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Siam Spice - Toms River

njfreqflyer May 17, 2010 08:18 PM

Our new thai restaurant in Toms River is scheduled to open on Friday, May 28, 2010. This replaces the previous "Thai" restaurant (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597585) in the same space on Fischer Blvd. New owner, chef, menu, and a completely refurbished interior. No relationship to the folks who ran its predecessor.


Siam Spice
1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

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  1. bgut1 RE: njfreqflyer May 18, 2010 08:07 AM

    nj - Thanks for the information. I'm looking forward to trying it.

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      Farang730 RE: njfreqflyer Jun 14, 2010 10:04 AM

      I have been there twice and it is fantastic. I lived in Thailand for 2 years, so they have some authentic stuff. Try the Kow Soy which is very hard to find in any Thai restaurant. I can't recommend this place enough.

      1. njfreqflyer RE: njfreqflyer Jun 18, 2010 07:24 AM

        I’ve made one visit so far and report good initial results with the following items selected as take-out (descriptions and prices are copied from the menu on their website):

        Goong Gar Borg (shrimp tempura) ($6). Deep-fried shrimp wrapped in egg roll skin, served with sweet and spicy sauce.

        Thai spring rolls (4pcs, $6). Crispy fried spring rolls of grounded beef, and vegetables, served with dipping sides of plum sauce and sweet thai chili sauce.

        Khao Pad (Thai fried rice) with chicken ($9). Savory stir-fried Jasmine rice with scallions, onions, tomatoes, carrots and egg.

        Pad Kea Mow with tofu ($10). Stir-fried fresh wide rice noodles with eggs, chili, garlic, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers and fresh basil.

        Siam Spice Shrimp ($15). Tossed in a spice creamy sauce with crunchy baby corn, shiitake mushroom and crispy asparagus.

        We enjoyed it all. The Thai fried rice with chicken was a little dry (and perhaps the chicken was a little over-cooked), but had good seasoning. The Siam spice shrimp was zippy but not overpowering, and I wouldn’t describe the sauce as “creamy.” We liked the shrimp dish best.

        They’ve done a nice job on the remodel and it’s an attractive room. I plan to go back to sample more dishes and experiment with the spice/heat level.

        I encourage you to stop by and give them a try if you get a chance. …With the recent loss of another specialty cuisine restaurant (Salang Kabob House) in Toms River, we can’t take our few outposts of good and interesting food in the area for granted.

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        1. re: njfreqflyer
          Frankopinion RE: njfreqflyer Oct 26, 2011 02:02 PM

          You seem to be an insider owner or relative of siam spice who is giving a big detail of the restaurant. Trying to sell your food online?

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            cantkick RE: Frankopinion Oct 26, 2011 04:13 PM

            Not likely. He/she is a frequent poster and has described several restaurants in central NJ.

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          gourmetmom RE: njfreqflyer Jun 29, 2010 06:04 PM

          We really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was very fresh and well prepared. Not too spicy prepared spice to our liking. The fried rice and curry was delicious.

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            ricarjoy RE: njfreqflyer Jul 3, 2010 09:17 AM

            We tried this restruant for the first time and I can't say enough about it. The new owners completly renovated it in very tasteful decor. We ordered the Spring rolls and the Satay for appetizers which were superb.
            then we ordered 3 main dishes for the table the Pineapple fried rice, full of flavor and the rice cooked perfect. The chicken Pad Thai was excellent. The Massamann Curry was just right on the spice and overall flavor. I can't wait until we get back there again to sample the rest of the menu. This is nothing like the previous restaurant that was there, if you liked that you will LOVE this one. This compares to some of the top Thai restruants that i am use to in Boston. Thank you for opening something other than another Italian or Chineese restuarnt in the Toms River area. We will be back right after the 4th.

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              RUeating RE: njfreqflyer Jul 24, 2010 12:18 PM

              After reading reviews and hearing from some friends, I decided to try Siam Spice out. I'm not usually one to be short about my reviews, so if you're looking for the cliff's notes: I'll be back for sure!

              Its location leaves it in a strip mall that can easily be driven right by without notice... which would be a shame.

