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Mar 11, 2003 09:00 PM

Siam Cuisine in Berkeley

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Has anyone been to Siam Cuisine in Berkeley? My cousin swears by their fried sweet potatoes, but I'd like to know if any of the respected chowhounds have been there. Thanks.

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  1. It's been years since I've eaten at Siam Cuisine but I do remember that the fried sweet potatoes were very good. Siam Cuisine was one of the first, if not the first, Thai restaurants in Berkeley....the owner was always very friendly....hope it's still as good.

    1. Siam Cuisine is one of my favorite Thai restaurants. The fried sweet potatoes are great. My housemate loves the Penang beef so much she always orders it and refuses to share it (it really is good!).

      1. We ate there tonight (Tuesday). It was a complete random act of "We are picking the NEXT restaurant we see" (blood sugar issues).

        My wife and I are big fans of thai food. Siam Cuisine is a much fancier joint than we are used to going into. White tablecloths, matching porceline, really nice mural on the wall. The service was quite attentive (restaurant was 1/3 full) and friendly.

        We ordered the obligatory Tom Kum Gai, which is the Thai equivilant to Miso soup in Japanese cooking in that you can guage how good the rest of the meal will be by how they render this classic starter. No worries here. The soup was rich and meaty without losing the delicate flavors of the onion and spices.

        I had the "Drunken Spaghetti" with chicken and it was the star of the meal. Tiny corn, mushrooms, sugar peas, carrots, cabbage, spinach and green and white onions with a delicate sauce that stuck to the pasta well. Totally delicious.

        My wife had Ginger Chicken that was essentially the same as mine with a lighter sauce and no spaghetti. This was also great, but the Drunken Spaghetti won.

        Portions are generous. Music was innofensive, but western. I would have loved to hear classical Thai music to accompany the great food.

        Food: 8.5
        Service: 9
        Price: 6
        Ambiance: 7

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        1. re: ChewChewChew

          Thanks for the report. Siam Cuisine changed hands a while back and I haven't been there under the new management to see if it's still good.

        2. Nice report. The "Drunken Spaghetti" sounds delicious.

          What other Thai restaurants do you like and what dishes do you recommend there?