The concept behind Siamais, in Brindley Place Birmingham, is that it’s a place to spend the whole evening. You can start off with a few cocktails, eat Thai cuisine and then return to the cocktails. We started with the cocktails, it would have been rude not to, and they were quite spectacular. There was smoke and drama, ooohs and aaahs a plenty. They slipped down very nicely too.
I started with Tempura Prawns. I think a dish like this is a good test of a restaurant because it is all about the quality of the ingredients and letting that quality shine through without hindering it. The prawns were lightly battered, so the batter didn’t overwhelm them. They were seasoned with salt and chilli. This worked well, but I could have liked to see the chilli chopped smaller as it did have a tendency to over power.
Having had prawns as a starter, I decided to try a meat main course. Stir Fried Beef in Oyster Sauce served with Jasmine Rice was my pick and it proved very tasty. There was a freshness and a lightness about the dish that you don’t always get. The stir fried beef was served with mushrooms, red and green peppers, ginger and spring onions.
For dessert I still felt I had room for a reasonably substantial dessert, so I picked out the Mango and Passionfruit Cheesecake. I loved the sound of this as it is a fusion of cheesecake and ice cream: two of my favourite things. It’s topped with pieces of mango and there’s a mango and passionfruit sauce. The sweetness of the mango and the passionfruit went well with the richness of the cheesecake.
I really enjoyed my visit to Siamais and would happily visit again in the future. I was joined for this review meal by the lovely Candace Mantle of Buckets of Tea.