Walk into the vestibule of Siam Off the Square Thai Restaurant, and you’ll be greeted by Monique the mannequin, who on any given day may sport a traditional Thai dress, football jersey or cowboy hat.
For the DRC/Scott Sackett
Vivid purple, lime green and orange are the predominating colors at Siam Off the Square Thai Restaurant. The food’s colorful, too.
“She’s even worn lingerie,” says Russel Mills, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Noon, the restaurant’s chef. Without cracking a smile, he adds, “It’s too cold for that this time of year.”
Noon Mills laughs. Today Monique has on Mardi Gras beads, “for the Saints,” Noon Mills explains, referring to New Orleans’ recent Super Bowl win.
Next to Monique is a ceramic lime-green Buddha with a grin as wide as Noon’s. He matches the color of the top half of the restaurant’s walls perfectly, in contrast to the orange below and the purple tablecloths.
His presence foreshadows what customers can expect to find at Siam Off the Square — it’s “full of happy energy,” Noon Mills said.
Finding the restaurant isn’t easy if you don’t know where to look.
Its physical address is Hickory Street, but it’s actually on the corner of Cedar and Walnut streets. The space was once part of Russell’s Department Store and has been home to several restaurants, including the original Hannah’s Off the Square, hence the similar name.
While Hannah’s expanded when it moved to Mulberry Street, Siam Off the Square downsized from its 17-year home in Carriage Square.
“We love our new location,” Noon Mills said. “The Square is a community within a community.”
Russel Mills said businesses on the Square have supported them.
“We brought our clientele with us, which in turn supports other businesses on the Square,” he said.
Customers will find the same quality food at the new location as they did the old. The menu includes a variety of appetizers, curries, stir-fry dishes and pad thai.
Noon Mills’ mother, from Phuket Island in southern Thailand, provides the curry paste. She is an important influence on her daughter’s cooking, as is Noon Mill’s Chinese heritage.
“Not all dishes are spicy,” she said, “but you can expect them to be tasty.”
The menu changes with the seasons. The Millses buy locally and use fresh ingredients as much as possible. Their daily specials feature what is plentiful. They love their restaurant and customers, many of whom have become friends over the years.
“Come out and see us,” said Russel Mills.
His wife added, “We love to make people happy.”
Siam Off the Square Thai Restuarant 209 W. Hickory Street, Suite 104, Denton, TX 940-382-5118 www.siamoffthesquare.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Originally published in Denton Record-Chronicle, DentonTime, February 18, 2010
Hi! C'mon in! Pull up a chair. Welcome to Good Taste Buds, where you're automatically among friends.
Good Taste Buds is all about sharing the good life. We already have something in common--life experience (and good taste, of course!).
Are you looking for a new recipe or a cozy restaurant? All recipes are listed under "GTS Recipes". Reviews can be found by restaurant, type or location. Go to "Search Blog" in the top left-hand corner to type in a key word--say "Texas" or "garlic". Or simply browse through the posts. Try it and see what you find.
Do us a favor, would you? Pass this on to a friend. And before you go, leave a comment--even just to say "hi"--so we know you've dropped by.
Welcome! Glad you're here.
:-) ej ~ your Good Taste Buddy
HOW TO LEAVE A COMMENT
Here's the easiest way to tell GTB what you think: Just click on "Anonymous" and fill out the security word. Leave your name after your comments if you like. That's all there is to it!
If you'd rather, e-mail GTB via this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll post the comment for you.
I'm a staff writer, special contributor and digital producer for the Dallas Morning News and dallasnews.com, and I've written numerous features for the Denton Record-Chronicle. My articles and columns have been published in D Magazine, FD Luxe, Edible DFW, Crave DFW, 360 West, HOME, and other newspapers and in-print and online magazines.
I've written copy, designed promotional materials and have built and administered Facebook pages for a number of businesses and arts and animal nonprofits. Many of my photographs have been published alongside my stories.
Please enjoy some samples of my articles listed below.