About six weeks ago, a new Thai restaurant materialized on Broad St in Bloomfield, close to the intersection of Watchung Ave, and if you’re as big a fan of Thai food as I am, there can never be too many of these.
That should bode well for the newcomer, considering the staunchly loyal following Tuptim has built over the past two decades, even as other restaurants in the area have come and gone.
But perhaps few people will need to gaze heavenward when there’s stunning food hitting all of one’s senses within closer proximity.
Boonsong’s menu is extensive, and with about 55 items on the regular menu and at least 30 vegetarian ones, one is spoilt for choice.
As I visited at lunch time, there were several appetizers on offer, including an appetizer sampler featuring five different items, which my lunch companion and I picked.
The decent number of entrees on the handy one-page lunch menu were a reasonable $6.95 apiece, and each dish that appeared before us was neither supersized nor too measly.
There weren’t many other patrons at the time, but the few present appeared happy with their meals, as evidenced by frequent murmurings of “mmm,” “oh yes!” and emphatic “yums.” Happy signs, no doubt.
Our wait staff were gracious and attentive and the appetizer sampler arrived fairly quickly. It comprised fried mushroom and cabbage spring rolls (and my table resonated with the mmms, too); curry puffs – Southeast Asian fried pastries stuffed with sweet, curried potato – these were excellent; chicken satay with peanut sauce; green steamed dumplings stuffed with spinach, potato and minced lime leaves – unusual and tasty; and barbequed shrimp – which was delicious.
The sampler was certainly a great introduction to a theme Boonsong would continue through the meal, of fresh, true-to-Thailand flavors and fresh ingredients.
As a benchmark dish in a new Thai restaurant, I chose a green curry, a dish I often make from scratch at home, with a recipe learnt in the country of its origins.
The curry was perfect – quite spicy (I asked them to make it to Thai standards) with an on-the-button balance of sweet and citrus and aromatics, and the chicken was tender.
The gravy, as is often the case with an ideal Thai curry, was addictive.
Eggplant sauteed with basil, chilli and garlic was slightly sweet, lightly chilli-ed and delicious. Pad See Ew, a flat rice noodle fried with vegetables and beef, was tasty, if a little on the eggy side.
Portions were perfect and two people could easily have a filling lunch for about $20 excluding tax and tips (if they were greedy) or $15 pretax – the mid-week entrees were just $6.95 each.
The restaurant is thankfully open every day of the week, and will deliver to Montclair, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge and Belleville.
Would I visit Boonsong again? Heck, yeah!
Boonsong Thai Cuisine
1040 Broad St,
Open 7 days a week
11:30am – 9:30pm weekdays
11:30am – 10:30pm weekends