Sugar, spice and everything nice. These were the ingredients to come up with the perfect dishes which a few of us very fortunate nomnom scribes or food bloggers got to experience in one of my favorite restaurants in Cebu: Siam Thai Cuisine in Ayala Terraces.
I’ve had my fair share of experiences in this fine restaurant and I have to say that I’ve never been disappointed with any of my eat outs in this place. This is by far the best Thai restaurant in Cebu. I can’t even stop ordering over and over again the Siam Grilled fish in Thai gravy sauce and the Steamed Seafood Curry in Coconut. Those dishes are all to die for but Siam just won’t stop amazing me as we got to try out all of their new dishes being added to the menu.
To start the mega banquet of Thai food we had some Thai fish cakes and Spicy Glazed Chicken to tickle our taste buds. The Thai fish cakes were fit to be appetizers as you nomnom on these cakes while waiting for the main dish to arrive. What I liked about the food is that they weren’t too strong on the spiciness so I wasn’t washed out by the extreme flavor.
After our appetizers we were then served two kinds of salad. The first salad was a very unique salad which I’ve only seen in Siam. They served a crispy noodle with mango salad. This particular salad was unique to me and I like the light flavor and contrast of the sourness of the mango to the entire salad.
The second salad is a popular original Thai recipe: Nam Tok or Spicy Beef Thai Salad. If you’re the daring type then this salad dish is for you. The Nam Tok is served with the greens to balance out everything. Personally I’m no big fan of spicy food and my younger brother （弟弟）knows that I’d have a whole jug of water beside me if I get anywhere in my danger levels for spiciness. This dish however, really made me take the dive. I love the mixture of flavors especially when you eat it with the mint tea leaves. All the contrast happening in my mouth just left me in awe.
Although this dish isn’t new, I was glad it was served anyway. The Tom Yum Prawn soup is definitely a crowd favorite and a nice way to start a Thai meal. I’ve had this for four times over the whole week before I had it again that time and the smooth, sweet, and spicy taste with that distinct thai ginger flavor just doesn’t get old. Thai Classic.
One thing I love about Siam is the creative use of food external shells/coverings/skins to add to the dish. This time the pineapple fried rice is served in a pineapple. The whole pineapple flavor really comes out and I guess the whole part of being in a pineapple itself helps.
The green curry rice with chicken is also good. Heck, it can already be a meal in itself because it already has chicken with it.
Here’s an interesting dish. I thought it was crispy noodles basket with seafood in it. This seafoods and vegetable medley in Taro basket is a delightfully fun dish to eat because you can start with the content inside the basket and slowly nibble away the basket. It’s sweet, a hint of salty with the vegetables crunchy texture to match with the seafood’s soft texture.
The Spicy Glazed Spare ribs was a nice blend of sweet and spicy. For those who are into the ribs experience, these spare ribs can start it out. Then of course one of Siam’s best seller: the Siam Grilled Premium ribs, for a price of 250.00 php it adds up to Cebu’s list of deliciously affordable ribs.
Then there was this clever dish which I personally enjoyed having that familiar milky taste but somewhat new and exciting flavour: the Bangkok express. Think Bicol express in mind but Thai flavors in spirit. That’s your bangkok express for those looking for a little comical spicy treat.
The string beans with red curry is an example of a “don’t judge a book by its cover” dish. When I first saw it I wasn’t so fond of the color. Dad always said dull or dark colors didn’t attract people, but after one bite I was wrong to have judged it too early. This dish also surprised the others taking a bite from it testingly. The taste was quite surprising along with the fresh crunchy feeling from the string beans.
For those who want to play it safe with their tongue, the sweet and sour fish fillet is a great safe choice. Familiar, exotic, yet tasty.
And now for two very very interesting dishes (note the redundancy of the very): the Steamed Vegetables curry with tofu and the Steamed Seafood curry in coconut.
Now personally I find the Steamed seafood Curry in Coconut my favorite (and so is this the favorite of Mr. Siam, Anthony Ballreich, himself) but when there are those who can’t experience the delightful curry experience because of their allergy to seafood or their deliberate choice to be vegetarian, there is now the vegetarian counterpart.
The two crab dishes are not exactly what can fall under the budget but if you’re up for something a little special especially on a celebration dine out then these two can be part of your to-eat list.
The Crab Thai in Yellow curry allows the blend of the subtle and soft crab meat to complement with the sharp flavor of yellow curry. If you’re not a curry person then there’s also the Krua Thai chili crab. All crabs are fresh and we were able to confirm this with how easily we could remove the crab meat.
By the time we finished dining we had a little talk with Mr. Anthony Ballreich. He shared how he loves Thai food and how he wants this to be shared to everyone. For those who are intimated with Siam, I tell, please do try it! The food is affordable contrary to the pricey impression you get due to the beautiful interior.
And what’s more, you won’t feel cheated with your spending because they use only the best ingredients. They were kind enough to show us a good number of the Top quality (we got to see the official seals on the products) ingredients shipped all the way from Thailand.
To put it simply, Mr. Anthony Ballreich promises to every customer of Siam, that they will not compromise the quality and quantity of the dishes they serve. All dishes use the top quality ingredients shown to us and what’s more, every year the menu grows and grows to give us more exciting option the next time we dine.
To quote Mr. Ballreich: “We promise that your thai dining experience will never be as excitingly enjoyable as you would have it in Siam!”
The Ayala Terraces Cebu
(032) 417 1318
They’re open from 10:00am to 11:00pm
They also have a catering service called Golden Spoon, contact above number for inquiries.