If I'm not mistaken, this will actually be my third Thai restaurant review I've posted on this blog. The pungent spices and combination of sweet and savory flavors make it one of my favorite types of cuisine. I also must concede that no matter what place I go to, Garlic in Decatur is still the best Thai place in Atlanta. However, Siam Square in Smyrna is definitely the place I've been to that gives it a run for its money. With comparatives out of the way, lets talk about the food and the restaurant itself:
The interior of the place is very modern, with black and white murals on the walls of Thai street scenes. Colored paper lanterns dot the ceiling and the bar is wooden and intricately carved. The second Sofi and I sat down for our meal, we were brought a cold glass of a cucumber-mint water. Supremely refreshing and with water like that, there was no need for us to order any soda or tea with our dinner. The menu was filled with exotic choices, of which several caught our eyes. We had a hard time deciding on what to order, but eventually decided on a Thai beef salad and Massman curry. We both agreed on one thing: the appetizer. It was called a firecracker roll- a deep fried spring roll full of fresh purple basil and shredded vegetables, served with a spicy-sweet chili sauce and sprinkled with crushed peanuts. That was completely out of this world, and one of the best appetizers I've had out at any Thai / Asian restaurant.
As far as the entrees go, I had the Massman curry. I'm usually more a fan of Penang curry, perhaps because I don't see why potatoes are in a curry. Eh, whatever, personal preference. The broth of the curry itself was extremely flavorful: rich, but not too heavy, from the coconut milk. The cashews on top give it a nice crunch and contrasted well with the tofu. Sofi's beef salad was excellent as well. The meat was perfectly cooked and the heat from it softened the butter lettuce it was served on. Definitely a good job from the people in the back cooking.
We were both completely satisfied with the experience at Siam Square. If you live in the Smyrna / Windy Hill area, I totally recommend it. Have those firecracker rolls, that alone is worth the drive.
The thing is, Garlic is closer for me, and well, you can see where this is going...