Siam Orchid 

Guapo and I had some time on my birthday before we had to pick up Mini-Guapo from school and he wanted to take me out for lunch. I have a particular fondness for southeast Asian cuisine and immediately seized the opportunity to suggest a Thai restaurant we’d walked past in Williamsburg some months ago. 

Siam Orchid is a teeny weeny hole-in-the-wall restaurant that seats all of a dozen people. This isn’t the place for folks who want exotic ambiance or those who dislike very cramped dining quarters. Frankly, I’m not entirely sure I’d want to eat here at peak meal time; I’d probably want to stab the person next to me for being practically in my back pocket. Luckily, we arrived after prime lunch time and had the place to ourselves. We were also right in time for their lunch special too so you know this tickled my cheap little soul! 

The lunch special includes a choice of either spring rolls or salad. Guess which we chose?

  

Guapo ordered the Thai basil beef fried rice

I was surprised: the food was simple but really good. So tasty, I wanted to tell Guapo, “Honey, look at that!” and steal all his rice while his head was turned. 😀 But I’m a nice wife who never wants her sweet husband to ever go hungry so I left his food in peace. He’ll never know how close he was to losing his entire meal! MWAHAHA! 

It’s not like I didn’t have a great dish myself. One of the reasons I love Penang curry so much is it reminds me very much of my grandmother’s ohno kow soi: Burmese spicy curry made with creamy coconut milk, chicken, lemongrass and other southeast Asian flavors.  

Penang curry with chicken

For under ten bucks per person, Siam Orchid’s lunch specials are terrific value.  I would absolutely go back, but for my fellow diners’ safety and my blood pressure’s sake, probably not during peak dining hours. 

Siam Orchid

378 Metropolitan Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Osaka Japanese Restaurant

The food is tasty, well-made, and fresh. Love! Delivery arrives in a timely fashion. The one time I ate in, the staff were very attentive (but not up my butt) and pleasant. I’ve also ordered food to take out with the same pleasant service. Absolutely no complaints about the food or in-person service.

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Spicy scallop, spicy crunchy shrimp, spicy crab rolls.

So why did I give Osaka three stars? Because their delivery guy is an a$$.

My office is on the fourth floor of the building and unfortunately, there is no public elevator. It sucks, I know, but that’s how my employer rolls. We also have a security guard who mans the entrance to the gated parking lot; access is granted only to those who have the proper hang tags or ID but they usually allow delivery people in without a problem.

The first time the older Osaka delivery guy came to my office, he was apparently denied access to our property. Why, I don’t know since no other delivery person has ever reported an issue with our security people before but maybe there’s a new rule I don’t know about. Anyway, he came up to my office and lectured me about the security guards. Lectured, not informed. Still, I apologized and gave him an extra tip on top of what I’d included in my Seamless order.

I ordered from Osaka tonight and Lecture Guy lectured me AGAIN, this time about the lack of elevator, that I didn’t answer my phone when he called, and complained that his knee hurt from schlepping up four flights of stairs. Then he told me I have to meet him in the lobby from now on. Umm, how about NO? If I wanted to go get my food, I would have gone to the restaurant!

Dude, you don’t get to scold me as if *I* did something wrong, and I’m sure as hell not going to reward your bad attitude with an additional cash tip. Fool me once and all that jazz. I didn’t ask for a side of obnoxious a$$hole and whining to go with my sushi.

I won’t be ordering delivery from here again. Great food but worst delivery ever.

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Osaka
224-23 Union Tpke
Oakland Gardens, NY 11364