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Siam Bistro

Siam Bistro
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1268 Wellington St West, Ottawa, ON

Siam Bistro

The Siam Bistro, at 1268 Wellington Street near Holland Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 613-728-3111, is a very popular restaurant featuring an intimate and relaxed atmosphere (seating a total of 45 people), with meals prepared with fresh ingredients and herbs. Chefs from Thailand present a rich variety of food from an extensive menu. You can choose to savour spicy or mild dishes. Dishes that are marked in the menu with an asterisk (*) are mildly spicy. If requested, we can prepare dishes spicy (**), very spicy (***) or suicide (****).

Among the many Thai favourites prepared are a variety of soups, the tasty Yum Wun Sen noodle salad, and Panang, a curry dish made with chicken pork or beef. Take out service is also offered.

The Siam Bistro is owned and operated by Ms. Montha McGinnis who has also conducted Thai cooking lessons in the Ottawa area for more than ten years. It is open seven days a week for dinner and Monday to Friday for lunch. Reservations are recommended.


Bio – Montha McGinnis

Montha McGinnis, the owner and manager of the Siam Bistro, has been involved in food preparation since her youth in southern Thailand where she prepared food for the workers employed by her father. Shortly after she arrived in Canada, Montha completed a diploma at the Humber College in Nutrition and Consumer studies. She then completed a general arts degree at the University of Guelph.

Once settled in Ottawa with her husband and two children, Montha began teaching Thai cooking classes for the Ottawa Board of Education. Several of the guests at the Siam Bistro are “graduates” of these Saturday morning classes. Fifteen agos, Montha took the next step and decided to purchase the Siam Bistro. Montha showed her determination to continue to build the Siam Bistro by re-designing the restaurant after a devastating fire on September 2, 2005. Her clients are very pleased with the new look of the restaurant and are also reassured that the excellent kitchen and serving staff have all returned. Montha hopes to serve excellent Thai food to appreciative clients for years to come.