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Re: “Siam Cafe

I enjoyed the traditional northern Thai sticky rice menu. We had charbroiled chicken, an outstanding som tum (green papaya salad), spicy soup (ordered without the noodles) and yam neua (beef salad). The food took a few minutes, meaning that it was made fresh to order. The seasonings were correct (my husband is Thai, and we are both experienced at Thai cooking). Good prices, and a free parking lot. Friendly waitress, although I think the dining room needs to be decluttered--it seems like the owners use it as a storage space. I LOVE the gigantic fish tank--gorgeous fish say Hello and Goodbye!

Posted by Linda Whealton on 01/07/2005 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Green Tea

I've had sushi in Japan, California, and lots of other places, but this is the only place I come back to regularly. The maki and sushi are prepared with incredible delicacy, beauty and art. The fish is super-fresh, tender, and has the perfect texture and aroma for sushi. They have an incredible assortment of original rolls- some of my favorites are the Chicago Crazy Spicy, and Rainbow roll, both of which have generous portions of top quality fish, flavorful sauces and really appealing presentation. I always enjoy watching the chefs at the sushi bar- it's obvious that they enjoy the creative endeavor of their craft. I've been to this restaurant at least 10 times, and the recipes and quality are very consistent. A word of caution though- this is a TINY restaurant, so come early, be prepared to wait and don't count on seating for larger parties. They also make an excellent take-out sushi, just call ahead and pick it up- yummy! BYO drinks are really nice too- you can have your favorite wine or beer with your dinner. Everything is very reasonably priced considering the outstanding quality of the fresh ingredients. I also like this restaurant becuase it's not too stuffy-trendy-precious like a lot of Chicago sushi bars.

Posted by Boo on 04/08/2003 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Siam Noodle & Rice

This is one of those special Thai restaurants in town that actually has a Thai chef in the kitchen. If you have ever been to up-country Thailand, and you want some Isan-style favorites, this is the place to go. They have a great menu of spicy dishes to be eaten with sticky rice, a Northern-Thai specialty. We asked for certain dishes to be prepared with more or less spice/sour/sweet flavor, and the results were perfect, at least for my Thai palate. The som tum (green papaya salad) was authentic, and the yam nua (grilled beef salad) was seasoned to perfection. The only thing that wasn't authentic was the Thai iced tea, which tasted more like Lipton than Thai tea, but it was still good. If your favorite Thai restaurants have Mexican chefs, you might not be used to the intense flavors of this cuisine, but it's definately worth trying. The excellent value and rare menu items (beef and meatball soup, khao neo-sticky glutinous rice) makes up for the lack of decor.

Posted by Boo on 04/03/2003 at 7:07 PM

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