I’ve had some pretty great blind dates and some pretty meh blinds dates in my time, with the last one being in a cosy corner of London where I simply left after the first round of drinks because sometimes you’ve just gotta go. We’ve all done it.
I thought I’d left my blind date days well and truly behind me until I was invited to a bloggers date with a fellow foodie at Siamais. My date? Alev @ Bella and Robot who just so happens to be ridiculously similar to me in that we both turned up more than half an hour late and had the audacity to paint our nails on arrival because we clearly cannot manage our time properly. I mean, we were always going to get on.
Based on the corner of Oozells Square in Brindley Place, Siamais is a relatively new Thai bar and restaurant but you’d be mistaken for thinking it had been around for a while, given the busy and buzzy atmosphere. It’s split into two- a well stocked bar takes centre stage as you walk in and a lovely restaurant takes up the space at the back. The interior is plush, polished, yet colourful and quirky with lots of cool lighting and features throughout.
The food menu showcases Southeast Asian food at its best with lots of choice to suit most tastes. It’s probably one of the most tempting menus I’ve read in a while and it took some time to decide what to order. The choice extends into the cocktail menu which is vast and includes classic cocktails you’d be familiar with and crazy creations you’re probably only going to be able to sample in Siamais.
I start with a Porn Star Martini because I’m basic like that but basic this is not, strong, sharp and gone too quickly, I quickly order another. Alev orders the Oriental Orchid- peach and vodka served in a smoking flask. It looks the part.
For starters, we order Weeping Tiger Sizzling Steak (£12) and Crispy Duck Salad (£12) to share. Strips of steak are seasoned with herbs and pepper and a spicy chilli sauce which is delicious. However, the steak is not as juicy as I would like and is a little overdone and chewy in places which is a shame.
The salad is lovely and fresh, the crispy duck cooked well and complemented by the tangy hoisin sauce on the side.
For mains, I order the Lamb Penang Curry (12.95) cooked relatively dry in a red penang curry paste with coconut cream. The lime and chilli comes though nicely but not as much as I’d like and a generous portion of Jasmine rice is served equal to the curry. Great value for the price. Alev orders the gluten free, Chicken Green Curry with Jasmine rice (£14.95) which looks very tasty.
We casually share a potent Bang Pai Falls Cocktail (£18.50) which includes overproof rum with cherry and vanilla notes, cranberry juice and all the drama served up in a skulls head with a side of steam, if you were wondering.
We opt out of dessert but I do finish the meal with a lovely glass of dessert wine (£3.95) which is zesty and a perfect end to the meal.
I really enjoyed the food and cocktails at Siamais and it was a fun and vibrant atmosphere to kick start the weekend. The service was friendly and attentive, massive shoutout to Aaron who looked after us all night and made us feel right at home. I’ve already been for drinks and a bite to eat since and with cocktails at 2 for 1 after work until 7pm, I’ll be going on the regular.
Wishing this place lots of success, although I have a feeling it won’t need it.
*Thanks to Siamais I was invited to try the food and drinks but as always my opinions are my own*