              Upon entering the room, I was greeted with a warm smile. The people working (owner and family?) were very welcoming, friendly, and cheerful. Chatting about different dishes, my experience with Thai food, places to shop, and the fact that there aren't any good Thai places around along with the usual "how's the weather" type banter. With that first experience, I could see myself frequenting this place and becoming a regular.

              The dining room was small. A few tables, not many decorations, butnicely done. It wasn't one of those places that you walk in and feel like someone tried too hard. A nice bright, happy place. After I made my order (which I'll get to), I looked around. The place is CLEAN. Super clean. Spotless. From what I saw in in the kitchen, it was no different than the front of the house.

              The menu had all of the usual suspects from the Satay to to the Pad Thai, the Mee Crob to the Curries. A good bunch of choices inbetween with things I haven't seen before. I had a few friends that hadn't ever had Thai before, so I wanted to get a few things that we could all sample. I don't know that I can really judge the menu since I'm only partially experienced with Thai, so I think a B rating would be fair.

              We would be tasting:
              An order of the Moo Ping (grilled pork), the Thai Spring Rolls (because of some of the earlier reviews), and Tom Yum Kae Gai (coconut milk soup with chicken, veggies, galangal, and spice).
              I also got an order of the Pad Kea Mow (one of my favorite Thai noodle dishes) and Kow Soy (egg noodles in a yellow coconut curry)
              I ordered everything mild/medium so that I wouldn't light up my friends... who don't enjoy their foods nearly as hot as I do (nose running, sweating, lips tingling style).

              I'm going to give my own feelings on the food, then a quick synopsis of the Thai newbies' review nero style. They trusted me with ordering, so you can take that into consideration too.

              The drive home had my mouth watering. When I did get home, tore open the bag and plated the food, the house was really brought alive with the lively smells of the curries and thai spces.

              At first sight, the spring rolls looked good. A little on the small side. They were pretty tasty on their own. There are two dipping sauces: A thicker plum sauce that had a little spice to it and a thin thai chili sauce. The plum sauce has a sweet/tart taste with a minor spice pop at the front and compliments the flavor of the spring rolls. The chili sauce was flavorful in a different way, not really sweet or tangy... a flavor that I can't really place; maybe it was the lime/chili sauce for the pork. I was expecting it to be much spicier than it was (the plum sauce had more 'kick').
              B+ Newbies give the food a thumbs up and me a thumbs down for not getting 2-3 orders.

              I was disappointed with the pork. 4 small skewers of pork. It had some flavor, but a bit on the dry side. I tried it in both of the dipping sauces that I used for the spring rolls, but they covered the flavor of the pork entirely.
              C Newbies generally gave it a thumbs up also, but it was a mixed review for them also. I don't know that this would be on our list when we go again.

              We cracked open the soup and were greeted with the unfamiliar, yet yummy smells. The texture was thin and broth-like. Loaded with onions, mushrooms, peppers, and I think some tomato along with a good amount of chicken. The flavor was nice and I enjoyed it, but there seemed to be something missing to really finish it. No spice(heat) here that I could detect. I'm not really into soups, so it could be me.
              B The rest of the folks all gave it a thumbs up. I personally woulnd't order it for myself, but I'm sure others would.

              Next was the Kow Soy. It was packed to-go, with the curry seperate from the noodles. Nice touch, because I've gotten some curries at other places that pack it all together and it ends up being a mushy mess by the time you get home. After assembled in a bowl, the noodles were good and the crunchy ones, still crunchy. The flavor was very nice. Good curry with the creamy highlights of coconut and not-too-subtle pop of the spice. I didn't relaly detect any significant flavor added from the chicken itself, but the dish as a whole was good. There is enough curry to boil up some of my own egg noodles and make another dish tomorrow.
              A Overwhelming thumbs up from the crowd.

              Finally, my favorite of the Thai noodles dishes, the Pad Kea Mow. When I opened it, I didn't even have to taste it to know they did it right. Just the smell alone told me that it had the right mix of ingredients without letting one overpower the others. After tasting it, I'm very happy. The noodles, veggies, and pork were balanced nice and the clean finish from the fresh basil made me happy I ordered it. Plenty of meat, enough egg to make it more than a garnish (which I've seen a lot) and a good serving size.
              A Thumbs up from the crowd.

