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Kunya Siam - New Thai restaurant in Atlantic Highlands

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J M S Mar 1, 2010 08:45 AM

Kunya Siam opened 2 weeks ago at the old "Royal Thai" location in Atlantic Highlands with a new chef/owner. I never went to Royal Thai so I cannot compare it, however I have been to many Thai restaurants throughout the US. I am happy to say I was impressed with all the food we had.

Started off with Vegetable Dumplings and Grilled Sat-Tay. The dumplings were delicious and the sauce they came with was outstanding. I recommend these. The only downfall was the portion size. It was ony four small dumlpings. If the portion size is all to complain about, then good for them. The Grilled Sat-Tay consisted of four marinated pieces of chicken served with cucumber relish and peanut sauce. The sauces were again outstanding, especially the peanut sauce and the chicken was very moist and flavorful.

Ordered three entress: Grilled Beef, Rama Peanut Sauce, and Pad Se-Ew chicken. The Grilled Beef was by far the best out of the three. It was a marinated skirt steak served with sticky rice and a spicy sweet and sour sauce. The sauce had just enough heat to make your tounge tingle and the meat was cooked great. The Rama Peanut Sauce was also very good. It is steamed chicken served with broccoli, mali rice, and covered in peanut sauce. Great portion size and all in all delicious. The Pad Se-Ew Chicken is chicken served with rice noodles, egg, soy sauce, and broccoli. The rice noodles were a great compliment to the chicken and broccoli and again a great dish.

The one complaint I did have was the heat factor. I would have like a spicier dish being that it is Thai food. I did ask and receive extra chili paste which did the job.

I recommend this place for anyone looking for some great Thai food in Monmouth County.

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    Memsahib Apr 11, 2011 06:37 AM

    We ate at Kunya Siam last night for the first time and can't believe we didn't come here sooner. Since moving here from the city it's been difficult to find good Thai. Have tried Siam Garden in the Galleria in Red Bank several times only to be disappointed over and over; Far East Taste in Eatontown is just OK; tried Thai Chilies when they first opened and didn't feel it was worth returning. We've been eating Thai for over 20 years and the bar was set high early on. This is the real thing, fresh ingredients, no gloppy peanut or sick-sweet chili sauces out of bottles. We asked for very spicy and got perfect heat that accentuated the food but didn't incinerate the taste buds. Tom Kha Gai soup had just the right sweet and sour balance. Som Tum  salad was crisp julienned shreds of green papaya and carrot, lettuce and herbs with classic spicy, garlicky chili lime dressing/sauce. Chicken pieces were nice and tender and vegetables had some crunch in the the red curry dish. Pad Thai - one of the best we've ever had, with noodles cooked perfectly, not glued together, fresh herbs and a little mound of crushed peanuts on the side of the plate and a nice zing of tamarind in the sauce. I liked the fact that the menu is fairly small, but would love to see fresh spring rolls and Larb Gai on the menu. Also, minor and picky, but I just don't see the point of battery votives. Wouldn't real candles be less expensive anyway?The entire staff was very nice and the interior feels intimate and inviting. Definitely plan to become regulars here.

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      chemkreation Sep 23, 2010 08:48 AM

      I unfortunately did try "Royal Thai" and was SEVERELY disappointed. The Food was TERRIBLE. This was on multiple occasions, I never judge a place on just one visit.

      As for Kunya Siam, the place is a 100% turn around! I have never had a bad experience here. The food is always great and the people working have been more then courteous. Service with a smile. Being a local in AH, this place has become one of our regular places!

      1. JerzeyShore Aug 9, 2010 05:24 AM

        After reading all the good press on this place we decided to try it on Saturday night and all I can say is WOW! Kunya provided some of the best tasting Thai food we have ever enjoyed and as a bonus at a great price. Starters of a special salad with shrimp along with a house salad followed by their vegetable dumplings and all were great. Mains of jumbo tamarind shrimp medium hot and pad kra chicken hot were both delicious and served just as requested with the proper heat.

        The space is sufficient and very nice and service very efficient and friendly as well. At $40 this dining experience was a superb value. Kunya is a must try for anyone interested in delicious Thai food. Thanks for brining Kunya Siam to our attention J M S ...

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          cmanjula Aug 6, 2010 07:55 PM

          what a fabulous restaurant this is.food is delicious,
          prices are cheap,good service,byob-what is there not to like?i
          had their tilapia special-perfectly cooked fish withspicy vegetables and lemon grass and minty flavor-real good.
          my husband had the standard red chicken curry and loved it.we also had the spicy papaya salad appetizer and steamed mussels-delicious-the total bill was only $42-oh and i forgot the lychee dessert.
          will definitely go back again soon.

