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Som Tum
Som Tum
Som Tum
Som Tum
Som Tum
Som Tum
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2008 Mar 31
I cannot get enough of this place. This resto is the perfect example why I will NOT attempt Thai on my own. I could never develop the various tastes and textures and simple YUMMINESS of the cuisine here!

Each time I go (for lunch), I order their special no.2 -- there are always two specials in addition to their regular menu. The special comes with thinly sliced mangos and onions, a mound of rice, noodles with egg and other veggies, a curry coconut shrimp, and a chicken wonton (which I save for the end as my dessert). The combination of flavours and textures is simply out of this world. The quality of their food is quite simply superb!

My last visit was last Friday (March 28) and I was pleasantly surprised to learn they also have an upstairs. The resto is located in this lovely house and the decor is very lovely! The main floor is tastefully decorated (always a bonus to get a good meal in a beautiful eating environment) and the upstairs were also impressive.

The staff are always lovely and the service is friendly, prompt and very efficient.

Thumbs up all around!

2008 Mar 23
I used to eat at the old Green Papaya in this location all the time, which was lovely. I have to say, having tried Som Tum for the first time a couple of weeks ago, that I like it even better than the old Green Papaya! It's cozy, beautifully decorated and offers some delicious Thai food. I went for lunch on a weekday and tried one of their two lunch specials. It came with a spring roll and small portions of curry chicken, a veggie/chicken dish, a veggie stir fry and white rice. It was all flavourful and just-right spicy. The spring rolls here are great! My dining partner had the special with the mango salad and - I have to say - it looked fantastic and I can't wait to try it next time. The service was very speedy and our meals were ready in minutes - a very nice surprise. I am looking forward to going back.

2008 Jan 11
We finally got to try Som Tum on Tuesday night. We ordered take out - which was ready amazingly quickly. We were eating in under 15 minutes!

We order two Poa Pia Kai (#1 - chicken spring rolls), Pad Makua Yao (#21 - chicken and eggplant and chillies), Pad Kai Mow (#46 - spicy chicken with egg, noodles, vegetables and herbs). They were all excellent. The vegetables were fresh, still slightly crunchy and not overcooked. The Pad Kai Mow was spicy! The egg rolls were served with a chili-based sauce, which was a nice change. I was left wishing we'd ordered six instead!

I can't wait to try the restaurant's dine-in menu.

2008 Jan 5
This place is one of the best kept secrets in Ottawa. Thai is one of my favorites flavours of food and this little gem is at the top of the list as far as I'm concerned. Situated at the corner of Kent & Nepean in the former Green Papaya location, Som Tum is in a dead heat with Khao Thai for best Thai in Ottawa.
The interior decor gives is warm and stylish and in nicer weather, the small Nepean patio is an intimate and lovely way to spend dinner.
The fresh rice wrap rolls are delicious and the peanut sauce they come may be the best I've ever had. Sweet, peanutty and a little spicy. So good.

The crispy chicken and mango Salad is amazing. Last time I went it wasn't on the menu. I hope that's a temporary thing.

Also really enjoyed the spicy mixed greens the first time I had them but they were diferent the second time around. Still good but not quite as good as this summer. May be a seasonal thing.

Tried the beef salad which was ok but if you want something incredible good to Coriander Thai. Their signature salad still brings me back after years despite the fact that I'm not a huge fan of the rest of the menu.

All and all, Som Tum Thai makes great food in a city with lots of mediocre Thai.

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