Located in a strip mall along Princess Street well away from the Downtown core, this non-descript little restaurant does not stand out. If not recommended by our host at the Green Acres Inn (a short drive to the east), where we were staying while visiting Kingston in late October, my wife and I would not have decided to try it out for dinner.
Once inside, we started to wonder because the décor was extremely minimalist, the half a dozen tables and chairs plain, and there was only one other couple in the place. It was late in the evening, we'd had a long drive from Stowe, Vermont, so we decided to stay. The hostess approached cheerfully with menus, cutlery and two glasses of water. After a cursory greeting she left to answer the shrill ringing of the phone by the cash register. While we checked out the menu, she answered the phone several times, wrote down take-out orders, then walked them into the out-of-view kitchen.
Both of us settled on exotic chicken dishes. My wife chose a spicy Cambodian curried dish, while I picked a less spicy dish, the Thai Ginger chicken. Both were reasonably priced at just over $10 each. While we waited, a steady stream of walk-in customers came to pick up their take-outs. This was to us a sure sign that the food here was delicious.
In about 10 minutes our own meals were brought to the table. Both featured a heaping amount of rice and a very generous serving of chicken with green and red pepper strips. One bite confirmed our hotel hostesses' recommendation. The dishes tasted amazingly good. We dug in with gusto and quickly finished everything on our plates. Very satisfied, we paid our meager bill at the cash register. Out of curiosity, I asked about the name of the restaurant. The hostess smiled and told us that "Siem" was a Thai word she'd picked because her mother is from Thailand while "Riep" was Cambodian because that's where her dad's from. Cute.
So, if you ever find yourself in Kingston and want a restaurant that serves really tasty food, we heartily recommend this place.
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