There are times when I absolutely cannot stop thinking about Pad Thai. That stir-fried aromatic rice noodle dish that encapsulates the Thai flavor profile with hints of tamarind, shallots, palm sugar and peanuts. I must have it. Though there are many variations and house preparations of this dish, both vegetarian and carniverous, when Pad Thai is done right it is truly a blissful dining experience; elegant in its simplicity. When I can resist no more, mind over matter fails (and I have an exceptionally strong mind) I find myself pulled by my taste buds to Siam Thai in their new location in Glens Falls.
My first experience at Siam Thai, later-night after the rush at the onset of autumn after an intense work week, as a well-earned treat I went there with one thing on my mind and I didn't even crack a menu. It was divine...the noodles; steaming hot, the shrimp; succulent, the earthy, peanut-y fragrance and colorful presentation all working together to rev my foodie engine. It was exactly what I wanted, and that's saying a lot since it was my first Pad Thai adventure since my favorite Thai spot in Fort Lauderdale (we'll get into what I miss about Laudy later!)
Only after did I consider that my months-long Tantric Pad Thai resistance may have had much to do with my overall enjoyment of the dish on this occasion so I went back, had the Pad Thai again, this time beginning my official Siam Thai Tour, sampling a sushi combo and some sake. I was met with an equally amazing dish and a very fresh and generous sampling of sushi and sashimi.
Since that early Autumn Day, I've hit up Siam Thai at odd times, sometimes for lunch, sometimes dinner, and often on the later side, as is my way, and found that the food is equally as delicious, the preparations consistent and the service always friendly and attentive. (For the record, I only have dined at the bar with the incomparable Janine and Tracy who, from the first moment, made my Siam Thai-m so enjoyable. I'm nothing if not loyal!)
The only criticism I have is the acoustic quality of the decor. Though clean, attractively lit and spacious, the cavernous dining room tends to grow to a disruptive roar during peak times and an echo machine in slower times that lends a 'cafeteria' quality that seems in stark contrast to the otherwise relaxed ambiance. First dates and business meetings desiring hushed conversations would be the likely victims of this altitonent phenomena but it's nothing that a few well-placed, sound-absorbing hanging plants or lush floor planters couldn't easily fix.
Siam Thai, in its new location at 14 Maple Street in Glens Falls, has turned into my little getaway oasis when I want good, healthy options at a fair price and a comfortable atmosphere. Winter is coming, friends and that means limited options! If you want a taste-tastic voyage in your own back yard, Siam Thai is a delicious place to stay Foodie, Glens Falls!
(CA Recommends: Num Tok Salad if you like it hot, like me. Spunge Bob Roll when you want a crunchy, saucy taste sensation! This one is topped with mango and a honey mayo that you'll want to swim in. It's what you want, trust me!)
(Owner Suggestions: 1. Address the sound issue. 2. Expand your sake selection.)