Friday we went to the Ploy Siam restaurant that recently opened in Robbinsville, at the Foxmoor Shopping Center off of Rt. 33. I was glad to see it open since the last time we went to Penang on Rt. 1, we walked out halfway thru ordering because of the lousy service and never went back.
I'm very far from an expert in Thai food, but in a nutshell here's what we saw and ate:
Decor: Very nice. Muted lighting, but not dark. Candlelight-ish. A fountain running down a bas-relief was an indication of the time, effort and money that has gone into the place.
Service: Excellent. From the chef-manager, who came out to see how we were doing, to the host and waitress, they were all very pleasant and interested in seeing us happy. There were a couple of awkward moments where we had to ask twice about something due to their strong accents, but that's not an issue in my book.
Menu/prices: Menu wasn't small and not huge. Lots of duck dishes, which I'll be sure to try the next time I'm there. Prices seemed a little high, but that interior decorating has to be paid for somehow.
Meal: The appetizer was something called Golden Bags--we both loved them, and we could have made a meal out of two orders. They had crab meat, shrimp, waterchestnuts and mushrooms in a tofu package.
For the main meal, we ordered seafood Pad Thai and whole steamed Ginger Fish. Like I said, I'm not a Thai food expert, but the Pad Thai wasn't the best I ever had. It was okay, but seemed a little heavy. Maybe it's supposed to be that way, but I don't know. I should have asked for another lemon wedge to squeeze on to it. That would have brightened things up. Next time I get the duck.
The steamed fish was great. Perfectly done with a nice sauce. We didn't leave a shred of meat on the bones. The jasmine rice that was served with the meal was also better than the usual restaurant rice we get in Asian restaurants--especially when we poured the sauce from the fish over it.
Dessert was green tea creme brulee. We didn't realize it was made with green tea when we ordered it, but it tasted good and was an interesting change of pace.
All in all, an enjoyable meal, and a happy (and much needed) addition to the local restaurant scene. We'll definitely be going back.