The Old Siam

Price guide: Mid-range

126 Micklegate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 6JX

Price guide: Mid-range

The Old Siam entrance

By David Cawley, your York expert

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#18 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in York
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.1
4.1
Ambience:
3.8
3.8
Service:
4.8
4.8
Location:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Singles, Nightlife, People watching

Expert review of The Old Siam

A welcome that melts the heart and some terrific food. York’s best Thai restaurant.

The marvellous service here may be genteel and gracious, but there’s nothing serene about some of the wonderfully piquant and flavoursome food served up here.

Food and drink: 

No real journeys into the unknown, the compilation of red, green and yellow curries, along with a selection of stir-fry dishes accompanied by a choice of beef, chicken, duck or seafood forms the basis of the menu. If like me you sometimes can’t be bothered pouring over a menu, a small collection of set two-course banquets is at the rescue to make life that little bit easier.

Recommended dishes: 

I start either with the mixed Old Siam ‘sharing’ platter or opt for the fiery, coconut milk based tom khar soup before usually heading on to a chicken red curry chased down with a bottle or two of Tiger beer.

Ambience: 

An intimate and small bistro setting dressed in red and gold and draped in tapestry’s crowding the walls. Quiet and tranquil during the early evening and weekdays, come the weekends it takes on a more effervescent atmosphere.

Service: 

Dressed in traditional costume and lead by the lovely Tin Tin, the staff here are extraordinarily welcoming, gracious and attentive.

Location: 

Half way up the street of Micklegate some 10 minutes walk from the heart of the city centre.

Price advice: 

 A choice of set banquets start at £18.50 per person with express lunches available from £5.50. Appetisers range between £4.50-£9.50 while a main course can be anywhere between £6.95-£15.00. Expect to pay anything between £2.00 and £8.00 for accompanying rice.

Tables to book: 

Try to secure one of the tables by the window overlooking historic and at weekends, busy and brash Micklegate.

More information on The Old Siam:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Thai
Address:
126 Micklegate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 6JX
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily. Tue-Sat noon-2pm, 6pm-11pm. Sun-Mon 6pm-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Thai, Great Thai food

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