              Overall, I'm very happy with the Siam Spice and will be back to try some of the other choices in the very near future.

              Siam Spice
              1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

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              1. re: RUeating
                Frankopinion RE: RUeating Oct 26, 2011 02:04 PM

                We do not agree. Understaffed, slow and greasy food.

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                Antigone RE: njfreqflyer Jul 25, 2010 01:16 PM

                Interesting menu! I live in the area, and as a vegan I am always in search of good takeout. I will definitely check it out.

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                  tom246 RE: njfreqflyer Aug 28, 2010 06:10 AM

                  We had that familiar urge for Thai so we took a ride down to Siam Spice based on the positive notes from fellow hounds.
                  Very pleaased to report that we had a relaxing and tasty dinner last night. As mentioned before, the room is small but attractive and spotless.

                  We chose vegetarian Pad Thai to start and shared. The tasty flavors all brought together by the tangy tamarind. Could have easily put down another plate of this :).
                  We also shared the entrees and they contrasted each other perfectly. DW had the Green Curry with chicken which consisted of Coconut curry with string beans, bell pepper, baby corn, bamboo shoots, carrots, and garnished with basil and kaffir lime leaves.
                  I had the Massamann Curry with chicken which was Coconut curry with potatoes, onions, and roasted peanuts.
                  The Green Curry had the heat which was a perfect compliment to a delicious dish. The Massamann Curry was more on the sweet side as expected but was not cloying at all but tangy and delicious. The two entrees are a great way to sample the variation in Thai food.

                  Very full but a dessert caught our eye, Sweet Sticky Rice with Thai Custard Topping. The Thai custard was not a topping, rather a version of Thai bread pudding.
                  We guessed squash for the filling but the owner told us it was Thai pumpkin bought in NYC. Oh, the dessert was delicious :)

                  Service was friendly and relaxed. If your thinking of getting a fix of Thai, be sure to give this place a try.


                  Siam Spice
                  1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

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                  1. re: tom246
                    Tapas52 RE: tom246 Aug 28, 2010 01:54 PM

                    After reading so many positive posts on Siam Spice Thai Restaurant we decided to venture out this afternoon and give it a go for the first time……and let me tell you I am so glad we did. A very pleasurable dining experience from beginning to end…Walking in the décor was modern looking and very comfy, I loved the dark wood floors and furniture accents, nice comfy brown leather grain bench seats also..it made you feel right at home.
                    The friendly owners graciously made us comfy and service was knowledgeable and timely.

                    Being it was early we went with a few dishes off the lunch menu. First was the Thai Iced Tea very refreshing……..Steamed dumplings for an appetizer which were delicious, flavorful with a delectable dipping sauce.
                    Next we ordered the Spicy Chicken w/ Basil & the Barbecued Roast Pork on Jasmine Rice…..

                    Next came the soup Tom Yum Gai w/ Lemongrass & Mushrooms absolutely light and soothing great 2nd course……next came the mains and the Chicken Basil was so freaking good ( excuse my French lol ) just enough spice and the complex flavors were to die for showcasing the basil flavor throughout. BBQ Pork was a bit sweeter nicely flavored with spices also, very good…..but I still wanted more, so I ordered their Green Curry w/ Beef & again simply fantastic just enough heat and flavorings to let all the flavors come through……the owners were so friendly and we chatted some as we enjoyed our meal.
                    We finished off with desert which included Sweet Sticky Rice & Mangoes w/ Sesame Seeds, delicious…..followed by the recommended Baked Thai Custard in Squash…OMG!!!!! Excellent!!

                    In conclusion Siam Spice is now on my favorites list and we will definitely be returning many times over to try some more of the Thai Dishes like we did today!!!

                    Give it a try you won’t be sorry!!

                    Siam Spice
                    1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

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                      tom246 RE: Tapas52 Aug 29, 2010 05:45 AM

                      Tapas, good to hear that your experience was similar to ours. We are planning to get back there soon and bring a couple of friends who live in Brick.

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                        Tapas52 RE: tom246 Aug 29, 2010 05:49 AM

                        Tom......I hear ya....
                        I wanted to try everything on the menu yesterday it was so good....additionally starting in September just so you know they will be closed on Wednesdays. Siam Spice is a welcome site in Toms River's culinary scene.......enjoy ! We'll be back very soon.

