Siam Palace is probably the most eclectic restaurant I’ve ever been to. It’s not so much what’s on the menu but what’s on the walls that left me riddled with confusion. From Valentine’s hearts strung across the faded yellow walls to stuffed scarecrows ready to burst at the seams – it became clear that this Kaimuki eatery was in desperate need of a makeover.

Their menu, on the other hand, was not. It was pleasant to see that nothing cost more than $13, and the variety of foods included curries, noodles, rice and stir-fried dishes. Continuing my quest for the best pineapple fried rice, I ordered just that with a side of panang curry. But instead of fresh pineapples, the fried rice was topped with canned chunks. A little disappointing, but the curry made up for it.

Siam Palace is owned by an older couple, who do almost everything themselves – from running the register to taking orders. They’re very hardworking and make customer satisfaction their priority. They must have checked on us three or four times that night, as well as refilled our waters. Excellent service.

The Kaimuki area has a variety of Thai places to choose from, including Champa Thai just up the road from Siam. I’d say both have equally tasty food, but if I had to choose one, it’d be Champa. Their pad thai noodles are the best on the island!

SIAM PALACE • 3404 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816 • Opens Mon-Sun 4pm-930pm, Tue-Sat 1130am-10pm • 808-732-7433 • Metered street parking


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