Thanks to a clue posted elsewhere by noreservations, I dropped by the fairly new Som Siam East in Old Saybrook for lunch today. Located just off Route 1 east of Rt. 154 (before you get to the I-95 on ramp), the restaurant is tucked away behind a mini golf course--keep your eyes open for the entrance sign.
SSEast is pleasantly decorated and has many more comfortable booths and tables than its namesake in Guilford, but according to our waitress, it shares the same menu. I was in the mood for yellow curry, but since it was only on the dinner menu, I decided to try some dishes I had never tasted before. The Tom-Yum Goong soup rates an A. Shrimp, mushrooms and several veggies in a rich zesty sauce. The broth alone was worth the price. Even though it carries no warning peppers on the menu, the waitress warned it could be hot and offered to have the cook tone it down if I wished. I didn't. For the entree, I chose Ka Nom Jean, your choice of meat with a nice assortment of veggies in "Linda's curry sauce" atop linguini-like Thai noodles. It was a little spicy, but not hot. I gave it a B. It was tasty, but although I like pasta, I think I prefer rice instead of noodles for texture. The Thai iced tea was better than I remember it in other restaurants, but the salad that came with the entree was only a C+, though it supplemented the ordinary lettuce with onion, carrot and a couple of zucchini slices.
There was a small but varied wine list, mostly Australian and California vintages, but a few French or Spanish labels. Outside was an amusing oriental pedicab decorated with Christmas lights and packages. I must talk the wife into coming here soon to try out some of the interesting offerings on the dinner menu. Based on one lunch, Som Siam East has my recommendation. I'm certainly glad they opened here so I won't have to go to Guilford or Middletown to Thai one on. (Sorry!)
Som Siam East Thai Restaurant
45 Mill Rock Rd E, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
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