                        Siam Spice
                        1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

                  2. JerzeyShore RE: njfreqflyer Aug 30, 2010 06:35 AM

                    After all these positive reviews we just had to try this place yesterday and overall we enjoyed the experience. The space is very nicely decorated and spotlessly clean and the service was efficient.

                    The food was very good but the portion was size was small leading us to order a third main course to share before finishing the meal. The apps were delicious which were calamari and dumplings but they were small portions as well, as they included only 4 dumplings and about a cup or so of the fried calamari.

                    They do not spice sufficiently so I suggest you speak directly to the cook if you really like your Thai food a little hot. I think the norm here is to tame it down for the uninitiated, but I'm sure they will accommodate.

                    The dining experience is a good value although not a great one because the portion size will prompt you to order additional courses. Again we did enjoy the meal and will return again.

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                      Tapas52 RE: JerzeyShore Aug 30, 2010 07:24 AM

                      Jerzeyshore....glad you enjoyed it....btw what else did you have for dinner?

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                        JerzeyShore RE: Tapas52 Aug 30, 2010 12:40 PM

                        Tapas52, we had chicken basil, shrimp w/ vegs and finally a pork dish. Each of these were very tasty especially the pork dish. We are looking fordward to going again to try a few of the more conventional dishes such as pad thai. Hope to bump into you there ...

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                          Tapas52 RE: JerzeyShore Aug 30, 2010 01:00 PM

                          Thanx.......we enjoyed it very much also...portions were standard....dumplings were so delicious & yes I wish there were a few more per order on those lol ....all else was great hope to go again soon...green curry w/ beef was more then enough on top of rice also......who knows might see ya there also!!


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                        tom246 RE: JerzeyShore Aug 30, 2010 07:27 AM

                        I didn't notice the portions being small, probably because we ordered the Pad Thai and split it as an appetizer.

                        Agree that Siam Spice is a nice addition to the area.

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                        tom246 RE: njfreqflyer Sep 5, 2010 05:27 AM

                        Went back to Siam Spice with friends last night, this place is pumping out some excellent Thai food. Ordered a diverse selection of food and shared tastes of everything.
                        Starters were Steamed Dumplings (we were told they were made a couple of hours ago), Thai Spring Rolls and an order of Pad Thai Sai Haw, tasty Pad Thai ingredients in a very thin, delicate egg omelet. All were delicious, great way to start.

                        Entrees included Penang Curry, more herbal infused than the Red Curry, Massamann Curry and "Sarah" Soft Shell Crab, battered fried soft shell crab with their house spice.
                        The curries were all different, tasty and distinctive. The soft shell was excellent, dressed with various items that I did not see what they were.
                        For dessert we had two orders of that unique Sweet Sticky Rice with Thai Custard. Like our last visit, this was a great way to end the meal.

                        Our table thought the spicing was perfect, some may want less or more heat depending on their preference.
                        We tempered the spice with a couple bottles of nice German riesling. Riesling and Thai food, a match made in heaven :)
                        Still lots of things to try at Siam Spice including other noodle dishes, rice entrees, salads, soups and seafood specialties. All good reasons to keep coming back :)

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                          Tapas52 RE: tom246 Sep 5, 2010 06:11 AM

                          Tom great review....I'll be going back this week also again...
                          love this place!

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                            Tapas52 RE: Tapas52 Sep 16, 2010 04:27 PM

                            Just want to mention we went back again the Tuesday night for late dinner the place was packed at 8:30pm.....but we were able to get a 2 top for diner .....I gotta tell ya it was fabulous....we both started with the Thai Spring Rolls, crispy & w/ a very nice dipping sauce.....following that we both had the Geow Nam Moo ( Thai Wonton Soup) , the dumplings in the soup were heavenly, light and so flavorful, Thai style delicious wontons in broth spice with a homemade sauce. garnished with bean sprouts, scallion and cilantro.flavor that made me want to lick the bowl! For our mains we had Pad-Se-Eeuw, Stir-fried fresh wide rice noodles in dark sweet soy sauce with broccoli. Next, Spicy Chicken with Basil, Minced Chicken with spice and basil, served over jasmine rice and topped with a fried egg.
                            Everything was fantastic....cant wait to go back for more!!


