July 29, 2014

Siam Serves Pan-Asian Cuisine in the Grove

Indeed, the scene at Siam doesn’t exactly scream “restaurant” (unless that’s the safe word), but owners Steven Preston and Ron Bray are challenging diners to think differently. When the two acquired the former Novak’s space, they had a choice — either reopen as just another Grove gay bar or try something new. They created Siam to be equal parts restaurant, bar and nightclub, inviting diners to partake of its “elevated comfort food.”

Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of Siam.

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The "Joy" roll is a spicy tuna mix with cucumber, cream cheese, and masago, and it's topped with a fresh slice of salmon.
The "Joy" roll is a spicy tuna mix with cucumber, cream cheese, and masago, and it's topped with a fresh slice of salmon.
What specials are cooking at Siam.
What specials are cooking at Siam.
Korean Fried Chicken "KFC" is Korean-style fried chicken wings, sweet soy reduction and Siam sauce.
Korean Fried Chicken "KFC" is Korean-style fried chicken wings, sweet soy reduction and Siam sauce.
Siam's bar.
Siam's bar.
Siam's "Martini" roll is filled with thite tuna, Japanese tilapia, asparagus, carrots, avocado, and cream cheese, and it's served atop red and black flying risk roe.
Siam's "Martini" roll is filled with thite tuna, Japanese tilapia, asparagus, carrots, avocado, and cream cheese, and it's served atop red and black flying risk roe.
Siam's outdoor patio.
Siam's outdoor patio.
Executive chef Tyler Davis, sushi chef Nanda Nyunt and cook Brian Barnes.
Executive chef Tyler Davis, sushi chef Nanda Nyunt and cook Brian Barnes.
The "Sea Dragon" roll brings fried shrimp tempura, avocado and Japanese mayo. It's all topped with red tuna, white tuna, radish sprouts, masago crumbs, eel sauce and spicy mayo.
The "Sea Dragon" roll brings fried shrimp tempura, avocado and Japanese mayo. It's all topped with red tuna, white tuna, radish sprouts, masago crumbs, eel sauce and spicy mayo.
A peek into the kitchen.
A peek into the kitchen.
Siam's outdoor patio.
Siam's outdoor patio.