Bamboo Garden Traverse City Thai restaurant review, pics, hours info, and menu info. Bamboo Garden 1 is a Thai and Chinese restaurant located on US 31 North
in Traverse City, Michigan about 5 miles from downtown Traverse City.
Bamboo Garden 1 is located right across the street from the Tamarack Lodge where we stayed on our recent visit to Traverse City.
When researching Thai restaurants in Traverse City, Thai Cafe comes up frequently. However, it seemed kind of small inside and since we were dining in, we opted for Bamboo Garden 1 instead.
Bamboo Garden Traverse City is a large-sized restaurant. It seems like it’s in an old Big Boy building… even with the atrium seating. (see pics below) It had a spacious interior, booth seating with bamboo dividers, straw valances, and paper lantern string lighting. So, the dining atmosphere at Bamboo Garden 1 was mediocre, but at least we got a booth and we weren’t feeling crowded out.
Bamboo Garden Traverse City menu offers traditional Chinese and Thai cuisines. You’ll find all your favorites – Sweet and Sour Chicken, Orange Chicken, Kung Pao, Lo Mein, Fried Rice etc. for Chinese dishes, and Drunken Noodles, Pad Thai, Lad Nah, Pad Pak, etc. for Thai. The pricing is average and ranges from $10-$15.
My husband and I pretty much get the same dish each when eating Thai food. He gets Pad Se’ew and I get Pad Thai. Our meal started with the best egg drop soup we’ve ever tried, with a nice mix of egg and cabbage. Then we had or main entrees. In all honesty, it was the best Pad Thai I ever had, and it was the worst Pad Se’ew my husband ever had (and I tried it, too). The Pad Se’ew had an extra thick, sweet, dark gravy that just didn’t taste like the traditional Pad Se’ew dishes we’ve tried at multiple Thai restaurants around Metro Detroit.
The portion sizes at Bamboo Garden 1 were slightly smaller than what you’d expect from a Thai restaurant. We’re used to getting way more food than we could ever consume in one sitting. In this case, I came very close to finishing my meal. But, if Bamboo Garden 1 is anything like the other Thai restaurants we know, their take out portions may be larger than their dine in portions.
Bamboo Garden Traverse City Hours
Monday – Saturday: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bamboo Garden 1
1752 US 31 North,
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone – 231-938-9107
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