Review: Siam Original Thai Restaurant

Update January 13, 2015: Siam’s Original Thai Restaurant is closed due to the owner’s retirement.  We will update this listing if we learn of plans to reopen.

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Siam Original Thai Restaurant Bösendorferstrasse 2-4, 1010 Wien http://www.siam-vienna.at/index_e.htm This restaurant was a nice surprise. Located on a side street near the Opera, it is small, but very cozy, with walls covered with vintage photos of the Thai royal family.  We arrived for Sunday lunch about 12:30, just before the place filled completely up with post-church diners.  By the time we left, people were waiting for tables. I would recommend making a reservation for dinner, for sure. We had hot and spicy soup and spring rolls for an appetizer. The soup was fresh and truly “two peppers spicy.”  The spring rolls were also fresh, not at all greasy, and  served with a yummy sweet-and-sour sauce. For an entree we shared chopped pork with chili and Thai basil, and a big bowl of red curry chicken and bamboo shoots. Both were good and spicy.  The pork, which my husband liked, was a bit too salty for my taste.  (Not unusual for any restaurant in Vienna.) The red curry chicken, however, was just about perfect. The rice was fluffy and perfectly cooked. I saw many people eating noodle dishes that looked terrific.  I did not order noodles this time because I’ve been so disappointed with them in other Asian restaurants here. But I will definitely order them next time, along with some of the good-looking crispy duck! Service was friendly, and the menu (which was definitely Thai with a dash of Indonesian–not generic Asian) was available in Thai, German, and English. We had quite a bit of food and two non-alcoholic drinks for 42 Euros. Altogether, I would compare this restaurant favorably with any Thai restaurant in the Northern Virginia suburbs.  We’ll definitely be back soon to get our Thai on!

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