Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Star of Siam

Location: 11 E Illinois
Cost: About $12 per person

I don't know how many of you are familiar with Seamless, but in case you've missed their huge advertising campaign, they're a food delivery website of sorts. They had this launch party the other week for their Chicago branch and new app. Instead of bringing in food, they let everyone play around with the app and order dinner. The prospect of ordering in dinner from practically anywhere was a bit overwhelming. Luckily, I ran into my buddy Jeff Rapp at the event who suggested I order from Star of Siam for some solid Thai delivery.

Logistics
Like my other delivery posts, it's a bit difficult to do the standard logistics section. I can say that the app I used to order was pretty simple and convenient. The delivery guy was exactly on time. The Styrofoam dishes were a bit "leaky," but they were nicely bagged up to keep from making a mess. There was a $2.50 delivery fee. As far as the restaurant itself goes, I've heard it's got a pretty nice decor and doesn't give off the vibe of  typical Thai delivery spot. The wait is never more than reasonable from my friends' past experiences as well.

The Food
I stuck to my guns with this order by getting some Crab Rangoon, Chicken Pad Thai, and Beef Pad See Eiw (why does every place spell this dish differently?). Crab rangoon can play a tricky game of being too sweet or too savory with the wonton being a whole other ordeal. These were more on the savory side, and the wrapping was a bit chewy. The pad thai was a bit heavy on the sauce, but the chicken was cooked properly. They had large chunks of peanuts and a bit of lemon zest to add some interesting notes. The beef in the pad see eiw was a little overcooked, but the rest of the dish was superb. The large, fried, egg noodles soaked up the brown sauce very nicely.

The Crab Rangoon

The Chicken Pad Thai

 The Beef Pad See Eiw

Overall
I was really hoping that this would become my go to Thai delivery spot, but it seems I've got a little more searching to do. The delivery was spot on, and for the most part, so was the food. The point though is that there are so many Thai places in this city that I'm unwilling to settle for imperfections. I'm giving them 3.5 out of 5 Pearls.


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