Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sea Siam, Thai, Keller-TX

Last visit: November 2014

Rating: Strong Buy

January 2014 update: We continue to frequent Sea Siam on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. We've done this for years now. I don't think there's anything else I could say that demonstrates their consistently great food other than that.

January 2013 update: Not much to add to the below. Sea Siam remains our very favorite Thai place in NE Tarrant. Actually our favorite Thai in all of DFW. This is a place worth driving many miles for. Jam and Eddie (and Tanya and Tara) will treat you right. They're the nicest people you can meet.

Original review

Want to know the RJG's favorite food destination? Thai food. Why? Because that's Mrs. RJG's favorite food - and pretty close to my favorite as well. And we've been to every, or just about every, Thai restaurant in NE Tarrant (with multiple ventures into Ft. Worth and Arlington as well).

Before I get started here on Sea Siam, I want to tell a little story. A couple of years ago, I walked into a Southlake based pizza joint (that is now closed), and mentioned to the owner that "I was glad he was still here, and the food is great". His response to my magnanimous comment? "Yea, well no thanks to YOU". He didn't say it rudely, but matter of factly, with a slight smile. I was a bit taken a back by his comment, paid up, grabbed my pizza and got out as fast as possible. On the way home I realized he had been right. Truthfully, as someone who tries as many restaurants as possible, I'm not what you would call a reliable customer. If the business counted on folks like me to make a living, they'd all be broke quickly!

The two paragraphs above are there to set the stage for this important statement: We go to Sea Siam every single week. Almost without exception. If that doesn't underscore how great this place is, then I'm not sure anything else I say will.

Jam and Eddie are veterans of the restaurant industry. For years they had a similarly named restaurant in Huntington Beach, California (and, would you believe it, Mrs. RJG & I tried it recently too - and it's not nearly as good as it used to be apparently). Relocating to the Keller area, they brought their expertise in Thai cooking right here to NE Tarrant, and I think the local denizens are just now figuring out how fortunate we really are. They took over a former Wings-N-Things fast food place inside of the Kroger shopping center at the southwest corner of Keller Parkway and Rufe Snow.

For me, the battle I have at Thai restaurants is getting the heat level to where I need it - scorching hot. See, I'm a fair skinned blond, with blue eyes. Naturally, Mrs. RJG is dark haired with brown eyes, so usually on first visits she gets the hotter plate, even though I ask for it spicier than her. Preconceived notions? You bet your sweet biscuits on it! Perhaps it's because Jam ran a restaurant in southern California, but right away when I asked for it hot, I got it HOT. Thai hot - and I don't mean the menu Thai Hot, but what the locals consider as such. It doesn't take long for Mr. RJG to hear that the only other person who eats it as hot as he, is the cook himself. Yes, it makes me proud! And Mrs. RJG is no wimp either, as she's right behind me on the heat scale, maybe one or 2 notches less.

Thai basil chicken is my standard fare. It's a core Thai dish, and I could eat it every night. I prefer ground chicken, to really accentuate the Thai authenticity, but most Thai places don't have it. Sea Siam doesn't either, but they always cut the chicken very fine (on my request), thus allowing the spices to penetrate the meat better. Mrs. RJG loves her vegetables with her chicken, and her dishes are loaded with the greens. The other barometer is the rice, which many local Thai restaurants think should be mushy. Wrong! Mrs. RJG will quit going to a Thai place on the spot if they offer mushy rice. Sea Siam always has firm and fluffy rice!

We've tried many of their appetizers and they're all uniformly great. Mrs. RJG has had the Pad Thai on many occasion, and she says it's the best she's had. Prices are insanely cheap (not to mention the extra savings with it being BYOB), and the ambiance is perfect for the setting. Best of all, maybe, is that Jam and Eddie are great folks, who have a lot of fun. It reminds me of the gold old days when customer service was authentic and an essential part of the business.

If you live anywhere in the DFW area, and love Thai food, make a beeline to Sea Siam. You won't regret the trip I assure you.

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

After recently moving out of the area, I miss Sea Siam. Agree w/Regular Joe, best Thai in Tarrant County.

Cowboy fan, burger junkie, GodFather of Tech said...

Went there last evening with my wife. Food was good, nice and hot as I requested. Service was a bit slow.

It's a tossup between Sweet Basil, Thai Tina's (downtown) and Sea Siam for me. All three are very good.

RJG said...

Thanks for the feedback Cowboy Fan. They get really busy on Fri and Sat nights, so we usually go earlier in the week. Glad you liked it!

Michael said...

Thanks for the write-up. I gave it a try last night and loved it! I'll definitely be going back! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm also a huge fan of Sea Siam for all the reasons you've mentioned. Their peanut sauce is the best I've ever tasted and I could almost drink it! Did you know the Sea Siam peanut sauce is now for sale at all 9 Central Market stores? It's in the refrigerated section. Thought you might want to share the info with your fans!

RJG said...

I did indeed know that. However since I never mentioned it - I'm glad you did. Thanks for the comment!