Thai cuisine is one of the cuisines that is friendly to the Pinoy palate because it touches quite close to homebase with infusions of lemongrass and dishes that match perfectly with white rice.
Siam is the only authentic Thai resto in Ayala and has been awarded the "Most Promising Retailer Award" by Ayala Malls. It's authenticity is assured by their Thai Select award from the Thai ministry of commerce. It is a sister company of Krua Thai, Blue Elephant and Golden Spoon Catering.
Siam has been around since the early years of The Terraces at Ayala. The first impression I had of the resto was the modern interior -- high back couches and indirect lighting from the wall above the head of the chair.
Of the few times I've dined there, the only unique dish I fondly remember is the Chicken and Mango which is not available in the menu anymore. Fortunately, I was invited to the launching of their new dishes. I was so excited because Thai cuisine is one of my favorite cuisines and I also needed to be reacquainted with the menu here.
We were welcomed with a Calamansi Soda that was truly refreshing. We were also warned that there was going to be a lot of dishes so we should save some belly space for each one. The refreshment for the meal was their homemade fresh four seasons juice. I love fresh juice! :D
Thai Fish Cakes
-- simple but well prepared; it's not the typical kick of lemongrass but it's a balanced medley of spices and herbs that make this dish uniquely flavorful without overpowering the fish as the main act
Crispy Noodles with Mango Salad
Spicy Thai Beef Salad
Tom Yum Soup
It's not new to the menu but this indispensable Thai soup was served to refresh and prep our palate for the main course.
-- MAIN COURSE --
Siam String Beans in Red Curry
Green Curry Fried Rice with Chicken
Grilled Premium Ribs in Herb and Honey Sauce
Pineapple Fried Rice
Siam's Thai version of the local Bicol Express -- rich and creamy yet balanced; the string beans were still crisp.
Seafood and Vegetables Medley in Taro Nest
Chili Crab (THE BEST!)
THE STAR OF THE MEAL. This blew me away! Tender, succulent meat, evidently very fresh and steamed to perfection. They also have a curry version of this but I still go for the chili crab! Guaranteed fresh from Zamboanga, delivered live to the kitchen.
Boy, was that a feast! From the new additions to the menu, my picks would be the Thai fish cakes, Spicy Beef Salad, Grilled Premium Ribs and of course, the Chili Crab! The extensive menu of Siam offers dishes that could please even the most discriminating palate. Vegetarians are very much welcome here as well, as they offer a considerably wide and tasty selection for them.
And yes, I was invigorated by the flavors and the precise execution of the dishes. The service here is also that of fine dining where the course of the meals are served in the right order and not altogether. Since Siam offers authentic Thai cuisine, that means they have a Thai chef heading the kitchen and all their ingredients are imported from Thailand. For the price of the dishes, sophisticated ambience, quality dishes and excellent service, you are guaranteed value for your money. This is THE destination for sophisticated Thai dining.
Price range: P200-400
Siam Thai Cuisine
Ground Floor, The Terraces
Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park
Cebu City 6000
Contact: (032) 417 1318
Mactan Marina Mall
Mepz, Lapu-Lapu City
(032) 494 0281/341 0533
Cagayan De Oro City
(088) 852 4718
No. 88 JMD Bldg.
B. Aquino Ave. Mandarriao, Ilo-Ilo City
(033) 321 3784 to 85
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