First established in 1987, Star of Siam on Gouger Street has since become an award winning restaurant that serves Thai cuisine. It is very popular with the locals, attracting a big crowd during the peak dinner hours, so it is advisable to book a table if you plan to eat there during that time. Its popularity is attributed to its warm, friendly atmosphere and the high quality of the food served there.
My sister enjoyed their curry dish in her previous visit so we decided to order their Kaeng Kheo-Waan (Green Chicken Curry). This dish validated their boast of a diner being able to return to enjoy a well-liked dish and having it tastes exactly as he remembers. The chicken was tender and complemented well by the firmer pieces of eggplant. While the curry is spicy enough to lift the flavour of the chicken and eggplant, it was still mild enough to be enjoyed like a 'soup'.
Their Moo-Yang is similar to the Moo Kar Tame served at Amarin Thai, featuring char-grilled pieces of pork with a home-made chilli sauce. The pork was cooked just right with a delectable char-grilled flavour. The sauce the pork was tossed in complemented it well with a distinct garlic flavour with a bit of heat from the chilli.
Moo-Yang (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For a balanced meal, we ordered the Pad Ka-Pao, a dish consisting of tofu and vegetables stir-fried with fresh basil and chilli. All the vegetables and tofu had the right amount of bite to them with the sauce providing a spicy hit without overwhelming the ingredients. The plain taste of the tofu also acted as a good contrast to the sauce.
Pad Ka-Pao (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The restaurant has a cosy ambience though the tables are spaced a bit close to each other. A decent amount of parking space is available on Gouger Street with the choice of off-street parking at the nearby U-Park. If you wish to sample Star of Siam's dishes, the restaurant offers a selection of dishes at a reduced price during lunch time.