Wednesday, 14 November 2012

All Siam, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield

All Siam is one of the more upmarket breed of Thai restaurants, the kind with expensive looking decor and good service. There are orchids and statues of buddha, the menu is solid and cloth-bound and the waitresses are beautifully dressed and attentive.

In keeping with the surrounds the food is good but errs on the side of caution. A couple of freebie appetisers were a nice touch, little sweet potato stuffed samosa-like things with sweet chilli sauce.

There wasn't really much point to our starter, crispy baskets holding a mix of chicken and vegetables with no evidence of spicing or herbs, and no accompanying sauce. The salads and soups are probably far more interesting, but a tricky option when there's a seafood allergy to worry about and you're trying to stick to a budget.

Mains were much better, a lamb massaman curry brought generous quantities of beautifully cooked, tender meat and a penang chicken curry was fragrant with good depth of flavour. I enjoyed them both but the spicing was a bit off-kilter, overly sweet at the expense of the more assertive Thai tastes.

Service was lovely as expected, and tap water was readily topped up throughout. Our bill came to just short of £38 for one starter, two mains and rice, and an alcoholic drink apiece. Not cheap but a good option for a date or special occasion. Go elsewhere for Thai face-sweats.


639 Ecclesall Road
S11 8PT

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