As you may know, I co-run a blogger group called Birmingham Bloggers UK (or Brum Bloggers for short) with Laura from Full to the Brum. We arrange events, meet ups and offer PR opportunities through that group and we are always looking for fun things that we can do together. During July I have been pairing people up for a dinner date at Siamais either with a blogger that they have not seen for a while or on a blind date with another blogger. It’s been great fun to read about the dates and what people made of this Thai restaurant in Oozells Square.
My dinner date was with Laura naturally. We meet up as often as we can so I thought that it would be nice to have a catch up over dinner for a change.
As I am not drinking at the moment, I was keen to explore the mocktail menu to see what their offering is. I started with the Superfood Smoothie (£5.50), which was green, refreshing and surprisingly sweet. The Superfood Smoothie contains fresh pineaple, coconut cream and mint. Although it looked like a healthy choice I think it was a little heavy on the glucose, to be honest. But it was tasty and I think that it would work really well with spicier dishes to balance the sweetness.
My starter was the salt and chilli pepper soft shell crab (£10). I wasn’t sure if this was going to be a good choice for a starter as sometimes soft shell crab can be really rich. However, I found that it was lovely to taste distinctive flavours from the different parts of the soft shell crab in this dish. This wasn’t too spicy but with the addition of the fresh chilli, there was a lovely hit of heat every now and again.
For my main, I was unsure of whether to order a curry or to try something new. I decided to go for the stir fried prawns with garlic (£11.95) as it was a dish that I hadn’t tried before and I had a hankering for some more seafood. The tiger prawns were large, succulent and cooked perfectly. I did wish that there had been some vegetables but I suppose that didn’t matter too much. This dish was packed with garlic and had plenty of sweetness in the sauce.
This dish usually comes with steamed rice but I asked for it to be switched out for coconut rice. The coconut rice was delicious, with not too much stickiness. Definitely worth swapping the steamed rice for.
For dessert, I was left with one option, which was the green apple sorbet (£5.95). This wasn’t much of a surprise to me as they buy in their desserts and do not make them. This didn’t have the texture of sorbet and oddly seemed to be creamy like ice cream. I was assured that this was dairy-free though so I did give it a try. I wasn’t keen on the flavour of this as it tasted like a very artificial green apple, so I ended up leaving most of this sadly.
The restaurant had a number of bookings as it was a Friday night, and with the large groups that were dining in, we found it a little noisy. It also meant that service slowed somewhat as the team were kept busy. We had almost finished our meal by the time our second drinks arrived. I had another mocktail, the Marooned (£5.50) containing guava and apple juice served over crushed ice. This was also very sweet so perhaps I didn’t need that dessert anyway.
I liked the food menu and there are many dishes that I want to return to Siamais to try. I won’t be having their mocktails though as there are too many sweet options and with my fruit allergies, I struggled with options from the mocktail menu. Perhaps when I return, I might be able to drink again and could try something from their extensive cocktail offering.
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