Sarcasm: I love it when rain reserves itself for the weekend. It started to drizzle on Friday and by Sunday afternoon, the sun was out again. How timely. Marc and I were ducking around through the streets of West End trying to find a dinner spot last Friday night. The place we'd made a booking at was somehow taken up by a private function so that obviously didn't pan out. Bottle of wine in hand, we had the task of finding a BYO venue.
Siam Samrarn is located in the Coles complex near Three Monkeys. It's licensed but you can BYO bottled wine. Perfect! We were last minute walk-ins but they were happy to accomodate. It was about 8:30pm and the place was busy without being packed. We sat inside but I noticed a large enclosed outdoor dining area too.
The menu is very typically Australian Thai with a list of curries and stir fries, salads, soups and entrees. Marc and I went for some money bag entrees, a chicken curry and beef stir fry with rice.
Money bags - pastry parcel filled with prawn and vegetables
The money bags were brought out first. They had a crispy, thin, deep-fried won ton skin with a prawn filling. I noticed vegetables mentioned on the menu but I couldn't detect any.
Bite shot of money bag
The filling wasn't bad but I would have preferred more texture. The worst part however, was the fact that the centre of mine was still icy cold.
Gang dang with chicken - chicken Thai red curry with coconut milk, green beans and bamboo shoots
After a while, our mains arrived. We were happy to see that they were decent serving sizes. The red curry chicken was creamy with a mild coconut flavor and slight chili kick. The sauce wasn't thick, which I find more authentic. The chicken was nice and tender too.
Pad bai krapow with beef - beef stir-fried with basil leaves, mushrooms, onions, capsicum, garlic, fresh chili and bamboo
The basil beef stir-fry was a bit of a let down. It had good flavor but the beef was quite tough. Luckily, there was an abundance of vegetables so there was still plenty to pick at but it was a shame about the beef.
I had heard good things about Siam Samrarn so I found it rather disappointing. Uncooked entrees and tough meat are rooky mistakes and whilst the curry was good, it wasn't a huge standout. I found our waitresses to be slightly cold too. I've definitely had better Thai food in Australia.