Since we started Buffalo Eats in 2009, there have been two other restaurants to occupy 810 Elmwood; Juniper (2009 – 2010) and most recently Sole (2011-2012). Both were highly anticipated restaurants when they opened but neither worked out for one reason or another. So when I originally heard about Taste of Siam opening, I was skeptical. Those feelings subsided a bit after I found out that Taste of Siam was being opened by the same people who own/operate Taste of Thai. The visits we’ve made to Taste of Thai on Hertel Ave. have always been enjoyable.
We stopped by the restaurant on a Friday night; it was a last minute decision but we were able to grab a seat with no problem. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information or reviews of the restaurant online but since we were such big fans of Taste of Thai, our expectations were high. We’ve actually never been inside 810 Elmwood, so I’m not sure what these new owners have improved or changed, but it’s very nice. The dining rooms are split around the building, with additioanl seating upstairs and a long raised bar in front of a large screen TV. Even though they have a bar, at the moment they are not serving alcohol and unlike Taste of Thai, are currently not offering BYOB service (bummer).
- Restaurant Type: Casual
- Cuisine: Thai
- Location: Elmwood Village (810 Elmwood Ave.)
- Prices: Entrees $10-16, Appetizers $5-10
We sat in the rear dining room with a couple other tables; the restaurant wasn’t busy but there were couples eating at the tables around us. The first thing we noticed was their menu was definitely smaller then Taste of Thai. It is divided into sections of curry, rice and noodles. Instead of dozens of options, you’ll find around six to eight for each category. As someone who isn’t very familiar with Thai cuisine, I actually welcomed the smaller and less overwhelming menu.
We started the meal with their Fried Chicken Dumplings (pictured below). Four crispy dumplings that were filled with juicy ground chicken and then served with some soy vinegar and scallions. The execution of the dumplings was pretty good. They weren’t overcooked and the meat was still tender, it was a simple dish but something anyone could enjoy. The only dilemma was actually trying to eat them. They are just too large for one bite and the filling was very loose, which made a mess when cutting them into smaller portions.
We both decided to try something different for our entrees. Alli ordered the Garlic Stir Fry with Chicken (pictured above) while I ordered the Green Curry with Pork (pictured top). Alli ordered her dish based on our waiters recommendation. The fried vegetables and meat were lightly coated in a garlic sauce on top of lettuce. The sauce had just enough sweetness and saltiness without being too over powering and the vegetables had a nice bite. It’s not the best thing she’s had in a Thai restaurant, but she still enjoyed the dish. I was really impressed with the Green Curry with Pork. It was served in a large white bowl and filled with many of the same vegetables. What set the dish apart was the green curry/coconut milk broth, it had a really great flavor and a wonderful creamy texture. The pork was there as a filler and really could have been any protein; it was thin, mostly flavorless (on it’s own) but still tender. I was fine with that because the other flavors in the broth were so good that the pork didn’t even matter. It was such an enjoyable dish that I plan on ordering it again when we go back (and skip the meat all together). Our only main complaint would be the spicy level of the dishes. I’m not sure if it was a miscommunication or the service assuming we couldn’t handle it, but our dishes were both very mild even though we both went for a spicy level of 3 (out of 5). If you like your dishes to be spicy, I suggest adding an extra level or two when you order.
The entire meal from start to finish lasted less than 40 minutes. Considering we decided to visit at the last minute and we left so quickly, it was hard to have a lasting impression of Taste of Siam. I’d definitely consider going back to visit and if they allow BYOB (if that’s possible on Elmwood Ave), I would probably be more excited to return. Looking at their bench seating in front of a large screen TV, I couldn’t help but think how fun it would be to enjoy a bowl of Green Curry and watch a Sabres game.