Recently my wife, daughter and I visited Thai Siam located in Seal Beach for dinner. This was not our first visit to be sure, but after our dining experience I felt compelled to share our hidden delight.
Our most recent visit was on a Thursday evening around 5 pm. Like most of our visits, the restaurant is empty with the exception of the staff. Sure we dine early because our daughter is only 14 months, but with the incredible happy hour specials this place could easily be half full.
The interior decor is a huge improvement from the previous management, with warm colors and soothing music setting the ambiance for a relaxing dinner experience. Our server was prompt and friendly and helped my wife decide between the crab wonton or the steamed dumplings (her final choice) from the happy hour menu. I ordered a Sapporo for $2.50 and my wife ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc $5 both on the happy hour drink menu. Side note – My wife is admittedly a Sauv snob and the “42*S” brand they served was much to her satisfaction.
For diner we shared the papaya salad (very spicy), chicken fried rice for our daughter, dancing shrimps and the chili chili beef. If you don’t like spicy I wouldn’t recommend the papaya salad, it’s not as tame as I’ve had at other Thai restaurants but delicious none the less. Our daughter really liked the chicken fried rice, but the dancing shrimp skewers were mildly spicy and tangy to my delight.
The chili chili beef was advertised as a dish with yellow curry, scrambled egg, onions and green bell peppers. It sounded intriguing since I enjoy curry but I wasn’t totally impressed when it came out and the beef was battered and deep-fried. If I order it again I would request the beef either sautéed or grilled.
In the end we probably ordered more food then we needed and ended up with a small take home bag. The only thing missing is more people enjoying the great food and atmosphere. If you’ve dined here recently I’d be curious to hear about your experience in the comment section below.