Thai food has always been about an eclectic blend of spices to bring along with a mouth-searing burn, a plethora of sweet and savory flavors. You simply can’t get it any better than this. Siam takes their food to a whole new level with fresh ingredients and bold tastes.
Their signature dish, pad thai is by far, one of the best in the Bay Area. Its combination of slightly sweet yet still tongue-tingling spicy will turn any disdainful individual into one happy camper.
The aroma of freshly prepared pad thai served with the traditional sides of bean sprouts and ground peanuts is enough to get anyone bouncing off the edge of their seats.
Pair it with a perfectly grilled chicken skewer which is tender and succulent and the peanut sauce complements it nicely. The angel wings are also a tasty appetizer, chicken drumsticks stuffed with filling similar to what you find in an egg-roll and fried till crispy golden brown and delicious.
If anybody told you that the pad thai here is just the same at any Thai restaurant then assuredly, they are very, very wrong. Siam has the perfect balance of flavors that work together, not at the expense of each other. Try it mixed with lump crab meat, it’s a delight.
However if you’re just woefully tired of pan fried noodles, even with some of the best, you can opt out for fried rice.
Much like their Chinese cousin, Thai fried rice has the same elements but they deviate a little with the addition of basil and chilies, often substituting sausage for seafood such as crab or squid and using jasmine rice. Feeling a little aloha? Try the Hawaiian-inspired version for a sweet, tangy twist.
Not only is the fried rice at Siam’s amazing to the senses, the basil isn’t overpowering. The rice is savory and that hint of hot spice with the cool basil is an amazing contrast of flavors. Again, balance is what seems to be the main rule at Siam.
Of course, what meal is complete without the creamy, spicy addition of curry ladled over a bed of blank white rice? The steam combined with the aromatic blend of spices from their variety of green, yellow and red curries transforms newcomers into faithful advocates of all things curry. Get it with seafood, chicken, pork or stand-alone. It’s a very rave product here at Siam.
Soothe the heat with a selection from their wine cabinet that includes the traditional red and white wines or enjoy traditional Thai beverages such as Thai iced tea or coffee. Add a side of their house cucumber salad for a cool, refreshing bite.
The atmosphere is relaxing and cool, perks of being a small restaurant, devoid of rushing servers and crowded tables.
Each dish is served with a smile from the well-mannered and very attentive staff. The seating area is quite small and lunch lines are usually a 15-20 minute wait for a table. Parking is also limited but there is a convenient garage behind the restaurant.