1174 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River
Hours: Lunch: Thurs-Tues, 11:30 am–2 pm; Dinner: Sun-Tues and Thurs, 4:30-9:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 4:30-10 pm
Style: Located in an unimpressive strip-mall off Fischer Boulevard, this boutique-style restaurant serves up authentic Thai cuisine in a modern dining area with traditional Thai art, such as woven tapestries, paintings, and leaf-shaped dishes.
Don’t Miss: To start, try the fried satay tofu served with a ground peanut and plum sauce ($4), or the Moo Ping, which is sliced pork tenderloin marinated in Thai spices, grilled, and served with a chili and lime dipping sauce ($6). Also for starters, order one of the salads, such as the Som Tum Talay, a mix of fresh papaya, green beans, cherry tomatoes, crab, and fresh-squeezed lime juice ($7). For dinner, Siam Spice serves typical Thai entrées such as Pad Thai ($10) and curry dishes ($12). For those seeking new flavors, the Sarah soft shell crab is battered and fried with homemade spices ($16), and the crispy Siam Spice-roasted duck is served with a delicate honey glaze, as well as diced pineapple, cherry tomatoes, green bell pepper, basil, and kaffir lime leaves. Siam Spice’s noodle dishes allow you to choose from beef, chicken, pork, or tofu. Tum Yum noodle is presented almost as a soup, its rice noodles marinating in a spicy lime and crushed peanut broth, garnished with cilantro and bean sprouts ($10). Save room for dessert such as the baked Thai custard resting in a hollowed squash, or the sweet sticky rice topped with mangoes and sesame seeds (both $6).
Heads Up: Bring your own wine or beer. Siam Spice is a take-out hot-spot, so if the restaurant is too crowded enjoy your food in the comfort of your own home.
The Scoop: Siam Spice opened in late May, replacing another Thai restaurant. It quickly attracted a host of regulars.
What's a Quick Bite? Short takes on casual, affordable dining.