Siam Restaurant and Bar

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WHERE: Siam Restaurant & Bar, 48 Howe Street, Edinburgh

PRICE RANGE: around £40 for dinner for two, with a glass of house wine

Director Chris Rees receives us as we descend to the recently relaunched Siam Restaurant and Bar at the bottom of Howe Street. The cosy spot is warm and welcoming, ideal for an intimate dinner or a catch up with friends. Chris is the perfect host; he leads us to our table and recommends the squid and the scallops, freshly caught and brought in from the shore that morning. Thai crackers with a delicious chilli sauce are brought out almost instantly and are gone just as quick –they are highly addictive!

After a quick look at the menu, we decide to take his advice, and are not disappointed; the Thai calamari is a crispy fried treat delicately coated in a sweet ginger and peppercorn sauce, and the seared scallops are perfectly tender and bursting with flavor.

With the starters being such a delicious hit, it’s hard to imagine the mains can raise the bar any higher. However, when the beautifully plated salmon and the aromatic duck arrive, we are proven wrong. The salmon is fresh and rich, but it’s the red duck curry what steals the show. Sweet slices of pineapple and grape add a boost of flavour to an already flawless dish. Served with sticky coconut rice, it is, without a doubt the highlight of the night.

The house wine, a crisp Pato Torrente Sauvignon, is the perfect accompaniment to our meal, which ends with the dessert of the day, a moreish fudge chocolate cake made with Thai flour.

If you’re looking for somewhere a little of the beaten track, delicious food and outstanding service, Siam is just the place.

By Lidia Molina Whyte

www.siamedinburgh.com

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