Siam Thai Restaurant
5100 Franklin Blvd
Monday to Thursday 11 am to 9:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 11 am to 10 pm
Sunday 5 pm to 9:30 pm
Talk about a family business. When we visited there last Wednesday, there were two little boys-maybe four and six-playing video games on a daybed in a little room off the dining room. Shooter games. And I think they were probably way better than me.
No matter. There were four of us, and pretty hungry, after getting turned away from a burger spot we had originally intended to visit (who closes at 7? More on that in a few weeks). Thai Siam is a little out of the way for the Midtown crowd, down near the Executive Airport and Sacramento City College. But it offers good food, a cozy environment, and some really cool Thai art all across the back wall.
We started with the larb, a kind of spicy chicken salad which is a staple of Thai cuisine. I've had a version of larb before with the owners of another Sacramento Thai place which left them in wonderment that a white guy could eat something so spicy. This was a bit different. The youngest member of our group can't do really spicy food, and they didn't challenge us. This was more light and tangy.
My favorite dish of the night was the pineapple curry with duck. There was so much rich coconut sauce we couldn't finish it all, with big hunks of duck and pineapple. One of us (not me, unfortunately) mixed this with the last of the larb for leftovers lunch the next day.
The third dish was that old standby, pad thai. Some of us didn't want to order it at first, but we knew it would be something our non-spicy member could eat. It turned out to be a particularly good examples of the genre, flavorful without being sharp, the noodles done just right. We also had another noodle dish, with chicken and broccoli in a kind a rich gravy. The only problem with this one was there weren't that many noodles. Luckily, they brought way more rice than we needed.
If you visit, I definitely recommend checking out the art that runs all across the back wall. All in all, Siam offers a Midtown-type dining experience in a different part of town where I am now spending a lot of time-and it's got lots and lots of parking!