Portland >Food & Dining > Siam Society
2703 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.559259 -122.637625
Neighborhoods: Concordia, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Will not be back – The food was acceptable, nothing spectacular. Our server was wonderful but the owner/manager was very rude to us regarding splitting the bill for payment. No one from our party of six plans to ever go back because of this poor treatment. There are many other fabulous places to go where you will be treated with much more respect and where your business will be appreciated.
Lost its edge – The Khao Soi Curry was more peanut sauce than a curry. The food was more dynamic and creative when they first opened. Still a good restaurant and I'll be back, but can no longer recommend it as gourmet Thai.
Pretty Amazing Place! – Awesome. Just a simple great place to drink, eat and be merry. Food was good, drinks were great, service was also good. Ask for Aaron to wait on your table. Eat the Spit roasted chicken. It's the best in PDX.
TL;DR: Great Food, Great Atmosphere, good service
Comment on Bakerlady5 from the owner – My server came to me almost in tears before I even approached your table to offer any help. She indicated to me that your boyfriend's dad was beyond rude. When I came to your table to offer some help, your boyfriend's dad became belligerent and told me he didn't like the look of my face. At that point, when someone acts completely inappropriately, we need to ask the party to leave. Perhaps it's okay in your family to treat people like dirt or employees like servants, but you cannot do that to my staff or myself. Your boyfriend's dad became physically threatening in posture and proclaimed to us that he was from San Francisco, and therefore superior.
After we escorted you and your family from the premises, I had three tables thank me profusely for asking you to leave. I'm sorry you tired to dine with such an uncouth individual, but if that is who you prefer to socialize with, it is your own choice.
Hey, Little girl, would you like jail with that chicken? – WOW! I am still in shock over last nights attempt to eat at Siam Society. Let me preface this with a little history. Siam has been my family"s favorite restaurant for the last three years. This is the place we always take our out of town guests, go to for birthdays, anniversary"s or just any time we want a fabulous dinner. What we tell people is "just point your finger at the menu and you'll find something amazing".
So, last night we took my boyfriends dad and his wife along with my eleven year old daughter (her favorite restaurant, too). We had reservations and asked to be seated on the patio. I did notice that the hostess who sat us seemed to be in a very surly mood. I've been in the restaurant industry for 25 years so I understand having a bad day and I'm willing to give a little more latitude to people who have to deal with the public.
We were seated and gave our drink, appetizer and dinner orders all within ten minutes of walking through the front door. When we were seated we commented on the fact that it was so empty (one other two top). We drank one round of drinks and enjoyed our appetizers. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. During the course of our wait the patio started to fill up and we started noticing the other tables around us were being served their food and ours was nowhere to be seen. At one point our server brought warm plates and set them in front of us. No food. We waited. The plates got cold. My boyfriends father got up, I assumed to go to the bathroom, and then came back. A few minutes later a man comes to the table says he's the owner and did someone at our table wish to speak with him. My boyfriend and I both said no, we assumed he had the wrong table, but his dad said yes. Then he started complaining about the fact that we were still waiting to be served our food when most of the tables around us which had arrived after us were already eating. The owner explained that the food comes from different stations and it takes longer etc. Dear old dad says that"s not his problem and they end up in a pissing contest at our table AS OUR FOOD IS BEING SERVED! The owner got irate and told us all to leave or he'd call the police. Did I mention that my child was at the table?
By this time we had been waiting an hour and fifteen minutes for our food. They start setting the food down, my daughter has her fork in her hand and the owner orders his staff to pick up the food. WOW!
Was my boyfriends dad rude? Yes, I think he was. Was the owner over-reacting? Yes, he was.
Bottom line I ended up with a little girl crying for two hours and waking up in the middle of the night with a stomach ache because of the stress of the situation. I don't care how sexy the beef is, no food is worth that kind of trauma. Both men should be ashamed of their actions.
Now I have to retract my recommendation of Siam Society from everyone I've given it to. The idea of sending another family into that kind of situation is not okay.
One of the best meals I've had in a long time! – I went to this awesome-looking restaurant with my wife last night. We sat on the patio, and our server Chris was super friendly. He asked if we wanted to start with some cocktails. We declined and ordered a French chardonnay instead, which Chris also recommended. I usually prefer red, but we were thoroughly impressed by this wine....I need to find out where to get this to drink at home!
We ordered the Moo Taut appetizer, which was amazing and complemented our wine perfectly. This was a pork dish with sticky rice--totally delicious. It was finger food that started our meal off with lots of laughing.
Then we had panang curry with mixed seafood and the roasted chicken. The curry was spicy, but so complex in its flavors. I tasted fresh lemongrass and lime leaves every so often--divine. And the chicken was sooo freaking juicy! It also came with sticky rice, so we got to eat with our fingers again.
The one negative thing I would say is that the patio was very busy, and the restaurant didn't seem to have enough staff for the amount of customers. That said, the food came out quickly, even though we had to flag down Chris once for more jasmine rice.
We sealed the deal with the chocolate cake, topped with cardamom ice cream. I had to lie down afterwards. It was so decadent that my wife got a little frisky, so I'm definitely going to take her back there again!
Good food, lame service – I had the Northern Thai Green Curry. It was very good. The lychee and green bean salad was great too. We were seated quickly at a nice table.
The server didn't match the food quality. I was served pork spring rolls even though I specifically told them I was vegan. I even took a bite before they realized their mistake. She didn't offer to comp me for the mistake, which is a pretty serious one. She smiled maybe once, and my girlfriend and I were very friendly to her. I'd still give them another try because the food was delicious, but I'm still mad about getting served piggy meat.
Good happy hour – I have been going here with my boyfriend for over a year, there has been a few changes but if you live in the Alberta area then this is a must do for the restaurants in the area.
Awesome Experience!! – I went with my family last night and Aaron waited on us. We had a large group and it was a birthday celebration. The food was spot on and we really enjoyed all of our drinks. We had the Farmer's Market with mixed seafood, Pulled Pork Springrolls, and someone ordered some spicy noodles (I can't pronounce the name). All were very wonderful.
I don't know what the earlier reviewer is talking about in regards to the Koi fish, cause I really love it! People will nit pick and complain about anything when they get on line. Hey, getting online is usually anonymous, right? I suppose it gives everyone the needed courage to be nasty online, when one could just ask their server to fix a dish if it came out wrong. Instead of being petty online, just try and enjoy yourself and be good to one and another. It makes a better planet.
Delicious food in a unique setting – We just had a great dinner at Siam Society. My only complaints are that we were seated by the open door on a chilly rainy evening instead of in the other half of the restaurant which remained empty. Seemed like they were really trying to keep everyone on the bar side.
The cocktails are always creative and well executed. Some of the flavors on this menu are nontraditional, with even some Brazilian influence, which sounds odd but mostly hits the mark. There are a few plates I'm not too fond of, including the hazelnut spring rolls, but some people may love them, and most of what we've had in our 4 or 5 visits has been really delicious. Our kettle of Thom Kha soup was rich and velvety with complex flavors. The Kao Soi chicken is a standout, but all of the curries I've had there have been delicious, including the halibut in green curry with mango. The space is beautiful - it's a fun place to bring people from out of town. Bring a sweater on a chilly day though, as such lofty ceilings must make it hard to heat.
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