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Siam Thai (Lambertville NJ)

Sethboy | Jan 27, 2007 01:48 PM

Dinner the other night at Siam Thai in Lambertville was a total disappointment in every way. I had heard good things about this small restaurant slightly outside the main drag of "downtown" Lambertville.

The staff was cold, aloof and unfriendly, and were being quite snobbish about squeezing people in since they were "totally booked" for the evening, yet at 7pm when we left (they open at 6pm) there were approximately 75 % EMPTY tables.

We ordered a Tom Kha Gai soup to begin. The soup lacked everything good about this standard. It was not terribly warm even though we specifically asked for it (temperature) extra hot and came with two ice-cold bowls for us to split it into. It tasted like they took some hot water, added fish sauce and the thin liquid from coconut milk (not even the nice thick "milk"), threw in one lonely piece of galangal, and a couple chunks of gristly dark and white meat chicken.

Next, we shared an appetizer special of "Spicy Thai Shrimp Cakes" which our unfriendly waitress was kind enough to inform us in advance that they were "dense and chewy" (as opposed to what, light and crispy perhaps?). The 6 dollar order contained 4 measly thumb-sized "cakes" which looked, and sadly even tasted, like the chicken nuggets you could get at Burger King, They were lukewarm, soggy, flavorless barely tasting of shrimp, on a piece of wet lettuce, with a tiny dish of chopped cucumber and onion.

For an entree my companion had a Shrimp with thai basil dish, which was mediocre at best. 6 or 7 small shrimp in a basil-garlic-whatever generic sauce, with a couple slices of jalapeno and red peppers, topped with some fresh basil.

I ordered a grilled grouper with tamarind sauce, garlic and chilis. On a small dish was a filet of grouper, on top of which they had spooned some sauce. The sauce was sickly-sweet, syrupy and almost gooey, and tasted like tamarind-flavored cough syrup. On top, they had slivers of "roasted" garlic, the kind of half-crunchy-half-soggy kind you get when you accidentally burn the garlic in oil.

On top of everything else that was wrong with the meal, they served steamed WHITE rice. Not even Jasmine rice !!!!

We didn't feel the need to leave a tip, which we very rarely do, but the service was lackluster at best. The waitress actually chased us out the door and down the street, shouting that we did not leave her a tip !!!

There is a much better Siam Thai (apparently NOT affiliated with the Lambertville one) located in Buckingham township outside Lahaska. Safe to say, we'll leave the Lambertville location to tourist rubes.

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