Packing in the flavor

Posted on Jul 29, 2020 :: Power Lunch
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

When Nikki Hessel became the executive director of Future Neenah two years ago, one thing she missed about working in downtown Appleton was eating lunch at Bowl 91. But just a few months ago, Thong and Yee Lee Vue, the owners of Bowl 91, opened Little Siam at 208 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Neenah.

“You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu,” she says. “There’s things I love from Bowl 91, but different items as well.”

As more employers move to downtown Neenah — ThedaCare moved about 300 workers there earlier this year, adding to the hundreds employed at Plexus Corp. and Alta Resources — Hessel says it’s important to have a variety of dining options available. Little Siam took the space previously occupied by Sabino’s Latin & Asian Bistro.

Little Siam opened during Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order and began offering takeout and delivery. In early July, the dining room opened. Like other restaurants, Little Siam has adjusted to operating under COVID-19 with servers wearing masks and fewer tables in use to ensure safe distancing. The restaurant’s delivery and carry-out services continue.

Little Siam’s Thai-infused menu features multiple types of curry, specialty noodle dishes such as Pad Thai, Lad Na and Paw See Eu, and many stir fry dishes including Duck with Sweet Basil and Pad Ka Pao.

During the visit, we were fortunate enough to try a sample of the restaurant’s Golden Ice Cream, which features coconut ice cream, fried banana roll, chocolate and powdered sugar — a sweet way to end a delicious lunch packed with flavor.

— MaryBeth Matzek