A corner business near one of Kettering’s business intersections in central Dayton, Siam Pad Thai is a real hole in the wall. The tiny restaurant is a popular Thai food establishment with only a dozen or so tables which are regularly filled with locals from the surrounding neighborhood. Thai food restaurants aren’t terribly common in this part of Ohio, though more are popping up.
With places like Siam Pad Thai pioneering the cuisine, there’s definitely a lot to be excited about. The food is outstanding and the service is awesome.
- Crispy Pad Thai: The signature dish is the Pad Thai, a stir-fried combination of rice noodles, fish sauce, and various vegetables and meats. Siam Pad Thai has an exceptional take on the dish, theirs comes with plenty of tender cuts of meat alongside carrots, bean sprouts and a rich, dark sauce. Altogether it’s the perfect balance, a savory crunch. The noodles are great, the meat is good, it’s an expert dish, well put together and definitely the result of an expert chef.
- Seafood plate: There are basic iterations of seafood, like asian noodles with shrimp, and then there are full-range seafood delicacies, like the above dish. It’s sort of a total spectrum seafood experience; in there are scallops, crab, shrimp, and a few other vegetables in a simple broth. The shrimp are great, tender yet crisp, while the scallops maintain a great flavor-packed surprise once you get through the shell.
- Chow Mein: Crunchy noodles, with a dark sauce, and some veggies on top. This one is a filling lunch option.
- Pad See Ew: Fat noodles in a sweet, dark sauce. The recipe is sweet, so I like this one better when it’s higher on the spice end.
- Crab Rangoon: Six crunchy morsels of wonton with crab meat and filling. A little light on actually filling, I think, but the dipping sauce is nice.
The service is great. It’s a small restaurant, but they seem to have plenty of servers looking after people, refilling water and so on. That said, during peak mealtimes it does start to feel a little crowded, whether you’re just going as a couple or if you’ve got a larger group. One way or another, people already know about Siam Pad Thai and love it; you’ll want to find a way to get there in the slower hours in order to best experience the restaurant.
Siam Pad Thai is already a popular destination among the locals, and it’s easy to see why. It’s not a flashy or large restaurant, but the food is top-notch. Any resident will want to add this great spot to his or her checklist. It’s just too delicious to pass up.
- If it isn’t already obvious, the star dish at this Dayton dive is the pad Thai Try it first, if nothing else at the restaurant, you will like this dish.
- The seafood items are also great.
- Both parking and interior space are limited, so try to come during a slower time of the day.