My team recently moved offices and the new office dynamic seems to have a diminished passion for food. We went from a morning/afternoon tea or lunch event every week to just about one a month. This is not a bad thing for my waistline, but I have missed the camaraderie of fellow foodies. No wonder I leapt at the chance to catch up with several colleagues for a ‘Girl’s Night’ at the Siam Samrarn Thai Restaurant in West End.
Of course no plan goes exactly to plan. D-Day rolled around and the colleague who first recommended Siam Samrarn Thai Restaurant couldn’t make it, begging that a toothache had put her out of commission.
Oh wait, introductions would be in order, since these characters will probably pop up every now and then (hello, ladies! *waves*). So for the purpose of this post, allow me to introduce you to:
- Mrs Toothache, who first recommended Siam Samrarn Thai Restaurant and is Thai. She loves this restaurant, which is a high enough recommendation for me.
- Mrs P, my immediate team mate loves food as much as I do, except her chilli tolerance is through the roof, because she’s from Hubei
- Ms Kpop, who I enabled with all things Jpop and Kpop – she’s absolutely mad for it.
Alright, so onward with the story…
We hadn’t made a booking (it was a Thursday night), so talked about rescheduling the dinner date – much to the disappointment of Mrs P. She had been looking forward to the dinner and had been studying their Thai menu the past week. I think her obsession has something to do with her being pregnant, but that’s probably another story. After several email exchanges, we went ahead with the originally planned ‘Girl’s Night’ – with Mrs Toothache’s blessing, of course – with one very big deviation, the addition of the SO to our little party. ‘Girl’s Night’ became ‘3 Girls and a Guy Night’.
Now when Mrs P and Mrs Toothache recommended Siam Samrarn Thai Restaurant, it was the food they sang hymns about. What they hadn’t prepared me for was the utter ease it was to get to (we walked across the bridge to West End and it’s right next to the Coles) or how authentic the decor was. There were worn wooden benches with umbrellas in the alfresco area, lending that tropical touch in the summer evening and batik covered tables with gold trimmed cushions inside. It was almost like being at a seaside restaurant back in Asia, minus the flies.
But Mrs P and Mrs Toothache weren’t exaggerating about the food. Given our party of four, we ordered an entrée, 3 mains, a large portion of coconut rice… and cuz Ms Kpop insisted, 2 desserts to share.
While the creamy green curry with chicken went best with the coconut rice, I loved the deep fried whole barramundi with som tum best. Peel back the crispy fish and pick up a bit of the refreshing pawpaw salad with every bite – Heaven!
My only regret was not having each dish a little spicier, but we made the strategic choice of ordering everything in mild to avoid initiating Ms Kpop too quickly into the fiery depths of chilli.