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                              tom246 RE: Tapas52 Sep 17, 2010 05:36 PM

                              Tapas, your post prompted us to head to Siam Spice for an early dinner tonight. In an effort to keep tasting through the menu, DW had the steamed dumplings which are excellent and our only repeat item.
                              I had the papaya salad, which was fresh papaya, lettuce, crunchy green beans, cherry tomatoes, shrimp and a splash of fresh squeezed lime juice tossed with peanuts. Very tasty preparation and the heat cut through the ingredients really well.

                              Entrees were Pad-Se-Eeuw, stir fried fresh wide noodles in dark sweet soy sauce with broccoli and shrimp. This was a sweet preparation but complex in flavors, I only got a couple of mouthfuls :)
                              I had the crispy Siam Spice Roasted Duck, house roasted half duck in a honey glaze with diced pineapple, cherry tomatoes, green and red bell peppers, basil and kaffir lime leaves. All came in a spicy curry. This was one of the best duck preps I have had in a Thai restaurant. The diced pineapple worked like mini fire extinguishers vs the heat of the curry. Just a great dish.

                              Tried the fried banana with ice cream for dessert and it was just ok. The dish was innovative, the banana "mash" was in tender spring rolls but the light sauce had a spice note which I described as old candied ginger but it may have been something else.

                              Lots on the menu yet to try so we will be frequent visitors to this nice cozy restaurant.

                              Siam Spice
                              1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

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                                Tapas52 RE: tom246 Sep 17, 2010 05:56 PM

                                Tom....I'm so glad your enjoying Siam Spice....it's such a welcome addition to the Toms River Culinary scene....I must try the Duck dish in the future also. Another dish I'm looking forward to is the Thai Soft Shell Crabs..... I talked to the owner last time there and they were saying some menu items will be added & some removed also ...so they are keeping up with customers reviews also which is good as to what is working for them.....maybe we'll cross paths some time there....


                        2. katydid13 RE: njfreqflyer Sep 18, 2010 05:56 AM

                          I tried this place with my family for the first time last night, and everything (from appetizers to dessert) was really delicious, and the presentation was lovely. My only constructive criticism is that they should do something to cut down on the ambient noise -- it was so loud, even when the restaurant was not fully occupied, that I couldn't hear what the person across the table from me was saying.

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                            Tapas52 RE: katydid13 Sep 18, 2010 07:21 AM

                            katy it is a very small space, tables close4 together and with a barewood floor does make for a very sound conductive ambience....i would say to change that a rug would have to be layed down to absorb the sound.....but I am glad you enjoyed your meal at Siam Spice.

                            Siam Spice
                            1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

                          2. JerzeyShore RE: njfreqflyer Sep 25, 2010 09:08 PM

                            Our second visit to Siam Spice last evening resulted in an excellent dinning experience as every dish was delicious. We enjoyed their steamed dumplings and mussels along with a papaya salad then the pad thai and steak with green curry sauce for the main course. The spicing (heat) was perfect for the food, portion size fine and our service very efficient and friendly. Very nice value and addition to the TR scene, we will be making this one of our regular stops. Although the restaurant was nearly full when we left we did not find the level of noise excessive at all, maybe we were blessed with quiet diners.

                            Siam Spice
                            1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

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                              Tapas52 RE: JerzeyShore Sep 26, 2010 03:54 AM

                              jerzyshore glad you had another good time....Ive been a bit busy but this week I will dine there again for sure......enjoy.

