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Published March 14th 2012
Cafe De Siam is an organic Thai eatery tucked away in a little corner of Paddington. It's a modest sized restaurant with an eclectic mix of tables and chairs set in a leafy courtyard. Decorated with eccentric furnishings, creeping vines and modular lamps the place has a cool, arty feel - but be sure to leave your pretentions at the door.
Food is fresh, colourful and authentic, with a modern twist. There are vegan and vegetarian dishes available, and it's also BYO so you can take along your favourite bottle of Sauvignon Blanc to feed your thirst as well. I love this place so much that I recently invited a friend to join me there for a mid-week dinner. Staff were attentive and service was quick.
With so many alluring dishes on the menu it was a tough gig deciding what to order. We ended up going with the crispy duck & minted yogurt for entree ($7.90). I'm not a huge fan of duck because I usually find it too oily, but this duck was very lean and embellished with a delicious Hoisin sauce. It was thinly sliced and covered in a flour wrap similar to a pancake, filled with grated cucumber, carrot and beetroot, and tangy minted yoghurt.
For main we ordered the Penang Chicken Curry (my personal favourite) and Beef I am Chilli from the 'spicy' dishes menu. But don't be fooled, even though this one doesn't have a chilli symbol next to it, it still has kick. The beef fillets were stir-fried with red curry paste and a bright assortment of veggies such as broccoli, mushroom and bean-shoots, then finished off with sweet basil, coconut cream and kaffir lime. Each dish costs around $16.
There's also a lolly vending machine so you can get a sugar hit even if you're too full for a plated dessert such as caramelised banana on crispy roti bread with honey and cinnamon. And, if you 'like' Cafe De Siam on Facebook you'll be privy to some of the special offers they run periodically.
kŏr hâi jà-rern aa-hăan... which means 'Enjoy your meal' in Thai.
I expected more vegetarian and vegan dishes, specifically created a vego or vegan, not just dishes available without meat, with tofu, as vego or vegan, but the food was great here. The service was ok, but I'm not sure what they at going to do over the winter, it was cool on Sunday night, with lots of tables and one gas heater. Recommended, but don't talk it up to a vegan before you get there.