The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of boring, inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth’s horizons with today’s Groupon. For $10, you get $25 worth of authentic and contemporary Thai fare at @Siam Cuisine in Berkeley.
The lengthy menu goes on for about nine miles until the Earth’s curvature obscures it from view. It’s packed full of authentic offerings and contemporarily twisted cuisine. Ride the culinary fence with old- and new-school starters such as crispy tofu ($5.95) or Thai fish cakes ($7.95) before throwing sand on the table and drawing a line in it, indicating the desire to move on to bigger bites. Adherents of authenticity can feast upon classic pad thai ($9.50) and pineapple fried rice ($12.95), while contemporanians can go for the lamb red curry with pumpkin ($16.50) or tamarind-steamed salmon ($12.95). A variety of curries, vegetarian dishes (available upon request), and seafood dishes are also offered. Menu items marked with the ominously seductive chili are spicy and can be ordered on the heat scale ranging from 98.6 to Ghost Rider.
The wooden ceiling beams and trim breathe authentic air to accompany the authentic cuisine. A full-length mural of Thai street life will happily distract a date from the fact that your hat is accidentally stapled to your head, while the coolly lit atmosphere adds yet another easy-on-the-eyes element during the dining experience.
Yelpers give @Siam Cuisine 3.5 stars: > * The spicy pork fried rice was the best I’ve had, and the larb was excellent as well. – Art S. > * Great service, very nice atmosphere, good food. – Paul C. > * I always leave very full and happy. – Sandra F.