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                                bgut1 RE: Tapas52 Oct 8, 2010 09:54 PM

                                I finally made it over to Siam Spice and I’m sorry that it took me so long to visit this little gem. Admittedly, I had very low expectations considering its location in the culinary wasteland that is Ocean County. I should not however have doubted the respected opinions of njfreqflyer, tom246 and Tapas52. This restaurant is in fact the real deal serving some of the best Thai food I have ever tasted. By way of example, I started my lunch with a nice size bowl of Tom Yum soup. I’ve had had this soup countless times at numerous Thai restaurants and this was by far the best rendition. This version was full bodied and more complete with very distinct tastes of spicy and sour. For my entrée I had the Spicy Chicken with Basil. This too was a fantastic dish. My only criticisms would be that it was missing the fried egg as noted on the menu and that it wasn’t spicy enough for me (notwithstanding the request that it be served extra spicy). Although I normally don’t order dessert for lunch, I gave in to the request of my dining companion and chose the pedestrian sounding fried bananas over ice cream. Expecting more of a bananas foster type of dessert, I was surprised to find that the bananas were wrapped in rice paper a la a spring roll. The crunch of the wrapped combined with the soft banana and cold vanilla ice cream made for a perfect punctuation to the meal. Thanks again to all who reported on this restaurant. I can’t wait to return for dinner and make my way through the rest of the menu. Good Luck.

                                Siam Spice
                                1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

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                                  Tapas52 RE: bgut1 Oct 8, 2010 10:05 PM

                                  bgut1.....I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal at Siam Spice...I've been there many times and yearn to return very soon to try some more items.......


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                              tom246 RE: njfreqflyer Jan 16, 2011 02:28 PM

                              Just back from Siam Spice which settled my urge for Thai. This place just keeps getting better. As we sat down the owner told us about a couple of specials. Duck noodle soup and 1/2 crispy roasted duck with tamarind sauce.
                              As I was leaning toward duck, it was a "bring it on" moment. We were warned that the duck soup was essentially an entree but I ordered it anyway, along with the tamarind duck.

                              The duck soup was magnificent. Fragrant with spices, the large bowl was full of duck, rice noodles and a delicious brown savory broth. As good a soup as I have had in some time.
                              We were told after dinner that the duck soup has been very popular and will likely become a menu staple in the next couple of months.
                              The crispy tamarind duck was also delicious, a large portion that will make a nice lunch tomorrow.
                              Wife had the Pad-Se-Eeuw, which is a favorite of hers. Wide noodles with shrimp, bok choy, broccoli, slices of egg in a dark sweet soy sauce. Very tasty dish.
                              Finished by sharing the sticky rice with Thai pumpkin custard. Yum.

                              Can't wait till the duck soup becomes a regular menu item!

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                                bgut1 RE: tom246 Jan 16, 2011 07:41 PM

                                Tom - Thanks for another excellent review. Although, I've only eaten lunch there, everything I've tried was excellent. This place is truly a treasure and hope that they succeed.

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                                  tom246 RE: bgut1 Jan 17, 2011 03:20 AM

                                  Bgut, agree that a lot of care goes into the food here. Next time you go, if the duck soup is available, go for it. A bowl of pleasure :)

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                                    bgut1 RE: tom246 Jan 20, 2011 06:14 PM

                                    Thank you, thank you, thank you to tom246 for recommending that I try the duck soup at Siam Spice. The dish was a religious experience for me and was probably the best single food item I’ve tasted in the past twelve months. No joke folks, this dish was awesome. Let me first start by saying that I consider myself a soup fanatic. Two of my all time favorites are the spicy beef soup at Shanghai Bun and the pho at Little Saigon (Atlantic City). The duck soup blew both of them away. From the perfectly roasted duck (crispy skin, rendered fat and juicy breast meat), to the rich and flavorful dark broth topped with roasted garlic (?), to the lusciousness of the noodles, and finally accented by the crunchiness of the beans sprouts, this dish was a masterpiece. For what I understand, while they intend to add it to the regular menu, it is currently a special item. I would therefore recommend that you call ahead to make sure it’s available. I hope this is a sign that the food scene in Toms River is finally picking up. For those out of the area, trust me, the drive to Siam Spice is worth it. Good Luck.

                                    Little Saigon Restaurant
                                    2801 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

                                    Shanghai Bun Restaurant
                                    952 State Route 34 Ste 6, Matawan, NJ 07747

                                    Siam Spice
                                    1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

                                    1. re: bgut1
                                      tom246 RE: bgut1 Jan 21, 2011 06:35 AM

                                      Now you did it bgut1, making my stomach growl and have me hankering for another bowl of that soup :)

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                                        bgut1 RE: tom246 Jan 21, 2011 08:36 AM

                                        Tell me about it. I'm fighting the urge to go back for lunch today.

