Siam Restaurant and bar opened its doors in Howe Street Edinburgh back in August this year. The aim of Siam is to provide authentic Thai cuisine in a tranquil setting. It is a family run restaurant and uses local fresh ingredients with imported Thai spices and herbs.
As we entered the restaurant we were immediately welcomed and taken to our table. The dining area is intimate; however despite being a Saturday night, it was very quiet which dampened the atmosphere slightly. The owner, who served us, was very enthusiastic about the menu and produce, explaining that the fish was fresh from Leith and guided us on what he would recommend. We were given Prawn crackers with a side of sweet chili sauce to tuck into whilst looking at the menu.
I was intrigued by my starter choice of Thai Calamari. I had never had Calamari in a Thai restaurant and wasn’t sure how the sauce of ginger and peppercorn would work with the delicate squid. The deep fried squid came in a light crispy batter. It was very tender and not chewy in the slightest which is often a problem with calamari. The sauce was light, tasty and did not take anything away from the squid.
Despite my starter being really tasty I swapped half way through as the other starter of Scallops were slightly too sweet for my dining partner. The seared scallops themselves were plump and juicy. These were topped with tamarind sauce and crispy onions. I enjoyed the tamarind sauce but I do have a sweet tooth! The crispy onions were a nice accompaniment as it gave the dish texture.
Scallops with Tamarind
We also shared main courses of ‘Triple Flavoured Fish’ and ‘Pork Red Curry’. The whole sea bass was cooked in a spicy sweet and sour sauce. The fish flaked as you cut into it and had a crispy skin. The sauce was more sweet than spicy or sour but still enjoyable.
Triple Flavored Fish
The Red pork curry was also tasty but there was not enough pork or vegetables in this. The pork itself was tender. The sauce was balanced with warmth from the spices and creaminess from the coconut milk. On the side we had ‘Sticky Rice’. This was topped with crispy onions which were a nice addition.
Pork Red Curry
Despite being opened since August Siam did not have their dessert menu up in running yet. We were asked if we would like a complimentary desert that the chef had made that morning. To our surprise this was Sticky Toffee Pudding. As this is my favorite I was not going to say no but I did find it strange that it was being served in a Thai restaurant. When we questioned this it was explained that it was made with Thai flour. It was a soft sponge and the sauce was rich and heavenly, however I did feel that it didn’t quite fit with the Thai theme and the fact no dessert menu was available was a little disappointing.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Throughout our meal the owner was very attentive and you could see how passionate he was. The food was of a good standard and the ingredients local but with so many other Thai restaurants in Edinburgh, Siam is on the pricey side. With this in mind I am not sure I will be rushing back.
Siam Restaurant and Bar
- Atmosphere - 6/106/10
- Food - 6/106/10
- Service - 6.5/106.5/10
- Value for Money - 5.5/105.5/10