SIAM @ SIAM SEAFOOD BUFFET
We finally got to visit the well known Siam Siam seafood buffet located on the 6th floor of the Siam Siam hotel on second road. Yes, the big blue one. The restaurant occupies three sides of the flood so you can choose the view of Pattaya you like. There was a very pleasant live band playing favorites I am sure you would recognize. They have an extensive offering of cocktails as well.
Upon getting seated the first thing you notice are the clips with a number on them. They are used to identify your table, you put it on a plate of raw fish and/or meats you have selected and drop them off at the buffet. They return your choices all properly cooked to your table.
The buffet is amazingly comprehensive. There are a couple of daily pizza offerings, a pasta station with a variety of sauces and pastas as well. You choose and a pasta chef will prepare fresh for you. There is a standard type of buffet of main courses ranging from curries to steamed veggies, rice and fried rice and other main courses. A fresh roasted chicken was available for you to carve your own favorite piece. It was easy to meet the needs of our vegetarian companion with the huge variety.
On the chilled wall is a fresh salad bar plus an assortment of cheeses and most importantly a variety of sushi offerings. I couldn’t help but notice that as sushi was consumed it was promptly replaced with a brand new sushi offering. So don’t load up, but rather come back for more selection.
The centerpiece of the buffet is the fresh seafood selection complimented by an assortment of meats. The seafood assortment included Mussels, Spotted Babylon (if you are unfamiliar it is a conical shelled shell fish, quite nice), and Blue Crab. There were giant river prawns, fresh squid and Salmon. There were huge fresh oysters as well as other shellfish offerings. You place the ones you want cooked on a plate with your table clip and hand it off to the cooking station. It is promptly delivered to your table. Then you take a second plate (they discourage meat on same plate as fish) and determine what meats you might like. There was lamb, chicken, beef and other meat. You then deliver this plate for cooking as well. You complete this selection by choosing a variety of sauces to compliment your meat selections. Ranging from spicy Thai and Chinese types to BBQ and mustard sauces, guaranteed something for everyone.
Upon completion let’s not forget about desserts. The selection was the widest I had ever seen. What was especially nice was there were lots of bite sized desert tastings. All the normal chocolate cake slices, but also fruit mousses, cheesecakes and the like. Guaranteed something for everyone. I chose 5. However, I must point out they had a FRIED ICE CREAM station with a variety of toppings, no matter what you must try this!
By Nick Athens