The Old Siam Restaurant in York - Reviews

Five star rating imageTony Bennett emailed in to say: My wife and i booked for a table for two. It is a good job we did as the place was full when we arrived. A good sign. We were received very warmly by a bow from a lovely lady. We were seated and given menus. The restaurant was decorated with style and the atmosphere was great. We ordered the platter for two and main curry's expecting to wait for a while as the place was full. But, the service was good and the presentation and flavours excellent.

Four star rating imageWebmaster review: On entering we were greeted cordially by a member of staff, who smiled and bowed. I mentioned to one of my friends how the aroma in the Old Siam smelt good. Two ladies, who were sat in the window seats next to the door, both looked up and nodded. One of them spoke to me and said, "It is good." This was a good start in my mind.

A Fabulous Thai Meal

The meal was absolutely fabulous. Spicy in a way that is hard to describe. It was not so hot that it burnt your tongue. Yet, it was certainly spicy enough to make your mouth tingle while and after eating it. There is a great selection of Seafood, Meat and vegetarian options on the menu. All of those which our group of 5 ordered were a delight. The quality of food and the atmosphere was nothing less than "Divine", as a friend of mine Margaret would say.


The price of the meal including 3 courses and some drinks was just over 100 pounds. 25 a head between the 5 of us, was what I consider reasonable. There were a few little things that could have been better. But, overall this was an good experience I would like to repeat. We will be going back. Booking in advance is recommended.

The Menu:

The menu at the Old Siam restaurant in York was a delight. There was a good range of starters and several pages of main courses to choose from. Plenty of options for meat lover, seafood and fish lovers, as well as a page full of vegetable / vegetarian dishes.

The Food: Starters

I have a habit of having the same, or at least similar starters, in most restaurants I go to. With Thai restaurants, most of them have a Tom Yum soup on the menu. This is a spicy soup and can make your eyes water.

At the Old Siam, Tom Yum had a chicken and a vegetarian option. The latter was with mushrooms. It was spicy hot, but not to hot. Just right. The chicken was by no means sparse and the flavour a delight. Although it was not the best I have ever tasted, it was high on the list. 4/5 from me, 4/5 from the others with me. One of us went for a satay chicken, which I was told was equally nice. Costs were between 3.50 and 7 pounds per starter.

Main Courses

Yet again a good selection was available for all meat, duck, fish, seafood or veggy. The layout of the menu made for easy reading. 3 out of the party went for Duck, I went for a seafood medley and one other a vegetarian tofu dish.

In mine, the muscles were well cooked and tasty. The squid seemed tender when it first arrived (you have to eat this quick of it does get a bit chewy). The small portions of deep fried fish were tasty. The sauce again was spicy but not to hot. 8/10 from me, 9/10 from others for the duck and 9/10 for the tofu.

Side Dishes

There were plenty of side dishes; fried rice, egg fried rice, boiled rice and a choice from 3 different types of noodle. We shared 3 of these. The noodle dish, with king prawns, was the best out of them for me, with the special fried rice a close second.


We were offered a selection of 6 main deserts. There was also additional choices of traditional ice creams and a Banana fritter, which came with a scoop of said. All sounded nice. The 4 we had were nice but, it was going to be hard to top off what we had for main course. 7/10 from me, may skip this course next time I go.

The Atmosphere:

The feel of the restaurant was good and smelled fabulous. It has pleasant decor and extremely friendly staff. A nice size main room with just enough space per table. They don't pack you in but, elbow room was a little limited. The chatter in the restaurant was at a reasonable level. From what you can hear everyone was enjoying themselves. The background music was just that, in the background.

Little Things That Got to Me:

I am a bit picky, as a critic one tends to get that way. There are always little things that could have been better. My plate for my main dish has a chip out of it, this should have been spotted. One of the waitresses command of English was not too good. She had trouble understanding us at times. Some might say it adds to the atmosphere but, to me good communication between staff and customers is imperative. This could be improved. Apart from that, a good all round experience.

Five star rating imagePhil Harrison says: We have been all over the world and had Thai food. I can assure you this is among the best we have eaten. Great food, wonderful friendly staff mean we go back every time we go to york and that is at least twice a year.

Five star rating imageSarah thinks: Had excellent meal at The Old Siam, beautifully presented and tasty food, wide veggie choices, good wine, relaxed atmosphere, very attentive staff, highly recommend. Definitely return.

Five star rating imageMr Tony Ellerton tells us: The Fantastic friendly staff, lovely restaurant and probably the best Thai food in Britain, gives the whole dining experience a real authentic traditional feel.

One of the lady staff members worked in a restaurant in Stone, Staffordshire, near to where I live but when she moved, the atmosphere was not the same. I eventually discovered that Arunee had moved to The Old Siam in York so my family and i made a special trip to the restaurant. Brilliant!

Five star rating imageGary Rowan said: Fantastic service, fantastic food and great value for money! What more do you want?

Please mention Hotels in York web site when you call. Thanks.

The Old Siam Restaurant
126 Micklegate York,
Telephone: 01904 635162

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