It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the Bangkok Thai Garden was just across the road from our hotel, and advertised a special-price lunch menu. So when our first choice of lunch venue turned out to be closed for renovations, on the day we arrived, we ended up here instead. And we enjoyed the food so much that we came back a couple of times during our stay in Ottawa.
The three-course lunch offer started with a "hot and sour" vegetable soup. Despite the 'hot' epithet this was far from spicy by Thai standards, but the vegetables were fresh and I enjoyed the light broth. The soup was followed (or accompanied, depending on the speed of our server) by crispy spring rolls with sweet chilli dipping sauce, another of life's simple pleasures.
For the main courses, there was a choice of several dishes, and the option to pick your own level of heat. My favourite was the deep-fried tofu & eggplant curry, with sugarsnap peas, bamboo shoots, and carrots (pictured above). I tried this as both "mild" (a bit spicy) and "medium" (quite hot) on different days - both good, just depending on my mood. Andy, on the other hand, was a fan of the sweet & sour vegetables.
Taken together, the three courses were very filling, and the hot food was a good contrast to the icy weather outside.