It is hard to take the restaurants in the downtown core seriously. Are
they catering to the tourist, who might never come back, or to the
loyal customers who will fill tables days after day?
I have come to Siam many times, never really paying attention to its
food. Having visited several Thai restaurants in a row, I can say that
this is one of the best in Victoria (at least at Lunch time).
To be methodological I ordered what I have been ordering: lunch
special of red curry. The soup was tasty, but had a Chinese influence,
and was by no means Thai. The entree showed the same: a bunch of
stir-fried vegetables (quite good, indeed, and healthier and more
filling than a fried roll). The rice was sticky, again, showing
Chinese influence. The chef, I reckon, must be Chinese.
The curry, however, was the best I have been served so far. Full of
flavour and thick, and nicely presented.
This place offers the full menu at lunch time (I wonder if that affects
the quality of those dishes that are not specials).
Verdict: The Chinese influence would spoil the Thai experience, but
otherwise, a good choice for lunch.
Cost: 10.45 + tip.
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