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Siam Garden Cafe

manomin Sep 25, 2010 01:28 AM

WOW! Stranded @ Costco in Iwilei getting tires we walked in the heat a relatively short distance from Costco to this little gem on Nimitz Highway for lunch. About 50 or less seats we arrived to a friendly greeting served water immediately - needed! and set down to a menu with I think 57 things.
Within minutes the place was full, the bar stools all taken mostly by people who wanted a table and later were moved to said seating. We had a wonderful calamari with a well balanced sweet and peppery hot dip, spring rolls with a thick yet dippable peanut sauce, garlic fish fillet with sticky rice and pad thai. The pad thai we had with chicken one of the choices. I would just go with vegetarian as the chicken did not do any great service to the dish. We had a couple Chang beers which completely complemented and stood up well to the dishes. I have wanted to eat there for a couple years but have never found the time, opportunity knocked and I'm glad we followed! I highly suggest anyone who would like some great Thai food in a lovely little setting definitely make it out there. It's in the Nimitz business/shopping center where New Eagle is also located.

Siam Garden Cafe
1130 N Nimitz Hwy Rm A130, Honolulu, HI 96817

New Eagle Cafe
1130 N Nimitz Hwy Rm A100, Honolulu, HI 96817

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    Jazzaloha Sep 25, 2010 05:05 AM

    Thanks for the review. How's the prices?

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    1. re: Jazzaloha
      manomin Sep 25, 2010 10:46 AM

      I found them quite reasonable and good quantity. The website has the complete menu (and it's all in pictures & numbers). Even the beer was value priced at $4.00 a bottle. Like I said I always drive by and see it but never had the occasion to stop. I highly recommend this if you are getting tires at Costco and have to wait! The walk is not bad. For lunch time apparently you have to get there early! I really really enjoyed the garlic fish. You can have either a whole fish or they do fillets in slices which worked better for us yesterday.

      1. re: manomin
        Jazzaloha Sep 25, 2010 04:30 PM

        OK, thanks for the info. I'll try to check this place out.

    2. KaimukiMan Sep 25, 2010 08:24 PM

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it. It has gotten mixed reviews, mostly for being inconsistent. If you say its good, thats good enough for me.

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      1. re: KaimukiMan
        manomin Sep 26, 2010 04:40 PM

        K-Man - Maybe I was lucky that day! It was just delicious and they can sure bang out the food to serve a full house in great timing. Nothing seemed "warmed over", just completely made to order, I was impressed. Want to go back and try some other stuff. Hopefully it will be just as good. Oh, I think I hear the air show starting! Gotta go look!

        1. re: manomin
          MRMoggie Sep 29, 2010 01:05 PM

          Got a solid review from John Heckathorn in Honolulu Masgazine, which he reviewed ont he recommendation of the woman who owns Green Door.

          He fell for the *fried chicken*, little nuggets coated with rice flour and fried crisp with a sauce.

          If it's the spot I think it is, it's in the strip mall with an sex shop (Sensual somethingorother).

          May provide something to do while waiting for a table.

          1. re: MRMoggie
            manomin Sep 29, 2010 03:38 PM

            John is a good friend and I must trust his reviews. The fish was fried and atop a most wonderful garlic sauce that was light and fragrant. Next time I'm going to try the whole fish as they give you a choice. I've been with John on some of his escapades and he's a really fun guy to hang out with.

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