Saturday, March 18, 2017
Siam by the Sea, Port Douglas
All right, a few days into Port Douglas, and we had tried, Aussie brekkie’s, Mexican, Irish pubs, modern Australian, Italian. Last night, tired after a day long drive up to Cape Tribulation and further into the dirt track towards Cooktown, we returned in the evening, settled for a few pints at the local Irish Pub, followed by a long discussion and a soul searching journey to think what we wanted to eat tonight. No to a lot of things, and it finally settled down to Thai food. Something flavorsome, spicy, and bold flavors, which would hopefully open the chakras of taste on the tongue on this cool, windy, drizzly evening. The best nights in life are when you have the best company, best weather, a few drinks and an amazing food followed by desserts, a drive of the SUV with the windows open alongside the road lined with palm trees on one end and beach on the other.
Well, the plans were perfect and we head into Siam by the Sea, at approx. 8:30 P.M. and looked like a descent place. Casual, seating outside on the pavement as well in the store. Now, we look at the menu and are quite used to ordering the regular fare of chicken satays and money bag. So we order the seared scallops in tamarind sauce. The other starter we order is the prawns crumbed with coconut and deep fried. For mains, we ordered a stir fry.
When the seared scallops arrived, the presentation was wow. Pretty spectacular and posh. Served in single soup spoons, with a tamarind sauce and seared scallop, it looked pretty amazing. Taste wise, interesting. A bit sweet, but worth the try.
The fried prawns crumbed with coconut is something I have had a number of places and this one here was no different. Basic shredded coconut, fresh prawns but no flavors. Only a simple sweet chilli sauce by the side. The prawn was fresh, but somewhere, the batter had nothing in it. Just too basic and bland.
The next came our main course. We had decided to go for a stir fry and not for curry and had asked even for the recommendation from the person serving us as well. The stir fry with basic veggies and prawns, was the biggest disappointment. There was simply no flavor. Just very basic and no taste. We usually get into Thai joints expecting, strong and bold flavors, but to me this place missed the mark. Be it the scallops, or the crumbed prawns and same with the stir fry, all in all, just lacking flavors. If I could say this is one place I would not like to visit again.
Shop 2 28 Wharf St | 07 4099 4384, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
+61 7 4099 4384