Pad Thai Siam takes its name from a dish that symbolizes the balance of sweet, tart, and savory flavors that characterizes Thai cuisine. The mélange of noodles comes stir-fried in tangy tamarind juice, spicy peppers, savory peanuts, and zesty lime, and the rest of the menu lives up to this tradition of blending flavors and spices. Rich, piquant coconut milk curries pop with sweet basil and beds of steamed vegetables sport crowns of garlic-seasoned pork. Like a pair of tin cans connected by a long rice noodle, the restaurant unites faraway places through food, with Japanese udon soups, teriyaki steaks, and crisp shrimp tempura sharing table space with southeast Asian treats.
Thai Siam’s dishes have won numerous awards from City Weekly, including the title of Best Thai for five years running. Whether visiting the original Salt Lake City location or the brand new Draper location, Thai Siam creates mouthwatering shrimp, duck, and salmon dishes in green, red, and massaman curries. The curries and plates of duck infused with ginger and honey parade into the dining room beneath statuettes, framed artwork, and prehistoric cave drawings of Betty Crocker.
Set within a warm, romantic atmosphere that melds modern accouterments with ancient mystique, Thai Basil regales foreign fare finders with a menu of Asian fusion cuisine. Commence exotic eating excursions with a cream-cheese-stuffed crab cheese wonton ($4.95) or lemongrass mussels ($7.95), or dive into a squall of stir-fried shrimp swimming in a spicy sea of tamarind sauce ($11.50 at dinner). The red-curry chicken slathered in peanut sauce ($9.95 at dinner) tantalizes taste buds, and the stir-fried dynamite noodles delight pasta-prone diners and consternates cartoon coyotes with an explosive sauce, diffused with chicken, beef, or tofu ($8.95, $9.95 for shrimp). Veggie-philes can sink their herbivorous teeth into the thai eggplant ($8.50) as they partake in a sudsy potable from the full bar.
Andaman Kitchen’s chefs fill their pantries with locally sourced ingredients to craft dishes that strike the balance of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors essential in Thai cooking. They simmer tender pieces of chicken and pork in creamy red or green curries and drizzle lemony Thai-style dressing onto troops of deep-fried shrimp. Out in the dining room, sky blue walls and decorative Eastern statues surround tables scattered with a variety of noodle dishes, from plates of pad thai to bowls of glass-noodle soup that must be handled carefully to avoid shattering.
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The cooks at Thai Basil take diners on a culinary tour of Southeast Asia, bringing them the traditional flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, and China. Fluffy mounds of jasmine rice soak up the bright red and yellow sauces of thai curry dishes, and vietnamese pho beef noodle soup steams nearby. In the vegetarian section of the menu, fulfilling stir-fry options such as Buddha Delight—fresh veggies with tofu, soy chicken, or soy beef ($10.99)—bounce off the page with the verve of a child who's eaten too many pixy stix.
Modern Asian decor rich with reds and yellows sets a proper backdrop for travel-seeking taste buds, illuminating them with crimson pendant lighting and surrounding them with ornate room dividers. A friendly, attentive wait staff makes guests feel as though they are snuggled in first class, where water refills are limitless and peanuts are only rationed within reason.