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Sep 25, 2010 01:28 AM

Siam Garden Cafe

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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  1. Thanks for the review. How's the prices?

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    1. re: Jazzaloha

      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

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

    2. 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

        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

          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

            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.