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                                Shoreguy4u RE: njfreqflyer Apr 22, 2011 06:00 AM

                                Made my forth trip to Siam Spice last night and figured I knew this place well enough to give my thoughts. The starters are all tasty but a little skimpy if sharing. My wife and I usually order a noodle dish and split it. Got the Pad Kea Mow with pork and it was an excellent start to what was to come. For mains we ordered two dishes not on the menu because we have had them as specials in the past but, they always seem to have them available. Why the Duck Soup and Tamirand Duck are not on the menu is a mystery to me they are truly two of the best Thai dishes I have had anywhere. The Duck Soup may be one of the top 10 things I have ever eaten. It is a savory broth and noodles with the duck breast slight charred, crispy and served sliced right on top. The Tamirand Duck is similar in that it's also charred, crispy and off the charts good. As others have said the place is small but cozy. The wait staff and owner are all very friendly and attentive. This place is also super clean and nicely done for the space they have to work with. If you are looking for Thai food as a change of pace this place is truly a gem and a much needed restaurant in this area.

                                Siam Spice
                                1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

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                                1. re: Shoreguy4u
                                  tom246 RE: Shoreguy4u Apr 22, 2011 07:55 AM

                                  Shoreguy, agree with you 100% and then some. Need to get back to this little gem soon. Truly an oasis down in that area of Toms River.

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                                  tom246 RE: njfreqflyer Jul 17, 2011 05:01 AM

                                  Very happy to report that Siam Spice continues to turn out some of the tastiest Thai food in NJ. Four of us last night sampled and enjoyed the skills of the kitchen.
                                  I say skilled because everything we tried had distinct flavors and also varied spice levels

                                  Appetizers were Thai Fish cakes, fried fish patties filled with diced green beans, red curry paste and fresh kaffir lime leaves. Came with a cucumber, red onion and sweet pepper vinaigrette.
                                  Beef Satay were marinated, charbroiled and served with peanut sauce and cucumber vinaigrette. Steamed dumplings were minced pork and shrimp with a soy and scallion sauce. Thai Spring Rolls were fried spring rolls with ground beef and vegetables served with plum and sweet Thai chili sauce.
                                  Each app. is 4 pieces per serving so sharing for 4 people works out perfectly.

                                  Entrees were just as good. Massamann Curry, coconut curry with pork, potatoes, onions and roasted peanuts. Basil Seafood Combination With Tamarind Sauce was shrimp, calamari and mussels in basil and tamarind sauce. Crispy Siam Spice Roasted Duck was a roasted half duck in a honey glaze with pineapple, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, basil and kaffir lime leaves. Siam Spice Shrimp, was shrimp tossed in a spicy cream sauce with baby corn, green mangoes and basil.

                                  The small dining room was about 3/4 full during our meal and there was also some take out business. How this restaurant is not consistently packed is a mystery to me. An attractive dining room, delicious food, nice people. The type of restaurant you want to enjoy and support.

                                  Siam Spice
                                  1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

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                                  1. re: tom246
                                    Tapas52 RE: tom246 Jul 17, 2011 06:49 AM

                                    Hi Tom....glad to hear you had another nice experience at Siam Spice... We also enjoy dining there a great addition to Toms River. I wish they had the Thai Classic "LARB" on the menu :-(


                                    as I have to go to Siam Basil in Seagirt for that which they serve some wonderful Spicy Thai food also. the only complaint I've heard about Siam Spice is the food could be spicierTake Care

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                                      tom246 RE: Tapas52 Jul 17, 2011 07:00 AM

                                      Hi Tapas, Larb is also a favorite of ours. We should both suggest it next time, might wind up on the menu :). Given peoples varied sensitivity to heat, I think their spice level is about moderate but for sure you can get more heat if you ask for it.

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                                        Tapas52 RE: tom246 Jul 17, 2011 08:56 AM

                                        Tom they have an items on the menu "Yum Gai" ?.. that sort of resemble LARB by it's description..I'll have to ask the owners next time I'm there for sure.

