it). The soup was mediocre and helped wash down the rest of the meal. I recommend this place for a cheap eat around the gong guan area, especially if you are looking for a non-Taiwanese rice combo meal.