The Old Siam
Chinese and East Asian
The ethos behind this excellent little restaurant is simple - real Thai recipes served by people who truly care about the authenticity of your dining experience. Restaurant owner Nong treats each diner as an extremely welcome guest, who just happened to pop into her own home for a bite to eat. She guides the uninitiated and veteran alike through the menu of Thai dishes on offer at this fully licensed restaurant.
Opting to start with tom yum soup, I was warned that no attempt is made here to anglicise any recipes - the soup would be just as it is in Bangkok. It was intensely flavoured with lime, coriander and bird's-eye chillies, and far superior to any I had ever tasted. Following this with a main course of beef in red Thai curry sauce, I was again struck by its superiority over Thai dishes I had experienced previously. Rich and creamy, the curry was well-spiced without being eye-wateringly hot.
Completing the meal with a light and refreshing mango mousse topped with sharp, tangy mango purée, I left The Old Siam feeling very much like a friend of the family. Booking ahead here is recommended, though you can always take advantage of the excellent takeaway menu instead. Visit between noon and 2pm and try the great-value set lunch menu, with two-course meals available from only £8.95.