Siamais replaces Thai Edge, an stalwart of Brindley that had long outrun itself. What we now have is a sister venue to the Mailbox’s Aluna Bar, serving up a similar menu to the old place, albeit with a glossy interior and fanciful cocktails. The new place looks great, tastefully flashy, with lanterns dangling low and murals of ladies faces. We get sat on a long table lit a stark white which extends up the walls. They are impressive to look at but hardly conducive to food images. Those with epilepsy may want to look away.
We start with a platter that tops out with a lovely chicken satay that really packs a punch. There are crisp spring rolls, delicate prawn rolls, and nuggets of chicken that are fragrant from the pandanus leaves they are wrapped in. Only the fish cakes need work, being a little short on seasoning and flavour.
I take chicken for the main, stir fried in a red chilli paste full of heat. Its the kind of food I enjoy eating – vibrant and full of attitude. If it says chilli on the menu I want heat and here it was plentiful. The veg was crunchy, the chicken moreish. A good wholesome plate of food.
I miss ordering dessert on account of enjoying the company and the cocktails a little too much. Is this the best Thai cooking in Birmingham? Not in my opinion. But the cocktails, that is where this place comes alive. They are surprisingly good, served by a knowledgeable team that know how to blend spirits. For that reason I see this place being a roaring success, a little similar to the original Chaophraya in Liverpool that has made a solid reputation out of cocktails and Thai food in a glamorous setting. The location in Brindley Place is a perfect one, readily set for the more elegant of Broad Street to have a drink and a bite to eat. And the crucial part is that Siamais is significantly better than Thai Edge. Progress is everything.
Thanks to Delicious PR for the launch party invite.