One of my favorite Thai restaurants in Ottawa is Siam Bistro. I like the variety of dishes they offer on their menu and they also make great Pad Thai. I have yet to be wowed by a Thai restaurant in Ottawa but Siam Bistro is a solid restaurant and I've never been disappointed.
The space at Siam Bistro is nicer than most Thai places in Ottawa. The seating area is long, narrow, and very intimate.
I've been here multiple times, and here is a sample of the dishes I have tried recently.
The Tom Kha Gai, or any of their hot & sour soups with coconut milk is awesome! I normally prefer the Tom Yum clear soups, but the fresh ingredients combined with the cocounut milk at this place is a winning combination. Other flavors in this soup include lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, and mushrooms.
Tom Kha Gai
The Tom Yum soups are also very good. It has the same hot & sour base as the Tom Kha soups, and my favorites are the Tom Yum mushroom and Tom Yum Goong (shrimp).
Tom Yum Mushroom
The satay skewers are pretty standard. We had the marinated satay chicken served with peanut sauce.
The Neua Nam Tok are thin slices of barbecued beef mixed with fresh mint, chillies, shallots & lime.
Neua Nam Tok
The swimming rama was highly recommended by my good friend K, and I thank her for the introduction! Although it uses the same elements as other traditional Thai dishes, it had a different taste. The sauce was a combination of two distinct Thai tastes: dry red curry and peanut sauce. It is a very rich sauce, and in this dish, a generous amount is poured over steamed napa cabbage and thinly sliced beef. I now, also recommend this dish!
I have been searching high and low for the perfect Pad Kee Maow in Ottawa. So far, no luck but in terms of taste, I do like Siam Bistro best but they don't serve them with the thick flat rice noodles that is a must for me :( Pad kee maow is a sweet & spicy pan fried rice noodle dish with a choice of meat, tomato, chillies, eggs, and basil leaves.
Pad Kee Maow
Pad Thai is a dish that everyone knows and loves. It is a sweet traditional Thai pan fried rice noodle dish with shrimp, eggs, peanuts & bean sprouts. Siam Bistro does it the best in my mind. The sauce is not overly sweet, and the portion is huge!
My favorite Thai curry is the gang garee gai:a light yellow curry with chicken and coconut milk. It is a simple yet fragrant curry dish with a little bit of spice. The chicken should be fall off the bone soft in this dish. Mix this with some sticky rice and you're in heaven! I find the gang garee gai at Siam Bistro is by far the most fragrant of the places I've tried in Ottawa.
Gang Garee Gai
1268 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada