Siamin

Basic Thai restaurant with little glamour Reviews

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I had assumed Siamin’ would be a bit upscale. The food is billed as predominantly Thai, but because the restaurant originated in Paris, the menu is written partly in French. I pictured South-East Asian food with Gallic influences.

‘This is going to be interesting,’ I told my date before we walked in. Visually, it had promise. The walls were draped in heavy-set lavender curtains, and a web of tree branches upholstered the ceiling. But the effect, which had the potential to be very dramatic, was marred by empty buffet trays cluttering the entrance, which itself was narrow and cramped. The clientele also didn’t quite match my vision of the place: tables were filled with sprawling families and their shrieky spawn, alongside a handful of singles in jeans out to dinner with their laptops.

Once we ploughed through the French, we realised the menu was pretty standard Thai. Some of the descriptions were vague, and remained so even after our waitress, who seemed to want to break the sound barrier with the speed of her words, tried to elaborate (the Thai phrases sounded more foreign when drenched in her thick Eastern European accent). We weren’t entirely sure what would come in the shared starter plate, but were hardly surprised by the assortment of spring rolls and chicken satay. The platter was a bit mixed. The satay was lovely, the perfectly tender meat sweaty with well-spiced juices. The prawn spring rolls, however, came in an over-crisp shell, with the tails poking disconcertingly out of the edge. More impressive was the green mango salad that followed. It was a simple dish, with little adorning it aside from the mango and the spicy vinegar dressing, but it was fresh and vibrant, and nearly identical to what you’d find in just about every street stall in Thailand.

Mains were more consistent in that they were equally boring. My date sat munching on some pathetically anaemic scallops in Thai basil. Meanwhile, I was underwhelmed with admittedly plump and juicy cubes of beef in a lacklustre black bean sauce. The quality would probably not have bothered me much if it weren’t for the fact that Siamin’s prices, like its decor, are meant for a more upscale venture. It would suit the restaurant to truly understand what it serves and to whom, and adjust the bill accordingly.

The bill (for two)

1x Large water Dhs20
1x Sharing platter Dhs83.34
1x Mango salad Dhs58.33
1x Scallops with basil Dhs91.67
1x Beef in oyster sauce Dhs75
1x Rice Dhs15
Service and municipality fee (20 per cent) Dhs68.60
Total Dhs411.60

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Radisson Blu Residence, Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 435 5000
  • Travel: Dubai Marina Street
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: N on 29 Jun ' 12 at 19:46
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Why is this place still open?

Got one of those group buying vouchers for cheap and decided to try it. Goodness...what a terrible idea. Tired food. Expensive. Dead restaurant. Some ingredients were missing in our dessert...when we pointed this out, the waitress went ' oh really there were supposed to be bananas in the dessert?...let me check the menu' We weren't amused when she gasped as she saw the dish was called Banana and chocolate ravioli with coconut ice cream (there was no coconut ice cream either). This place is a farce.

Posted by: Alla on 21 Jun ' 12 at 11:38
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The worst Thai food I ever had!!!
Food courts in malls offer better quality and at 2-3 times cheaper!!!
NO GO!!!

Posted by: Food lover on 30 Jul ' 11 at 18:18
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Horrible! i agree with the review. I have not been to a worse restaurant then this in my time in dubai! As we walked in we saw the buffet tables cramping the entrance, to see the place completely empty. We sat down to the empty restaurant to wind up with the appetizers being raw. we ordered chicken satay skewers only to find them pink all the way through! as i sent them back a lady with a thick russian accent explained 'oh would you like the chicken well done mam' (im sorry i didnt realise that we speak of chicken like its steak!) salmonelaaaaaaa! When we received the second starter the face expression of the waitress coming towards us explained she was very unsure of the dish as she then asked the question'i hope you like this one' we didnt! stringy calamari, with no taste! I then thought to my self i may as well have some wine along with these tasteless dishes, the waitress then explained to me that even though this is apart of a hotel we do not serve alcohol due to the owner being Muslim... i wish i had known all of this before i chose to to here, as all im left with is an oily taste in my mouth and an hungry stomach.

