Last night we tried to go to Siam Noodle and Rice but found it closed up tight, so, since it was right up the street, we tried the other Siam -- Siam Cafe, 4712 N. Sheridan. I had a good meal and wanted to share it, but with a disclaimer -- I don't have the vocabulary or expertise in Thai food that many here have, so please forgive me in advance for the blundering descriptions and lack of Thai names.
The first dish we ordered was the best. Cuttlefish salad with plenty of onions and an amazing hot and sour sauce. The fish itself was full of rubbery goodness, but the sauce was king -- acidic, hot, limey, peppery. For the rest of the meal, I was compelled to reach back into the empty plate with balls of sticky rice to soak up a little more of that sauce.
Second was chicken larb. Another great hot and sour sauce. This dish was far too salty for me, but I still enjoyed it.
Third up was a yellow curry and pork dish with rice noodles. Very interesting, and not at all what I expected. The ground pork was in a savory brown gravy with very mild yellow curry. It was hearty and satisfying but somewhat muddy and bland. My dining companion said it needed some acidity to make it work. I agreed.
Finally, kai jeaw, a Thai omelet. This was my least favorite dish -- far too salty and nothing in the filling was particularly exciting.
We did not ask for a secret menu.
We brought our own wine, a chardonnay that we were just trying to use up, but it ended up being a nice accompaniment. The restaurant charges $5 corkage fee and has a limited wine and beer selection.
There were no desserts! This was a blessing, however, because it led to the discovery of 54 Kinds of Shakes (see post on Susie's below).
Cost ... I forget. I think it was around $40 for two with tip.
Atmosphere-wise, it was calm and quiet and pleasant, except for the big-screen TV playing what looked like Thai heavy-metal videos in the back.
Anyone else tried this Siam, and if so, what did you think?