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Thai-Restaurant Sida, Berlin Steglitz (Germany)

Pretty walls, decent food

There were only a handful of Chinese restaurants (that I saw anyway) about 5 years ago, which was the last time I was in Berlin. Now it would seem that Asian restaurants have become more prominent – and not just Chinese or Vietnamese restaurants, there’s also Korean, Japanese, and Thai.

Sida’s restaurant front looked more like a store than a restaurant (and perhaps previously it was one) with its display windows filled with authentic looking Thai dolls and decorations. To be honest, I thought it was one of those specialised country travel agencies.

Walking into the restaurant, I found myself a bit googly-eyed at the decorations – there were quite a bit – and right at the back of the restaurant was a mini pagoda?! That definitely made me dumbstruck for a few moments, especially when I noticed little statues in various Thai dance poses. I found myself rather fancying the murals though – not one wall was the same.

It took us a while to order as I was still rather dazed at the decor – wondering how best to capture it on the camera (and failing judging from the lack of decor photos) – and my brother never had Thai before, which I found it rather difficult to believe (but he’s mainly at home in front of the computer, so I guess I shouldn’t have been too shocked). A few minutes after ordering, the waitress placed a strange object on the table.

The said strange object

I realised that it was a heating tray to keep food warm (let me know if I’m wrong). Interesting! I didn’t think the restaurant room temperature was that cold to warrant one, but I thought it was rather neat and stared at the flickering tea candles inside (why are they always so strangely compelling to stare at?).

Asia Cocktail - Green tea with lychee and mango (2,15€ per pot)

No long after, our beverages arrived, with it my “Asia Cocktail” tea. The lychee was very faint, but the mango flavour did linger on the tongue. Overall, it was a bit sweet though it wasn’t too cloying to make me feel sugared-out by the end.

Large Prawns in Wonton Skin with Spicy Sauce (5,90 €)

I very nicely asked my brother for a piece – purely for EST review purpose of course – but he wouldn’t let me have any and I watched the prawns disappear though the vegetables were left untouched. He gave the dish a 4 out of 5 stars, citing that the spicy sauce wasn’t spicy at all.

Pad Sieu - Chicken (8,45 €)

There’s something about Pad Sieu (besides its numerous variations of spelling) that I can’t help but be obsessed about; it is only with great effort (i.e. being bullied by the company I have at dinner/lunch) that I would choose something else. This time I felt fairly justified in choosing this dish, as I wanted to know how the Germans stacked up against my favourite (but dirty) Thai place in Glebe.

It was pretty decent actually – I’ve had worse from some Sydney places. There wasn’t too much sauce or egg and there was a good amount of vegetables (some places I know would overload it with vegetables and then throw in cabbage for some bizarre reason, making it taste a bit funny – but I digress).

Pad Thai - Chicken (8,45 €)

I chose this dish for my never-had-Thai-before-honest brother, as I thought it would be a good introduction to Thai food: it’s similar to some Vietnamese dishes, so it wouldn’t be too strange or out there for him to eat. I personally don’t know what the fuss is about Pad Thai, I find most places make them too sweet to my liking, but anywho my brother said it was “okay”, though he did give out another 4 out of 5 stars.

I am beginning to wonder what his scale is based on.

Laab - Salad with minced duck (12,50 €)

My cousin and his friend ordered this dish and the menu states that it’s a North Thailand dish. Never having seen it before, let alone taste it, I was given a spoonful to try. Oh my goodness, it burnt my taste buds off – it was that hot. Sadly, because it was so hot, I didn’t know what it tasted like.

Yen Ta Foo - Rice noodles with fried Wontons, baked large prawns, fish balls, squid, Thai water spinach (12,00 €)

My cousin’s friend had this dish and she added garlic chilli oil, chilli flakes, and chilli sauce right after I finished taking the photo. She didn’t like the fried tofu and thought the dish was so-so (though I don’t know what she could have tasted under all that chilli stuff on top of being sick).

Gaeng Pet - Red Curry with crispy duck, pineapple, lychee, and battered basil (11,20 €)

The duck was wonderfully crispy with a perfect layer of fat; it was also kind of spicy so I could only manage one piece of it (I know, I’m pretty chilli retarded… I’m sorry). I did try the sauce: pushing past the burn factor, the curry was quite sweet (which I attributed to the lychee and pineapple) and light – quite yum actually.

Gaeng Pet - Red Curry with Tofu, vegetables, and coconut milk (8,65 €)

My cousin’s other friend (who wasn’t sick) had this dish and she reported that it was okay – the coconut milk, which she isn’t too fond of usually, got a bit much near the end though and so she couldn’t really finish as much as she wanted.

Complimentary Non-Alcoholic Pina Colada Cocktail

We asked for the bill and we got this non-alcoholic Pina Colada instead… and then the bill a couple of moments later. Although I wonder why they would give complimentary drinks afterwards, I downed it anyway without a question; lip-smackingly tasty.

Thai-Restaurant Sida had excellent service and the price was pretty decent for the location. Don’t forget to grab a (free) cherry lollipop in a massive fish bowl on the way out!

