It can be difficult to find quality Asian cuisine around Sydney - and Thai cuisine is no exception. A lot of these restaurants tend to be trendy when it comes to the decor - but the food itself often falls short.
I am more a fan of family-run style restaurants around Sydney and I found that these tend to serve the best cuisine. Saam Thai Restaurant on Dumaresque Street in Campbelltown has the same sort of feel. From the roadside Saam Thai looks like your average Asian takeaway, but the food is even better.
Saam Thai is special because it also hides a lovely seating area that I'm sure a lot of people who only go there to order takeaway have never seen. If you ever decide to eat-in for dinner you will be taken into another little area that is not obvious from the street. It's really quite charming; it has a nice Thai feel.
I've seen a lot of people choosing Saam Thai. It's a good option for date night, birthdays and other special occasions. They can also cater to small groups. The other feature of Saam Thai that makes it great for special dinners is the staff.
You always get great service, and they also are particularly considerate and obliging - as long as you advise them of any particular requirements. It can be difficult sourcing food completely free of animal products but Saam Thai is one of those places where they make it that much easier.
As for the selection of food, Saam Thai has a pretty good menu and offers most of the things that someone would be looking for when visiting a Thai restaurant in Sydney. As usual, they have the mandatory spring rolls (which are meat-free) and a number of other entrees. They have a very small selection of soups unfortunately, but I settled happily with green curry instead. It was subtly flavoured with a nice combination of vegetables and a definite emphasis on Thai basil.
There is a large selection of main courses with a separate vegetarian section making the job of non-meat eaters much easier. However, if you see something in the standard main courses section that you would like tailor to your taste an easy option is to ask them to make the same dish just using tofu instead, or just with vegetables.
It is always nice to to have a few options when it comes to rice - and they have not only steamed Thai jasmine rice, but also a variety of seasoned rice as well as sticky rice for those of you who enjoy this traditional Thai form of rice.
They have a few desserts as well and be assured that you are able to get some Thai beers at Saam Thai - Leo and Chang. If you don't like Thai beers you can 'bring your own' with a corkage charge of a dollar fifty per person.
Saam Thai now offers home delivery in the evenings. In the immediate Campbelltown area the cost is five dollars while in the surrounding areas it is $10 - but you need to order at least $35 worth of food. Saam Thai restaurant is open seven days a week.