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Published September 22nd 2012
Siam Pagoda is a classy Thai restaurant which has just opened in my neighbourhood. It's conveniently located in the shopping complex at Junction Road, Clayfield. It opened in July of this year and the night we went, it was very busy.
When we arrived at 7.00pm, the restaurant was half full with the rest of the tables filled in the next 20 minutes. A steady stream of people walked in for takeaway.
We were seated within five minutes considering it was a busy night and we hadn't booked. I ordered Pad Kratiam Prik Thai (stir fried vegetables and tofu with garlic and pepper) and my partner ordered a red Thai chicken curry. It took a while for the food to come out as it got busy with people ordering food and picking up meals.
Pad Kratiam Prik Thai
The meal was delicious and the subtlety and taste of the food was brought out sublimely with the stir fried vegetables cooked nicely.
The chicken curry melted in my mouth, but it could have done with a bit more vegetables and some more heat. However the overall effort was 8 out of 10.
Red Chicken Curry
The decor of the restaurant was nice and low key with modern Asian themes and a whispering waterfall outside. The garden seating was appropriate as it was in a subdued setting not too cold for winter and it will be good for summer.
Entrees start at $7.90 and mains are from $13.90. Customers with food allergies and those who have a need for gluten free meals will delight in this restaurant which tries to cater for all types of customers and food needs.
Families with babies – be not afraid! A high chair will be provided for your little one.
A nice touch was the chef Kriat coming out to the diners to ask how the food was that evening. He seemed very interested to talk to customers and how they appraised the meal. He also listened to ideas and suggestions for the restaurant.
Besides a perfect meal, the only observation was that we had to wait a while before we could order. However that was because the restaurant seemed so popular.
The restaurant is BYO only and there is a BWS liquor shop within the complex and there is parking onsite.
Try out the Siam Pagoda if you're in the neighbourhood.