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4/5

Siam House

17 Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 4


Siam House serves up reliable and tasty Thai-fare, and they're built for volume and deliveries.



Siam House serves up tasty, Sri-Lankanized Thai fare, and they're able to do it in high volumes. Their big restaurant and delivery service have served a generally happy clientele for over 20 years.

Colombo has gone from two Thai places to a lot, but Siam House still has a solid spot in our hearts. It provides the Sri Lankan Chinese restaurant experience (friends and family sharing a sometimes obscene amount of food) with satisfying Thai flavors. We wouldn't say it's authentic Thai, but it is an authentic experience.

The Food



No matter how we're supposed to eat it, a lot of Sri Lankans eat Thai (or Chinese) food like we would eat rice and curry. We get rice, a few sides and we mix it all together. Siam House works for that sort of dining. You could probably eat course by course but we actually prefer it this way.



The classics are the Thai red curry and green curry. Above is a beef red curry (Rs. 720). It was really good. Flavorful, tender and delicious. We can actually still remember it now. It comes with a generous amount of gravy which really savories up the rice.



Another stand-out was the papaya salad (Rs. 540). Just the right amount of acidity to make for a happy rice mouthful. They have more adventurous takes like the fish bowel salad, but we weren't ready for that.



Another reliable pick is their seafood selection. We tried the prawn with long beans (Rs. 970). A generous portion, and tasty, but we found ourselves going for the Thai red curry more.

A note on portions, Siam House's portions used to be ridiculously huge. They're not so epic now, but they're still quite big. A small will easily serve three people, otherwise you get leftovers.

The Service



For service we normally just say  'it's fine', but we actually had a really nice experience here. The waiter was funny, seemed to enjoy his job and helped us decide what to order. He was also quite concerned that we liked it since he felt like it was his responsibility. I have a peanut allergy which is usually difficult for waiters to process (especially at Thai places) but he understood immediately and made sure there was nothing in what we ordered. Really pleasant guy.

Another aspect of their service you might encounter is their delivery/take-away, which is quite popular. We've found it reliable, but at certain peak times they can get quite busy.

The Location



Siam House has a really big location on Melbourne Avenue (Bamba, between Galle Road and Marine Drive). You can sit on the verandah, and there's plenty of room for big parties upstairs and down. The ample space (and relatively available parking) makes it a good spot for groups. 

Conclusion



Siam House makes tasty Thai food, and they can serve big groups (or a few people) reliably. It's not the most authentic, but it is catered to a Sri Lankan palette and we usually have a good time there. They also deliver.


TIP

The delivery service - life saving at times, can be painfully slow at others, taking well over an hour even for central locations. A quiet weekday evening in the garden outside is very pleasant. The stir fried crab meat curry(no shell, no claws, just meat) is a welcome change in a city that likes to make you work for your crab.

Address

17 Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 4

Directions

Melbourne Avenue is just south of Dickman's Road on the sea side of Galle Road. From Marine Drive it's between Milagiriya Avenue and Melbourne Ave.

Contacts

E-Mail Website

Report Inaccuracy

Open 11:00 am to 23:00

Cuisine

Thai

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
3
User Reviews
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1/5

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Chathuranga Biyagama

I went for dinner with my family and the service provided was horrible. We ordered several dishes and ordered a fried fish asked to be served the sauce separately for the baby who doesn't eat spices but the dish was served with the chili sauce poured on it.
When I asked about this matter the waiter was advising me to feed the child with the dish by wiping the spices by paper serviettes.
I was astonished and amazed by the poor quality and the service of the staff and the place.
Do not recommend this place for anyone and please note that the food serving here are not authentic Thai cuisines. They serve just fake Thai food without proper spices and ingredients.

Chathuranga Biyagama
Director, Gallery Four Life
Sydney, Australia

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1/5

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Chathuranga Biyagama

I went for dinner with my family and the service provided was horrible. We ordered several dishes and ordered a fried fish asked to be served the sauce separately for the baby who doesn't eat spices but the dish was served with the chili sauce poured on it.
When I asked about this matter the waiter was advising me to feed the child with the dish by wiping the spices by paper serviettes.
I was astonished and amazed by the poor quality and the service of the staff and the place.
Do not recommend this place for anyone and please note that the food serving here are not authentic Thai cuisines. They serve just fake Thai food without proper spices and ingredients.

Chathuranga Biyagama
Director, Gallery Four Life
Sydney, Australia

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1/5

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Brad

WORST. RESTAURANT. EVER!

Good if you have no idea about food - especially lovely Thai food, which they take pride in defacing beyond belief.
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY - AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

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