A Sweet Spot For Authentic
By Pete & Rosie/ firstname.lastname@example.org
For lovers of Thai food,
the search for authentic Thai cuisine can entail a drive.
The Foodies ventured from our normal stomping grounds to try
Siam Lotus, a little gem of a restaurant on the south shore.
Located in a modest storefront in Bay Shore, Siam Lotus has
a following among those who seek authentic Thai cuisine, and
it doesnt disappoint.
Walking into Siam Lotus, its authenticity becomes apparent
from the décor. It is pleasantly decorated in shades
of pink and green for the lotus flower, after which it is
named. But its the pictures of the royal family of Thailand
on the walls that give visitors their first clue that this
is the real deal.
The real deal it is. Members of the Poom family, who own and
operate the restaurant, brought their recipes from the homeland.
For those of us raised on burgers and fries, the Pooms
cuisine opens doors to a new world of flavors and sensations.
And contrary to what you may believe about Thai cooking, its
not all about the heat. There are indeed many dishes for those
with a devilish love of all things hot and spicy, but there
are just as many dishes that are delicately flavored with
sophisticated nuances of floral and citrus.
The menu is extensive it will take several visits before
you even begin to scratch the surface. Most dishes go by the
Thai names, but theres an explanation with each, and
mercifully, a code number to the left that makes it easy to
communicate what youre looking for. Go ahead and try
the Thai pronunciation if you like, but to be safe, point
and order by the code number.
Among nearly a dozen appetizer selections, Satay (barbecue,
beef or chicken, $7.95) is a safe favorite. Fried Calamari
($8.95) is for those lovers of hot sauce, but we love the
Crab Rolls ($9.95) with crab, shrimp and pork, spiced and
wrapped in sheet tofu, then fried and topped with peanut sauce.
The mix of flavors and textures is superb.
Those favoring lighter fare may opt for the salads. The Shrimp
and Chicken Salad ($12.95) is delicately flavored with a lime
base and a dash of chili pepper. Its large enough to
share to start your meal or enjoy as a main course by yourself.
On the entrée side of the menu, Curries ($14.95) are
a reliable favorite, and there are a half dozen to choose
from. Siam Lotus excels with seafood and those dishes comprise
our favorites. Volcano Shrimps ($15.95) are a hot and spicy
combination of grilled jumbo shrimp with garlic and chili
sauce and served with cauliflower and broccoli. Siam Garden
($16.95) combines chicken and shrimp with Thai chili paste
and mixed vegetables.
Peanut sauce figures prominently in many dishes. We enjoyed
the Siamese Chicken ($17.95), a chicken breast marinated in
Thai curry, served with cool chopped cucumber salad and curry
rice and topped with peanut sauce. We also look for dishes
flavored with coconut, a prominent feature of many dishes.
Vegetarians will find more than enough selections, and noodle
lovers will revel in the half dozen dishes on the menu. And
while it hasnt enticed us yet, well eventually
try one of the three Frogs Legs dishes on the menu ($15.95).
In numerous visits, weve never gone wrong at Siam Lotus.
Its warm and welcoming, and the wait staff (often family
members) is attentive and friendly. The tastes and flavors
are usually just what were looking for, but more often,
we enjoy discovering new flavors.
1664 Union Blvd., Bay Shore
Cuisine: Thai specialties ranging from delicately flavored
to devilishly hot,
all beautifully presented.
Atmosphere: Family run, comfortable and casual.
Price range: Moderate.
Hours: Lunch: Tues-Fri, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.;
Dinner: Tues-Thurs, 4-9:30 p.m.;
Fri and Sat, 4 to 11 p.m.; Sun 4 to 10 p.m.