By New Times
By Robrt L. Pela
By Lauren Saria and Heather Hoch
By Deborah Sussman
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Eric Schaefer
By Heather Hoch
Based on my sampling thus far, there isn't anything on this menu I wouldn't try and probably love. And in contrast to so many Thai restaurants in the Valley and elsewhere, portions are not petite. I like that.
Siamese Kitchen has been under new ownership for about a year. From what I've observed, new owners Scale and Wannaporn Lawan know what they're doing. May they prosper, grow rich and continue cooking Thai food in this same manner for many years to come.
Spicy Thai Restaurant is the opposite of Siamese Kitchen. If the latter signifies superior food and so-so decor, the former stands for mediocre food and exceptional decor. Once upon a time, Spicy Thai was the Gentry, and, before that, the Keynote. The ambiance is still that of a nightclub. Comfortable teal and red circular booths occupy two sides of the restaurant. A bar and a stage face each other from the other two ends of the room. Black-enamel chairs are alternately upholstered in teal or red, picking up the booth's color scheme. Purple-silk irises stand on each table. Unfortunately, in these above-average surroundings, the food, for the most part, is below average. The appetizer combination plate consists of unidentified fried objects. Chicken satay on the stick is moist, but underdone. Plah goong, intended as a shrimp salad, is more accurately an onion salad with a few tasteless shrimp thrown in for bulk. Green curry is flavorless, and stir-fried beef with mint is laughably mild, the meat gray and stringy. The only decent thing I consume here is the rice. As at Siamese Kitchen, it is served sticky and hot.
Spicy Thai's service can be irritatingly slow. On one occasion, we wait more than 35 minutes from order to receipt of our food. This is simply unacceptable.
There's a lot of talk about Spicy Thai, and for the life of me I can't figure out why. Yes, it's an attractive restaurant, but until ambiance is edible, I will assiduously avoid this Thai restaurant.
Siamese Kitchen, 4352 West Olive, Glendale, 931-3229. Hours: Lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday; noon to 3 p.m., Saturday; Dinner, 5 to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday.
Spicy Thai Restaurant, 4523 North 16th Street, Phoenix, 265-7799. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
"How is it?" she queries, studying us with the concern of a trained nurse. "Too spicy?"
Based on my sampling at Siamese Kitchen thus far, there isn't anything on this menu I wouldn't try and probably love.
There's a lot of talk about Spicy Thai, and for the life of me I can't figure out why.