Greeted with a smile by Siam Harbourside’s owners Andrew Leedham and Atima Wintrip, my dining companion and I enjoyed a leisurely Singha beer and some prawn crackers next to the log fire before being led to our table. To start we chose king prawns deep fried in coconut-milk batter, coated with honey and sesame seeds, and crispy fried duck in a slightly spicy honey sesame sauce, served on a bed of fresh watercress. Both were presented with a garnish of carrot delicately carved into the form of birds and petals. For my main course I opted for the grilled marinated chicken breast topped with garlic, black pepper, lemongrass and fresh coriander, accompanied by Thai fried rice in a dainty blue china pot. My companion’s choice arrived sizzling straight from the wok – strips of pork in a light oyster sauce, with rice noodles and fresh vegetables cooked in a tamarind sauce with ground peanuts. Substantial yet light and healthy, like every dish we tried, it tasted unmistakably authentic.
Finishing with pancakes filled with banana and ice cream, we looked out onto Hotwell Road through the lush plants and fairy lights adorning the window. On summer afternoons the French windows to the rear are opened and customers can dine while gazing out over the River Avon, near where the SS Great Britain now rests. If you’d prefer to have a night in, a ten-per-cent discount is given on all takeaways over £20.