Tucked in an out-of-the-way suburb in Rensselaer is a small Thai restaurant with a reputation that has quickly grown beyond its modest location. The Family Chow decided to follow several recommendations from friends and check out the 7-month-old eatery, Sri Siam, to see what the fuss was about.
44 Sherwood Ave., East Greenbush
• Food – 3 C’s (out of 5)
• Service – 3.5 C’s
• Family friendliness – 3.5 C’s
We arrived on a rainy Sunday evening to a completely empty restaurant and a couple of young employees eager to serve someone … anyone, dinner. The space is very tidy, with room for about three-dozen customers. Between the pouring rain, low lighting and soft Thai pop music, we felt cozy and comfortable at our window-side table. Our waitress/hostess served waters right away as we perused the menu.
The menu opens with appetizers, salads and soups and moves along to the entrees, including six different kinds of curries, several noodle and fried rice entrees, chef’s specials and a healthy number of vegetarian options. Helpful descriptions appear below each menu item and most entrees came with a choice of protein: chicken, beef, pork or seafood.
We decided to start with an order of potstickers ($6) and crispy wontons ($5). Dad chose the pad thai (with chicken, $11) for his main dish while Mom picked the chef’s special tilapia ($14) and Daughter opted for the sweet and sour Thai style chicken ($11). Son decided to make the crispy wontons his main dish, since almost every other choice included vegetables that he was unwilling to try. If you like vegetables, Sri Siam delivers.
We expected things to move along fast given the dearth of diners, but the pacing of the meal was perfect throughout; not rushed, but no long waits for food either. We enjoyed the tasty chicken potstickers that were expertly fried and rested on a bed of very thinly shredded carrots. The menu description of the crispy wontons included chicken, but it took us a minute to discern the very tiny bit of it wrapped within the fried wonton. These were not Mom’s favorite, although Son did manage to claim they were enough to satisfy his appetite and Dad thought the flavorful chicken morsel was “like a present.”