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New Thai place on 9th at 42nd - Siam Grill (VERY unimpressed).


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New Thai place on 9th at 42nd - Siam Grill (VERY unimpressed).

Owen O'Neill | May 21, 2002 10:47 PM

Okay... I had a doctor's appt on 59th and decided to kill an hour or two before seeing SW Episode II at the AMC on 42nd. Having recently read good comments here about Pam Thai, which I walked by on my way down to 42nd, I was ready to go there but knew I should buy the ticket before dinner. I had spotted Siam grill last week when my daughter and I ate elsewhere on the block. It's next to the big construction site at 42nd and 9th - one door in on the east side of street. It's new and I figure I should give it a chance Not a formica table and flourescent light type of place but also nothing to write home about in terms of atmosphere. Right off the bat I was a bit leery when all the pad thai was $10 and up. They had a lengthy passage/diatribe printed on the menu about how they use no MSG and make a curry from scratch that's more authentic than any other you'll find in NYC. Okay sez I...maybe this place is for real. Not hungry enough for a large meal, I opted for Thai iced coffee, Tum Yom (sp?) soup with chicken and a Nam Sod salad (scallions, onion, peanuts and ground pork on lettuce with lime juice dressing). Pitiful is all I can say about this overpriced and undersized meal. A small soup at $2.95 was barely large enough for the price but it was the worst bowl I've ever had. The broth wasn't clarified to remove solid chunks of spices - had sort of a grainy substance floating in it yet it was not in any way spicy or hot. Also... large chunks/slices of something that resembled leeks but they were hard as a rock and couldn't even be chewed. The three very small pieces of chicken were the standard Chinese take-out frozen variety. On to the Nam Sod. A few small pieces of iceberg strewn about the plate with a few tiny red bell pepper slices, about one dozen peanuts (more like ten - I'm trying to be generous and this is not in jest), three or four scallion stems about 2 " in length, a few scallion slices, about two tablespoons of ground pork (maybe less?) and a huge pile of big chunks of red onion. Tiny hint of lime juice dressing and absolutely no pepper or fire or anything remotely like what I've come to expect and love on Thai salads. My fault for not requesting hot I suppose, but the portion was laughably small, ineptly created and didn't taste good - all this for only $10. Total bill was $16.95 with tax and I can't remember the last meal I had that was so dissapointing for the money. I always make an effort to try out "the new guy", especially if it's a small ethnic restaurant that is just starting out (they've only been open a few weeks. Oh well... it's back to Royal Siam for decent atmosphere and more than passable food or perhaps a trip to pam Thai to see what folks are talking about.

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