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May 20, 2013 04:10 PM

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.

Address details
@ Siam
48 Frith Street
London W1D 4SF
Tel: +44 207 494 4511

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  1. Have you tried the place in Brixton Village Market Kaosarn?

    I've been meaning to...Limster wrote a pretty favourable review when it opened but am not sure how it's held up.

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    1. re: brokentelephone

      Not yet - I's requested Limster to organize a Chowmeet there this Friday - still up in the air at the moment, but do get in touch if you'd like to join in!