London - British-style Thai food at @Siam, Soho
Always been walking past this slick, popular Thai spot along Frith Street, but finally decided to give it a try this evening.
Touting itself as a "Contemporary Thai Restaurant", I'm not sure what to make of its "contemporary" label, though I sure hope it was not referring to it passing off warmed-up Chinese "siu mai" as Thai "khanoom jeeb"! Raised eye-brows all round.
Other dishes we had:
- Som tum: popular green papaya salad with cherry tomatoes, long beans. Liked the textures - crisp - also turned out to be the *only* thing I liked about this evening's meal. The seasoning's been completely toned down to the point of blandness: fish sauce (nam pla) omitted, sugar reduced, lime reduced, chilli reduced.
- Massaman Nuer: Thai-Muslim beef curry - again, the spice content had been toned down to the point of blandness. Beef texture was okay though - it tasted like a Thai take on daube de boeuf.
- Pla Tord Nam Pla: lovely crisp-fried fish, dressing's been toned down predictably.
- Steamed (or rather over-steamed) Jasmine Thai rice.
Very, very localised Thai food. Not authentic. Not coming back.
48 Frith Street
London W1D 4SF
Tel: +44 207 494 4511