Last week I was invited down to Siamais in Birmingham for a date night with a twist. The wonderful Ting at Brum Bloggers had organised for a group of bloggers in Birmingham to go on blind dates with each other.
I was paired up with the wonderful Emma for my blind date. We headed to Siamais for a night to get to know each other but also to try out food from the very extensive menu! I love Thai food so I was excited for this, and after a long week at work it was just what I needed. I was also excited to meet someone new, I’m still getting used to Birmingham life and have only recently started hanging around with other bloggers. All in all very positive.
To get our night started we ordered a round of drinks, both sharing a love of gin you can imagine where we started… As a gin fan I was excited to see a dedicated gin list as well as proper serves for gins at Siamais. I went with a London dry called Bobby’s Gin, this was served with lemongrass and black pepper. A really refreshing drink with a great kick from the pepper. Emma went with a cocktail called The Porthole. A twist on a mojito with thai basil and lemongrass. There were no complaints from her about this.
To start I opted for the Thai Crab Cakes, these were meaty, well cooked and the plum sauce went perfectly with them. A lovely sweet and savoury hit. Emma picked the Soft Shell Crab. I have to admit I was quite jealous when this plate was popped in front of her. She said that it was perfectly cooked, with a wonderful spice from the chillies. I think she won first course choice for the wow factor.
Shortly after we finished our starters, our mains were delivered. I had picked the Beef Panang Curry, I am a huge Thai curry fan so it was a must. And I was not wrong with this choice at all. A rich and spicy curry with tender beef and coconut rice. It was so good, if I hadn’t have been in polite company I’d have licked the bowl… Emma opted for the Chargrilled Lamb with steamed rice. There were no complaints, she said the lamb was cooked perfectly and the shredded veg a great accompaniment. I think this was the quietest point of our blind date, up until this point we had been talking non-stop!
Despite two incredibly filling courses so far, we couldn’t really say no to dessert! I’m not the biggest fan of dessert, but I couldn’t resist the Green Apple Sorbet. A refreshing dessert after a spicy curry and it really packed in the apple flavour. I was very happy with my choice. As was Emma with hers, a Mango and Passionfruit Cheesecake. She even let me try some, both agreeing it was like Solero in cheesecake form. It also looked beautiful too!
After Dinner Cocktails
To finish we had a round of after dinner drinks. Being a huge Mezcal and Margarita fan, I could not say no to the Tommy’s Mezgarita. Smokey Mezcal mixed with Cointreau, lemon and lime. I drank this strong cocktail maybe a little too quickly! Emma went with more of a sipping cocktail, the Thai Fashioned. A twist on an Old Fashioned, with Thai basil and cinnamon. It was smokey, sweet and she enjoyed it very much. Both perfect aperitifs!
Overall Siamais offered incredible food, at a very high quality, served in the most beautiful way. The service was impeccable and not too intrusive and nothing seemed like too much trouble for our servers. There was time between each course, but not too much and we both really enjoyed it very much. I can’t wait to take Dr W for our very own date night, I think he would love it too.
Have you dined at Siamais before? Would you consider a blind ‘date’ with a potential friend? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. We were guests of Siamais for the evening, thanks to #BrumBloggers. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Siamais is located at 6 Brindley Place, 7 Oozells St, Birmingham B1 2HS. To make a reservation at Siamais, or to check out their menu, please visit their website- Siamais