Thai-Restaurant Sida
Ahornstr. 32,
Berlin Steglitz,
Berlin, 12163
Germany
Ph: (030) 7923670

10 Comments

  1. Does your brother live in Sydney? If so, I find that exceedingly hard to believe. When I was driving around the Hunter Valley, there wasn’t a single town I went through without a Thai restaurant. Chinese? Every now and then. Thai? Everywhere! So with the numbers we have in Sydney… I’m not saying he’s lying. Just find it unbelievable!

    Thai rambling aside, the food look real good. Like the carrot garnish as well. Did the staff speak German, or English with a German accent? Did you find either unusual?

  2. abercrombie says

    being a recently converted tea lover that tea sounds delish.. a fusion of my 3 favourite things is bound to be a winner no? green tea, mango, lychee

    I think Pad Thai to me is like you are with Pad Sieu – I always have to try it.. always! That looks pretty decent.. not to saucy, not to dry *licks lips*

    Spicy minced duck dish after your blog makes me want to try it even more!

    Yummy pics and fun blog hehe…

    If ever I go I shall remember to bring the hip flask to add a little something to the pina colada ;)

  3. They all look delicious!

    That heating tray is really interesting… I’m assuming you put the bowl/plate on the tray? Or else you’d have candles you’d want to just eat/lick clean. Did the heat transfer well?

    That laab looks like something my mum makes – but using chicken instead of duck! She doesn’t make it hot though…. Hrmmm So maybe it isn’t anything like my mum makes haha

  4. The decor is strange, isn’t it. I think pot warmers are a big thing in Germany. My German friend has been hunting for a candle powered teapot warmer in Sydney.

    It’s cool that you got a free drink!

    Arwen from Hoglet K’s last blog post..Yak and Yeti

  5. OOhh the food looks very good and I love their bowls and decor from what I can see hee hee. The heating panel is a very good idea, especially for the curries! Hee hee yeah flames are so mesmerizing… along with rivers & waterfalls, spirals and TV :P

    But one question… why are you eating Thai in Germany? Should be feasting on whole pigs hee hee :P

    FFichiban’s last blog post..Bentley Restaurant & Bar – Surry Hills, Sydney

  6. Simon: YES! He does live in Sydney, that’s why I was like… what are you on? How is it possible that you have not had Thai before? He just shrugged and said that he and his friends never went out to eat Thai. Then I thought about all those Thai food outlets in shopping centre food courts and was (am) still puzzled. At least he’s tried it now, I suppose. But yeah, I also find it terribly unbelievable.

    The staff, well definitely our waitress, spoke proficient German and English. Hehe she did have a slight German accent when speaking English. I was a bit surprised about the English bit, as the menu was in German with no English subtitles, but in a way, I shouldn’t have been because the German education system strong believes in educating the kids to be multi-lingual (whether or not they’re proficient is up to the kid, I suppose) – so they’re taught English, French, and Italian.

    abercrombie: The tea was rather nice… I should have asked who their supplier was lol.

    Hahah, hip flask! Terrible…

    goofus: Yup, you put the plate/bowl on the tray and it’s actually quite effective! Those tea candles really does give out some heat! =D

    Arwen from Hoglet K: Hehe tell me about it, I wish I managed to get a photo of the little pagoda thing we were sitting in!

    Omg, they are! I was heaps surprised how many varieties are out there. Hehe, I suppose he hasn’t been able to find one? Don’t think there’s a market for them here. No tea cosy for him? ;)

    Haha tell me about it. If I remember correctly, my cousin said they do this with every customer.

    Reemski: Lol, yeah sorry, I meant to get one up when I was over in Europe (Fu Manchu), but somehow that never happened.

    I can’t believe how hot laab is!!! Some people’s mouths and stomachs are like iron I think =P

    BELLE: Yeah, there are some pretty atrocious Chinese restaurants in Europe and it’s amazing how they get away with charging so much as well (then again, I’m always thinking about the prices in AUD… $15 for a Big Mac Value Meal!!! What the!!!). I’m not Thai, so I wouldn’t know how authentic they are either… unfortunately…

    FFichiban: LOL, totally agree with you on all those mesmerising things you’ve mentioned – even when there’s nothing good on TV, somehow I just manage to sit there and watch crap when I could be doing something better… like post some more on EST ;) hahahah

    Yeeeeaaah, I know >_> strange huh? But I just went where my cousin took me and he felt like Thai. So sadly, no typical German fare posts coming up =(( But.. I’ve got a sushi post coming up! (He had the biggest craving for sushi and so hustled me in to one) lol I sense a “German food fail”

    Anita: Yeah, he’s an odd one… or maybe it’s just that difficult teenage age haha.

  7. Actually, the heated trays are quite common in Chinese restaurants in Germany as well. They keep the serving plates warm while you eat. I thought they were pretty ingenious. As for the complementary drink at the end, I have been to Chinese restaurants in Germany that serve complementary plum wine, so it must be a German thing too. Glad you enjoyed your stay in Berlin. I discovered your blog searching for White Trash Fast Food.

    bonnjill’s last blog post..TGIF: Bad translations

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