Posted by: toto on 21 Aug ' 10 at 07:51
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I have to agree with Time Out on this one.
Obviously, most of the reviews have been written by non Asian people (with all due respect) who know little about Thai/Vietnamese food...
I, a Thai, went to Siamin with some friends last week to try out their Iftar buffet diner. I called to book a table for 4, no problem.
Got there, no table had been booked under my name, we were sat down at a dirty table but decided to go back and wait in the lobby until the table was ready. It only took a few minutes but we had to make them change the table cloth because it was really dirty and still full of stains left by the previous clients.
We then headed to the buffet which was really poor and had a very limited selection of dished. Most of the trays were empty and that was only 1 hour after the restaurant had opened... we were told that they would refill them but it never happened so we were left with only 2 or 3 dishes to chose from...
I then decided to choose a la carte which proved to be a huge mistake. I ordered vegetable spring rolls which came still FROZEN (no word of a lie) and chose the vietnamese Bo Bun for main. The main came and looked absolutely nothing like a Bo bun, it was some sort of a bad version of it but nothing like it.
The staff tried to make up for the poor food selection, the frozen spring rolls and the aweful and blend taste of the food but it was no help. They offered us one bottle of water (normally charged at 20 dirham a bottle!!!) and didn't charge me for my orders.
If you want good and cheap Thai food, I highly recommend the food court in the Mall of the Emirates, that is proper good Thai food, or for a more upscale one, try the Dusit, best Thai food in town. And as a Thai person, trust me on that one!! Do not make the same mistake as I did and ignore Siamin!!

Posted by: Nicolas on 15 Jun ' 10 at 18:48
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Bonjour a Tous,

i went to this Thai restaurant that I have been recommended by some Thai friends and my wife and I loved it. we didn t go for an appetizer as the portions are said "big" and it was more than enough.
my wife had the Sea bass recommended by the waitress and I opted for the curry shrimps. some rice thai style. bill came out less than 200dhs, it s a nice place the service is sweet and the food is good. You can try it without a doubt!

Bon appetit!!

Posted by: Zaheer Ahmad on 09 Jun ' 10 at 10:09
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very decent set up and friedndly staff. My first step into the restaurant indictaed that this is the place where I could relax and have food with expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed the food though I had fear of unknown as to what Thai dishes would taste. With no earlier taste of Thai food, Siamen has turned me into a Thai food lover. I am so sure to take my family to Siamen on my nest trip to Dubai for the taste, for the service, for the atmosphere and last but not the least the reasonable prices.

Posted by: Janet on 09 Jun ' 10 at 08:13
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Being a recent resident of Marina, I am still exploring the vicinity, trying out different restaurants and cafes. I happened to visit the Radisson hotel to inquire about their spa services, and instead was attracted by a friendly lady, who greeted me Thai style and invited me inside a Thai restaurant. I stepped inside to have a brief look, and the place looked inviting, so I decided to make dinner reservation.

Tucked away on the corner of Marina Drive, inside hotel Radisson, Siamin was a restaurant which we had missed in our expedition so far. So I planned a family night out at the Thai restaurant.

In the evening, like morning, we were warmly greeted by the hostess, who led us to round table, lit by a beautiful crystal chandelier. The place had a royal feel to it, and instantly we all fell in love with it. The menu was extensive, and a bit confusing, so we went with the manager’s suggestions, who made it a point that we were comfortable throughout our stay at the restaurant.

My husband and I found the food perfect for our taste buds, and thoroughly enjoyed it, while the kids relished chicken Panini sandwich with garlic wedges. I must add the kids were amused by the small water body inside the restaurant, which housed entertainingly active fish. While they stood by the water body observing the fish, my husband and I enjoyed a romantic dinner.

The overall experience is one of the best we’ve had in Marina so far!

Posted by: Fred on 28 Oct ' 09 at 09:52
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I would not agree with the above said review because of the fact that I've been staying at Radisson BLU residences for approx. 15 days and I've had great experiences at the Siamin' Restaurant.
My wife and I were planning to visit the small diners at JBR walk when we decided to rather touch base, so we strolled down the Radisson entrance which is quite narrow and stepped into the chic restaurant. We were greeted by the hostess who took us towards one of the best tables, the VIP lounge. The manager visited our table and gave us some lovely suggestions, the KUNG ENCHANTED (grilled prawns with soicy sauce), RICE SAPAROD (piresented in a pineapple, fried vegetable rice) and NAMAN HOY (beef in oyester sauce). All of the above cost us AED250 which I believe is not cheap but yet not quite expensive. Since then we have been a regular at the restaurant.
Overall the ambiance, the personal attentiveness of the servers was excellent. The food is very authentic Thai cuisine as claimed by Siamin's management. On the contrary, the staff, I presume, is less knowledgeable about the menu, I tested that on several different occasions, the main entrance is unfinished and plain and the breakfast is simple and original. I would rate Siamin' on a scale of 10, a score of 7.5

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