Telluride’s Thai favorite
Siam Telluride has been a favorite of both visitors and locals alike for more than a decade, so people were thrilled when its owner, longtime local Jeff Badger, opened offshoot Siam’s Talay Grille at The Inn at Lost Creek in 2013. The fusion Thai restaurant has since become one of Telluride Mountain Village’s go-to places for drinks and apps, après-ski and fine dining.
The Food and Drinks
Start out with a Sake-tini, a devilishly smooth blend of Absolut Vodka, black and gold sake and fresh ginger, and allow yourself to be transported into a fabulous dining experience at Siam’s Talay Grille punctuated by hand rolls of asparagus, fried tofu and tempura shrimp; steamed buns overflowing with crispy duck, shiitake mushroom and butter-poached Maine lobster; and Bangkok chowder, a Manhattan-style Thai stew, chock-full of bacon lardon, Gulf shrimp, tilapia and Thai basil.
Savory main dishes such as chicken green curry, tofu drunken noodles and kabocha squash ravioli are presented along with more inventive entrées, such as Thai shepherd’s pie — layers of panang-braised short ribs, sweet corn and red curry mashed potatoes — an appropriate choice after a day on the slopes. Indeed, chef Adam Pace knows his way around an Asian kitchen, and he’s adept at everything from striking the right combination of flavors and textures to presenting every course in an artistic manner.
Top your meal off with a tempura banana dressed with chopped peanuts, chocolate sauce and whipped cream, and you’ll be glad you’re in the mountains where outdoor activities reign supreme and you can work off the dessert. Talay’s tea selection, which features Asian brews such as Bombay chai and gunpowder, dazzles as well. (Many of the teas are also for sale here, so tea lovers take notice.)
The Telluride restaurant serves Western breakfasts daily both for guests of The Inn at Lost Creek and local breakfast aficionados.
Wood floors, dimmed lighting and a sophisticated assembly of Buddhas, five-foot-tall Oriental vases and hanging rice lamps create a warm and inviting mood in this Asian-style restaurant. Expansive windows, however, provide the best views in the house: those of the mountains. In winter, the scene is abuzz with snowcats, snowmobiles and often fresh falling snow. During the summer, it’s more quiet, unless you hit it on one of the big concert nights. Year-round, it’s fun to watch the gondola whiz by outside of the glass panes.
The Sunset Concert Series in Telluride Mountain Village showcases some of the best moments of the summer in this beautiful mountain destination, and Siam’s Talay Grille is a great place to take in the music. The bar and decks of the restaurant face the concert stage, providing an animated scene every Wednesday evening throughout most weeks of the summer.
Live music is a regular part of Siam’s Talay Grille winter and summer, both during happy hour and at dinner inside and out, depending on the weather. Thankfully Talay has crafted a terrific cocktail menu that pairs well with the tunes.