Though we were the only diners in the restaurant, it later filled with couples and friends meeting for dinner. Having lived with a family in southern Thailand last year, I am pretty stringent about Thai food and it's authenticity. The menu hit the mark, by keeping it simple as you would find on a Bangkok street corner.
Indeed, we kick started the evening ordering Sangsom rum on the rocks. We were used to drinking 50cl with a can of coke out of a bucket, so it was a lip-curling shock to be reminded of it's true taste. Let's just say it's an acquired one.
A little secret now for you, Bangkok Bay is BYOB. This was a meal destined to turn into a night in the Clapham Grand, with dessert being chips in pitta at 3am. For all those with restraint, BYOB is a great idea and a dying breed in notoriously over priced London. But where better to go eat in these penny pinching times than a place with a decent main for around 6 quid and where all your drinks bill amounts to is a corkage fee. For those not of the BYOB disposition, Chang beers are buy 2 get one free. I'll drink to that.