@Siam Modern Thai Restaurant
This is my second visit to @Siam in Soho and I’m happy to say was a much better experience than the first. This time, I took a friend who was brought up in Thailand, really so that I could get a better grasp of the food. My personal experience of Thai food is limited to what I see as pub Thai food (green curry, red curry etc.) and a small Thai café opposite West Kensington tube station where the owner has explained to me that she cooks as if she is at home, with some adaptation for the taste of her English customers. So to do justice to a restaurant that is aiming to serve ‘Modern Thai’ cuisine, I thought I needed some help!
My companion’s first foray into the ‘taste of Thailand’ was Thai iced tea. She said it was something that she drank as a child…a strong tea, laced with sweetened milk. I did taste it, and I can see how it would work in a hot country, though it was too sweet for my personal taste.
We decided to start with some crackers and a Todd Man Pra to share between us. The crackers arrived in a large basket and the Todd Man Pra followed on shortly after.
As you can see, the fishcakes were beautifully cooked, moist inside and served with a really fresh and pleasant dipping sauce.
We’d both yearned for soup…it was one of those rather chilly autumnal days when you want something warm and soothing, so we ordered two bowls of Tom Kha Goong, Thai coconut soup with prawns, which fitted the bill exactly. I guess if I have any criticism, it’s that the soup was just a little sweet for my taste, but since it depends on coconut milk and ginger that’s perhaps not surprising! I also managed to mistake the end of a red chilli for a bit of prawn!
Our main dishes were a Sea Bass curry for my friend, Gan Keaw Wan Pla Kra Pong and Weeping Tiger for me, a marinated fillet steak with a hot dipping sauce.
My Weeping Tiger was fabulously tender and the dipping sauce complimented the meat perfectly. My friend’s Sea bass curry was a pretty bowl of fish and a mixture of vegetables. Both well cooked and beautifully presented. The rather lovely pottery that the restaurant uses is made for them in Thailand and branded with their name!
@siam is a small but elegant restaurant almost next door to Ronnie Scotts. The address has been a Thai restaurant for many, many years, but @siam aim to offer a slightly more modern menu than their predecessor. The bill cane to just under £70 for the two of us, including a glass of wine for me, large quantities of jasmine tea and an inclusive service charge. There are also a range of quick and well priced lunch options.
We ate at @siam as guests of the restaurant
48 Frith Street
(020) 7494 4511