First Bite: Siam Fine Thai Cuisine Shines
The Walnut Creek restaurant is a winning addition to the downtown food scene.
From triangles of buttery flatbread served simply with toasted yellow curry sauce to crusted head-on pompan—a silvery skinned flat white fish—garnished with a flurry of whole fried basil leaves, the fare at Siam Fine Thai Cuisine is as comforting as it is compelling. Served in an airy upscale dining room (formerly OI-C Bowl) by a server with a radiant smile, our dinner was the best Thai meal we’ve had in years. (Plus, there’s a full bar!)
Curries, noodles, and entrees are all offered with your choice of protein, and the creamy eggplant laced with chilies in a sweet-tart glaze proved a fragrant foil for plump shrimp. The shaved chicken breast in our panang curry was as dull as the vegetables were colorful, while the lush, nut-rich sauce, exhibited layers of flavor.
Although having just opened in March, Siam’s sister restaurant in Palo Alto has given the kitchen wit a firm foundation. Fluffy fried rice with duck brought tender chunks of poultry, and acted as a perfect sponge for the sensational curries.
1616 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 287-8118, siamfinethaicuisine.com. Lunch and dinner daily.