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            Luclyd Jul 31, 2010 08:40 PM

            I've been there a few times now and their service is excellent and their food is consistently great! I had a chicken dish and a special spring roll appetizer and they were delicious and piping hot. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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              sockster Jun 15, 2010 05:27 PM

              Gotta say...just came back from Kunya...what fantastic, tasty food. The tamarand shrimp are out of this world. If you haven't tried Kunya Thai....come here fast and support this genuinely wonderful restaurant!

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                foodislove1958 Apr 7, 2010 12:39 PM

                Tried Kunya Siam last night. Really really enjoyed the offerings. Had the vegetable dumplings, stuffed with all greens in a light transparent noodle and served with a spicy sweet soy sauce, Also tried the mussels..great ginger broth and excellent chile lime dipping sauce, one comment would be to try to use regular mussels as opposed to the New Zealand..in this particular preparation they got chewy. Also a special app..forget name but it was finley chopped chicken in a ginger lime and chile dressing with nicely sliced fresh red onions. The special app was the table pleaser. Entrees were solid...my wife had a yellow curry chicken that was served a a fresh array of condiments, vegetables and spices on a separate tray. I have the Duck Coffee...super crisp yet moist half duck with slices of fried japanese Eggplant doused in the sinful coffee tamarind reduction. A definate plate pleaser! Served on the side was a bowl of their sticky rice. All the kids ordered the same thing...Chicken Ew Sow..tasted very much like CHicken Chow Fun..fresh noodles, sliced chicken and egg. This pleased all three of my picky eaters. Service was friendly and very very fast, although we were not rushed. During our visit they seemed to be doing a good amount of take out. Thats great because I feel that this area could use this restaurant in its repetoire. I definately will go back to Kunya Siam. For those interested On April 14th they are celebrating a Thai holiday with special menu items and a value based coupon on their website.

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                  rutgers2 Apr 8, 2010 07:29 AM

                  Hey, thanks for sharing the website. I like the owners, chef and everyone there so much and I enjoy the food there, I second foodislove1958 and I really want them to make it. They are so nice and friendly and the service is excellent. I love the veggie dumplings and must add that they really want to please you--I always ask for the tofu soup and mixed veg sautee to be very spicy and they make it nice and spicy! Anyway, I just had to add my two cents!

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                    J M S Jun 11, 2010 06:40 PM

                    Went back to Kunya Siam last night and glad to say it was on point once again. To start we got the grilled sa-tay , a seafood crepe, and the curry puff. All were very tasty. For dinner I went with the chicken pad thai and asked for extra spicy and boy did they make it spicy. It was tough to eat, but it was delicious. Very good dinner again.

                    Also to note: it was decently busy for a Thursday night. I hope they are doing well and make it. I enjoy a nice Thai place close to home.

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                  J M S Apr 1, 2010 07:21 AM

                  They created a website...

                  http://kunyasiam.com/

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                    rutgers2 Mar 25, 2010 12:36 PM

                    Thanks for recommending the vegetable dumplings. I have ordered them each time I've been to Kunya Siam and I love them! As a vegan, I am very limited to what I can order. I am so glad they re-opened. They are very gracious and I think the portions are generous. I can't speak for most of the menu but the vegetarian menu items are delicious and obviously fresh.

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                      sockster Mar 24, 2010 07:33 AM

                      Went for the second time on Monday night in a horrible rainstorm. We were the only two in the restaurant at 7PM. The first time we were there they were timid on the spice even though we ordered two star spiced dishes. This time I asked for spice and I wasn't disappointed. The coffee duck was ultra crisp and out of this world. Reminded me of the great duck at the late restaurant Manow. Also had the "spaghetti" with shrimp, spicy, and it was delicious! Our last dish was yellow curry chicken and that was yummo too. Hopefully they will be able to keep this up when word gets out that there is some serious food being served at this local Thai restaurant. One word to you and to the restaurant. If it's cold out, bring a sweater, they keep the place like it's the Orient- VERY LITTLE HEAT!!

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                        rutgers2 Mar 2, 2010 07:38 AM

                        I ordered take out from there on Sunday afternoon. They have a new menu and I was pleased with my order. I'm vegan so I of course had the tofu and vegetable soup and the mixed vegetables and tofu. Veggies were fresh and I requested spicy, which both orders were. I would go back and would recommend them gladly. I am not an expert on Thai cuisine by any means but have tried many Thai places. Thanks!

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                          equal_Mark Mar 23, 2010 06:09 PM

                          Menu: http://www.exit109.com/~mstevens/Take...

                        2. equal_Mark Mar 1, 2010 02:15 PM

                          Did they offer a condiment tray to help spice things up? The lack of this was one of the things I noted about Royal Thai...

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/568540

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                            J M S Mar 4, 2010 02:38 PM

                            They did not offer a condiment tray. That would have been a nice addition. As I said, they did bring me some chili paste when asked. Maybe they will read this post and start it up.

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