There’s only one way a reporter of my integrity and standards knows how to report on the closure of Siam Orchid Thai Cuisine at 2259 Emmons Avenue:
Sure, it’s not like they were the best Thai food in the world. But they were pretty much the only Thai restaurant in the area for what seemed like forever. Now we have Thai Basil on Nostrand Avenue, which is a solid takeout option, but we’ll miss Orchid’s waterfront views and fish tank full of giant, ugly fish.
China Max next door closed down in November. Attempts to reach the property owner were unsuccessful, so we can’t say for sure that Siam is closed for good. But it did not appear to be renovating, and there was no sign for customers.
ลาก่อน, my Thai friends. And good luck.
THE BITE: When asked what type of restaurants are needed in Sheepshead Bay, I’ve always answered that we need another Thai place. Well, after having that discussion for more than a decade, my desire has finally been fulfilled. We have a new Thai restaurant in the Bay.
Located at 3682B Nostrand Avenue, Thai Basil, which opened in early December, is dishing out “Thai fusion” dishes to all comers. I’m not sure what they mean by Thai “fusion,” as most of the dishes presented on the limited menu appear to be found in just about any Thai restaurant, but I’m pleased to see a new food choice in the ‘hood.
For the Bite, I sampled an array of dishes from the lunch menu that should represent the restaurant well. Pad Thai, considered by some to be the national dish of Thailand, Massamam Curry, cited by CNN as the “world’s most delicious food,” and Ginger Joy, a dish I never heard of before.
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Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.
Ah, Siam. I’ve been enchanted with Siam ever since I watched Anna waltz with the King. You know the scene, the King finally breaks the tension between the two by grabbing her waist and leading, no commanding, her into spirited waltz. Well, Anna waltzed and the King bounced. Something stirred within me when I first saw that. But what? I was still too young to understand.
Siam and “The King and I,” would play a pivotal role in my childhood development. My first school play in kindergarten — “The King and I.” My first solo piece at my first piano recital — “The March of the Siamese Children.” My first experience with Thai food — Kang Kai.
Kang Kai from Siam Orchid (2259 Emmons Avenue) is sliced white meat chicken with bamboo shoots, green beans and green bell peppers in a coconut red curry sauce. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite Thai dishes.
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It was just two and a half weeks ago that we told you about Tai Yuan replacing Tai Shan at 2224 Avenue U. But, passing by it yesterday, it doesn’t look like business has been going so well. And someone asked last week if they had closed down. Well, could this be the shortest a restaurant has ever existed?
Maybe not. This was tacked onto the gate. If only the missing piece of the puzzle were still there to clue us in.
You may remember Tai Shan, but then again, you may not. The short-lived Thai restaurant at 2224 Avenue U (and East 23rd Street) closed several months back before most people knew it even existed.
Well, fellow Thai lovers, rejoice! Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, only way less spectacular, Tai Yuan has recently opened on the location. With a menu of both Thai and Chinese favorites, the “Aisian” restaurant is aiming for the take-out crowd. We haven’t tried it yet, but we’d love to know if their Thai cuisine is any better than their spelling.