                                      2. re: Tapas52
                                        MGZ RE: Tapas52 Jul 17, 2011 09:06 AM

                                        My general "litmus" dish for a new-to-me Thai restaurant is Som Tum. So, when we finally made it to Siam Spice, we started our meal with it. Having confessed our preference for an authentic level of spice in this dish,* that is precisely what we received and enjoyed. Although it lacked a bit of the piquancy noticed in the best versions of it I have tasted, I believe that was due more to the fact that most of the heat came from dried, as opposed to fresh, chiles. It was certainly better, and hotter, than what I had at Siam Basil in Sea Girt.

                                        All in all, our one meal at Siam Spice was the most enjoyable Thai food experience we have had in New Jersey. The spice level, given our requests, was definitely above-average - arguably unpalatable to many. Finally trying it was the consequence of having followed this thread for a while. I believe that I will continue to drive the extra 20-some minutes when Thai is what I crave.

                                        * I believe I requested that the chef prepare our food, "the way she would make it for herself."

                                        Siam Spice
                                        1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

                                        1. re: MGZ
                                          Tapas52 RE: MGZ Jul 17, 2011 04:27 PM

                                          At Siam Basil We had no problem with the spice level in our dishes as the friendly wait staff assured us we could have any level from 1-10 and they surly complied with our requests....

                                          1. re: Tapas52
                                            equal_Mark RE: Tapas52 Jul 18, 2011 06:10 AM

                                            I thought the staff was quite pleasant, not surly at all... :-)

                                          2. re: MGZ
                                            FWeats RE: MGZ Jul 16, 2012 12:07 PM

                                            Try the pork with clear noodles. Not on the menu but they will prepare it. This place is a gem.

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                                        tom246 RE: njfreqflyer Jul 28, 2012 05:37 AM

                                        Over the past couple of years Siam Spice has turned out to be a real gem serving some of the best Thai food you will find anywhere.
                                        We wanted to match some nice food with a 2001 Donnhoff Spatlese and Siam Spice was the perfect choice.

                                        Steamed dumplings can be boring, not here where the flavors of the pork shrimp mixture is very flavorful. Spicy Larb Gai Lettuce Wrap was minced chicken mixed with fresh herbs, spices, lime juice and chilis. This was delicious, good level of spice and a portion large enough for two..

                                        Entrees were Phad Prig King, Sautéed chicken in red curry paste and
                                        string beans. Served with Thai Jasmine rice. Also had Spicy Calamari with basil, Sautéed calamari with spices and basil. Served with Thai Jasmine rice. Both entrees were excellent, a very talented kitchen.

                                        If your in the area, give Siam Spice a try. You won't be disappointed

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                                        1. re: tom246
                                          MGZ RE: tom246 Jul 28, 2012 07:49 AM

                                          On my last visit, I brought some Raging Bitch (Flying Dog beer). However, if you wanna kill another bottle of complex reisling like that, give me a call.

                                          1. re: MGZ
                                            tom246 RE: MGZ Jul 28, 2012 12:02 PM

                                            I dunno, a few bottles of cold Flying Dog sounds mighty tempting :) Actually the last time we were there we brought along a couple bombers of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and thoroughly enjoyed the pairing.

                                            PS: The Donnhoff was awesome, just entering a nice place.

                                            1. re: tom246
                                              MGZ RE: tom246 Jul 28, 2012 12:20 PM

                                              I had some of that wine probably almost two years ago now and it was special then. On the other hand, Siam Spice and hoppy IPAs is always good.

                                        2. njfreqflyer RE: njfreqflyer Feb 23, 2013 09:43 AM

                                          Quiet night in Toms River yesterday, but a busy evening at Siam Spice. Our group of 5 was seated by 6:15, but the place was packed by 7pm, so reservations remain essential on Fridays and Saturdays. Their food warms the belly and the soul, and dazzles the taste buds. Can food be stimulating and be comfort food at the same time?

                                          Started with beef and chicken satay, and a couple of curry puffs. Kids loved the satay. I went for one of my stand-bys, the pad kea mow with tofu. Other dishes included: spicy calamari with basil, basil combination seafood (shrimp, calamari, mussels) with tamarind sauce, grilled strip steak with green curry sauce, and pad se eeuw with chicken. The spicy calamari in particular had a bit of a pepper kick to it.

                                          These guys continue to do a great job. Worth the drive even if you're not in Toms River.

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