I cannot seem to get enough of Pan Asian fare as it is obvious from my last few posts and the craving never ends. Ideally I would not keep trying out the same cuisine but Bangalore restaurants have surprised me with their range of pan asian fare. I have heard a lot about Siam Trading Co. from a friend who raved about the food here and mentioned it was one of the best party hangouts for above 30+ crowd in Bangalore with amazing music and a VFM bar nights on weekends.
I couldn’t get through to their restaurant to book a reservation on a bright and cheerful weekend and gave it another try 45 minutes before reaching the restaurant as I really did not want to look for another restaurant just in case they were full. The gentleman who picked the call was polite and accomodated our last minute reservation turned out to the Manager who welcomed us at the entrance and also helped us with guidance on car parking which can be quite problematic on 12th Main, Indira Nagar. They do have a valet service in the evenings.
I really did not have much information about this restaurant except for their bar nights and great food and was a bit shocked to see high chair seating and a dim ambience, as I had come with family and kids and needed something a bit more cheerful and bright. Luckily enough they have a small area which not only is cheerful and bright thanks to the sunlight streaming in, but also the pleasant green colour of the furniture added to the whole charm. The manager Mr. Shawn luckily reserved this area for our group of 8 and ensured we settled in comfortably.
To begin with everyone decided to try a few cocktails and mocktails along with a few beers. The Pattaya Sour and Pattaya Martinii were our choice of cocktails and I do not recollect the names of mocktails except the one I ordered for my kids was Purple in colour going by the Purple Mist ( I hope I got that right!).
The soups we tried Hot and Sour soup and the Mushroom and Young Coconut soup were quite a contrast from one another. While one was on the spicy side (as expected) and quite perfect for the weather, the latter was a tad bit bland though I loved the mushrooms used in the soup.
For appetizers, we decided to try each of the non veg meats – Chicken Satay, BBQ Pork Isaan Style and Grilled Beef in Red Curry Marinade. To balance these appetizers, we also tried their Green Papaya Salad. One cannot go wrong with a Chicken Satay but this was pure sin on sticks!
The Pork turned out to be a bit bland especially without the dip and within moments the meat too turned a bit tough. The Beef was probably the best among the appetizers and was polished within seconds of everyone being served. I was the one who decided on the green papaya salad and though I did like it, I wish they had the option of combing Green Papaya along with Green Mango salad.
For the Main course, we tried Pork Belly Rice, River Noodles, Pad Thai, Roast Chicken Rice along with a special Pork curry with steamed rice. All the main course dishes were meal bowls and quite interesting with each bowl have distinctive flavours. The Pork Curry can be more for those who enjoy the authentic flavours with its aroma and taste. My pick was the Roast Chicken Rice and the Pad Thai which were excellent.
Surprisingly they had only one dessert – Water Chestnut Rubies in Coconut Milk which we did order in large numbers and enjoyed it wholeheartedly.
The very enterprising and soft spoken Manager did visit our table ever so often to ensure all is well and I must say their service (other attendants) was more than satisfactory.
I definitely intend to visit here hopefully in the evenings to check out their bar nights soon!
Disclaimer: All views and opinions expressed in the above post are my own.