Re­view: @Siam Thai Cafe

Taupo Times - - DINING - We’d heard… We or­dered… The ser­vice…

A taste of… @Siam Thai Street Food Cafe, 22 Heuheu St, Taupo. Open seven days for din­ner and Mon­day to Satur­day for lunch. The small Thai restau­rant did de­li­cious, fresh meals. ❚ Spicy stir-fried noo­dles with pork, egg, chilli, tomato and veg­eta­bles (Pad Ke-Maow), $14.50 ❚ Yel­low curry noo­dle soup, with chicken, prawns, squid and veg­eta­bles (Curry Noo­dles), $17.50 ❚ Fresh spring rolls, chicken, veg­eta­bles, $14.50 The flat pad ke-maow noo­dles had soaked up some soy flavour. Yum. Am­ple slices of fried pork were mixed through the dish, along with egg and aubergine.

A Google search revealed pad ke-maow are also known as ‘‘drunken noo­dles’’ – I sus­pect be­cause of the soy sauce, or be­cause they’re a palat­able han­gover cure.

Be­cause we or­dered ‘‘hot’’ spice-level, chunks of red pep­per were thrown in too.

The yel­low curry had an in­ter­est­ing depth, thanks to the mix­ing of yel­low curry spices and co­conut cream. Chicken, prawns and squid matched creamy soup well. Pak choi and sprouts gave a bit of crunch.

The fresh spring rolls prob­a­bly wouldn’t be fill­ing enough for a main, but made a tasty palate-cleanser. Plump with let­tuce, juicy chicken, thin noo­dles with and herbs, we dunked them in the ac­com­pa­ny­ing sweet schilli sauce and dabbed them in crum­bled peanuts.

With two mains cost­ing $32.00, it’s cer­tainly a cheap night out.

Staff, who greeted us on en­try, were friendly but suc­cinct. The meals came 15 min­utes af­ter we or­dered them. The vibe .... @Siam has the air of an unas­sum­ing Ori­en­tal cafe.

Thai script adorns the walls, along with hang­ings and cul­tural arte­facts. The hall­way to the toi­lets has a wa­ter-fea­ture and other in­ter­est­ing ob­jects.

The Thai theme is sim­ple but not over­done.

There was no mu­sic, but it cer­tainly wasn’t quiet with the chat­ter of our fel­low din­ers. If you go… We’d rec­om­mend re­quest­ing a medium-level spice for the cur­ries. The flavours are del­i­cate and to be en­joyed – they don’t need to be doused in chilli.

Veg­e­tar­ian can ask for tofu and ex­tra veg­eta­bles to re­place the meat, at no ex­tra cost.

The meals come quickly and are light and fresh.

@Siam is a great place to re­lax, talk, and re­fuel on some healthy food.

Rat­ing out of 5: Five stars.

Curry Noo­dles from @Siam fea­tures egg noo­dles with a yel­low curry sauce, topped with chicken, prawns, squid, and veg­eta­bles.

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